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Being Reinvigorated

The Arkansas Curriculum Conference is an opportunity for teachers reinvigorate and again find their spark for teaching. My colleagues and I chose to attend many sessions together.

We all very much enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with author Zetta Elliot @zettaelliot  through 3 different sessions. We used her Sankofa postcard ideas to write postcards to veterans for Veterans Day the next week.  We blended the idea of reaching for the veterans and remembering so that we never forget their service.

Also, our ELA department is working to build our classroom libraries to more closely mirror our student body. Zetta Elliot spoke from personal experience about the lack of reading material with characters that looked like she did. We want our students to feel that they are reflected in the books they read. She spoke about the positive experience of self-publishing. Which led me to finally attend a session about the National Writing Project.

Another session that I attended was for the National Writing Project led by the amazing @dixiekeyes.  We know that students tend to become more involved in their writing when teachers write with the students. Much like we need to model our own active reading, we need also to model active writing. I've found that many English teachers are quiet writers. But, due to time constraints, writing falls to the side. NWP offers weekend writing retreats and summer writing to encourage writers to continue writing. These retreats also offer the opportunity for writing feedback.     Arkansas offers four different locations.

Perhaps even more important than the sessions was the time that our department spent together laughing, giggling, and simply being silly. Being a leader all day every day can become tiring! It is important for teachers to remember to relax and enjoy each others company. We did! @Ms



Arkansas Delta Writing Project
Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Great Bear Writing Project
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas
Little Rock Writing Project
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas Writing Project
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fayetteville, Arkansas


  1. Beautiful! Thanks so much, Suzanne!! We SO appreciate your participation and advocacy and the great work you do for teachers !


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