Day Two Sessions
“The Good Ones: How Language Marginalizes and Literature Empowers”
Kwame Alexander, Author
During this lively keynote address, Kwame will discuss equity in education and share stories and poems that speak to the power of books as mirrors and windows. He concludes with a set of creative tools and strategies that will help teachers help ALL students imagine a better world through accessible and meaningful literature.
“Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students”
Pernille Ripp, Teacher, Author, Blogger, Founder of The Global Read Aloud
Would you want to be a student in your own classroom? In this session, based on her book Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students, 7th-grade teacher Pernille Ripp will help both novice and seasoned educators create a positive, interactive learning environment where students drive their own academic achievement. You’ll discover how to make fundamental changes to your classroom so learning becomes an exciting challenge rather than a frustrating ordeal. You’ll discover practical strategies for how to build a working relationship with your students based on mutual trust, respect, and appreciation; be attentive to your students’ needs and share ownership of the classroom with them; and break out of the vicious cycle of punishment and reward to control student behavior. Whether you’re just beginning or well on your way in your teaching career, this session is meant to inspire you, help you take some risks, and eagerly pursue your journey toward a classroom filled with passionate learners.
Each year, the Missouri Writing Projects Network scores student entries in the Scholastic Writing Awards Contest, then hosts the winners and their parents and/or teachers at a reception in their honor here at Write to Learn. Everyone is welcome to stop by and applaud these exceptional young writers.
“Words Hard Won”
Carmen Agra Deedy, Author and Storyteller
Seldom is there one limiting element or one path to achieving literacy. Join award-winning children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy as she carries you along the precipitous path of a young child struggling to acquire language, an elementary student’s life-changing encounter with a literary masterpiece, the rendezvous that would dispel a phobia of words, and the literacy leaders encountered along the way, who motivated and empowered her toward an acquired love of words.