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A Day of Sharing Professional Teaching Practices

Nationally-known writer and educational consultant, Penny Kittle will be the keynote speaker at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Best Practices Conference from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2007. This conference, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Writing Project, is designed for elementary and secondary education teachers, and will count for six ACT 48 hours. The conference features interactive workshops and informal presentations by Summer Institute participants, Lehigh Valley Writing Project Fellows, and classroom teachers based on their classroom inquiry. The Lehigh Valley Writing Project is a federally-funded National Writing Project program established in 1989 at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

 As a professional development coordinator for the Conway School District in New Hampshire, Penny Kittle acts as a district-wide literacy coach and directs new-teacher mentoring. In addition, she teaches writing at Conway’s Kennett High School. Kittle is the author of three books with Heinemann—Inside Writing (2005), coauthored with Donald H. Graves; The Greatest Catch (2005); and Public Teaching (2003). For twenty years, Kittle has woven together artful teaching and a love of language, celebrating the written word with classes from elementary school through graduate school. Now, she shares the stories of students with whom she has celebrated, struggled, and learned. She has worked to teach her students that writing is a tool for developing their intellectual, academic, and emotional selves, and has shown them how their lives can be profoundly influenced by writing. Join Penny Kittle in the journey of a teaching lifetime and learn from her experience. 

The cost of the conference is $60 which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The conference will be held at Penn State Lehigh Valley in Fogelsville. For questions or additional information on the conference, call Nancy Coco at 610-285-5026 or via e-mail at nxc4@psu.edu.

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