About Write to Learn

The Write to Learn Conference

“E3: Engagement, Empathy, Empowerment”

Willy Wood

Hello!  My name is Willy Wood, and it’s my pleasure to serve as the Conference Coordinator for the Write to Learn Conference. I want to thank you for visiting our website and congratulate you on finding one of the best annual professional development opportunities in the country for K-college language arts teachers!  The theme for this year’s conference is “E3: Engagement, Empathy, Empowerment,” and we’ve pulled together some of the country’s leading experts on engaging students, teaching them empathy, and empowering them to do great things in the world.

At Write to Learn, you get to hear national-level speakers–in fact, the very same national-level speakers you would get at the big national conferences.  In addition, we offer full-day workshops with recognized experts in the teaching of reading, writing, literature, media literacy, and educational technology; four keynote addresses; over 70 breakout sessions; post-conference workshops; and other events like our Late Night Open Mic, our Magnetic Poetry Contest, and the Missouri Writing Projects Network’s reception for student writers who have been selected as winners of this year’s Scholastic Writing Awards.

And Write to Learn comes at just the right time each year, when the adrenaline rush of the holidays is behind you and you’re into that long winter slog through weeks on end without a break.  Come and join us at the conference to recharge your batteries, network with colleagues, and get a good dose of inspiration and a boatload of new, effective teaching strategies to help you be even more effective at what you do.

I guarantee you won’t want to miss our keynote speakers at this year’s conference!  You’ll be energized by best-selling author Kwame Alexander‘s vision of how language can empower your students; you’ll be inspired by how middle school teacher Pernille Ripp uses technology to help her students connect with others around the world; you’ll laugh (and maybe cry a little) at the stories and the message of empathy shared by award-winning storyteller and children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy; and you’ll learn classroom-tested, research-based teaching strategies from master teacher Harvey “Smokey” Daniels.

Those attending Day One will have the choice of attending full-day sessions by best-selling children’s author Eric Litwin (author of the first four Pete the Cat books) on interactive literacy and music (grades K-3);  reading expert and author Gravity Goldberg on what your student readers need to be successful (grades 3-8); writing expert and entertainer Barry Lane on bringing the joy back to your students’ writing (grades 3-12); or literacy expert Steve Peha and brain-compatible teaching expert Willy Wood (me) on how to use the reading-writing connection to help your students’ literacy learning skyrocket (grades 6-12).

img_0115-2In addition to the great speakers above, you won’t want to miss our featured breakout session presenters.  America’s leading guided reading expert and author Jan Richardson will present two breakout sessions on guided reading for primary grades teachers; prolific author and writing expert Lynne Dorfman will present sessions on grammar and conferring for K-6 teachers; and award-winning middle grades/YA author Pam Withers will present sessions for secondary teachers on how to help reluctant boy readers learn to love literature.

All of that, plus more than 70 informative breakout sessions on a wide variety of teaching topics, contests and door prizes, exhibits and book sales, autographing sessions, and refreshments!

All in all, there really is no better K-to-college language arts professional development opportunity out there–and no better value for your PD dollar.  We hope to see you at this year’s conference!

Willy Wood
Write to Learn Conference Coordinator