Colorado Language Arts Society

Regional Fall Conference

October 6, 2018

Tivoli Union, Auraria Campus

Denver, Colorado

$68 for pre-service & first-year teachers

$100 for all other attendees

Conference session proposals due June 29, 2018

Presentation Board

Session Proposals

This year, we want to know about how you are helping students connect to their communities and how you are using the classroom to bring multiple communities in conversation with your own. What are ways we, as educators alongside our students, build connection within our local and global contexts while celebrating our similarities and differences? How do we help students become advocates for change in their community, and how do we as educators become advocates for our students? How do we help students build skills to identify problems they see and begin conversations about them? What project-based learning opportunities can we create for our students to build critical thinking and problem solving skills? What literature can we present students with to honor multiple, diverse perspectives, and what activities can lead them to new discoveries, new conversations, new ideas? How do you structure and teach the tough conversations that need to be had in the classroom?

The 2018 CLAS Regional Fall Conference is all about "Connecting Communities through the Classroom," and we want you to share your ideas and expertise about this theme with next years' participants. Follow the link to submit your proposal to be a part of next year's amazing lineup.

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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 teacher and author Penny Kittle, poet Camille Dungy, and 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples.

In addition to the keynote sessions, attendees have several choices during each of two seventy-five-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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Our all-day conference runs from 8:00 AM to about 4:15 PM; a detailed schedule will be posted in summer 2018.


Spend the night

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown is offering a special rate for our conference attendees of $179/night, good for the nights of October 5th through October 7th. Rooms must be booked by September 5, 2018, to take advantage of the discounted rate.

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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

We have a limited number of tote bags imprinted with the CLAS logo available for sale. The $15 cost includes shipping.

Any additional questions about the conference can be sent to Michael Hoffman, mhoffman.teaching @

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