Thursday, May 1, 2008

53rd Annual International Reading Association Conference

I leave Friday (5/2) for the 53rd annual International Reading Association conference, being held in Atlanta this year. The theme this year is Engaging Learners in Literacy. IRA is a big conference that I enjoy attending every year.

This year I will be attending the research conference on Saturday (5/3). This year, Catherine E. Snow is the keynote speaker.

On Sunday (5/4), I am a co-organizer for Institute 14: Technology Tools to Engage ALL Learners in Literacy which will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center - B402 from 9:00 - 5:00. There will be an amazing line up of presenters (lecture and lab) on the use of technology in literacy instruction.

On Monday (5/5), I am presenting: Deepening Literature Response Through Engagement in Online Activities which will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center - C207 from 3:00 - 4:00. This session will discuss how online literature response activities can deepen student engagement and comprehension in ways not possible through traditional response activities. Examples of online activities will be presented.

On Tuesday (5/6), I will be at the Houghton Mifflin booth in the exhibit hall at 2:00. There will be plenty of refreshments and copies of The Joy of Children's Literature (what at great combination!).

On Wednesday (5/7), I am attending the awards banquet. A very good friend and excellent teacher, Sarah Lichtel, is receiving the Eleanor M. Johnson Elementary Teacher Award. I connected with Sarah when I first started teaching at William & Mary. She is very deserving of the award and I am so proud of her!

As soon as the awards banquet is over, I head for the airport for the trip home. It's a long time to be away from home and I always miss my husband and son so much while I'm gone. But, sometimes I think they're ready to get rid of me for awhile and I always learn so much while I'm gone. So, I guess that's a win-win.

If you are planning to attend IRA, I would love to meet you. Please come by and introduce yourself!

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