2022 ICTE Fall Conference Highlights

JoAnn Gage


We met Oct. 13-14 in Johnston, Iowa, for our ICTE Fall Conference: Rooted in Truth, Reaching for Light. Sessions were scheduled on Sched.

This year, Thursday took a different shape. Rather than a traditional keynote, we engaged in an Iowa Writing Project experience, one that  grounded us in writing pedagogy that has fueled so many of us in this state. Iowa Writing Project work is rooted in three truths we know all writers cling to: time, choice, and response. This heavy focus on writing pedagogy is sure to help root us in what matters most. A strand of IWP was offered during each breakout session of the conference.

We were rooted in our regions, meeting with our AEA friends, to write a community poem and make connections.

On Friday, our keynote speaker was Cornelius Minor, author of We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be. Cornelius’s work is grounded in knowing our students deeply. As he says, “My job as a teacher is not to merely teach the curriculum or even to just teach the students; it is to seek to understand my kids as completely as possible so that I can purposefully bend and remix curriculum to meet them.”

The 2023 conference will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Stoney Creek Hotel in Johnston, Iowa. They keynote speaker will be Dave Stuart, Jr. Learn about him at https://davestuartjr.com/.