Joy of Literacy and Literature Conference

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February 7, 2023
William & Mary School of Education | 
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

We know our students need diverse literature, and this year’s Joy of Literacy & Literature Conference is designed to prepare teachers to ignite student passion for just that. This year’s conference includes: 

  • morning keynote by Pamela N. Harris, Ph.D., nationally acclaimed YA author of When You Look Like Us. Dr. Harris will share her thoughts on the creative writing process, the story behind her debut novel’s title, and the power of diverse literature.
  • breakout sessions arranged in the following strands: K-2 literacy & literature; 3-6 literacy & literature, and 6-12 literacy & literature
  • topics such as writing about what I read, being contextually responsive to students’ social/emotional needs, seeing myself in what I read, writing about who we are, seeking hope in literature, and more!
  • lunchtime networking & sharing with colleagues
  • afternoon keynote by Esther Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor at William & Mary School of Education. Dr. Kim will discuss the need for diverse representation in literature, best pedagogical practices, and cross content connections.

Join us as we explore what’s new in diverse literature and bring the joy of reading, writing, and speaking into our classrooms! 

AUDIENCE

  • K-12 General & Special Education Teachers and Literacy Specialists

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Program Information
The Annual Joy of Literacy and Literature focuses on effective instructional strategies for teaching non-fiction literature. It is designed for K-12 educators with concurrent sessions led by elementary and middle school teacher leaders. The conference features authors, K-12 educators, and university faculty sharing strategies to enhance literacy instruction and a love of literature.  
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Check out the Joy of Children's Literature book written by conference founder, Dr. C. Denise Johnson, Director of Leadership Literacy at The College of William & Mary. 


Driving Directions

The Conference is held on the campus of The College of William and Mary in the School of Education's Professional Development Center. The address is 301 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg, VA. A parking pass is required and will be emailed to participants.

SOE

 From Richmond and points west:

  • Take Interstate 64 East to exit 234 (Route 199 East) towards Lightfoot.
  • Follow Route 199 approximately 6 miles to the Monticello Avenue exit.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, turn left at the stop light onto Monticello Avenue.
  • Stay on Monticello Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles. At the sixth light, you’ll see a large sign on the right for the School of Education. Turn right at the light.
  • Park in the lot specified on your parking pass. Be sure to display your parking permit which will be emailed.

 From Norfolk and points east:

  • Take Interstate 64 West to exit 242A (Route 199 West) towards Williamsburg and Jamestown.
  • Follow Route 199 approximately 6 miles to the Monticello Avenue exit.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, bear to the right onto Monticello Avenue.
  • Stay on Monticello Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles. At the sixth light, you’ll see a large sign on the right for the School of Education. Turn right at the light.
  • Park in the lot specified on your parking pass. Be sure to display your parking permit which will be emailed.

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