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Literacy: The Expanding Horizon

Region 4 Reading and Writing Conference

The Annual Reading and Writing Conference will offer sessions on various topics including the reading and writing connection, genre integration, critical thinking skills, technology incorporation, differentiation, reaching struggling learners, and many other areas. Presentations will be given by invited speakers, district staff, and Region 4 specialists.






Date:               Friday, February 8, 2019

Session ID:     1372303
Time:               8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Credit:             6 CPE 
Fee:                 $135
Audience:       Educators, Elementary ELA, Language Arts Teachers, All Levels, Secondary ELA, Writing Teachers
Location:         McKinney Conference Center

                         7200 Northwest 100 Drive, Houston, Texas 77092

                         (Map and Directions)


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Meet This Year's Keynote Speakers


rla-conference-kimberly-campbell-webKIMBERLY HILL CAMPBELL
Mrs. Campbell is currently assistant professor in the MAT program at Lewis & Clark College. Her primary focus is working with beginning teachers who want to be middle school and high school language arts teachers. She also teaches classes in teacher research and language arts methods for inservice teachers.
Kimberly's book Less Is More was inspired by her son, John, as well as the middle school and high school students who helped her discover that classroom literature could and should include more than just novels. "I drew on the journals and student work samples I kept from my own experiences as a high school teacher, as well my observations in the classrooms of student teachers and graduates. Writing the book gave me permission to lose myself in reading wonderful short texts. I followed up on the recommendations from my own children, my students, and colleagues who generously shared their short text recommendations and teaching strategies."
rla-conference-ernest-morrell-webERNEST MORRELL , Ph.D.
Dr. Morrell is the Coyle Professor of Literacy Education and Inaugural Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame. He is an elected member of the AERA Council, elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, a member of the International Literacy Association’s research panel, and a co-convener of the African Diaspora International Research Network. In 2017 Ernest was ranked among the top 100 university-based education scholars in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Ernest is also the recipient of the 2017 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies.
His scholarly interests include: literacy education, media and popular culture, the African Diaspora, and global models of powerful leadership for city schools. Ernest has authored 80 articles and book chapters and eight books including New Directions in Teaching English and Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was awarded Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine of the American Library Association. 
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Reading/Writing Conference 2018


We would like to thank Dr. Nancy Frey and all of the awesome attendees from this year's conference! For information about next year's conference, e-mail or call 713.744.6355.


Presentations from Dr. Frey 

7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708