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2015 KRA Annual Conference

  • Sun, October 04, 2015
  • Mon, October 05, 2015
  • Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan

Registration

  • This registration for members of KRA who would like to attend on Monday only.
  • This registration for non-members of KRA who would like to attend on Monday only.
  • This registration for full-time students who would like to attend on Monday only.
  • This registration if for members of KRA who would like to attend both conference days.
  • This registration if for non-members of KRA who would like to attend both conference days.
  • This registration if for students who would like to attend both conference days.
  • This registration for members of KRA who would like to attend on Sunday.

Registration is closed
"Lights, Action, Literacy"
Sunday, October 4 and Monday, October 5
Hilton Garden Inn
Manhattan, Kansas


Featuring:

  • Ruth Culham and her book The Writing Thief
  • The BMJ Picture Book Award Winner: Drew Daywalt who wrote The Day the Crayons Quit
  • Andrea and Brian Pickney, author and illustrator

Plan now to attend. Registration has been extended until October 1. A "Day of Conference" registration will be available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 5.

*PLEASE NOTE: no meals will be included in the day of conference registrations.


CONFERENCE RATES:
You may pay online or via mail. For a downloadable form and mailing instructions CLICK HERE*PLEASE NOTE: A $3.50 convenience fee will be added for online registration.

Sunday and Monday: $100 members; $130 non-member; and $80 students

Sunday only: $40 anyone

Monday only: $80 member, $100 non-member; and $40 students


SCHEDULE INFORMATION: For a downloadable PDF of the Preliminary Schedule CLICK HERE.



Sunday, October 4: Our featured author will be Drew Daywalt with his Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book The Day The Crayons Quit.

Drew Daywalt is a writer and director, known for Stark Raving Mad (2002), Bedfellows(2008) and Camera Obscura (2010).


General Session for Monday, October 5: Our speakers will be Author and Illustrator Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

Andrea is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction.

Andrea’s novels include With the Might of Angels, a book in the Dear America series, and Bird in a Box, hailed by the New York Times as “a powerful middle grade novel” told with “tenderness and verve.”

Andrea’s picture books include Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, a Parenting Publication Gold Medal winner, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people, the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Award, and the Flora G. Stieglitz Strauss Award for Nonfiction; Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, a Jane Addams Honor Book and School Library Journal  “Best Book of the Year,” the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, which also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people; and Duke Ellington, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

Andrea was recently named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, a publication for Black professionals. And was named among “The 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health Magazine.

Andrea lives in New York City with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children.  

 

Monday Noon Luncheon: Our keynote speaker will be author Ruth Culham, who was the KRA Book Study author for The Writing Thief

Ruth Culham, Ed.D., is the President of The Culham Writing Company and former Unit Manager of the Assessment Program at Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland, Oregon. She is the recognized expert in the traits of the writing assessment field and author of 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up (Scholastic, 2003) and 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades (Scholastic, 2005) plus other trait-based resources. Her most recent work has focused on professional development videos and DVDs for grades 3 and up educators; the primary DVD for K-2 educators is due Spring 2007.

Ruth creates and conducts teacher workshops and designs national/international institutes for writing assessment and instruction. She has a highly regarded reputation for lively and engaging workshops, depth and breadth of subject knowledge, sharing practical and useful strategies from the hundreds of institutes she conducts, and a deeply rooted commitment to classroom teachers and students—the hallmark of her training sessions.

The highlight of her 19 years of classroom teaching was when Ruth was named Teacher of the Year in Montana. She has specialty degrees and current certification in Library Science and Elementary, Middle, and Secondary English Education, including a doctorate in Educational Administration.


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