Great Rivers Literacy Specialists

Karen McGuirt -

Kelsey Riley -

Constance Watson -

Requirements for Reading Laws

Professional Learning Opportunities

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Great Rivers Literacy Specialists, Kelsey Riley and Constance Watson, joined Eastern Arkansas educators at the Arkansas Delta Writing Project. The professional learning workshop was held at Arkansas State University from July 9 to July 13.

Pictured above are the participants, including Kim Sims of Lee County School District, from the 2018 Arkansas Delta Writing Project.

Great Rivers Educators took part in the Eastern Arkansas Literacy Conference held on the ASU campus in Jonesboro on June 27 & 28.

The conference was a collaborative effort amongst the three area Education Service Cooperatives–Great Rivers, Crowley's Ridge, and Northeast.

Sarah Brown-Wessling presented to 9-12 educators about "teaching in waves".
Patti Long (Forrest City School District) collaborated with fellow Eastern Arkansas educators about literacy in the 9-12 classroom.
Mr. Penix (West Memphis School District), Ms. Heaston (WM), and Mr. Cumberland (Marvell-Elaine School District) worked to write using the frame provided by Brown-Wessling.
Sarah Brown-Wessling (presenter) and Kelsey Riley (Great Rivers Education Service Cooperative).
Kai Coggin (Arkansas-based poet and educator) presented about the power of poetry in the classroom.
Crystal Allen (author) facilitated a session centered around writing with the senses.
Augusta Scattergood (author) shared her experience about researching to write a book.
Dr. Timothy Shanahan shared the value of time in the K-4 classroom.