October 19, 2011
Andrene Bonner to Speak at National Council of Teachers of English
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased to announce that Andrene Bonner will be speaking at the 2011 NCTE Annual Convention.
Bonner, of Mount Vernon School District, New York, will be presenting during the panel session, "MINING GOLD: THE WRITER, THE STORY, AND THE STORYTELLER." An excerpt from the description of this session in the Convention Program reads:
This workshop and panel presentation explores ways to engage students in writing their memoirs and fictional stories. The storyteller refers to best instructional practices for bringing literature to life in the classroom.
The session will be held from 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM on Saturday, November 19, 2011.
Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention draws thousands of K-12 teachers, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world. They gather to hear award-winning speakers, attend idea-packed sessions, share best practices, participate in workshops, and test the latest teaching materials. The 2011 NCTE Annual Convention will be held November 17-22, in Chicago, Illinois.
For more information, or to register for the Convention, visit http://www.ncte.org/annual.
About Andrene Bonner
Andrene Bonner is an educational consultant, arts administrator and writer with over twenty years of experience in theatre production and education, child advocacy both in the non-profit arena and the public sector, school reform, motivational storytelling and diversity. The Jamaican, who first trained as an actress, toured extensively as a solo performer. She got her feet wet in film and television production at Warner Bros. and Stan Lee Media in Los Angeles, but soon changed direction to serve in the classroom. She teaches English, dramatic arts, and public speaking at Mount Vernon High School in New York. Her research interests are in Classical Literacy in Urban and Rural Schools; Linguistic Variations Across Cultures; and Reading and Writing as Ritual and Identity.
Bonner’s coming-of-age novel, Olympic Gardens garnered the 2009 Lorna Goodison Caribbean Award for Transformative Literature. Selected poems have appeared in Kapu Sens Literary Review and The Caribbean Writer. She attended Merl Grove High School and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. She holds an M.A. in Language and Literacy, M.S. in Education, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance, Acting and Directing. When not teaching and writing, the veteran actress continues to perform selected theatrical works. Visit her websites at www.andrenebonner.com and www.egwechipublishing.com.