AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Tuesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 21, the Region 16 Education Service Center will host its 25th Literacy Institute conference for teachers across the Panhandle.
According to Region 16, the conference will offer new methods of educating students to Panhandle teachers, and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Region 16 Bell Street campus.
Joi Lunsford, ELAR Learning Reader with Region 16, stated, “Our keynotes and our breakout sessions are covering everything literacy, so how to motivate kids to be readers and writers and just new instructional ideas. We’re just trying to promote literacy in the classroom and giving teachers new ideas.”
“Participants at the 2021 literacy institute will be motivated and inspired by literacy experts Matt de la Pena, the New York Times Bestselling Newbery Medal winning author, and Renee Houser, literacy consultant and co-author of the “What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow” series.” said Region 16.
However, the Region 16 team did not plan for this to be like just any other, traditional conference setting. Lunsford continued, “We have food trucks, we have free Palace Coffee, lots of door prizes, giveaways. We’re just trying to make it very special and unique for our 25th annual and just make it fun and exciting for teachers.”
Regardless of how long someone has been in education, there is always room to grow and learn.
“I always want to improve myself with literacy, because I’m a school librarian. I have fifth and sixth graders. I want to get them excited about reading, and so this was just my way to be a better librarian for my kids,” said School Librarian at Pinnacle Intermediate, Debra Bridenbaugh.
She continued, “I just I love what I do, and I think it’s important and we’ve got to take care of these little people.”