CEE has commissions that have a specific focus on issues that members discuss in an effort to supply leadership and information for English Educators. They consist of the following:
- Commission on Social Justice in Teacher Education Programs
- Commission on New Literacies, Technologies and Teacher Education
- Commission on the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature
- Commission on the Teaching of Poetry
- Commission on English Methods Teaching and Learning
- Commission on Writing Teacher Education
- Commission on Arts and Literacies
At the same time, there has not been a summit to explore what we collectively know about research and teaching of young adult literature. There are few large scale empirical studies and the research community hasn't yet claimed the same respect as literary scholars that has been achieved by those in the field of children's literature. We still work to promote young adult literature as valuable reading material for adolescents. We continue to advocate for diverse books and free choice reading even as we try to collection information on how it is used in schools. Members in attendance at the two planning sessions, suggested it was perhaps time to explore what we know through the activities of a summit. Several of us--Crag Hill, Sarah Donovan, Michelle Falter, Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil, and myself, were charged with exploring the possibility of putting together a summit. We began brainstorming and meeting every few weeks on google hangouts.
To accommodate local teachers, librarians, parents, and students, there will be the option to attend just the Saturday event. We have made arrangement for the three keynote authors for Saturday to also attend on Thursday and Friday as participants. We hope that the summit facilitates and open dialogue between everyone interested in young adult literature. Of course, there will be more details to come as the event approaches, but we hope you plan to attend now.
As a doc student at UIC, I researched young adult genocide literature. I spent a lot of time trying to connect with the authors who wrote these books for their insight into the writing and publication process. I had always imagined a conference that would put researchers authors and teachers in the same room to talk about the craft and teaching of these books. Now I teach diverse literature in middle school and teacher ed, and because of this conference I will finally have the opportunity to actually sit with some of our field's emerging and established authors, researchers, librarian, and teachers from across the country. What a gift this conference will be for us and for the students with whom we share these books.
We hope you will join us and authors--Laurie Halse Anderson, Kekla Magoon, and Bill Konigsberg as, collectively, we discuss our field.