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Billie J. Askew Institute to be held

Johnna Headley, Reporter

Dr. Billie J. Askew was a part of the TWU faculty from 1989 to 2003, which prompted the name for the Billie J. Askew Reading Recovery and K-6 Literacy Institute. On Monday Nov. 2, the TWU Reading department will host the 26th Annual Billie J. Askew Reading Recovery and K-6 Literacy Institute at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas. The Institution is open to the public and is targeted to K-6 classroom teachers, literacy coaches, reading recovery/Descubriendo la Lectura Professionals, bilingual educators, parents, principals, district administrators, school librarians, literacy advocates and the like. The cost for attendance is $210, and registration will be available upon arrival to the hotel.

On Monday, author and professor Lester Laminack from Western Carolina University will kick off the Institute with a session titled “I Write Because We ARE Story.” On Tuesday the Institute will continue with keynote speaker Linda Hoyt, author of “Revisit, Reflect, Retell,” with a session titled “Igniting a Sense of Wonder.”

Following the keynote speakers, 30 breakout sessions will take place, with presentations over topics ranging from K-6 classrooms to reading recovery to English language learners to literacy leadership and many more.

In an interview with The Lasso, Reading Recovery Director and Trainer Dr. Anne Simpson shared her excitement for the Institute: “We really feel that it is an important opportunity to be able to share learning. We value the opportunity to learn with scholars, schools and teachers from across the nation.”

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