Looking forward to #IRA14 this weekend!

I’m so excited for International Reading Association’s 59th Annual Conference this weekend in New Orleans!

My Events

On Saturday at 4:45pm I’ll be talking Close Reading with Kate Roberts and Mary Ehrenworth (woo-hoo!). Session 1974, Convention Center Room 353.

Earlier that day, Kate Roberts and I will be signing books at the Heinemann Booth. Exhibit Hall, Saturday, 1:30. (Added bonus: Meenoo Rami will be there as well, signing her new book Thrive!)


Looking Forward To

  • Pre-conference twitter chat tonight! I’m guest-hosting #IRAchat at 8pm EST, 7pm CST: More info here.
  • Being back in New Orleans (and the food!)
  • The energy of hundreds of educators all learning, laughing, and sharing together.
  • What will surely be another fun conference twitter stream: #IRA14
  • And the start of my mile long list of sessions I can make it to if I duplicate myself:
    • Jeff Kinney General Session
    • Richard Allington FS01, Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap, Sat 11-12
    • Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris, 01557: Student Learning Networks: Building Digital Learning Communities that Ignite Powerful Learning, Sat 11-12
    • Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, 02214: When the Text is Tough
    • Frank Serafini, Sylvia Pantaleo, Suzette Youngs 1445: Reading Picture Books Closely: Developing Strategies for Comprehending Multimodal Texts, Sat 11-1
    • Donalyn Miller, Kelly Gallagher, Penny Kittle 1863: Building Reading Lives that Last, Sat 11-1
    • Tim Rasinski et al, FS13: The Art of Enging Your School Year Literacy Strong


    • oh my… this is only up until 1PM and I already have too many options…


IRA Program Online


IRA 59th Annual Conference App



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Hope to see you there!  If you do, come say hi!


Join me 5/8 guest-hosting #IRAchat: Gear Up to #IRA14

I am excited to guest host the International Reading Association‘s twitter chat #IRAchat, this Thursday, May 8, at 8pm EST (7 pm CST).

We are gearing up for the 59th Annual IRA Conference this weekend in New Orleans!  I love the city, the conference and most of all connecting with educators from around the world.

IRA officers and other friends will join our chat–and I hope you will as well. The chat is open to anyone, whether you are attending the conference, following from afar, a New Orleans travel buff, or just have a passion for education.


Let’s Chat

If you are new to twitter chats, you can check out my post So You Think You Want to Tweet Chat: From Lurker to Chatter 101.

If you are like me, you find these huge conferences exciting and totally overwhelming! We’re hoping in this one hour chat you will grab some attendance tips, travel spots to check out while in town, and start your list of sessions to attend.

Thursday will follow a Q1, A1 format and I will break it into main sections:

  • Attending Tips (both sharing and asking for ideas about the conference and New Orleans),
  • Social Media (sharing tips on using it during the conference and who to follow),
  • and Sessions! (sharing topics and promoting your own sessions).

Here’s the link to draft questions. Please tweet me with any other question suggestions.


See you online!