Enriching literacy instruction is a central issue in responding to the coming implementation of the Common Core State Standards and, as we saw recently, responding to international comparisons, such as, the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Student outcomes that reflect the heightened "college and career ready" expectations that characterize current policy discussions will require rigorous and effective approaches to literacy for all students.
The NW Regional Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English will be held in Portland on March 1-3, 2014, at the Downtown Marriott Waterfront. The conference is part of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English centennial celebration and will bring teachers from eight NW states and British Columbia to Portland. The program features 180 speakers from 22 states and Canada, including more than 20 with ties to the Graduate School of Education and Portland State University. It is co-sponsored by the Oregon Council for the Social Studies, Oregon Association of School Libraries, Rethinking Schools, National Writing Project, Portland Reading Council, as well as by affiliates in other states.
This is a great opportunity to learn from some of the best regional and national resources engaged in enriched literacy programs that address the needs of increasingly diverse learners in schools targeting higher outcome expectations.
There is a lot more information on the attached flyer.