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February 19 - 21, 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Featured Speakers & Authors

Katherine McKnight

Lester Laminack

Nikki Grimes

Tim Lowry

Byron V. Garrett

Praise for Past Conferences:

“Great conference, great hotel! Thanks for all of the hard work!”



10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Full Day Preconference Institutes

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Membership Booth Open

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Afternoon Preconference Institutes

4:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Exhibits & Project Sales Open


7:30 am – 8:15 am

Coffee, Juice & Assorted Breakfast Items

7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Registration, Exhibits & Project Sales Open

7:30 am – 4:45 pm

Membership Booth Open

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Friday General Session - Byron Garrett

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Distinguished Teachers of Reading Displays | Exemplary Reading School Displays | Exhibit Hall

10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Friday Luncheon #1 - Nikki Grimes

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Friday Luncheon #2 - Lester Laminack

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Friday Evening Pit Party - Tim Lowry


7:30 am – 8:15 am

Coffee, Juice & Assorted Breakfast Items

7:30 am – 9:30 am

Registration Open

7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Exhibits & Project Sales Open

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Saturday General Session - Dr. Katherine McKnight

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Membership Booth Open

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Preconference Institutes - Thursday February 19

Writing in the Content Areas: Making it Work in the Real Classroom

10:00am — 4:00pm

Dr. Rebecca Harper – Georgia Regents University

This preconference institute will address exciting, novel strategies for incorporating writing in the content areas. Participants will learn how to use rap music, children’s literature, peacock feathers, post-its, and more to effectively teach writing. In addition to these engaging strategies, participants will learn how to utilize children’s literature and other text types as springboards for writing engagements.

Read to Succeed

10:00am — 4:00pm

Candice Lowman Walsh, Program Manager for Read to Succeed, South Carolina State Department of Education

Third grade retention, Summer Reading Camps, Literacy Plans, Readiness Assessment, Additional literacy certification, Reading Coaches, Literacy competencies and interventions??? What does this mean for my district, my school and me? Come hear Candace Lowman Walsh, Program Manager for Read to Succeed give the most recent updates on the components of the Read To Succeed legislation.

Teach the Writer, Not the Writing (Grades 4-8)

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Vickie Brockman and Janet West (Writing Improvement Network)

Young writers, as they read effective writings, begin to slip into the skin of the writer. They can identify what makes the writing have meaning but can’t always write effectively. Our work as teachers is to help students become better writers so that they can meet South Carolina’s new ELA standards. Those standards expect students to write effectively in a variety of genres. Join us as we share numerous ready-to-use mini- lessons that teach the writer. These are mini-lessons that allow the writer to practice writing strategies that emphasize the more difficult steps of writing.

Challenge Thinking and Deepen Understanding (Grades 4-12)

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Lisa Fisher (Pasco County School District, Florida)

This institute builds knowledge of reading closely through multiple interactions with text and purposely unfolds the layers of the ELA standards using strategies across the disciplines. Teachers will discover what it feels like, looks like, and sounds like to design learning experiences that build the love of deep reading with all students, in all content areas.

Close Reading of Media Texts: An Essential College Ready Skill (Grades 4-College)

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Frank Baker (Media Literacy Clearinghouse)

Most reading teachers understand close reading as it applies to print, but not many have had the same training, or feel comfortable, with media texts. Media educator Frank Baker’s engaging, hands-on, interactive session is designed to introduce pop culture and youth media texts and help you engage your students in new and exciting ways.

Rolling Down the Highway to Literacy Centers (Grades PreK-3)

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Jennifer Satterwhite (Reading Specialist) and Karen Young (Master Teacher), Joanna-Woodson Elementary School

Do you want meaningful experiences where your students can work independently and collaboratively to meet literacy goals? If your answer is “yes,” then come to this session on literacy centers. Participants will be offered a variety of literacy activities to use in literacy centers and be given the opportunity to make some of them before returning to the classroom. This session will help teachers deal with student choice while providing specific and ongoing routines to help with management. Students need many opportunities to read, write and collaborate with others to develop and improve their literacy skills. This session will help get you on the road to success with literacy centers.


Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

ID #: 3621

Group Name: SCIRA 40th Annual Conference

Major Arrival Date: February 19, 2015 Major Departure Date: February 21, 2015

To Make Reservations, call 888-627-8203 and ask for Group ID 3621


Standard double beds or standard king bed – $134.00 per night ($10 additional per person after double occupancy)

1 Bedroom Suite (bedroom and parlor) – $234.00 per night

2 Bedroom Suite (2 bedrooms and parlor) – $368.00

All suite reservations must be made by email to the following address:

These rates are available for Tuesday through Sunday nights based on availability.