“Teachers Make a Difference!”
Announcing the 2016 Write to Learn Conference
Your Best Professional Development Choice
There are many factors that impact student achievement: motivation, relevance, differentiation, high expectations, and curricular rigor, just to name a few. But there’s one factor that research has shown to repeatedly have a larger impact on achievement than anything else: the quality of the teacher in the classroom! That’s why the theme for our Feb. 25-27, 2016 Write to Learn Conference is “Teachers Make a Difference.”
We know you are already great at what you do, but the world changes. Your curriculum changes. Technology changes. Students change. And so, you must constantly stay up on the latest and greatest in your field in order to continue to be the greatest at what you do.
And that’s where the Write to Learn Conference comes in. Each year, we put together a line-up of nationally- and internationally-known speakers, as well as master teachers from around the region, and those speakers deliver a wealth of exciting, cutting-edge strategies that you can apply in your classroom right away. Trust us; if you teach language arts at any grade level, K-college, you won’t want to miss this year’s conference!
Join us for Day One of the conference, and choose one action-packed full-day workshop with one of these master teachers: Jennifer Jacobson, author of No More "I'm Done!": Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades and over a dozen award-winning books for children (grades K-5); Kate Messner, author of the professional books Real Revision and 59 Reasons to Write, as well as more than two dozen titles for young readers (grades 6-8); Meenoo Rami, author of the best-selling Heinemann book, Thrive, and founder of #engchat (grades 6-12); and Nick Kremer and Sandy Sanders, Missouri master teachers and experts on bringing Shakespeare to life in the classroom (grades 6-12).
On Days Two and Three of the conference, you will be inspired, informed, and entertained by our amazing, eclectic mix of keynote speakers and over 60 breakout sessions from which you can choose.
This year’s keynote speakers include Taylor Mali, author of three books of poetry, as well as his best-selling book of essays, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World; Tanny McGregor, the consummate “teachers’ teacher,” author of Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading and Genre Connections: Lessons to Launch Literary and Nonfiction Text; New York Times best-selling children’s/young adult author Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm, In a Glass Grimmly, and The Grimm Conclusion; and last, but certainly not least, Ron Clark, whose accolades include the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year award, two New York Times best-selling books, and serving as the subject of a television movie. Ron is also the founder of the innovative Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.
Altogether, we hope you’ll agree with us when we say that you won’t find a more enlightening and inspiring professional development experience available to you this year. Please join us!
When all of this year’s breakout sessions have been selected, they will be added to the site. Registration will open in November.
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