2015 LRA Annual Conference Announcement

Special Guests:
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden & Rep. Patricia Haynes-Smith
Featured Speakers:
Katie Garner
Bill McBride
TJ Edler
Dr. Willie Kimmons
Rebecca McKay

Keynote Speakers:
Friday from 8:30-10:00
John White & Kevin Baird
The State Superintendent and Speaker Baird will address standards, Common Core, and College and Career Readiness. Be ready to be informed and invigorated!

Thursday from 8:00-9:30
Presenting: Eric Litwin
Author of the Pete the Cat books
Interactive Literacy and Music: Get ready to sing, dance and fall in love with interactive literacy and music. Mr. Eric’s presentation is fun, inspirational and practical.  He shares simple, interactive songs and stories that teachers may use right away.  No musical experience is necessary.  Eric shows how traditional techniques such as call and response, repetition, and creative movement are applied in everyday lessons, classroom management, and transitions.  He will also demonstrate their connection to reading, writing and language development.  With his guitar, harmonica and dynamic singing voice, Eric will have everyone singing, laughing, dancing and moving.  Eric will also share his New York Times best-selling Pete the Cat picture books and his new series, The Nuts.

Author’s Luncheon
Friday from 11:30-12:30; Reserve your ticket ASAP!!
Presenting: Donalyn Miller
Author of The Book Whisperer
Reading in the Wild: Learning from Lifelong Readers
Based on survey data from 900 adult readers and assessments from her middle school students, Donalyn Miller identifies the characteristics of wild readers and shares methods that support students’ development into lifelong readers. Reflect on your reading lives and explore the classroom, library, and home conditions that foster wild reading. 

Spotlight Speaker: Mr. Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasbord blog
Greg Smedley-Warren has been teaching for 9 years, and has an amazing
blog documenting his adventures in the world of Kindergarten.
Be sure to catch his session: Reading Rituals and Routines and The Sight Word 60.