If you are currently teaching ELA in PA, or if you are a pre-sevice teacher with ideas and/or research you may want to consider presenting at the PCTELA conference on Oct. 26th or Oct 27th. PCTELA, the PA Council of Teachers of English Language Arts is a professional organization promoting and supporting PA ELA teachers and pre-service teachers. Every October they hold a 2-day conference with outstanding speakers from the field, multiple breakout sessions, a bookstore, and plenty of opportunites to network, share and exchange ideas, and what I think is highly important---rejuvinate! I can't tell you how inspriring I find confereneces. Lots of folks with the same interest, tons of ideas, research and meeting new people are some of the many benefits of attending.
This fall, the conference is being held in Lancaster, PA. If you are interested in presenting, click here to download a conference proposal. PCTELA accepts proposals from all ELA teachers, no matter what level. I would certainly suggest both practicing and pre-service teachers submit a proposal. The conference is a nice size, and intimate, so it's not too overwhelming. I hope I see you there.