Both events were successful and featured different authors. In the first year, we had keynotes from Chris Crutcher, Laurie Halse Anderson, Kekla Magoon, and Bill Konigsberg. We also featured several other established and emerging authors including e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Justin Joschko, Aaron Levy, Jen Nails, Jo Schaffer, C.G. Watson, Amy Bright, and Sarah J. Donovan. More than 30 academics, graduate students, teachers , and librarians gave presentations for the 150 attendees. You can read summaries of their presentations at the archived 2018 summit blog page.
The second year had a different focus. Working with the fine people at CCSD, especially Amy Raymer and Barbara Lindsay, we shaped a two day event that focused pedagogy instead of research. We still had three keynote authors--Meg Medina, Phil Bildner, and Padma Venkatraman. I love the work of all three and was able to group them together by collaborting with Phil. We meet at a very small conference and stayed in touch. Phil is the mind and energy behind the Author's Village.
Not only did the authors speak, they attended sessions and at the end of each day the held a brief session where they provided a summary of what they learned and what ideas they were thinking about. Furthermore, we selected several academics to provide sessions for the attending teachers. The summit owes a big thank you to James Blasingame, Sybil Durand, Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil, Stephanie Toliver, Sarah Donovan, Amanda Melilli, Brittany Paloma Fiedler, and Jen Nails. Each presenter repeated their session several times so that all attendees could catch each presenter during the two days. We also had a specific library strand so that librarians and teachers could discuss together the benefits of a library and the importance of collaboration. We also had some new or emergying authors attend. This year we heard from Jen Nails, Sarah Donovan, and Clare Di Liscia (curteousy of Georgia McBride and Month9Books). A summary of the summit can be found archived on the blog on its on page.
Stay tuned; we will have a call for proposals for the research days and for presentations for the teachers coming soon. Our pedagogy sessions will focus on using Young Adult Literature as a tool for cross-curricular instruction--with a special focus on the social studies. As you explore the authors below you will see that all of them have books with strong connection to historical events.
We will also have a strand that runs through the two teaching days that focuses on how to use Young Adult literature with a writing and/or with writing projects. We are hoping that academics and teachers with experience with a National Writing Project will submit proposals. This strand will be marked on the program and an attendee could chose to follow those sessions throughout the summit. In addition, we are planning a digital media strand as well. Put on your thinking cap, what kind of session might you propose?