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Differentiating Writing Standards for the K-12 Advanced Learner - May 24, 2017


Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -
7:45am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn
6111 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321


Date: May 24 and May 25 are identical agendas. A participant is permitted to sign up for one day only.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m on May 24, 2017.

Agenda:  Agenda for the day.

Capacity: Only 250 participants will be registered per day. Consider attending with a classroom teacher or gifted teacher from your school district. Please notify MaLinda Hugh-Reynolds at if you register and then cannot attend.

Waiting List: A waiting list will be compiled for participants who wish to attend after the first 250 participants are registered.  Please be considerate so another Iowa educator can attend in your absence.

Cost: No registration cost to participants for the day. This event is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education in partnership with the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association.

Breaks:  No food and drinks are allowed to be brought into the hotel.  The Lobby Bar sells Friedrich's coffee and smoothies at own expense.  The Grill has snacks and beverages are also available for purchase at own expense.  Complimentary water will be provided in the room.

Lunch:  Lunch is on your own.  However, the hotel will provide a cash buffet lunch for $10.  Menu will be a taco bar for this day.  Receipts will be available.

Credit Option: No credit will be offered because seat time does not meet time required for credit option.

Hotel Rooms: Hotel room rates will be available at a conference rate. When making your reservation, mention you are with the Iowa Department of Educaiton Writing Standards Conference.  Phone number to hotel is:  515-287-2400.

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick

Description: The professional development days combine K-12 Core Writing Standards and instruction for advanced learners.  Dr. Shaunessy-Dedrick will introduce and provide instructional strategies to 1) explain the details of the Common Core State Standards for Writing, K-12, 2) detail the developmental stages and challenges inherent to instructing advanced learners and 3) provide concepts, lessons, and strategies for providing quality writing instruction for advanced readers.  Participants will write lesson plans, share ideas, and provide feedback to Dr. Shaunessy-Dedrick for research purposes. Each participant will receive copies of current research and examples to use at the conference and at their local school district to develop and implement language arts standards in support of Iowa's multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).

Bio: Dr. Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, and serves as the Coordinator of the Gifted Education Program at the University of South Florida. She received her B. A. in English from the University of Miami, her M.A. in English from Florida State University, and her Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. At the University of Southern Florida, Dr. Shaunessy teaches in the online gifted program, which offers courses leading to the Florida Endorsement in Gifted Education and Master's degree in Gifted Education. 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 25, 2018 at 4:16am.