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2014 Annual Reading Conference at Kent State University

October 31, 2014
Kent Student Center

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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.



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.



Theme: Internal Fear
Words: 500-1500
Submit by grade bands: 4-5; 6-8; 9-12
Submit by 10/10/2014 by midnight
$50 gift card for each winner






$110   Conference fee
$40     Students (full time at KSU, AU, YSU, CSU)
Registration deadline MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014.  No same day registration. 

CONFEREE REPLACEMENTS/SUBSTITUTES please send an email to indicating the name of the substitute, the person they are replacing, plus school or school district. An email is required in case there are any questions.   

Can't attend?  For REFUND INFORMATION call 330-672-3100. 

PURCHASE ORDER REGISTRATION FORM (not for teacher scholarship registration).
For instructions, contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-3100
Dietary needs, please email after registering..




As of 09/22/2014 scholarship registrations will be placed on a WAITING LIST ONLY!  Confirmation by October 15, 2014. 
If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Elizabeth Cochran at or 330-672-0538.
A 30% confernce discount for teachers is available, sponosored by Drs. Richard and JoAnne Vacca.
Scholarship applicants will not register for the conference online
In order to allow a wide variety of school districts to be represented, there is a LIMIT of 4 scholarships per school district.



The Program of the Day with breakout sessions will be posted October 1, 2014.


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