September 2020 

CTCTE Chronicle

Connecticut Council of Teachers of English

Ongoing & Upcoming Events

Join Us for CTCTE Reads!
All events run 7-8 pm
September 23
Webinar w/ co-author Sophia Sariginiades
September 29
Virtual Discussion and Wrap-up

This series is free and open to all. Click the blue button below to register and receive a code for 15% off the book. 
Click Here to Register
A Talk with Chris Crutcher

The author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Whale Talk, Deadline, and his latest book, Losers Bracket will be with us on September 24th from 7-8 pm. A former primary and secondary teacher, as well as a child therapist, Chris will talk reading and writing in what promises to be a lively evening. 
Register for Chris Crutcher Here
Matt Mendez in November

Join us on November 4th from 6-7 pm for a talk with Matt Mendez. He will read from his new book Barely Missing Everything and discuss representation, reading, and writing. 
Register for Matt Mendez Here

Mentoring Program Updates

After a summer of reframing and planning for the Mentoring Program, this year’s participants have been selected and notified. In addition to the traditional mentoring model, this year we have incorporated the Mentoring Pod, a group of experienced educators who can support each other’s practice, especially during this unusual and unprecedented time with moving learning online and ensuring equity for all students. In the next few months, information will be sent to members about participating in next year’s cohort, which will include the continuation of Mentoring Pods.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Mentoring Program Co-Chairs Julie Sochacki, J.D. at or Nicole J. Martone, Ph.D. at

NCTE Affiliate Awards

We were very excited to receive two affiliate awards this year, one for recruitment and membership and the other for our newsletter!

We Want You!

Have talents you don’t get to fully use in your classroom? Love working behind the scenes rather than out front? Looking for a good next step in ELA? We’re looking for you to serve on one of our open spots on CTCTE committees. These positions are a great place to start, if you’re not ready to commit to a full board position. As a committee member, you will work with the chair behind the scenes to create content and provide logistical support for the following committees:

Publications/Social Media
Event Planning

If interested, please complete this survey.

Our latest entries from Cathy Sosnowski and Kris Nystrom can be found on our website

Join Us at NCTE's Virtual Convention

A 30% registration discount is available for groups of 10 or more. Email if you would like to join our group. 
The New England Association of Teachers of English
NEATE is offering a series of virtual keynotes, workshops, and book club conversations throughout the year. See their website - - for details.  
Become a Member (or Renew) Here!
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