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Conference Information

Illinois Association of Teachers of English
 Conference 2013

Remembering to Follow our Bliss and Teaching our Students to Do the Same

October 18-19, 2013

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Normal, Illinois

In an era where English teachers feel the weight of standardized tests perhaps more than ever before, as we watch departments move towards a common reading and writing curriculum, when most of us have spent the past few years realigning lesson plans to the Common Core Standards, it seems fitting that in the fall of 2013, we take a few days to remember what brought us, and what keeps us coming back, to our profession.

In Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, we read to “follow [our] bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” While we recognize the importance of these tests and the necessity for standards like the Common Core, we also believe that sometimes the English classroom becomes a forum that launches our students into bliss-following adventures, that the universe sometimes creaks open doors from our classrooms, and that sometimes we are allowed the privilege of nudging our students through them.

- Michelle Ryan Conference Director