NORTH CONWAY — Registration is open for “Notice and Note: What It Means to Read Fiction and Nonfiction with Curiosity, Passion, and Deep Understanding,” this year’s statewide Write Now! Conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 6, in North Conway. The conference speaker is Kylene Beers, nationally renowned as an inspiring literacy leader.

The conference takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway, with registration and morning coffee beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Donald Graves, the conference brings together K-12 teachers, administrators, literacy leaders and librarians from throughout New England and eastern Canada. 

Beers will take participating educators on a deep dive into the Three Big Questions and the Notice and Note Signposts for fiction and nonfiction. She will address literacy issues across all grade levels and help participants think about how they can help all students — but especially their most resistant learners — become empowered and attentive readers.

Beers is author or co-author of "When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do," "Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading," "Elements of Literature," and, most recently, "Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters." She has served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English, as a consultant to the National Governors Association Education Committee, and as the senior reading advisor to the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College at Columbia University. She is now a consultant to schools, nationally and internationally.

The conference fee is $45; breakfast and lunch are included in the fee, along with professional development credit. There is no registration fee for SAU 9 educators and staff.

"Our goal is to make this one of the least expensive and most important conferences teachers can attend this year,” said Penny Kittle, conference co-coordinator and herself a nationally known consultant on reading and writing — and a longtime Beers fan.

”Kylene’s research into the teaching of reading has led my thinking throughout my career,” said Kittle. “She is a visionary, an inspiring speaker, and a student-centered advocate for the best practices in teaching. She’s also funny, compassionate, and always relevant to the issues teachers are facing today. Teachers will leave this conference smarter and more determined to match their instruction and the school systems of support to the individual needs of the readers in their care. You will love this conference!”

Online registration is requested; information is at Email or call (603) 323-7302 for additional information.

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