The Fifth Annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference will be
Tuesday, March 11 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Walters State Community College’s
Morristown campus. This event is
designed to put the spotlight on literacy and literacy education for one day
“This is a great opportunity for area teachers,
administrators and those interested in children’s literature to hear
nationally-known presenters and authors. Teachers will learn how to make common
core standards practical. Teachers also have a great chance to network with
other teachers,” said Linda Roberts, assistant vice president for academic
affairs at Walters State.
“Really, this is just a great day for anyone interested in
reading and literacy,” Roberts said.
The conference will again feature the Coffey Brothers.
Brothers Ron and Jason Coffey, fifth-grade teachers at Morristown’s
Fairview-Marguerite School, can be expected to bring the house down with catchy
language arts lessons set to music. The brothers will also demonstrate how
short, catchy phrases can drive home important literacy lessons.
Carol Jago, a nationally-known expert on K-12 literacy, will
speak on “Making the Shift from Standards to Inspired Practice.” Jago is the
author of “With Rigor For All.” The book shows teachers how to create English
classrooms where students are inspired to live literate lives and develop into
proficient, independent readers. Jago is a veteran English teacher who now
directs the California Reading and Literature Project. She is a past president
of the National Council of Teachers of English.
“Carol is not only an author, she’s also an expert on
engaging students and literacy in the classroom,” said Roberts.
The conference also features children’s author Lester
Laminack, professor emeritus in education at Western Carolina University. His
books include “Three Hens and a Peacock,” “Snow Day” and “Jake’s 100th
Day of School.” His professional works include “The Writing Teacher’s
Sponsors for this year’s event are the Mid-East Tennessee
Regional P-16 Council, Jefferson County Schools, the Mossy Creek Literacy
Council, Walters State Community College and National Geographic.
The $125 registration fee includes lunch, entertainment, a
certificate of attendance and a one-year membership to the Mossy Creek Literacy
Council. To register or for more
information, contact Tammy Wells at (423) 585-6899 or Tammy.Wells@ws.edu.
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