Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing

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Please accept our invitation to join us at the Annual

 

Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing

June 26 – June 29, 2017

at the

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida!

Linkside Conference Center

Download Map [PDF]

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort • Destin, Florida


2017 Call for Presentations Form [PDF]

2017 Online Call for Presentations Form

William Van Cleave

Dr. Melissa Forney

Dr. Melissa Forney is an author, speaker, and educational writing consultant. Dr. Melissa Forney presents 100+ writing workshops for teachers each year. A certified teacher with years of classroom experience, Melissa has taught a variety of grades in elementary and middle school, and high school English, Spanish, and journalism, as well as a course in children's literature for the University of South Florida. Dr. Forney holds a B.A. in Communications, Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and a Doctorate Degree in Education.

She has traveled widely on book and speaking tours for both Pelican Publishing Company and Maupin House Publishing, addressing schools and book conventions across the country. Melissa has written curriculum, magazine articles, plays, children's books, and educational books on teaching writing.

Born and educated in the Panama Canal Zone, Melissa Forney enjoyed a unique childhood in the jungles of the tropical rain forest. After coming to the United States, she completed her education at Mississippi College, Holy Cross College, University of South Florida, and Fielding Graduate University. Melissa now lives in DeLand, Florida, with her husband and business partner, Dr. Richard Forney.

 

Joseph Harris

Dr. Alfred Tatum

Dr. Alfred Tatum is the author of the Heinemann title Reading for The Life and its DVD staff development companion Reading and Writing for Resiliency. Alfred is the innovator behind the instructional idea of textual lineages: a personal lineage of books that have made the most difference in the lives of individual readers. His own lineage includes such works as Black Boy, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas.

Alfred grew up in the Ida B. Wells housing projects in Chicago, embracing literacy as a way out of violence and poverty. Today his research and advocacy are aimed at advancing the literacy development of adolescents, and especially African American boys in urban communities. Alfred is the author of the NCTE James N. Britton Award–winning Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males, an associate professor in the Literacy, Language, and Culture Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Director of the UIC Reading Clinic, and a former middle school teacher and reading specialist. Alfred lives in DeKalb, IL.

 

Dr. Marisa Ramirez Stukey

Mrs. Beth Rimer

Mrs. Beth Rimer is the Co-Director of The Ohio Writing Project at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She began her career as a secondary English teacher and now works with K-12 teachers in staff development to support literacy instruction in all subject areas. Beth teaches composition and MAT courses for undergrads and graduate students at Miami University and presents nationally through her work on the Leadership Team of the College Ready Writers Program (CRWP) with the National Writing Project (NWP). In conjunction with NWP, Beth has developed instructional resources for teachers focused on formative assessment and argument writing. Central beliefs to her work are that students want to learn, teachers are experts and literacy and writing can change a student's world.

Mrs. Rimer is the Co- Author of "Formative Assessment as a Compass: Looking at Student Work as an Intentional Part of On-Going Professional Development"; Leadership Team for College Ready Writers Program with the National Writing Project Co-Director of Ohio Writing Project. Miami University, Oxford, OH

Date

Time

Event

Monday,
June 26, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration – Bayview Room, Linkside Conference Center
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Tuesday,
June 27, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration/Exhibits – Bayview Room

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address – Dr. Melissa Forney
“Hocus Pocus: Ways to Reach Every Child in Your Classroom

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions A

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Writing Workshop – Dr. Melissa Forney
“Abracadabra: Magic Ways to Improve Writing

Wednesday,
June 28, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration/Exhibits – Bayview Room

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address – Dr. Alfred Tatum
“Writing for Their Lives”

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.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Writing Workshop – Dr. Alfred Tatum
“Writing for their Lives”

Thursday,
June 29, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Registration/Exhibits – Bayview Room

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address – Mrs. Beth Rimer
"What Matters in Writing Instruction”

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop – Mrs. Beth Rimer
"Creating a Culture of Argument: And That's a Good Thing"

Concurrent sessions are presented by classroom teachers in grades K-12. The concurrent sessions are 50 minutes long. More information on these sessions is coming soon.

Call for Presentations Form [PDF]

Online Call for Presentations Form

If your company is interested in exhibiting or sponsoring a meal at the Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing, please complete the Exhibitor Form and return to this office not later than May 8, 2017. There is still time for your company to sponsor or co-sponsor a break, the Tuesday luncheon, and/or the Wednesday lunch. Please call Faye Allen at (334) 670-3494 if your company is interested in exhibiting at the conference.

Exhibitor Form [PDF]

*Conference Lodging

Arrangements for lodging (special conference rate of $159 [reg rm] $209 [Bayside 1 bdrm] $209 [Luau studio] $239 [Luau 1 bdrm] + tax for up to four persons) should be made directly with the Sandestin Group Reservations Office at 800-320-8115 before May 26, 2017.

To receive this special rate, please mention Group Code: 23N29J

Housing Request Form [PDF]

Conference Registration

$120 Early Bird Registration by May 12, 2017
$145 Regular Registration by June 12, 2017
$165 On-Site Registration after June 12, 2017

Conference Registration Form [PDF]

***Checks and Purchase Orders should be made out to Troy University.

*** ***Call 334-670-3494 to pay via credit card.

(Registration includes: Keynotes, Writing Workshops, Concurrent Sessions, Morning Breaks, Tuesday Luncheon, and Wednesday Lunch.)

For More Information about the Conference, contact:

Mrs. Faye Allen
Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center
Troy University
(334) 670-3494
fgallen@troy.edu

The 2017 Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing is sponsored by Alabama's Regional Inservice Centers.

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