SMETA 2017 Fall Conference



  Save the Date for the 2017 Fall Conference:  Friday, September 22, 2017 on Southeast's Campus at the RPDC Building.  Literature Circles for middle school, junior high, and high school students, presented by Kandee Oliver and Shauna Wight.


"Lit" Literature Circles for Middles and Junior High and High School Students



2017 Conference Roundtable Discussions


· Active Learning Group Activities led by Christine Warren.  Chris will share her favorite time-tested small group techniques to get students talking and learning, including Spend A Buck and Silent Discussion.

· Literature Circle Rewind  led by Kandee and Shauna who will answer any further questions you have about literature circles.

· Sage/Rookie Question and Answer led by Valerie Ward.  Bring your questions about assessment,  classroom management, parent communication—no teaching topic is taboo at this roundtable.

· Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction led by Corey Bennett.  Corey will share some great tips and techniques for  reading  informational texts with your students.

· What’s New in Young Adult Literature led by a local school librarian. Find some new titles to engage your students.

· Videos as Tools for Classroom Motivation led by Amanda Robins. Amanda will share ways to use videos to facilitate  discussion in the ELA classroom and improve teacher instruction.

· The ACT:  Some Stuff We’ve Figured Out led by Pat Kuper.  Get some updates on questions, readings, downloads,  and strategies to share with students to help them achieve higher scores in English, Reading and Writing sections of this test.

· Motivating the Unmotivated led by Julie Stausing.  Julie will lead an energetic  discussion on varied techniques for keeping  even your most resistant students ready to learn.



2016 Conference Pictures


              Terrie Fisher-Reed and Tracy Bouslog shared their closed reading technique, Reciprocal Reading in the keynote presentation.


Kara Cracraft and Joyce Theiss smile for the camera.



  Roundtable Discussion in Session.  Thanks, author Karen Sargeant for mentoring young teachers.


We learn a lot, work hard, but there is also much fun at a SMETA Conference.




Past Conference Fun

Woodland English Teacher, Chris Elfrink, explains the on-line grammar program he uses with his students.


John Stephens, a middle school English teacher from Dexter and our honorary conference photographer, captured this view of the 2014 conference from the balcony of the conference facility.

Jackson librarians Donna Brown and Danna Bruns share new young adult fiction titles and interest rouser ideas.



Autumn Stephens and John Snodgrass participate in the roundtable,  "Let's Talk: Whole Class Discussion Techniques"





A full house is in attendance on a beautiful Friday in November.  Join us for our 2017 CONFERENCE ON September 22  on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, 920 Broadway.