About the Michigan Council of Teachers of English

Founded in 1924, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) is an organization for K-16 English language arts teachers and English educators in Michigan. MCTE provides professional development for English language arts teachers and English education professors throughout the state. Our goals are to disseminate current English education scholarship and assist English language arts teachers as they make decisions about pedagogical practices, student populations, and teaching philosophies.

Click here if you would like to become a member of MCTE.  The cost is $40 per year.

Call for Proposals - 2017 Fall Conference

Michigan Council of Teachers of English
Call for Proposals for the
2017 Fall Conference

Building Community with Curiosity, Creativity, and Joy
Friday, October 20, 2017, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center,
Michigan State University,  East Lansing, Michigan

Proposal Deadline:
Please review to the requirements and submit your proposal via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/mImqfyqb2pRmUz7j1 by Friday, July 21, 2017.

Featured speakers:

Jeff Anderson has been sharing writing strategies with teachers and students for over 25 years. Whether presenting at national conferences like NCTE, ASCD, or in classrooms or writing his books for teachers or middle grade readers, Jeff’s passion for writing and grammar inspires teachers and young writers to soar. When he’s not writing with his “revising” dogs at home near downtown San Antonio, Texas, he’s walking, talking, or doing staff development around the US (and sometimes New Zealand). (https://www.writeguy.net/)

Kristine E. Brickey
was born and raised in Michigan and truly loves the power of words. Teaching for almost thirty years, Brickey has an understanding of teens that allows the creation of true characters and situations that strike the hearts of her readers.  Seeing her novels in the hands of others and on store shelves has only increased her passion for reading and writing. Look for future books from this author. (http://www.kristineebrickey.com/

We invite practicing and pre-service teachers, teacher educators, and librarian/media specialists to submit presentation proposals that highlight the role of creativity in the language arts classroom, the power of literacy to build empathy and community, the importance of inquiry to build responsible citizenship, and any other promising practices that help students and teachers.

Preference will be given to presentations that are timely, interactive, and relevant to the teaching lives of Michigan’s early childhood, elementary, secondary, and university English Language Arts educators. Crystal Nelson will contact each proposal’s author with an email message indicating that the submitted proposal was received. The MCTE Executive Board will contact the author of each proposal in early August with a notification communicating whether or not the proposal was selected. Space is limited; unfortunately, we cannot accommodate every worthy proposal submitted.

As a final note, MCTE is a non-profit organization of volunteer teachers. Our goal is to promote better teaching in the English Language Arts. Presenters are responsible for their own copies and any related expenses. Presenters must register for the conference.

Click here for a printable copy of this information.

Questions can be directed to Crystal Nelson at

Early Registration ends July 15, 2017!

Register by July 15th and save!  Click here for early registration details regarding our Fall 2017 Conference!

Fall 2017 Early Conference Registration Form.pdf

Introducing the 2017 MCTE Secondary Teacher of the Year!!!

Congratulations to Geryl Lobert, the 2017 MCTE Secondary Teacher of the Year!

Geryl earned this prestigious award through her deep dedication to her students and growing their reading, writing, and thinking abilities at Chippewa Hills High School. She will also be honored as a High School Teacher of Excellence at the secondary section luncheon at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in November in St. Louis, Missouri.

Congrats, Geryl Lobert!

Save the Date - Fall Conference 2017 - October 20, 2017

Way to go, Kevin M. English!

Congratulations to Kevin M. English, Wayne Memorial High School English teacher and recipient of the MYAF/MCTE Touchstone Award for Excellence in Teaching Creative Writing. Kevin will receive the award at the annual Touchstone Awards dinner in May at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo. Way to go, Kevin! 


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