About Write to Learn

The Write to Learn Conference

The Very Best Value for Your PD Dollar!

Willy Wood

Welcome!  My name is Willy Wood, and I’m the Conference Coordinator for the Write to Learn Conference. I want to thank you for visiting our new website and congratulate you on finding one of the best annual professional development opportunities around for K-college language arts teachers.

Sure, you could attend the annual NCTE or ILA national conferences and have a wonderful experience.  You would get to hear national-level speakers, you’d have (literally) a hundred plus choices of breakout sessions to attend, and you’d get to travel to a “destination” city and see some sights.  But you would also “get to” wait interminably in airports, fight for cabs, and spend as much for your professional development experience as you would for a moderately-expensive vacation.

If that doesn’t sound like the best time ever to you, then we offer what I believe to be a better alternative.  At Write to Learn, you also get to hear national-level speakers–in fact, the very same national-level speakers you would get at the big national conferences–but they come to you, right here in the Midwest, where you can comfortably drive to the conference and never set foot in an airport or fight for a cab.

img_0120At Write to Learn, we offer full-day workshops with recognized experts in the teaching of reading, writing, literature, media literacy, and educational technology; five keynote addresses; over 70 breakout sessions; post-conference workshops; and other events like our Late Night Open Mic 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 this year’s conference!  You’ll have your vision for the possibilities of education expanded by educational futurist Yong Zhao; you’ll be inspired by award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni; you’ll get insight into the world of young adults from best-selling YA author E. Lockhart; and you’ll stockpile classroom-tested teaching strategies from master teachers Kristin Ziemke (if you’re an elementary teacher) or Kelly Gallagher (if you’re a secondary teacher).

Those attending Day One’s full-day sessions can choose from “Xtreme Librarian” John Schumacher‘s session on engaging reading strategies (K-4); performance poets Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger‘s session on writing for learning across content areas (grades 5-9); media literacy expert Don Goble‘s session on digital storytelling (all grade levels); or expert teacher and prolific author Nancy Frey‘s session on John Hattie’s Visible Learning as it applies to language arts instruction (grades 6-12).

img_0115-2In addition to the great speakers above, you won’t want to miss our featured breakout session presenters.  Primary grades literacy expert and author Kristi Mraz will present breakout sessions, as well as a post-conference workshop, for elementary teachers; authors Ryan and Pam Goble will present sessions on engaging curriculum and instruction for middle and high school teachers; and 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples will present sessions on questioning strategies and leadership for secondary teachers.

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