i speak

Opening Keynote at All Write Summer
Institute 2012. Image thanks to
@bethanymhall #instagram.

The more opportunities I have to speak, the more I realize how much I love it. My style is warm and friendly, with a touch of humor. I’m constantly advocating to empower people to teach writers even better than the day before. In order to do this, we must determine our motives and philosophy about teaching writers and then couple it with practical and meaningful strategies. I strive to offer both philosophy and strategies when working alongside teachers.

To Inquire about Availability
If you’re interested in having me speak at your school or conference, then please contact Chandra Lowe at Stenhouse Publishers (clowe@stenhouse.com) for information regarding professional development or speaking engagements. You may also contact me directly at raayres1{at}gmail{dot}com. If you don’t receive a response from me within three days, please contact Chandra.

Possible Formats
I’m happy to work with you in order to meet your specific needs. Here are some structures I’ve used in the past.

Skype: I offer a free 20 minute Q & A Skype session with your group. Contact me via email to schedule a time.

Keynote Address: I love using words and image to inspire, encourage, and nudge the audience to live in the best way possible. 

Demonstration + Reflection: Some of my most powerful professional development has been watching someone model in a classroom then following the demonstration with a guided reflection. I’m comfortable modeling writing workshop in kindergarten through high school classrooms. Demonstration experiences include a mininlesson, conferring time, and a share session. Reflection includes written and oral reflection, as well as a Q&A session.

Breakout Sessions: With a short amount of time, we can concentrate on one topic, digging deep and pushing ourselves to new understandings. I lead breakout sessions on a variety of topics about teaching writers.

Day (or Multiple Day) Workshops: I can plan a day long workshop with your group. Our time together includes a variety of learning experiences, such as reading short texts, discussing with partners or small groups, planning for your classroom, and writing time.


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