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OCTE Fall Conference

I first learned about the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) when I received the Geraldine Burns award from them when I was a junior in college. Oklahoma Baptist University selected me for this award because of my promise as a future English teacher. After I left college and began teaching, I joined NCTE (the National Council of Teachers of English), but I delayed my OCTE membership. After a year or so, I learned of their presence from a student writing contest. Flash forward to my eighth year of teaching, and I’m now serving on OCTE’s executive board. We’re planning our 2013 fall conference, and I’d love to have a great turnout of Oklahoma English teachers, current and future alike. Here are all the details you need:


Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English

Fall 2013 Conference: NATIVE LEARNERS

Saturday, September 28, 2013

featuring Sonia Gensler

Oklahoma author of The Dark Between & The Revenant


The theme of the conference is Native Learners, focusing on two strands: (1) Native American literature as a source of innovative lessons & (2) the relationship between student teachers and mentor teachers.

  • Do you teach any Native American literature?
  • What tribal prose and poetry enlivens your classroom?
  • What was your student teaching experience like?
  • What advice would you offer future student teachers?
  • How could mentor teachers improve their craft?

These questions and more will guide our breakout sessions. Of course, if you wish to propose a session outside our theme, feel free. Use this Google form to submit your proposal. Presenters will receive one-year free membership in OCTE.


The fall conference, sponsored by the Department of English at Southern Nazarene University, will be held on the SNU campus at the Herrick Building & Auditorium on the corner of NW 39th Expressway and N. Asbury Ave. in Bethany, on Saturday, September 28, from 9:00am—2:00pm with a break for lunch at area restaurants.


A detailed schedule with breakout session descriptions will be emailed to registrants the second week of September. The complete schedule will also be posted on the OCTE website.

8:30-8:55         Registration
9:00-9:25         Opening Session: Oklahoma author Sonia Gensler
9:30-10:15       Breakout Session 1
10:20-11:05     Breakout Session 2
11:10-11:55     Breakout Session 3
12:00-12:55     Lunch at area restaurants
1:00-2:00         Closing Session


Registration is exclusively online on this Google form. Please register by Thursday, September 26, 2013. Contact Laura Bolf-Beliveau, OCTE treasurer, with any registration questions at Registration fee includes morning coffee, tea, and snacks and all breakout sessions. Lunch is on your own. Some restaurants are within walking distance.


We are unable to accommodate registration at the door, so please register early. Those who are not members of OCTE are required to purchase a year’s membership to attend the conference; however, first-year teachers and college students get free OCTE membership. No reimbursement can be offered for cancellations.

Free    SNU College Student
$20      College Student
$20      First-Year Teacher
$20      Presenter
$20      OCTE Member
$45      Non-OCTE Member (includes a 12-month OCTE membership)


The Herrick Building & Auditorium is located at #1 on the SNU campus map. Free parking is available on the street and one block west of the building in the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene parking lot.



Use this handy Google Map to navigate to some favorite area restaurants.

  • Ann’s Chicken Fry House
  • Arby’s
  • Bella Italia
  • Birrieria Diaz
  • Boom-a-rang Diner
  • Braum’s
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant
  • City Bites
  • Flatire Burgers
  • Lai Thai
  • Los Amigos
  • Papa Angelo’s Pizzeria
  • Sonic
  • Swadley’s Bar-B-Q
  • Thai Sweet Basil Express



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