About the Michigan Council of Teachers of English

Founded in 1924, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) what is IQ Option 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.

MCTE Fall 2015 Conference - Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for the 91st annual MCTE Fall Conference:

“Leading Literate Lives:

Exploring Powerful Practices for All Learners”

October 30, 2015.  Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center,

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Proposal Deadline:  Please complete the attached form and email it to Andy Schoenborn, aschoenborn76@gmail.com (with subject “MCTE Proposal”) by Friday, July 17, 2015.

Featured speakers:  

Jeffrey Wilhelm is Distinguished Professor of English Education at Boise State Buy Alibaba shares University in Boise, Idaho. He is the founding director of the Boise State Writing Project which supports over 3,000 teachers each year with over 110,000 contact hours of professional development. He is a highly-regarded author and co-author of over 32 books about literacy and literacy education.  Jeff has devoted his professional career to helping teachers help their students. He is particularly devoted to assisting students who are considered to be reluctant, struggling, or at-risk.  His research agenda is organized around creating supportive inquiry-oriented contexts for developing and performing literacy, literate behaviors, and literate identities. His research demonstrates how inquiry environments are powerful contexts for learning literacy and achieving deep understanding.  Jeff is a frequently-requested speaker at state, regional, national, and international conferences as well as providing professional development on a variety of topics to educators and administrators.                                                                     www.jeffreywilhelm.com

Dr. Ari Berk is a writer, visual artist, folklorist/mythologist, teacher, screenwriter, binary options day trading and film consultant.  Professor of Myth and Folklore at Central Michigan University, his publications include works on myth and ancient cultures, as well as popular books for both children and adults. Ari’s most recent titles are Death Watch, Mistle Child and Lych Way (The Undertaken Trilogy) that the School Library Journal called "reminiscent of the classic gothic works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Shirley Jackson"; Nightsong (illustrated by Loren Long); and The Secret History of Giants (winner of a NCTE Notable Award). Two of Ari’s book projects have been optioned for film by major studios: Goblins! (Disney) and The Secret Histories series (Sony Pictures Animation). Ari holds degrees in Ancient History and American Indian Studies, as well as a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Culture.  He has studied at Oxford University in England and, at the University of Arizona, was mentored by Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday. Ari and his wife, Renaissance scholar Dr. Kristen McDermott co-authored William Shakespeare—His Life and Times, which won the British School Library Association's Children's Choice Award for best non-fiction book in the UK. They live with their son at the edge of a wood in the heart of Michigan.                    www.AriBerk.com

We invite educators to submit presentation proposals that highlight creative, innovative, promising practices that have changed the culture of your classroom, the way students see themselves as writers and readers or enabled students to envision the role of reading and writing in an authentic way.

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MDE - Learning Environs for All

MCTE Members,

On our homepage is a link for a exceptional opportunity, presented by MDE, entitled Learning Environs for All!  At this summer conference, teachers will not only be presenters they will also be able to hear all other presenters due to the unique set up of this workshop.  If you are interested in sending in a presentation proposal please check out the call for proposals.


Danielle Marsh
MCTE PresidentSummer Institute Call for Presenters v3-1.pdf

News & Announcements

Spring Conference - "What's Common to Your Core?"

  • Friday, April 10th, 2015 at 8am - 2pm
    Location: Winding Brook Conference Center - 8240 S. Genuine Road, Shepherd, MI 48883

    Inspired by honing their expertise in “kid-watching” (Yetta Goodman, 1978), and…


  • Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Kellogg Conference Center & Hotel - East Lansing, MI


MCTE Fall Conference 2014

  • Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 7:30am - 3:30pm
    Location: Kellogg Conference Center & Hotel - East Lansing, MI


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