Meet Our Friday Mid-Day Keynote Speaker, Pernille Ripp!

Pernille Ripp is an expert in literacy and technology integration who dedicates her research and practice to developing engaged and empowered students and communities.  She is a teacher, speaker, author, blogger, and passionate advocate for education.  She is a Skype Master Teacher and winner of the 2015 ISTE Award for Innovation in Global Collaboration.

In 2010, Pernille founded The Global Read Aloud, a global literacy initiative that began with a simple goal in mind: one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the Global Read Aloud has grown to connect more than two million students in 60 different countries.

Pernille is the author of Passionate Learners–How to Engage and Empower Your Students, now in its second edition; Empowered Schools, Empowered Students; Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration; and Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child.  Pernille’s current research interest is in creating passionate literacy environments within the restriction of our current educational systems to help students fall in love with literacy again.

You can follow Pernille’s work on her personal blog, Blogging Through The Fourth Dimension, which is a frequent Teach100 top rated education blog.  With her mentoring, her own students blogs’ have had more than 600,000 unique views since they began.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear one of the world’s most respected literacy teachers!

To register, go to the Register Page.

We’ll see you there!

Willy Wood
Write to Learn Conference Coordinator
Posted 1/18/18

Meet Our Opening General Session Speaker, Kwame Alexander!

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 24 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize.  Kwame writes for children of all ages.  Some of his other works include The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game of Life; the picture books, Animal ArkOut of Wonder, and Surf’s Up; and the novels SoloBooked, and He Said, She Said.

Kwame believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his writing and publishing program.  A regular speaker at schools and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world, planting seeds of literary love: Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, and recently, he led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded.

In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s Inaugural Dorothy M. Carter writer-in-residence.  The Kwame Alexander Papers, a collection of his writings, correspondence, and other professional and personal documents is held at the George Washington University Gelman Library.

We guarantee, you won’t want to miss Kwame and his inspiring keynote!  Go to the Register page to reserve your spot.  See you there!

Willy Wood
Write to Learn Conference Coordinator
Posted 1/11/18

Register Now!

Dear Friend of Write to Learn:

I know it’s a busy time of year, with the holiday season just behind us and so much to do to get ready for the second half of the school year, but I hope you can set aside a few minutes now to register for the upcoming Write to Learn Conference.

I know it’s hard to believe, but the conference is now just about six weeks away, and I’m sure you won’t want to miss this year’s lineup of inspiring speakers.  This year’s theme is “E3: Engagement, Empathy, Empowerment,” and we have assembled a group of speakers who are uniquely qualified to address these issues.

Our Day One (full-day workshops) speakers include best-selling children’s author Eric Litwin (of Pete the Cat fame); literacy expert Gravity Goldberg, author of Mindsets and Moves: Strategies that Help Readers Take Charge; writing expert Steve Peha, author of Be a Better Writer, a one-of-a-kind handbook for young writers; and writer, folk singer, filmmaker, and comedian Barry Lane, one of the best (and certainly the most entertaining) teachers of writing in the world.  Each of these speakers will provide you with tons of specific, practical strategies to keep your students engaged, promote empathy, and make them feel empowered.

Our keynote speakers this year include best-selling poet Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover and many other books for readers of all ages; literacy expert Pernille Ripp, founder of the Global Read Aloud and author of Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child; award-winning children’s author/storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy; and master teacher Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, author of many professional books for teachers, including The Curious Classroom: Ten Structures for Teaching with Student Directed Inquiry.

So please take a few minutes to browse around the website for more information about the conference.  You can visit the Speakers Page for more information on all of our amazing speakers, or go straight to the Register page to sign up.

We will see you in February!

Willy Wood
Write to Learn Conference Coordinator
Posted 1/4/18

Write to Learn is Open for Registration!

We are happy to announce that registration for the 2018 Write to Learn Conference is now open!

The theme of this year’s conference is E3: Engagement, Empathy, Empowerment.  This theme weaves a cord consisting of three powerful strands.  Without engagement, students don’t learn well.  Without empathy, they don’t treat others well.  Without empowerment, they don’t have the voice to perform well in their role as citizens of this country and the world.

As teachers, we find ourselves in a position of influence second only to parents for helping the students in our charge achieve these three crucial goals.  Language arts teachers, especially, have a powerful ally in the form of the literature we teach.  Texts that are relevant to students’ lives capture their attention and keep them engaged.  The right text can teach through story the lessons of empathy more powerfully than any speech or sermon.  And the models provided to students by the characters in many texts show them pathways for achieving empowerment.

At this year’s conference, you will have the opportunity to hear a number of great speakers address these issues.  Best-selling author Kwame Alexander will share his message of how literature can engage kids who are at risk of failure and empower them to reach their full potential.  Middle school teacher Pernille Ripp will share the ways she teaches her students to use technology to engage with other students from around the world and build empathy.  Carmen Agra Deedy will tell you the story of how, as an immigrant, she learned to love her second language and ultimately learned to use that language to become a best-selling children’s author and storyteller.  And Harvey “Smokey” Daniels will share some of the strategies he uses to keep students engaged and learning.  And that’s just the keynoters!

Feel free to read more about this year’s national speakers on the Featured Speakers page.  Then head on over to the Schedule pages to check out all the great sessions available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  I’m convinced you’ll find multiple sessions that you’d love to attend in each of the conference’s rounds of breakout sessions.  In fact, the hardest thing will be deciding on only one from each round!

Once you’ve made those hard decisions, the last step is to navigate to the Register page and follow the directions to sign up.

I hope you’re as excited about attending this year as we are to be putting the conference on.  We’ll see you there!

Willy Wood
Write to Learn Conference Coordinator
Posted 12/1/17

Call for Proposals–Write to Learn 2018!

Would you like to be a breakout session presenter at this year’s conference?  We’d love to receive a proposal from you!

The theme for the 2018 conference is “E3: Engagement, Empathy, Empowerment.”  Proposals that address this theme or some aspect of the theme will be given priority, but selections will not be limited to the theme.  Breakout sessions will be 75 minutes long.  You may present by yourself or with a co-presenter (sessions will be limited to two presenters unless you get permission from Willy Wood to have more). Proposals must be submitted via the online submission system or postmarked (if you’re mailing a hard copy) no later than September 18, 2017.  Selected presenters will be notified by October 12, 2017.

If you are selected to present as a solo presenter or as a co-presenter, your Friday/Saturday registration fee will be $168 (a savings of $100).  If you attend the conference on Friday only, the presenter (and co-presenter, if applicable) fee will be $99 (a savings of $70).  There will be no fee reduction for presenters who attend Saturday only.  If you are asked to present more than one session, your conference registration will be free.  Breakout session presenters must register for the conference unless they obtain a waiver from the conference coordinator, Willy Wood.

So, if you have a great teaching idea or approach that has worked well for you and you’d like to share it with your teaching colleagues from around the state, the process is simple.  Just click the link below to get started.  You’ll be taken directly to the online proposal submission system, so make sure you have your title and session description already written out so you’ll be prepared to plug it in at the appropriate time. We look forward to reading your proposal!

Click Here to Enter the Online Submission System