#SOL14 Friends + Family = Framily

Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy for creating a place for us to work collaboratively.

During a weekend of exhilarating conversations and sessions at #NCTE14, someone mentioned the word “Framily” based on our personal and professional relationships.

So what does this really mean?
So what does this look like?


On Friday, it looked like this after our presentation . . .

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and we also had to capture this sign that was posted saying our session was full!

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The conversation continued and our “Framily” grew at Aloft . . .










Saturday evening our “Slicer Dinner” also provided more conversation and a larger group of “Framily”.

Sol dinner








And the fun continued out on the beach at National Harbor.

Do you know the story of this art work?

National Harbor beach

How many “Slicers” can you name in these pictures?

How did your “Framily” grow as a result of #NCTE14?






22 responses

  1. Fran – love your post and truly loved finally meeting you! We look forward to our continued connection with you in our Framily!
    Clare and Tammy

    1. Thanks, Clare and Tammy!
      It was so great to meet you as well! I love our Framily connections! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  2. I’m trying to read NCTE slices without jealousy — It’s tough with this one! But I’m so glad that so many slicers could be together… The connections we make are so important.

    1. Our connections, virtual and face to face, help us grow as individuals and as a framily! This was my first NCTE; it won’t be my last!

  3. Fran,
    Your post and all the neat tweets and posts over the past few days have made me excited about (and look forward to) next year’s NCTE, when I’ve been part of the SoL community a bit longer. What an A.wesome group of people… 🙂 Love the pictures.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Robin in FL

    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Robin!

      NCTE is amazing! You won’t regret it!

  4. Love the term Framily! And I was amazed how it grew over the weekend. My Framily inspired me all year through just the on-line connections and now, with personal connections as well, the inspiration is that much stronger. Thank you for sharing the pictures again.

    1. Melanie,
      You are a shining star and I am so glad that we were able to spend time together! Hearing all the stories this weekend reminded me of how lucky I am to have such a large and ever growing Framily!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Fran. I’m giving thanks for having spent time with you at NCTE.

    1. Tara,
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well. I have loved all our time together, and continuing our conversations at NCTE was wonderful!

  6. Loved every bit. Really unbelievable. Thanks for sharing these great pictures and memories. It’s going in my favorites file in my heart.

    1. Julieanne,
      Returning to the abruptly cold Midwest made me long for more time with “Framily” . . . more conversations . . . more memories . . . more, more, MORE!

      I love that “favorites file in my heart.” ❤

  7. What a wonderful post, Fran! Your pictures bring back great memories. I was very sad I missed going on the Ferris Wheel, especially once I found out the cars were heated! I’m not surprised your session was full. Until next time.

    1. Thanks, Anna!
      It was so much fun to meet you and to get to hear you TWICE!

      We were thinking that we need a summer reunion! (Quarterly meetings would be fabulously energizing!)

  8. Fran, the Framily grew at NCTE 14 and will continue because of the genuine, congenial educators we mix with in life. We are all learners in a circle of friendship. I am so thrilled that I met you in real life. Until we meet again, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks, Carol!
      It is so much fun to literally now “know” who I am talking to when I tweet, comment on a blog, or just even see your name in someone else’s post!

      Happy Holidays to you as well!

  9. It was a great conference! I learned a lot, BUT meeting up with friends is the best part. Glad I got to see you again at the conference. Hope to see you in 2015!

    1. Thanks, Stacey!

      Your organization of the Slicer Dinner really allowed our “Framily” to expand!

      Meeting with friends and learning together is a great experience! The collaborative nature of conferences lends itself well to continued growth!

      Happy Holidays!

  10. It was such a pleasure to meet you, Fran. I enjoyed your presentation so much, and I’m still thinking about all the ‘what ifs’. I’m happy you’re part of my framily. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Dana! I know how hard it is to leave your own family behind to be part of a bigger Framily, but so happy that you were learning also.

      What if Everyone loved literacy as much as I do? How’s that for another “What if?”

      Sorry that I raced on ahead to the Exhibit Hall and ditched you and Michelle, but we ended up going to Colleen, Lester, and James Howe’s session. I had never heard Lester before. OMG. . . my sides still hurt from laughing!!!

  11. Meeting slicers is such a joy! Your post made me smile with every picture. (plus totally green with envy)

    1. Elsie,
      It would have been so much fun to meet you at #NCTE14. You are such a consistent encourager and commentor on my posts!

      Fun we had! ❤

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