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June 2016

Professional Development
Register Soon:
Write Here! Write Now!

"Writing to Learn:
Literacy Strategies to Get Results"
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Moulton Hall at Kent State University

     You'll learn winning strategies from teachers who have applied them successfully in their own classrooms. Choose from nine breakout sessions featuring the latest reading and writing strategies that appeal to a variety of learning styles for all grade levels. Or spend the morning or afternoon in a writing marathon!
     The keynote address will be delivered by Alexa Sandmann, professor of literacy, director of NWP-KSU, and director of Kent State University's School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies. Graduate credit is available with a follow-up workshop on Wednesday, June 15.
     Cost of the workshop only: $65
     Workshop and graduate credit: $250
     Only a few days are left to register for this popular workshop! Registrations are due Wednesday, June 8.
Professional Development
Reflect, Revise, and Renew:
Revamping Reading and Writing Lessons
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 28-29, 2016
Kent State University
Led by Tammy Anfang and Jenny Baker
     Join critical conversations with educators who are just as passionate about teaching as you are! Engage in demo lessons, read and explore the latest education research, learn about the NWP College Ready Writers Program, and bring a lesson to revise. You'll leave the workshop with exciting new lessons for fall!
Cost: $150
Graduate credit is an additional $150.


Professional Development
JUMPSTART 2016: Mentor Texts Can MOVE
Your Classroom!
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
July 21-22, 2016
Kent State University
Led by Nicole Mathias and Chelsea Swick-Higgins
     From news to social media, open your eyes to mentor texts that will ignite your students' imaginations and help them develop their own voices. Find new ways to engage with the world as a reader and writer, work with sample mentor texts, and explore how to apply them to Ohio's learning standards!
Cost: $150
Graduate credit is an additional $150.
Mahoning Valley Book Club
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Stonebridge Grill & Tavern (next to Handel's) on Rt. 224,
1497 Boardman-Canfield Rd.

Monday, June 13: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen & the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
Monday, July 11: TBD ... bring ideas!
Monday, August 15: TBD ... bring ideas!
We will also read two professional books from April to August:
The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros (April- June)
The Best-Kept Teaching Secret (June-August) by Harvey & Elaine Daniels

Send an email to if you would like help getting a book club started in your area.
When Parents Expect Too Much: Love That Boy
    The only son of author and journalist Ron Fournier was 12 years old by the time his parents realized he had Asperger's syndrome. Fournier admits he'd ignored the signs for years, hoping that Tyler would one day suddenly become the son he'd imagined: a popular, academically successful athlete.
     After the family received the diagnosis, Fournier's wife urged father and son to travel the country to bond while exploring a shared interest: presidential history. Those trips are chronicled in Fournier's new book, Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent's Expectations.
     The book is an insightful read for parents and teachers alike, as Fournier candidly depicts his struggle to reconcile his imaginary son with the son he actually has. Readers travel along with the pair, experiencing Fournier's remorse as he comes to terms with his own misguided expectations for his son.
     At the same time, Fournier provides a well-researched analysis of teenagers' lives today and the effect of the pressure they feel to achieve. Teachers may cringe at Fournier's characterization of some of Tyler's school experiences, but Fournier was reacting as a concerned parent trying to find ways for his son to succeed.
    In the end, the title of the book is both encouragement and admonishment to parents. Love That Boy, Fournier says - regardless of the expectations you brought into parenthood.
Elyria ISI Registration Open Through July 15
  NWP-KSU's Invitational Summer Institute offers the opportunity not only to gain practical strategies for teaching student writers, but also to form lasting relationships with educators who love writing and reading. The August 2016 Elyria ISI still has a few spots open. We will accept applications until July 15. Please encourage your colleagues to attend!
     For more details and to download a registration form, visit the NWP-KSU website.
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