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Annual Literacy Council Scheduled March 14
March 4, 2013

The Mid-East TN Regional P-16 Council, the Mossy Creek Literacy Council and the Jefferson County School System invite area teachers and educators to the Fourth Annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 14. The conference will be on Walters State’s Morristown campus. The featured keynote specialist is leading literacy Speaker Dr. Tim Shanahan, with lunch speakers Mark Artel, a popular children’s author. 
The focus of this year’s conference is “Meeting the Challenges of the Common Core.”
“Dr. Shanahan is one of the nation’s leading experts in teaching reading. Teachers will leave the conference with new ideas that can be used in the classroom and impact the common core standards for English language arts. More than that, he is a passionate and dynamic speaker,” said Dr. Amy Ross, dean of distance education and co-coordinator of the council. 

“Those attending will enjoy lunch with children’s author Mike Artell, attend terrific sessions about teaching with the common core curriculum and have the chance to network with other professionals,” Ross said. 

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., with Shanahan delivering the keynote address at 8:40 a.m. He will also speak at 12:40 p.m. Two breakout sessions are planned. The day will wrap up at 3:45 with the giveaway of an iPad and other door prizes. 

Shanahan is the co-author of “Elements of Reading Fluency, “Early Childhood Literacy” and “Teaching with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.” He is the distinguished professor of urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He previously served as director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. His research emphasizes reading-writing relationships, reading assessment and improving reading achievement. 

A new event this year is “Lunch with the Authors.” Children’s Author Mike Artell will speak. His works include “Three Little Cajun Pigs” and “Cajun Red Riding Hood, Pew Yew.” Musicians Ron and Jason Coffey will also entertain during lunch. Teachers and administrations will also have a chance to browse the latest in reading classroom materials with vendors including “Learning Tree” and “National School Products.”

The cost of the conference is $120 and includes all sessions, a one-year membership to Mossy Creek Literacy Council and the Tennessee Reaching Association, TRA’s professional journal, a certificate of attendance and a great lunch.

The conference will be held in the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex, the Student Services Building and the R. Jack Fishman Library on Walters State’s Morristown campus. Questions can be directed to Tammy Wells at (423) 585-6899 or

In the picture: Dr. Tim Shanahan