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2014 Annual Reading Conference at Kent State University

October 31, 2014


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Theme: "Creativity in the Common Core: Teaching the Standards with Imagination and Joy"

With all the presures facing teachers today, it is easy to get away from the true core of good teaching: helping all students to see the wonder in reading, writing and learning.  What do you do in your classroom that exemplifies this ideal?  To help bring the focus back to these core values, the sessions from this conference will show how teacher and student imagination and joy can be integrate into the teaching of the Reading and Writing Common Core State Standards.

Keynote Speaker: Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller has worked with a wide variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fourth grade at O.A. Pterson Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas. In her poplar book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teachers and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Conalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and used this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn currently facilitates the community blog, The Nerdy Book Club and co-writes a monthly column for Scholastic's Principal-to-Principal Newsletter. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as The Reading Teachers, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post.

Writing Contest

Theme: Internal Fear
Words: 500-1500
Submit by grade bands: 4-5; 6-8; 9-12
Submit by 10/10/2014 by midnight

Online Reading Conference Registration Opens June 1, 2014. 


$110   Conference fee
$40     Students (full time at KSU, AU, YSU, CSU)
Organizations using a Purchase Order must register by mail.  For instructions, contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-3100.


A limted number of teacher conference scholarships are available, sponosored by Drs. Richard and JoAnne Vacca.
Scholarships will be offered on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.
To apply, contact Elizabeth Cochran at or 330-672-0538.



Deadlinline June 30, 2014.


Conference contact for more information: Elizabeth Cochran, 330-672-0538