Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center (SEARIC)
Gulf Coast Writing Conference
Please accept our invitation to join us at
the Annual Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing,
June 24-27, 2013, at
the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida!
More about the Keynote Speakers
Dr. Terri Beeler is currently the founder and president of Connect and Reflect, a company offering online professional development focusing on writing instruction and the implementation of writing workshop. She also continues her work as an independent literacy consultant working with elementary teachers and children around the country to deepen their understanding of effective reading and writing strategies.
During her 35+ years in education she has served as a classroom teacher, administrator, curriculum director, university professor, researcher and staff developer. She is co-author of Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum and author of I Can Read, I Can Write: Creating A Print-Rich Environment, in addition to publications for Benchmark Education Corporation. Her work focuses on the implementation of balanced literacy approaches through ongoing professional development and coaching.
It remains important to her to stay in touch with teachers and their children so majority of her work is conducted on-site in schools and classrooms. Her long-term professional goals have revolved around sharing her passion for reading and writing, leading teachers and children to become life-long learners.
Anita Clay presents a unique session in which she shares her experiences and lessons learned on the road to an exceptional career in teaching. Her presentations include tried and true strategies for personal and professional development. She relates Common Core Standards to commonsense good teaching. Anita will share her own original writings and excerpts from her own published work.
An experienced motivational speaker, she guarantees you at least one laugh and one tear AND she will share with you what happened to her when she discovered FACEBOOK. She is presently completing two books to be published Fall 2013: Memoir of a Marriage and 7 Rules for the TeacherProfessional Development in Education
- Keynote and Motivational Speaker, present
- Senior National Language Arts Consultant, Pearson Prentice Hall to present
- Language Arts Consultant, Prentice Hall November 1995
- Master Teacher Board
- Chairman, Effective and Efficient Schools Initiative Services, St. Louis, MO
- Middle School Team Leader, High School Department Head, St. Louis, MO September to December 1994
Kathryne Lewis Stewart
Kathryne Lewis Stewart is a veteran educator and national consultant for Pearson/ Prentice Hall Publishing Company. Her educational background and qualifications include: Mrs. Stewart is the lead literacy and humanities consultant for the Southwest and Southeast Regions. Besides her sales responsibilities, she currently trains teachers and delivers staff development throughout the United States and Europe, and specializes in helping teachers improve their teaching by using brain-based techniques that encourage critical thinking and creative problem solving. After helping Pearson/Prentice Hall facilitate the transition into use of the Common Core State Standards for language arts, helping teachers put the standards into practice is her latest initiative.
Rick Shelton (http://www.rickshelton.us/books.htm)
Rick Shelton was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1958 and grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Alabama where he also received a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He also holds a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. Mr. Shelton taught composition, British and American Literature, and Creative Writing at the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College and served as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Montevallo. Mr. Shelton is an independent consultant and has worked with teachers and students in schools across Alabama and the southeast for more than a decade, teaching writing and writing assessment preparation. His professional development workshops on writing and writing assessment preparation consistently receive outstanding ratings and positive feedback from participants.
As a Language Arts Specialist for the Alabama State Department of Education, Mr. Shelton gained firsthand experience reading and evaluating the Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing (ADAW). His guide to writing, Write Where You Are! Strategies for Teaching Four Modes of Writing (self-published), has become a popular reference for teachers, especially those with responsibility for preparing students for state writing assessments. Mr. Shelton’s first children’s book, Hoggle’s Christmas, won the Alabama Library Association’s Alabama Author Award for Juvenile/Young Adult Literature in 1995. In 1998 he was awarded the first annual Advancement of Alabama Literacy Award by the Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Mr. Shelton also served as a reading-writing connection trainer for the Alabama Reading Initiative.
Mr. Shelton lives in Westover, Alabama, with his wife, Cathy. He and Cathy have two sons, Scott and Andrew. Rick is an avid fly fisherman and fly tier.
Monday, June 24, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration - Bayview Room, Linkside Conference Center Download Map [PDF]
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration/Exhibits - Bayview Room
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address - Dr. Terri Beeler
"Responding to the Writer Not the Writing: Better Writing through Deeper Conversations"
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions A
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Writing Workshop - Dr. Terri Beeler
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address - Anita Clay
“WRITING TO SURVIVE: 40 Years of Teaching Shakespeare, J. Alfred Prufrock, and ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ in the Ghetto While Married”
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions B
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions C
12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Writing Workshop - Dr. Kathryne Lewis Stewart
Thursday, June 27, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address - Rick Shelton
"The Writing Cycle: from ‘Personal’ Writing to Writing about Texts and Back Again"
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Writing Workshop - Rick Shelton
Concurrent sessions are presented by classroom teachers in grades K-12. The concurrent sessions are 50 minutes long. Check out a few of the titles:
- The Core Unpacked: Writing and the CCRS (K-12)
- Like Two Peas in a Pod (3-5)
- Why Teach Argument Writing? (3-5)
- Cyber Options: Teaching Writing via Distance Learning (6-12)
- Write On! (9-12)
If you are interested in presenting a concurrent session, please fill out the attached Call for Presentations Form. **We still have room for a few more concurrent sessions. Please contact Terry White (334-670-3594) if you are interested in presenting a concurrent session at the conference.**
Exhibitor Form [PDF]
If your company is interested in exhibiting or sponsoring a meal at the Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing, please complete the enclosed exhibitor agreement form and return to this office not later than June 15, 2013. There is still time for your company to sponsor or co-sponsor a break, the Tuesday luncheon, and/or the Wednesday lunch. Please call me at (334) 670-3594 or (334) 670-3494 if your company is interested.
Housing Request Form [PDF]
Arrangements for lodging (special conference rate of $145 [reg rm] $192 [Bayside Inn 1 bdrm] $189 [Luau studio] + tax for up to four persons) should be made directly with the Sandestin Group Reservations Office at 800-320-8115 before May 22, 2013.
To receive this special rate, please mention Group Code: 22O0NZ.
*Lodging rates may be lowered at the hotel’s discretion.
*Conference Registration(Registration includes: Keynotes, Writing Workshops, Concurrent Sessions, Morning Breaks, Tuesday Luncheon, and Wednesday Lunch.)
$115 Individual Registration
$135 On-Site Registration
Call for Presentations Form [PDF]
If you are interested in presenting a concurrent session at the conference, please fill out the Call for Presentations Form.
For More Information about the Conference, contact:
Ms. Terry White at 334-670-3594, 334-670-3495
Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center
or e-mail email@example.com
The 2013 Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing is sponsored by Alabama's Regional Inservice Centers.