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Welcome to the 2022 State of Maryland Literacy Association Conference. This is Maryland’s 50th annual conference!  The three day event is packed with exciting opportunities for professional development, networking, and examining exemplary materials for classroom use. This conference is intended for a wide-range of audiences including classroom teachers, reading specialists, special educators, curriculum specialists, administrators, and other educators. There is a variety of high caliber speakers, researchers, practitioners, publishers, and authors that are presenting throughout the conference, as well as the pre-conference "Session Saturday" presentations. You may apply for CPD credit through MDSE by filling out this form.  To qualify, you must have attended 15 hours total.  This includes time you spent engaged in "Session Saturday" presentations.  Please fill out all of the information.  Incomplete requests will not be filled.  Requests will be cross referenced with attendance from "Session Saturday" presentations and on the weekend of March 31-April 2nd 2022.   If you participated for the required hours, you will receive a credit. Please be patient, you will receive your form.

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Friday, April 1 • 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Student Wellbeing and the Power of Literacy: Profound Connections that Matter and Inspire

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Thank you Scholastic  for being the sponsor of this special exhibitor session!

In today's world, reading, writing, and stories matter more than ever, and, more than ever, we are urgently seeking ways to create spaces for wellbeing in every one of our students. As humans we long to connect, to be connected, and to experience the power of love and joy. Reading and writing are the tools we can show our students also matter more than ever. At a distance or together, we use reading and writing to communicate, express ideas, and shape new thinking as we read, as we write. Renowned author Pam Allyn will share a powerful framework and roadmap for integrating best practices in student wellbeing and literacy skill building: resilience building, empathy building, and courageous thinking. We can help every student learn to tackle tough texts, read and discuss texts and ideas with others, and use the power of writing to convey ideas and write across many genres. In these ways, we will increase achievement and create a sense of hope and delight in every student. Pam will share practical strategies for classroom and schools to apply literacy principles and skills to the human work our students do in making friends, becoming more confident in class, and being bold and fearless as readers and writers, and learners.

Speakers
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Pam Allyn

Author / Literacy Expert
Pam Allyn is the founder and CEO of Dewey, a pioneering learning platform built to fuel the wellbeing of families and their caregivers at the powerful intersections of home, work and learning.She is a leading literacy expert, author, activist and advocate for children, and a moti... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2022 5:30pm - 6:20pm EDT
Exhibitor Session: Featured Speaker