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  •  February 26, 2015
     8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Date:  Thursday, February 26, 2015

Check-in:  8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Workshop:  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration Fee (includes breakfast and lunch):  $15.00/participant
Your district will be billed unless registration is cancelled one week prior to event.
Districts will be billed after the workshop.

Workshop DescriptionBook Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers
Explore ways to connect adolescent readers to books that will name their hearts.  Study the practices that help all students develop a reading habit to increase stamina and joy in independent reading, leading to increased engagement in challenging, complex texts.
Independence is at the heart of the Common Core Standards.  Adolescents must develop a reading habit that increases stamina and joy in reading, while increasing the complexity of the texts they can independently read.  Our middle and high school teachers investigated widespread non-reading among our teenagers and transformed our culture through books, time to read, and conferring with readers.  Come to listen to students, explore ways to measure growth in stamina, and the connections we can make between the most reluctant readers and books that will name their hearts.  We will study the practices that help all students develop a reading habit to increase stamina and joy in reading.  We’ll look at challenging readers through weekly goals and identifying reach books.  Our whole school effort has more students challenging themselves as readers in English class and beyond.  We can increase students’ ability to respond thoughtfully and analytically to their reading in conferences and in writing.  This analytical reading leads students to deeper comprehension and vision for their own writing.

•      Increase volume, capacity, and complexity for all readers over time
•      Understand the wide range of books that appeal to teenagers
•      Create a balance of weekly goals in independent reading, text study, and novel study in English class
•      Use short text study to lead students to read rhetorically and broaden the genres they choose to read
•      Increase the effectiveness of reading conferences
•      Help students deepen their thinking through writing about independent reading
•      Build a school culture & summer reading focused on the love of books

Workshop Location:
Community of Christ Auditorium
1001 W. Walnut
Independence, MO  64050

Please note workshop address change:
Independence Central Office
West Side Cafe
201 N. Forest Ave.
Independence, MO 64050

Parking is available across the street from the main entrance of the Independence Central Office.


Please note that the following “Map & Directions” link is not accurate.  Please use the link above for directions.


Independence Central Office, 201 N. Forest, Independence, Missouri, 64050, United States

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