Not all play and no work

Hi everyone,

Although I’m on a limited schedule for now, there is still work to do. My first priority is to finish bringing my thoughts together for the ILA workshop Mary Jo Fresch and I are doing this month in Austin on the 22nd @InternationalLiteracyAssociation and @ILAToday

In case you will be attending and might like to sit in on our hands-on workshop, here’s the location and time:
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22
Event: 0132 – 7 steps to writing success:
Changing how students research
Type: Hands-On Workshop
Location: Austin Convention Center
Meeting Room 3 – Banquet

From 10:00 – 11:00 that morning Mary Jo and will be signing our recent book, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS, at the Scholastic booth.

For my part I have nine speaking slots about various topics relative to our theme of helping students learn how to prepare before they begin writing.

Most of my turns are set for six minutes, which is roughly the equivalent of three double-spaced pages. These are subjects I know but I don’t trust myself to stand before an audience and fill six minutes without knowing what I want to say. I don’t stand and read a script. I speak from notes. They just need to be good ones.


Thinking ILA

Hi everyone,

Today Mary Jo Fresch and I have a Skype date to talk over our plans for the International Literacy Association conference next month in Austin. We’re giving a two hour hands-on workshop titled “7 Steps to Writing Success” so we need to start putting the finishing touches together for that.

We also have a new book proposal being read and keep hoping to hear good news from that before long. It has been out for a few months now.

Home from ILA

Hi everyone,

St. Louis was hot and sticky but the ILA conference went off well. Our hotel was eight blocks from the center and I walked both ways each day so I got my exercise and gave my antiperspirant a good workout.

Saw lots of good friends and made new ones. Attendance was around 4,000+, a far cry from the heydays when more than 15,000 usually came, but it’s still the best game around for teachers who want to hear the latest from the mouths and minds of the best in the business. It’s a shame that so many schools have trimmed their travel budgets for teacher professional development, especially at a time when so much emphasis is being placed on teacher accountability. Webinars and technology can only go so far. Sometimes you just have to be there.

Next up is this Thursday night at The Library Center. I’m eager to get with my friends in Byron Biggers Band and RAE to recite, sing, and play my poems and stories. Thank you to everyone who is spreading the word. Much appreciated!!