Keeping teachers a step ahead. Leadership in language arts.

Regional Conference

For the Love of Teaching - Reclaiming the Classroom

Colorado Language Arts Society
Regional Fall Conference
October 15, 2016

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Co-sponsored by the MSU Denver NCTE Student Affiliate

Tivoli Union, Auraria Campus
Denver, CO


Our conference registration is through Eventbrite, which can handle payment via PayPal, credit card, and check. The cost includes a catered brown-bag lunch and a 12-month membership in the Colorado Language Arts Society.


Our keynote speakers are poet and teacher Taylor Mali, award-winning writer and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, and 2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling.

In addition to the keynote sessions, attendees have eight choices during each of two seventy-five-minute conference sessions on a variety of subjects related to teaching, reading, writing, and critical literacy that will excite your imagination and inspire your life as a reader and educator.


  8:00-8:15 Welcome! (Announcements and Membership Meeting)
  8:15-9:00 Taylor Mali
  9:00-9:30 Autograph Session and Book Sales
  9:30-10:45 Session A
11:00-11:30 Lunch
11:30-11:45 CLAS Legacy Award
11:45-12:00 Writing Contest Winners
12:00-12:45 Jimmy Santiago Baca
12:45-1:00 Autograph Session and Book Sales
  1:00-2:15 Session B
  2:30-3:45 Sarah Brown Wessling Workshop--sponsored by MSUD NCTE Student Affiliate
  3:45-4:30 The Unconference Conference Session: Debriefing, Dessert Bar, and Giveaways

Getting to Auraria

Public transportation: the Auraria West Campus Station and the Colfax at Auraria Station are collectively served by six light rail lines and five bus routes. The RTD Trip Planner can help you plan your trip from within the greater Denver area.

Driving: the Auraria Campus is located near downtown Denver. Auraria Campus Parking costs vary by location. 

Maps of Auraria Campus parking and the Tivoli Student Center are available on the Auraria Campus Maps page.

Spend the night

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown is offering a discounted rate for CLAS Conference attendees of $155.00 USD per night October 14-16. Reservations must be made by September 19, 2016 to take advantage of the offer. 

Snag a copy of session handouts

Was there a session you couldn't make it to or wanted an extra copy of a handout to take home and share? We will share session handouts as they are shared with the conference committee. 

(Click here for a downloadable PDF flyer to print and share)

Any additional questions about the conference can be sent to Jill Adams, . 

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