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Until September 15, $35/registrant

$30 for teachers from AANNH member schools

$25 for AANNH individual members.
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Note: Fees will increase by $10 as of September 15. Payment must be received before that date to receive the reduced rate.

SAU 9 educators and staff,
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Registration fee includes morning snacks and lunch.

This year, you can pay online or by check.

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.


Contact Frumie Selchen
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.

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:

In their books Notice and Note and Reading Nonfiction, Kylene Beers and Bob
Probst showed teachers how to help students become close readers. In
Disrupting Thinking they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going
problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often,no
matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged
and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have
misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach
an text, fiction or nonfiction.

In this conference, using her hallmark humor and practicality, Kylene will
present her vision of what reading and what education across all the grades
could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom
teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points will provide context for school-wide
conversations. In particular, she'll share new strategies and ideas for
helping classroom teachers:

-Create engagement and relevance
-Encourage responsive and responsible reading
-Deepen comprehension
-Develop lifelong reading habits

Kylene will guide us in exploring how we can help all our students become
readers who do more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer
from a multiple-choice list. She'll show us how to help them become the
critical thinkers our nation needs them to be.

About the presenter:

Kylene is an award-winning educator and is the author (with Robert Probst) of Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters; When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do; Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice; and Elements of Literature, the literature textbook read by the majority of middle school and high school students across the US. 

She began her teaching career in 1979 in the Alief School District, outside of Houston. Texas.  Since then, she has become an internationally-known and respected authority in literacy education.  Kylene works tirelessly to help parents, teachers, and national policy makers understand how to best help struggling readers.

In 2008-2009, she served as President of the National Council of Teachers of English and in 2011 she received an NCTE Leadership Award.  She has served as a consultant to the National Governor’s Association Education Committee, was the editor of the national literacy journal Voices from the Middle, taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, held a reading research position in the Comer School Development Program at Yale University School of Medicine, and has served as the Senior Reading Advisor to the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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.