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Past Conferences


2017: Teaching in the Balance 

2016: For the Love of Teaching: Reclaiming the Classroom
keynotes Taylor Mali, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Sarah Brown Wessling

(in 2016, 
the conference location moved to the Tivoli Student Union at Auraria Campus)

2015: The Literacy of Social Justice: Equity, Empathy, and Engagement

2014: A Cure for the Common Core: Reinventing Story
keynotes Chris Crutcher, Rebecca Rule, Ted Conover

(in 2014, the conference location moved to Colorado School of Mines)

2013: Create, Innovate, Celebrate: Teaching in the Age of the Common Core
keynotes Jeff Anderson, Stevi Quate, Malinda Lo

Linking Literacies
keynotes Jim Blasingame, Sara Kajder, Mark Overmeyer 

2011: Expanding Literacies: Developing Critical Minds for Critical Times


2010 (fall): Breakthroughs: Teaching in the Age of Discovery

2010 (spring): Capturing Imagination: Inspiring the Magic of Language

2009: Creating a Teaching Life with Passion Courage, and Conviction 
keynotes Jeff Wilhelm, Sharon Draper, Sonia Nieto, Jimmy Santiago Baca

2008: Literacy NOW!
keynotes Ralph Fletcher, Nikki Giovanni, Leonard Pitts, Dan and Dawn Kirby, Gene Yang

(in 2008, the conference location moved away from the Broadmoor to the Inverness)

2007: Visioning and Revisioning
keynotes Jeff Anderson, Nikki Grimes, Tim Hillmer, Richard Peck, Naomi Shihab Nye

2006: Territories Ahead
keynotes Edward Bloor, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Billy Collins, Louann Reid, Judith Irvin

2005: Today's Questions, Tomorrow's Answers

2004: Range of the Possible: Ideas and Practices to Shape the Future
keynotes Chris Crutcher, John Golden, Sara Holbrook, Randy Bomer 

2003: Embracing the Magic: Discovering the Wonder in the Classroom

2002: Taking Stories to Heart
keynotes Carol Booth Olson, Bill Strong, Jim Burke, Kent Haruf, Lorri Hewett

2001: Weaving New Fabrics for Learning


2000: The Things We'll Carry
keynotes ...

1999: CLAS hosted the NCTE Annual Convention, Reimagining the Possibilities

1999: Imagine the Possibilities

1998: Steppin' Out

1997: Voices Shaping the Future

1996: Unlocking the Mystery of Language
keynotes John Berendt, Margaret Coel, Manuel Ramos, Jeff Golub, Warwick Downing, Alice Kawazoe


1994: Southwest Regional Conference; Changing Together: Classrooms and Communities
keynotes James Davis, Richard Lederer, Miles Myers, Peter Stillman

1994: The Power of Story and Myth -- Celebrating, Sharing, Learning

1993: American Voices: Celebrating Diversity as Readers and Writers

1992: Vision and Revision: Challenges for the 1990s
keynotes ...

1991: A Legacy of Language
 keynotes Richard Lederer, Peter Stillman, Chris Crutcher, Helene Willis, John and Kay Bushman, June Berkley, Bruce Appleby


1990: Colorado hosted the NCTE Spring Conference

1989: The Many Modes of Communication
keynotes Bill McBride, Mark Medoff, Leonard Olguine

1988: [theme unknown]
keynotes Jill Scott, Ernest Boyer, Nat Hentoff, Vance Brand, Betty Miles

1987: Celebrate Teaching
keynotes Ken Macrorie, Ellen Johnston-Hale, Alex English, Paula Danziger

1986: Language & Life: One Story
keynotes Edward Albee, Robert Cormier, John Goodlad, Woody Paige, Lois Duncan, Ruth Vinz

1985: Language: A Thinking Experience
keynotes Carol Kuykendall, Judith Crist, Sue Ellen Bridgers

1984: A Time for Excellence
keynotes T.H. Bell, Neil Postman, Rex Brown, Robert Cormier

1983: [theme unknown]
keynotes Joyce Brothers, Dan Kirby, William Durr, John Stansfield

1982: [theme unknown]
keynotes Shelton Root, Diane Shugert, Muriel Bach

1981: [theme unknown]
keynotes Paul Brandwein, Muriel Bach, J. Evans Alloway, Toby Lurie, Clive Cussler, Al Grankowski



1979: [theme unknown]
keynotes Jack Perkins, Marilyn VanDerbur, Elaine Barbour, Calvin Frasier, John Maxwell


1977: The Basics and Beyond
keynotes James Grey, Robert Newton Peck, Charlotte Brooks, Claudia Cohl, George Walter, Robert Sund


1975: The Challenge of the Future from the Ferment of the Past
keynotes Morris Massey, Elizabeth Wooten, Ernest J. Gaines



1972: Humanizing the Curriculum: Don't Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate
keynotes Stephen Dunning, Charlotte Brooks



1970: [theme unknown]





1965: [theme unknown]

1964: [theme unknown]
keynote Arthur Kitzhaber

1963: Achieve the Liaison Between the High School and the College, the Junior High and the High School, and the Junior High and the Elementary Schools
keynote Jarvis E. Bush