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Meet Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh is the K-12 ELA Instructional Specialist for Indian Prairie School District 204. Before starting this role in 2017, she taught 7th grade English Language Arts in District 204 for 11 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Reading Instruction from Concordia University - Chicago. Jessica is a strong advocate for equity in education and literacy access for all. She is a Google for Education Certified Educator and Trainer, and you can find her on Twitter at @storiestoldinsf and #FutureReady204.

Meet Jan Newport

Jan Newport is a newly retired teacher with 33 years experience in elementary and special education. She has taught in both Illinois and California. Just prior to retirement, she served as the K-12 ELA Instructional Specialist for Indian Prairie School District 204, a position she held for ten years. Jan holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education and has also earned her Administrative Certification in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a National Board Certified Teacher for Middle Childhood Generalist. Her current project has her working alongside District 204's Prairie Children Preschool developing a new curriculum aligned to Illinois Early Learning Standards. Jan is passionate about writing. She believes, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, "You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say."

Growing Student Writers

Saturday, Feb. 10th, 8:45am-12pm

1812 Williamsburg Avenue

Geneva, IL

Join seasoned classroom teacher and teacher leaders for an event focused on growing student writers. Our speakers will showcase current best practice for how to get kids to want to write, encourage independent writing, create a culture of writing in the classroom and build a safe place where writers are free to invest in their writing- all despite teacher's current curricular constraints, Jan and Jessica will also address the role of technology and what to do about your own comfort with writing. We know you will find the content of this workshop encouraging not only for your students, but also for yourself!

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