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Debbi Michiko Florence to Speak at National Convention

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased to announce that Debbi Michiko Florence, of Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan, will be speaking at the 2017 NCTE Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

Florence will present as a member of the panel, "Girl Power in Our Own Voice: Multicultural Authors on Mirrors, Windows, and Empowering Young Readers." The participants’ description of the panel reads:

"#Own Voices" authors, whose writing is rooted in their own cultural identity and experiences, discuss how books starring strong, diverse females can empower and validate readers of all backgrounds, particularly girls. Sample lesson plans and a book list will offer educators critical classroom tools for promoting student empathy and empowerment.

The session will be held from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention draws thousands of elementary, middle level, and secondary educators, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world to participate in four days of professional learning programming. NCTE convention attendees hear presentations from award-winning speakers, attend thought-provoking sessions, share best practices, and test the latest teaching materials. The 2017 NCTE Annual Convention will be held November 16-19 at the America’s Center Convention Complex.

The National Council of Teachers of English (, with 30,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.