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Literacy Conference Set for Sept. 26
September 7, 2017

Walters State Community College’s Eighth Annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference is now accepting reservations for this year’s conference. This year’s conference, “Readers for Life,” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the college’s Morristown campus. 
The conference registration fee is $100, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. The event includes nationally-recognized speakers and authors, breakout sessions and vendors focused on literacy. Attendees earn 6 professional development points. The conference is sponsored by the Mid-East TN Regional P-16 Council, the Mossy Creek Literacy Council and Walters State. 
This year’s conference features Dr. Danny Brassell, a successful author and trainer who considers himself first and foremost a teacher, and Donalyn Miller, a language arts and social studies teacher and author of the popular “Book Whisperer.”

Brassell is a professor in the teacher education department at California State University, where he has been since 1996. He is also a widely published author whose books include “Read, Lead & Succeed” and “A Baker’s Dozen of Lessons Learned from the Teaching Trenches.” He is known for his ability to entertain an audience while providing concrete strategies. His 2012 TEDx talk, “The Reading Makeover” has been named one of the most inspirational education talks.

Miller was a finalist for the 2010 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. Her book talks about her strategies to motivate middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. She not only wants her students to become readers during their important educational years, but also to become become lifelong readers. Miller says she has yet to meet a child she could not turn into a reader, regardless of how far behind they are when she meets them. 

Popular authors Monika Schroder and Debbie Dadey will also be part of the conference.

Schroder uses her knowledge of different cultures to enrich her books. Her debut novel, “The Dog in the Woods,” received a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction award for middle school readers. Her most recent book, “Be Light Like a Bird,” was named to the American Booksellers Associations Best Book of the Year list in 2016 and has been nominated for the 2017/18 North Carolina School Library Media Association Youth Book Award.

Dadey is best known for her “Adventures of the Bailey School Kids,” which she writes with co-author Marcia Thornton Jones. The series has published 49 titles over the past 25 years. This series is one of Scholastic’s top-three best-selling series of all time and several titles have made the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List.  She is also the author of Simon and Schuster’s popular “Mermaid Tales” series, which has 19 books that follow the adventures of Shelly Siren and friends at Trident Academy. 

Space is limited and past conferences have drawn over 300 people. To register, contact Tammy Wells at Tammy.Wells@ws.edu or 423-585-6899.