Middle/Secondary Conference 2018

The middle/secondary conference will take place at ESC Region 12 on Monday, October 1 and will be a full-day workshop with Gretchen Bernabei focusing on reading and writing strategies for adolescents.  The conference is appropriate for both ELA and content area teachers.  You will be free to go to lunch from 11:00-12:30 or to bring a lunch if you wish to remain at ESC Region 12 during the break.


Jan BernabeiThe winner of NCTE's James Moffett Award, Gretchen Bernabei has been teaching kids to write in middle school and high school classrooms for almost 30 years. These days, she's on the road consulting, having delivered hundreds of workshops.  She currently lives with her husband and two children in San Antonio, Texas.  

An author and an educator, Gretchen’s books include Why We Must Run with Scissors:  Voice Lessons in Persuasive Writing (2001, Discover Writing Press), Reviving the Essay:  How to Teach Structure Without Formula (2005, Discover Writing Press), Lightning in a Bottle (2003, Trail of Breadcrumbs), Sparklers: High Scoring Test Essays and What We Learn from Them (2007, Trail of Breadcrumbs), The Good Writer’s Guide (2006, Hampton-Brown/National Geographic School Publications) and a chapter in Teaching “The Neglected R” (2007, Heinemann).

In her recent Heinemann book, Crunchtime, Gretchen Bernabei and her coauthors Jayne Hover and Cynthia Candler share the strategies they have developed for helping students be successful in the literate world and on writing tests. Growing out of their own work in Title I schools, Gretchen, Jayne, and Cynthia’s strategies have proven to be especially effective in helping ESL and special education students.

You can learn more about Gretchen by visiting her website:  http://trailofbreadcrumbs.net

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Primary Conference (Grades K-2)
Monday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Elementary Conference (Grades 2-6)
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.