Reclaiming Purpose & Passion

All Write Summer Institute

Thursday, June 22nd, 8am to Friday, June 23rd, 4pm

1 Tiger Lane

Warsaw, IN

Registration Times

6/21 -- 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
6/22 -- 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Send Payment To:

All Write/East Noble School Corporation

Mindy Hoffar

126 W. Rush St.

Kendallville, IN 46755

Conference Schedule

Thursday (6/22/2016)
8:30 Keynote: Lester Laminack
9:30-11:30: Morning Sessions
11:30 - 1:00: Lunch Break*
*12:00 - 1:00: Optional Lunch Sessions
1:00 - 3:30: Afternoon Sessions

Friday (6/23/2016)
8:00 - 11:20: Morning Sessions
11:20 - 12:50: Lunch Break*
*12:00 - 1:00: Optional Lunch Sessions
1:00 - 2:00: Afternoon Sessions
2:10 - 3:10: Closing Keynote
3:10 - 3:30: Give Aways (10 Free Registrations are up for grabs! You must be present to win.)



Lester is Professor Emeritus from Western Carolina University where he taught writing workshop, children's literature, and reading. His professional books include Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literatureand Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum: How to Build Bridges in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. He is also author of six children’s books: The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins, Trevor’s Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth, Saturdays and Tea Cakes, Jake’s 100th Day of School, Snow Day! and Three Hens and a Peacock, (2012 Children’s Choice K-2 Book of the Year Award) all from Peachtree Publishers. His newest book, Writers ARE Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction Into Writing Opportunities (Heinemann) is now available.

Jennifer Serravallo

Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann titles, including Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K–2 and Grades 3–6. Her newest book is The Writing Strategies Book. Jen began her career in education as a teacher in NYC and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Through TCRWP and now as an independent consultant, she has spent over a decade helping teachers across the country to create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals.

Franki Sibberson

Franki is a third grade teacher. She believes that students need authentic experiences as readers and that intentional classroom design and thoughtful planning are critical for these readers to become lifelong readers. She is also the author of Beyond Leveled Books (Stenhouse), Still Learning to Read (Stenhouse), Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop (Scholastic) and The Joy of Planning (Choice Literacy). She is also a regular contributor to Choice Literacy.

Peter Lourie

For Peter, research is another word for exploration!

It's Peter's love of mystery and of what he will discover that compels him toward his next adventure. A book about an Arctic whale scientist who works with the Inupiaq Eskimos on the North Slope of Alaska (Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist) was followed by another book (The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species) about manatees in West Africa, the Amazon, Mexico and Florida. He published a book on polar bears, Polar Bear Scientists, and his new book with Henry Holt will be about Jack London in the Klondike Gold Rush. For teachers, Peter, along with New Mexican 5th-grade teacher Dave Somoza, has co-written Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper (see video below). And Peter is now working on a book about Norwegian Polar Explorer Fridtjof Nansen.

Peter holds a BA in classics from New York University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Maine, and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. He has taught writing at Columbia College and the University of Vermont, and is now teaching Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling at Middlebury College.

He makes his living traveling, writing and photographing. He also visits schools to share his adventures with students and teachers.

David Somoza

David teaches fifth grade in Burnt Hills, NY; he and his family live near Saratoga Springs. David loves teaching all subjects, but most enjoys teaching writing. He says, "Working with kids is always unpredictable, and that's the best part. If you give the kids parameters but let them go off and explore on their own, you never know what they'll come up with. This is particularly true with writing. Every time they write there's a chance that they'll create something new and beautiful. Even after all these years of teaching, I'm still blown away by their insight, their perspective, their creative use of language, and the genuine passion that comes out in their essays. At times, I think they even surprise themselves. It's often through their writing that I really get to know and understand my kids." David and Peter wrote Writing to Explore (Stenhouse).

Troy Hicks

A former middle school teacher, Troy is currently a professor of Literacy and Technology at Central Michigan University focusing his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology and teacher education. Troy’s passion is collaborating with K-12 educators exploring how to implement newer literacies in the classrooms. He is director of CMU’s Chippewa Writing Project and author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009), as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Create, Compose, Connect! (Routledge/Eye on Education, 2014). Most importantly, he is the father of six digital natives and is always learning something new about writing and technology from them.



Wednesday, June 21st, 7pm to Thursday, June 22nd, 7pm

Warsaw, IN, United States

Warsaw, IN

After registration, you will receive an invitation to both Heinemann and Scholastic receptions.

*Times subject to change. Please refer to your invitation.

Ruth Ayres

Ruth is smitten by the way writers work, loves learning alongside teachers, and believes everyone has a story that matters. She is an instructional coach for Wawasee School Corporation and a contributor to Choice Literacy & Lead Literacy. Ruth is the co-author of Day by Day and Celebrating Writers (Stenhouse Publishers). Her newest book, Enticing Writers, is expected in 2017. Check out her resources for making teaching writers manageable and enjoyable at her website, Discover. Play. Build.

Tammy Mulligan & Clare Landrigan

Clare and Tammy have worked together for the past eighteen years. They began their work together coteaching an integrated first- and second-grade classroom at the Eliot Pearson Children's School in Medford, Massachusetts.

Clare and Tammy now run a private staff development business, Teachers to Teachers. They work with varied school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy and to engage in institutional change. They are contributors to Choice Literacy and Lead Literacy and wrote Assessment in Perspective (Stenhouse).


Franki is a third grade teacher. She believes that students need authentic experiences as readers and that intentional classroom design and thoughtful planning are critical for these readers to become lifelong readers. She is also the author of Beyond Leveled Books (Stenhouse), Still Learning to Read (Stenhouse), Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop (Scholastic) and The Joy of Planning (Choice Literacy). She is also a regular contributor to Choice Literacy.


A National Board Certified Teacher, Lee Ann Spillane teaches English at Cypress Creek High School in Florida. "I love the everyday epiphanies of the classroom," Lee Ann says about her teaching life. "It is the rare student that strikes a poker face in class when understanding dawns -- I love the expression, the wonder, the buildup of curiosity, the magic of being in the classroom. I love the moments of community when students come together over a topic or shared piece of writing, when they burst into spontaneous applause after someone reads a piece of writing, or secretly look up so that they don't cry -- teenagers amaze me. I love being someone they can count on."

In addition to teaching English, Lee Ann is an avid technology mentor, providing one-on-one technology help or tech-infused workshops to teachers in her district and beyond. She often presents at local, state, and national conferences and seeks out learning opportunities that help her refine her own instructional practices.


Ruth is currently a contributor and Writing Department Editor for the professional journal Reading Teacher. She’s president of the Culham Writing Company and former Unit Manager of the Assessment Program at Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She was English Teacher of the Year in Montana, one of the highlights of her 19-year teaching career. Culham holds specialty degrees in Library Science and Elementary, Middle, and Secondary English Education.

Ruth has written 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up, followed by 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades and Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School, winner of the 2011 Teacher’s Choice award. Most recently, Ruth has published the bestselling The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing that demonstrates how to read with a writer’s eye to lift the best writing techniques from favorite authors. Ruth has also penned What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Writing for all school leaders and literacy coaches.


Deborah Hopkinson is the author of more than 40 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. In her presentations at schools and conferences, she helps bring history and research alive. She also is frequent instructor at writing workshops for adults. Her work is especially well-suited for STEM and CCSS connections.

Her nonfiction includes Courage & Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in WWII Denmark, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Robert F. Sibert Award honor book and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor book, and Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924, an NCTE Orbis Pictus award honor book and Jane Addams Award honor book.

Deborah’s award-winning picture books include Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, an ALA Notable and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book and Apples to Oregon won the Golden Kite Award and Spur Storytelling Award. A four-time Oregon Book Award finalist, Deborah won in 2009 for Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole. Her most recent historical fiction title, The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel was an Oregon Book Award finalist which won the OCTE Oregon Spirit Award.

A former professional in fundraising for colleges and universities, Deborah received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

Debbie Miller

Debbie Miller taught and learned from children in The Denver Public Schools for thirty years. Author of Reading with Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades, 2nd edition(Stenhouse, 2012) and the video series, Happy Reading! and the Joy of Conferring, Debbie now presents workshops and works extensively with schools and districts on long-range planning and development of literacy programs.

She worked for many years with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), a nonprofit group committed to providing ongoing support and leadership for schools in the Denver area and nationally. Debbie has also been an adjunct professor at The University of Denver and Regis University.


As a former elementary teacher, reading specialist, and math coach, Sue knows what it’s like in the classroom and her background is evident throughout her work as she unpacks best practices in a clear, practical, and upbeat way.

She is the lead author of Math in Practice, a new grade-by-grade K-5 professional learning resource. She is also coauthor of the bestselling Putting the Practices Into Action, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, and Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division. She served as editor of Heinemann’s popular Math Process Standards series and also wrote the bestselling Now I Get It.


Register by May 13 for the Early Bird Discount.
All Write Members -- $135
Non-Members -- $195
Pre-Service Teachers -- $40

After May 13
All-Write Members -- $170
Non-Members -- $230
Pre-Service Teachers -- $40

One day options are available. Pricing information is on the registration form.


Please contact Mindy Hoffar.


Twitter: @MindyHoffar

Send Payment To:

All Write/East Noble School Corporation

Mindy Hoffar

126 W. Rush St.

Kendallville, IN 46755

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