WSCC to host tenth annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference

Dr. Stephanie Harvey, author of “The Comprehension Toolkit,” will be the keynote speaker at Walters State’s 10th Annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference. The conference is Sept. 24.

MORRISTOWN—“Celebrating Literacy: Collaboration in Action” is the 10th Annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference, hosted by Walters State on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Attendees will leave with “take it to the classroom” advice from

nationally known speakers.

The conference is sponsored by Walters State, the Mossy Creek Literacy Council and the Mid-East Tennessee Regional P-16 Council. The cost of the conference is $100, which includes a light breakfast, lunch, a vendor section and a certificate for 6.0 PDP hours. The conference is held on the Morristown Campus.

The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Stephanie Harvey. Wiley Blevins is a guest speaker.

Harvey is a former reading teacher who now serves as a literacy consultant to school systems. She specializes in comprehension, inquiry-based learning, nonfiction literacy and content area reading and writing. Her books include “Comprehension and Collaboration and “The Comprehension Toolkit.”

Blevins is a former elementary school instructor who studied elementary education as a graduate student at Harvard. He is currently an editorial specialist for early reading at Scholastic, Inc. His books include “Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success,” “Phonics from A to Z” and “Navigating Nonfiction.”

Break-out sessions are smaller, topic-driven interactive discussions with experts. These will be taught by Debbie Dadey, author of the popular children’s book series “Mermaid Tales;” Dr. David Freeman, who specializes in effective education for emerging bilingual students; Dr. Derek Voiles, assistant principle of Lincoln Heights Middle School and 2017 Tennessee Teacher of the Year; Allan Wolf, two-time winner of the North Carolina Young Adult Book Award and master of poetry slam; and Susan Price, instructional coach at Dandridge Elementary and a Read to Be Ready Coach for the state of Tennessee.

Blevins will also be presenting a breakout session.

Space is limited and in recent years the conference has drawn over 250 teachers. To register or for more information, contact Tammy Wells at or 423-585-6899.

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