SURN Leadership Academy
June 20-21, 2013
Registration is closed. A waiting list has been started.
The 17th Annual Academy will feature general sessions by Dr. John Hattie and a series of concurrent sessions to unpack related research and practical applications of the meta-analyses of over 800 studies.
The Academy will also feature Deb Masters, Principal Consultant at Cognition Education, as well as Dr. Valerie Gregory, educational consultant at the School Leadership Institute for the College of William & Mary.
The Academy will be held in the Professional Development Center in the School of Education at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
SURN Study Tour to Australia and New Zealand
July 30-August 14, 2013
Enrollment is closed.
This professional development travel experience features school visits, a briefing by John Hattie during the stop in Melbourne, a briefing by Leanna Traill of the New Zealand Department of Education, guided tours of Sydney, the Whaka Maori Village and Geothermal area, the Great Barrier Reef, and much more.
Contact Dr. Jan Rozzelle ([[mjrozz]] )with your mailing address, school/school district/university affiliation and position to receive the tour enrollment number.
College and Career Readiness (CCR) Workshop
August 5, 2013
Registration is open.
In this day long professional development workshop, English teachers will engage and explore in what they need to address the Virginia College and Career Readiness (CCR) English Performance Expectations. This experience is an introduction to resources developed as part of the 2011 Project Capstone and 2012 Senior English Academy and piloted in VA high school Senior English Seminar classes in a yearlong endeavor to integrate the CCR expectations into high school English courses.
2013 Joy of Children's Literacy and Literature Conference
October 11, 2013
Registration is open
The 3rd Annual Joy of Literacy and Literature focuses on effective instructional strategies for teaching non-fiction literature. It will be held on October 11, 2013 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) and is designed for K-12 educators. The conference features non-fiction authors, K-12 educators, and university faculty sharing strategies to enhance literacy instruction and a love of literature.
This year’s opening keynote address will be given by Don Brown, award winning author and illustrator of biographies for children on topics such as George Washington, Mary Kingsley, Albert Einstein, Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Edison. His books have been featured on Reading Rainbow.
The closing keynote will be presented by Steve Sheinkin who recently won numerous awards from the American Library Association for his non-fiction book, Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon and has written many other nonfiction books with topics such as the American Revolution and the Civil War. SURN distributed Bomb to high school history teachers at the recent Share Fair. Mr. Sheinkin is being honored as the Beacon of Freedom Award winner by the Williamsburg Regional Library in May.
Both authors will also present breakout sessions along with author Susan Stockdale who has written many critically acclaimed books on animals and nature. Books from all of these authors align with the social studies and/or science SOLs depending on the grade level K-12.
Literacy experts Joan Kindig, professor at James Madison University and author of Choosing to Read: Connecting Middle Schoolers to Books, and Beth Estill, the Virginia Reading Teacher of the Year, among others, will present breakout sessions on using and teaching nonfiction reading and writing strategies in the classroom.
Breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of registration and attendees will be able to network with other teachers and professionals in the field while adding non-fiction reading strategies to their “toolbox.”