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$40 for teachers from AANNH member schools

$35 for AANNH individual members.
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No charge for SAU 9 educators and staff

Registration fee includes morning snacks and lunch.

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If paying by check, send a check payable to the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, to:
AANNH, c/o Selchen
HC64 Box 223, Wonalancet NH 03897

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Please note: There will be no refunds for this conference. If you register but are unable to attend, please find a colleague to take your place.


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Arts Alliance of Northern NH
(603) 323-7302


Kennett High School
409 Eagles Way
North Conway, NH 03860

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Annual Reading/Writing Conference for Educators
Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Donald Graves

This conference is open to educators, administrators, literacy leaders & parents from throughout New England and Eastern Canada!
This year's conference is for educators at all grade levels and will focus primarily on reading.

We are deeply saddened that Kylene Beers is unable to join us and grateful to Kelly Gallagher for stepping in to work with us and to honor his colleague and friend.

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Registration, book sales at 7:45 a.m.
Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway

Presented in partnership by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and Conway School District, our 2018 conference features Kylene Beers, author of many highly respected books on literacy.

About the conference:

Recent research indicates that students are reading less as demands for literacy increase across all professions. Now is the time for the artful teaching of reading: to motivate all students to read independently; to create classrooms that inspire engaged, lifelong reading; and to teach the moves necessary to make sense of difficult texts. 

When it comes to teaching young writers, how do we move students beyond the “flat and stagnant” writing that has become common in many schools? Our democracy demands engaged writers who craft voices that are heard and valued. The conditions we create in classrooms build trust in young writers, thus increasing their willingness to take risks. Daily writing deepens an understanding of tone, genre, and structure, building our students’ stamina, fluency and “writerly” habits of mind. Most importantly, we seek to increase the likelihood that our students become lifelong writers. 

How do we decide what and what not to teach? With increased expectations and so little time to meet them, the time is right for teachers to reflect professionally on the balance between process and outcome, or in the words of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bob Seger, to carefully consider our “deadlines and commitments—what to leave in, what to leave out.” Positioning our students closer to reading and writing excellence begins with decisions we make before, during, and after today’s lesson. This session will explore those decisions, and how planning a volume of practice is the basis of artful teaching.


Download a conference flyer here.

About the presenter:

Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California. He is the author of several books on literacy, most notably Readicide and Write Like This. His most recent book, 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents, was co-authored with Penny Kittle. Kelly is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach and the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association. He was honored with the California Association of Teachers of English 2018 Distinguished Service Award and will be recognized this summer at the International Literacy Association annual convention for his contributions to secondary education.


Staff Development & Continuing Education Credits Available. 

Books will be available for purchase and a raffle will be offered to support the Arts Alliance's conference coordination work.

Stay to ski, hike, play -- or shop! Participants will receive discounts at local lodging sites and  coupons from North Conway outlets & businesses.

We are deeply grateful to Booksource for their support of this conference!

The conference is part of the Arts Alliance's Arts in Inclusive professional development series, offered under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center.