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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


Grades 4-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12



Earn one (1) graduate credit for attending the conference.  Cost $150.  Project required and approved by Dr. Tim Rasinski.

Graded Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory.  Credit applied to the 2015 spring term.

Click here for the dates & deadlines.

Click here for registration form.  November 14, 2014 registration deadline!

Questions, contact The Office of Professional Development and Outreach at


Pasta Primavera with fresh seasonal roasted vegetables tossed with light Alfredo sauce, garlic bread sticks, mixed baby green salad with choice of dressing, cobbler, and beverages.

Dietary Needs?  Contact after registering.


Thank you teachers for applying!


Schedule of the Day

Breakout Session

Breakout Session Descriptions  

Breakout Session Handouts

Using the Socratic Seminar to Teach the Common Core Standards for Listening, Thinking, Speaking, Reading & Writing
Tammy Anfang, presenter, Crestwood Middle School

Studying Author's Craft to Support Growing Writers
Angela Eastman, presenter, Tallmadge City Schools

Argument: Reading and Writing in the CCSS

Charmayne Polen, Trumbull Co Career & Tech Center and Angeline Theis, Jackson-Milton Local Schools, presenters

Setting the Groundwork: The Cohesive Ties of Early Literacy
Lisa Lenhard, University of Akron, presenter
Igniting the Spark: Utilizing Reading Strategies to Dig Deep and Encourage Creativity
Sarah Cooey, University of Akron, presenter

Earn One Graduate Credit

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

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