Reading Summit to Feature Global Literacy Advocate, Author Pam Allyn


Pam Allyn – a renowned literacy advocate, author, and ambassador for Scholastic’s Global Literacy Campaign “Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life” – will be the keynote speaker at the Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Educational Leaders, where revered educational experts and colleagues will share best practices for improving student achievement.

Pam speaks powerfully on subjects ranging from the Common Core State Standards to the role technology plays in the new era of literacy. Her innovative programs and acclaimed books on the subject of literacy education fuel her internationally recognized work – training teachers, families, and entire communities in a national and global campaign to end illiteracy.

The author of the 2011 Scholastic title Pam Allyn’s Best Book for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives, Pam will speak at the June 14 summit in San Francisco, Calif., and the June 25 summit in Minneapolis, Minn., on “The Power of Stories: How Reading Every Day Can Transform the Lives of Children.”

Pam will also do a breakout session for educators called “Books for Boys: A New Look at How to Bring Boys into the World of Readers. Her Best Book for Boys is a powerful hands-on resource for parents and educators that organizes must-read titles for boys by age, interest, and development. Pam addresses all the challenges of getting boys to read, equipping her audience with ways to employ environments, routines, and structures to give boys a passion for reading.

“In this country, there’s a real crisis with boys and reading,” Pam laments as she recounts boys’ declining test scores and escalating dropout rates. Part of the problem, as Pam presents it, is a “mixed message from society” – one that encourages boys through media images to be rambunctious while at the same time reprimanding them in the classroom for similar behavior, thereby confusing boys about what society values for them to be and to do, and making curling up with a good story a more complicated endeavor.

In Minneapolis, Pam will offer a breakout session titled “Dynamic Connections: Four Steps to Creating Family/School Partnerships.” Pam encourages parents and educators to create dedicated reading environments for all children, to provide access to the kinds of books children really want to read, and to foster higher levels of dialogue with children about ideas, themes, and connections.

Pam, who also serves as the executive director and founder of LitWorld, is a global advocate for children’s rights as readers. “I founded LitWorld in 2007 to bring the power and potential of literacy and the magic of what reading and writing can do for someone, both personally and for the community, but especially for all children worldwide,” Pam says.

Her passion for literacy also prompted Pam to found LitLife, through which she provides coaching and best practices for schools in teaching reading to students from pre-K to grade 12.

The literacy advocate also blogs about literacy for The Huffington Post and is the author of A Child’s Writing Life, The Great Eight: Management Strategies for the Reading and Writing Classroom, What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child, and The Complete Year in Reading and Writing series.

Register Now for the Reading Summit
Participants at the annual summits, which will be held in seven locations across the country, will receive continuing professional educational credits. Professional development and summit breakout sessions will focus on:

  • Creating a Reading Culture on a School Campus through the Power of the Booktalk
  • Developing a Summer Reading Plan to Prevent the Summer Slide
  • Engaging Parents as Reading Partners through Family Involvement Programs
  • Providing Leadership Tips to Promote Reading Practice
  • Implementing Book Studies for Boys and Girls to Inspire Student Reading
Other session topics, which will vary by location, will include learning how to promote reading best practice, the secrets to launching a book club for boys, how to employ 21st-century learning skills, and strategies for using technology to motivate reluctant readers.

The $99 cost also includes professional development breakout sessions, lunch, parking, and a gift bag of books. Fellow staff members can attend for just $49. Dates, locations, and keynote speakers are:

• June 12 – Atlanta, Ga.; Superintendent Dr. Valya S. Lee of Twiggs County Public Schools

• June 14 – San Francisco, Calif.; Pam Allyn, author of The Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives

• June 25 – Minneapolis, Minn.; Pam Allyn, author of The Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives

• June 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa.; Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

• July 12 – Parkridge, N.J.; University of Tennessee professors, authors, and researchers Drs. Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen

• July 17 – Dallas, Tx.; Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

• July 24 – Alexandria, Va.; Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

Register now for one of these great events! For more information or to register, go to www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/reading-summit.
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