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.

Register NOW for our annual Fall Conference!!!

The learning communities we create in our classrooms and with our colleagues grow increasingly more important as the world around us grows more chaotic. As teachers, we have power. We set the tone when we choose to present information in a way that is engaging, when we make the choice to lead students to knowledge and skill through inquiry, and when we inspire our students to make their own well-thought out and educated choices about their lives.

MCTE would like you to join our learning community on Friday, October 20, 2017 for the annual Fall Conference,"Building Community with Curiosity, Creativity, and Joy,"  We have a wonderful group of educators from across Michigan with engaging presentations on the hottest topics in teaching language arts today. Come and be inspired!  To register for the Fall Conference, click here.

Jeff Anderson,
author of several outstanding teaching texts focusing on curiosity and joy in the writing process as well as the Zack Delacruz novels for middle grades, will be our keynote speaker.

Kristine Brickey,

Michigan teacher and author of Flowers for Rodney, and They Said She Was Crazy, will be our luncheon speaker.

MCTE also invites you to attend the Pre-Conference Workshop entitled "Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference" on the evening on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Click here for more information about the Pre-Conference Workshop.

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

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!

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    Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center - Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan

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