Colorado Language Arts Society

Regional Fall Conference

October 5, 2019

Tivoli Union, Auraria Campus

Denver, Colorado

$68 for pre-service & first-year teachers

$100 for all other attendees

Session Proposals

We are pleased to announce that the theme for this year’s Colorado Language Arts Society Regional Fall Conference is Teaching Tomorrow’s Voices. This year’s theme allows participants to address and navigate the hard to ignore fact that we are teaching at a particularly pivotal moment in education and in our nation in general. Because of this, teachers are in a position to foster the voices that will soon become crucial decision makers in our local and global communities. Furthermore, our students increasingly need the opportunities, skills, and platforms to give voice to their own lives and experiences in order to strengthen empathy and understanding among individuals. And yet, to best accomplish all of this, teachers are also increasingly aware of the need for practices that develop their own voices in terms of sustainability as well as self-advocacy in our profession.

We are accepting proposals for 75-minute sessions through June 30, 2019. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in late July.

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Our conference registration is through Eventbrite, which can handle payment via credit card (including on-site), check by mail or on-site, and cash on-site. The cost includes a catered brown-bag lunch and a 12-month membership in the Colorado Language Arts Society.

  • Pre-Service & First-Year Teachers - $68
  • All Other Attendees - $100

Retired teachers may save $30 on the "Teachers and All Other Attendees" rate by entering the coupon code RETIRED at the beginning of the ticket purchasing process. Click to see an image of the Enter Promotional Code option circled in a screen capture of the ticket purchase window.

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Our keynote speakers will be author and educator Cornelius Minor, author Helen Thorpe, and poet Tanaya Winder.

In addition to the keynote sessions, attendees have several choices during each of three sixty-minute conference sessions on a variety of subjects related to teaching, reading, writing, and critical literacy that will excite your imagination and inspire your life as a reader and educator.

  • Session Previews (titles, presenters, synopses)
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7:00 Registration opens; continental breakfast available in the Turnhalle

8:00 - 8:15 General membership meeting, announcements

8:15 - 9:00 Keynote

9:00 - 9:15 Book signing, shopping, prepare to attend sessions

9:15 - 10:15 Session A

10:30 - 11:30 Session B

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch

12:00 - 12:30 Award presentation (Legacy, Gilbert Fellow, HS Teacher of Excellence, Flash Fiction Contest)

12:30 - 1:15 Keynote

1:15 - 1:30 Book signing, shopping, prepare for afternoon session

1:30 - 2:30 Session C

2:45 - 3:30 Keynote

3:30 - 3:45 Closing, book signing, announcement of 2019 writing contest and Teen Lit


Spend the night

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown is offering a special rate for our conference attendees of $xxx/night, good for the nights of October 4th through October 6th. Rooms must be booked by September 4, 2019, to take advantage of the discounted rate.

  • Book your group rate for the Colorado Language Arts Society conference
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Getting to Auraria

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Snag a copy of session handouts

Was there a session you couldn't make it to or wanted an extra copy of a handout to take home and share? We will share session handouts as they are shared with the conference committee.

Buy CLAS items now or at the conference

If you would like one of our timeless cloisonne pins, we sell them at the conference as well as by mail order. They cost $3 at the conference.

Any additional questions about the conference can be sent to Alexis Thieme, alexisanne.thieme @

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