Keeping teachers a step ahead. Leadership in language arts.


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

Vince Puzick, our 2013-2014 CLAS President, can be found casting for trout in Colorado's rivers when he's not supporting literacy and language arts in Colorado Springs School District 11.


Colorado Day of Writing

Three sites across the state of Colorado, dozens of teachers, numerous drafts, lots of fun, and one day...

The Colorado Day of Writing

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Colorado Springs - Denver - Boulder

Join Erica Rewey in Colorado Springs, Mark Overmeyer and Mike Wenk in Denver, or Tim Hillmer in Boulder for a day of writing, reading, talking, and camaraderie. We elevate the idea of teacher as writer as we explore the genre of flash fiction in a day-long workshop. For more information and to register, visit:

NCTE Leadership Program

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) announces the 2014 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award Program.

2013 Early Career Educators of Color Winners - Stacey Thomas, Sherry Franklin, Virginia Valdez, and Kristy Girardeau

This award supports up to six educators who are in the first five years of their careers (pre-K through college level) by providing the following benefits:

  • involving travel and lodging for two consecutive NCTE conventions
  • connection to an accomplished mentor
  • collaboration with peers and NCTE leaders
  • opportunities to serve NCTE in key volunteer roles
  • targeted professional development
  • opportunities to present during an annual convention
  • special award recognition

And NCTE covers all the costs! Learn more and apply online. All applications are due by Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Please contact us with questions!

Check out PARCC test items!

PARCC has posted sample test items for every grade on the testing platform students will use when taking the field test later this spring. The sample items are available at To get a true understanding of the range of rigor, item types and functionalities, users are encouraged to try out items across all grades and to provide feedback.

Featured Resources

Three students, Three Writing Conferences, Twelve Minutes

Are you conferring with your students? What does it look like? Check out this YouTube video in which Penny Kittle leads three of her students through conversations about their writing.  These conferences show what dialogue with students might look like:


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