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CLAS Journal Online

Our CLAS journal, Statement, is now online. Visit us at Statement Online. Read the most recent edition, browse archives, and learn how you can submit your writing.

CLAS Board Spotlight

Kate Farrell, our 2014-2015 CLAS President, pictured on a pleasant summer evening at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.


Fall Regional Conference Just Around the Corner...

The 2014 CLAS Conference theme explores the variety of stories we tell, and the stories we ask our students to write. Keynote speakers and workshop presenters will emphasize the power of stories and describe how narratives meet the requirements of the Common Core. Our annual CLAS Fall Regional Conference will be held October 10-11, 2014 at the School of Mines in beautiful Golden, Colorado. The speaker's lineup has just been announced:
  • Rebecca Rule is Friday night's workshop speaker. "From Pittsburgh to Peterborough (Peeta-burah), Becky is out and about telling and gathering stories with a strong dose of good old-fashioned yankee humor (humah). She loves to laugh and to get others laughing, too..." (more at
  • Ted Conover is the keynote on Saturday morning. "I feel lucky to do what I do. I write about real people, often living their lives for a while - visiting their lives, you might say. Trying them on for size.Though there are easier ways to make a living, none strike me as a fraction so interesting..." (more at
  • Chris Crutcher is Saturday's luncheon speaker. "Crutcher’s years as teacher, then director, of a K-12 alternative school in Oakland, California through the nineteen-seventies, and his subsequent twenty-odd years as a therapist specializing in child abuse and neglect, inform his thirteen novels and two collections of short stories. 'I have forever been intrigued by the extremes of the human condition,' he says, 'the remarkable juxtaposition of the ghastly and the glorious.' ” (more at

Click here to Register Now. Questions about the conference can be sent to the Conference Chair, Jess Leifheit, at

Time to vote for YAL's best!

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the state of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner - adults do not vote. The 2014 winner is Divergent by Veronica Roth. (Past winners can be found at the Blue Spruce website.
All the materials needed to participate in the Blue Spruce Award can be found at and may be freely printed and distributed. The deadline for students to cast their votes is December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm. Be sure to have your students read this year's amazing YAL nominees and cast their vote for their favorite!

CLAS Journal Best in U.S.A.!

On June 30, 2014, CLAS was notified by the NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates that our affiliate journal, Statement, earned the top rating for the 2014 NCTE Affiliate Journal Award. The judges awarded at least one perfect score in each of five criteria, praising "the range of content, the successful use of the 'formula' theme, and the 'uniformly high' quality of writing, 'blessedly free of jargon.' " According to the judges, Statement possesses  "the feel of a national journal." Sarah Zerwin, Statement editor, will attend  the Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast on Sunday, November 16, at the 2014 NCTE Convention in Washington, D.C., where she will receive this well-deserved award. Congrats to Sarah and to CLAS!

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

Announcing the launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program Online Application for K-12 teachers! You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-6 months through the Fulbright Program! By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives.

Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, among others. START YOUR APPLICATION TODAY: Application deadline: November 5, 2014.


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