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30th Annual Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference

Conference Information
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
8:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. City Hotel and Bistro, Greenville, NC

8:00-8:40 Check in and morning refreshments
8:40-9:00 Welcome
9:00-10:00 Keynote Session -Julie Coiro
10:10-11:00 First Concurrent Session
11:10- 12:00 Second Concurrent Session
12:00-1:00 Lunch included
1:10 -2:00 Third Concurrent Session
2:10-3:00 Fourth Concurrent Session

Registration Fees:
$60.00 (conference and lunch). NO REFUNDS.
$20.00 (lunch only)

Will be held at the City Hotel from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Additional Information:
Registration questions: Office of Continuing Studies 252-328-9198
Conference questions: Katherine Misulis, 252-328-6128 Lanette Moret, 252-328-6174

Continuing Education Credits:
The conference has been approved for .5 CEU - Continuing Education Unit if you attend all sessions. There will be no fee for CEU credits. A CEU form will be in the conference packet which can be picked up at the conference. It will be the responsibility of the teacher to complete and forward the form accordingly. There will be an opportunity to earn 1.0 CEU credit by submitting a 3-5 page paper based on what you learned at the conference. More information about this will be included in the conference program.

Keynote Speaker:
Julie Coiro is an assistant professor of reading in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island. Previous to that, Julie worked as Co-Director of The New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include reading comprehension strategy instruction, the new literacies of the Internet, and effective practices for technology integration and professional development. She is currently Co-PI on a four-year federal research project to develop valid and reliable assessments of online reading comprehension. In 2009, Julie was a distinguished finalist for the International Reading Association's Dissertation Award and, in 2011 she received the Early Career Research Award from the Literacy Research Association. Julie is a former middle school and elementary school teacher and has provided professional development to teachers around the country for the past 20 years. Her work appears in venues such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Literacy Research, Educational Leadership, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and the 2nd Edition of the International Handbook of Literacy and Technology. She is co-author of the 4th edition of the book Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times (2004) and co-editor of the Handbook of Research on

Keynote Session: Understanding the New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension
How does reading and learning change on the Internet? How should we prepare our students to read, think, problem solve, and communicate with others using the Internet? You are invited into a conversation about the nature of information on the Internet and its implications for how we think about reading comprehension and critical thinking in a digital information age. We will explore how the Internet poses new challenges for learners that extend beyond traditional reading comprehension skills to encompass rapidly changing literacies for questioning, locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and communicating information during online inquiry. We will also discuss the new mindsets required to accept these rapid changes as an important aspect of learning in the twenty first century.


Dates:February 22, 2012 Check for other dates
Meets:W from 8:00 AM to 5:00 AM, 1 Session
Fee: $60.00 Fee Breakdown

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