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1/9/2008 —

Nationally-known writer and educator, Carol Jago, will be the keynote speaker at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Best Practices Conference from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2008. This conference, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Writing Project, is designed for elementary and secondary education teachers, and will count for 5.5 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. 

Carol Jago teaches English at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, and directs the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She also edits the California Association of teachers of English (CATE) quarterly journal, California English. Carol has written a weekly education column for the Los Angeles Times, and her essays have appeared in English Journal, Language Arts, NEA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in other newspapers across the nation.  

She has served as director of the National Council of Teachers of English Commission on Literature and currently is a member of NCTE's Secondary Section. NCTE has published her books Nikki Giovanni in the Classroom (NCTE), Alice Walker in the Classroom (NCTE), and Sandra Cisneros in the Classroom (NCTE). Her other books for teachers, With Rigor for All: Teaching the Classics to Contemporary Students and Beyond Standards: Excellence in the High School English Classroom, Cohesive Writing: Why Concept Is Not Enough and Papers, Papers, Papers: An English Teacher's Survival Guide are published by Heinemann: Portsmouth.

The cost of the conference is $50 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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