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!
Write to Learn Conference Coordinator
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!