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NESA Spring Educators Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

Foundation Course in Writing

*NOTE: Handouts will be provided in Bangkok.

*Enrollment has reached the maximum of 75 for each grade range group. Therefore, we are not able to accept new sign-ups. Thank you for your understanding.

The Issue:

For a number of years, inspired by the ground-breaking work of Lucy Calkins at Teachers College, the late Bonnie Campbell-Hill, Carrie Ekey and other recognized authorities in the field, NESA schools have been focusing on improving literacy instruction. NESA has assisted these efforts by offering literacy-coaching programs; featuring literacy specialists at recent Spring Educators Conferences (SEC); and offering two-day, in-depth sessions focusing on advanced literacy topics at our Fall and Winter Training Institutes (FTI and WTI).

The Opportunity:

In line with these efforts and in collaboration with NESA’s Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC), we are pleased to announce that Dr Lucy Calkins will be giving the opening keynote at the 2013 SEC on Friday, April 5, then will present a four-hour workshop the same day (Click here for keynote title/workshop description).

In addition — and in collaboration with Dr Calkins — we are offering two 20-hour special workshops, also at the SEC. One will focus on the teaching of writing in K-Grade 2; the other will focus on the teaching of writing in Grades 3-5. The instructors, whom Dr Calkins helped us to identify, will be Ali Marron (gr. 3-5) and Amanda Hartman (gr. K-2), both of whom are regular presenters at the summer Teachers College workshops.

These workshops will be at the novice/introductory/re-familiarization level. (Note: advanced training on specific literacy topics is typically offered at our Fall Training Institute and Winter Training Institute.) This is an outstanding opportunity for literacy work to be advanced at NESA member schools.

The Speakers:

LUCY CALKINS: Please click here for biography/keynote/workshop description

AMANDA HARTMAN  is Associate Director and Director of ELL curriculum for the TCRWP. In addition, she leads the Project's work in primary reading and writing. She has helped hundreds of schools and districts, nationally and internationally, establish state of the art reading and writing workshops across all grades. The principals and teachers who study with Ms Hartman win accolades, and their schools are widely visited for standards based reading and writing instruction. She leads the TCRWP's Coaching Institutes and has presented at conferences around the world. Among other titles, Ms Hartman is co-author of One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers (2005), and Launching the Writing Workshop (Heinemann, 2013) and Lessons from the Masters (Heinemann, 2013) units of study for primary writers.

ALEXANDRA MARRON works as both a staff developer and writer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Her work as a staff developer takes her across New York City and the United States, to upper grade classrooms in a diverse array of communities. She also runs Lead Teacher groups for the Project, presents at Principal and Assistant Principal Conferences, and leads sections for advanced participants at the TCRWP's annual Summer Institutes. Ms Marron studied at Columbia University and, prior to joining TCRWP, taught at Manhattan's P.S. 6, a long-time Project school. She was a contributing author for the book, Practical Punctuation: Lessons on Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing (Heinemann, 2008), and has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English on topics related to writing conventions. She is currently co-authoring two books in Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grade by Grade: A Yearlong Workshop Curriculum, K-5, a series due to be released in early 2013 (Heinemann).

The Schedule:

These workshops will take place within the regular SEC schedule: no pre-conference or post-conference days are required. However, while all participants will be able to enjoy coffee breaks, lunches and conference social events with the other SEC delegates, because of the time requirements, attendance at other presentations, including keynotes and most teacher workshops, will not be possible.

The Timetable:
  • Friday, April 5th -- Keynote presented by Dr Calkins: 9:00-10:00am (opening remarks 8:30am) PLUS 4-hour workshop with Dr Calkins, 10:30-3:30 (total: 5 hours*) — CLICK HERE FOR KEYNOTE TITLE/WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
  • Saturday, April 6th -- Workshop by grade level: 8:30am - 1:00pm (total: 4 hours*)
  • Sunday, April 7th -- Workshop by grade level: 8:30am - 5:00pm (total: 7 hours*)
  • Monday, April 8th -- Workshop by grade level: 8:30am - 1:00pm (total: 4 hours*)

 (* NB: time totals are exclusive of any coffee and lunch breaks)

The Eligibility Requirements:
  1. Because we have limited capacity for this unique opportunity, early sign-up was open to NESA regular member schools on a preferential basis. ENROLLMENT IN THIS STRAND HAS REACHED THE MAXIMUM OF 75 PER GRADE GROUP (K-2; 3-5). THEREFORE, WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT NEW SIGN-UPS.
  2. To facilitate transfer of the learning back into classroom practice, only school teams will be allowed to register.
  3. These teams must be a minimum of 4 with a maximum of 10.
  4. Other specialists — literacy coaches, curriculum coordinators, principals — are also welcome to be part of a school’s team.
  5. Registrants are expected to honor a “good faith” agreement to do a limited amount of pre-reading and follow-up, as requested by the presenters.
The Cost:

There is no additional cost for participation in these workshops beyond the normal registration fee for the Spring Educators Conference for each member of a school’s team.

The Application Process:

When online registration for the Spring Educators Conference is activated, NESA will contact the leaders of school teams that have signed-up for these workshops with further instructions. Each participant will also have to register for the SEC via the normal online registration form, noting “Writing Project” in the Comments box.

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