2020 Conference Preview

OCTELA 20/20

Envisioning Our Future(s)

February 21 – 22, 2020

DoubleTree Worthington

Conference Theme

The 2020s offer a fresh decade to envision new possibilities for teaching ELA and professional transformation: What might our future classrooms look like? Envisioning diverse future(s) across grade levels and specialized curriculum may conjure a mixed bag of hope, excitement, inspiration, and, well, maybe even a little bit of anxiety. So, in  the spirit of meeting teachers’ and students’ needs in facing the new decade, OCTELA aims to create a space for open inquiry, sharing, and optimism. This conference inspires teachers to gather and discuss what they do best, what inspires them to keep pushing forward, and what strategies support authentic student learning.

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Featured Speakers

Daniel Jose Older

Daniel José Older’s most recent books are Dactyl HIll Squad Book Two: Freedom Fire (Scholastic, 2019), Dactyl Hill Squad ( Scholastic 2018) his first middle grade series, and  Star Wars Last Shot (Del Ray, 2018)  His New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, Shadowshaper (Scholastic), was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. His other books include the Bone Street Rumba novels, including Midnight Taxi Tango and Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin). Winner of the International Latino Book Award, he has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, and the Andre Norton Award. His journalism on social justice, diversity, and gentrification appears regularly in The Guardian. A former EMT, Older writes,and composes music, in New Orleans.

Elizabeth Acevedo

Poet, novelist, and National Poetry Slam Champion, Elizabeth Acevedo is the author The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the poetry chapbook Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016), a collection of folkloric poems centered on the historical, mythological, gendered and geographic experiences of a first generation American woman. Acevedo’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, Poet Lore, The Notre Dame Review. Acevedo holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband.

Tony M. Vinci

Tony M. Vinci is co-contributor to Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction (UP of MIssissippi, 2018) and co-editor of Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films (McFarland, 2007). Associate Professor of English at Ohio University – Chillicothe, he teaches literature, film, and creative writing. In both the classroom and his publications, Vinci interrogates how the literatures of Fantasy and Science Fiction help us recognize the complex relationship between ethics, trauma, and everyday American life.