How do we decide what and what not to teach? With increased expectations and so little time to meet them, we might heed the words of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bob Seger, who asks us to carefully consider our "deadlines and commitments—what to leave in, what to leave out." In this morning, Kelly will discuss critical decisions that underpin artful teaching, and how these decisions help to move young writers closer to excellence. The afternoon will focus on the key components essential to building young writers: volume, modeling, choice, and conferring. Kelly will share numerous strategies proven to elevate student writing across the curriculum.
Kelly Gallagher teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, where he is in his 34th year. He is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach and the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association. Kelly is the author of several books on adolescent literacy, most notably Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It and Write Like This. Kelly’s latest book, co-written with Penny Kittle, is 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents. Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyGToGo, and visit him at www.kellygallagher.org.