MCTE Fall Workshop 2021

  • 25 Oct 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • 23


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MCTE Fall Workshop 2021

Four Essential Studies:
Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency

About the Workshop:

Compliant reading and writing is not the same thing as engaged reading and writing. So how do we engage adolescent readers and writers? This workshop will explore ways to deepen your students' engagement through four essential studies: essay, poetry, book clubs, and digital composition. Integrating these studies with teacher demonstrations, the skillful use of mentor texts, and effective feedback empower students and increase their decision-making skills. Kelly will share how teachers can use these studies to also develop students' independence, transform students' relationship with literacy, and prepare them for the more demanding work of college.

About the Speaker:

Kelly Gallagher taught English for 35 years at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California. Along with Penny Kittle, he has written Four Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency and 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents. He has also written Readicide, Write Like This, and In the Best Interest of Students. Kelly is the former co-editor of the South Basin Writing Project and the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association. He has received multiple awards and honors, including the Distinguished Service Award from the California Association of Teachers of English in 2018. Find out more about Kelly at or follow him on Twitter @KellyGToGo.

Covid-19 Precautions:

  • Masks required
  • Social distancing
  • Contactless lunch

--Program Schedule--
Breakfast and Registration opens at 8:00
Workshop begins at 9:00

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
(Click here for MAP)

Registration includes MCTE membership, continental breakfast, and lunch. All registrations must be made through this site. You may pay by credit card or by sending a check.

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After registering, you will receive an automatic invoice by email. If you do not receive this email, you may have mistyped your email address. If this happens, please contact Kathryn Anderson at to double-check your registration.

Shortly after the invoice, you will receive a confirmation email.

If you are paying by school or personal check, your confirmation email will include instructions for submitting your payment.

Note: If you need interpreters or other assistive services, please contact MCTE's Executive Secretary, Sierra Gilbertson: MCTE cannot be responsible for payment of these services without advance notification. A room for nursing mothers has been arranged.

Late cancellations: Please know that the final catering order has been confirmed as of 10.19.21.  If you need to cancel your registration after this point, we regret that we are unable to refund the food and service charge of $35.  Please email to initiate processing of the remainder of your refund. 

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