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Welcome to the Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference

Dr. Mary Lois Staton, Professor Emeritus and outstanding professor of education at East Carolina University for 27 years, is credited with initial conference development and endowment. Dr. Staton earned her undergraduate degree from Flora McDonald and her master's degrees from East Carolina Teacher's College and Teacher's College, Columbia University. In 1952 Dr. Staton completed her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Staton passed away in 2002. However, her legacy lives on as this conference, bearing her name, continues to serve as a testament to her dedication to literacy, literacy instruction, and professional development.

The Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference is an annual conference in honor and in memory of Dr. Mary Lois Staton, former professor at East Carolina University. This event provides excellent professional development opportunities for educators, with keynote speakers and concurrent sessions on a wide variety of pertinent and significant literacy topics. The conference has been held for over 30 years, and has contributed greatly to literacy professional development for all. We are appreciative of the continued support and participation of Dr. Staton's nieces, Lois Langston Staton and Beverly Staton Stocks and their families.

The 32nd annual Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton, Greenville, North Carolina.

The Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference is sponsored by the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education in the College of Education at East Carolina University. Concurrent sessions will be provided throughout the event, focusing on a variety of literacy topics for teachers PreK- high school level. The conference provides an excellent professional development opportunity for educators! The conference is free this year and CEU credit will be provided for attendance.

The Call for Proposals is available until September 15, 2014. Please consider a topic you might want to present at the conference on.

2014 Keynote Speaker Announced: Jen Jones

 Jen Jones

Jen Jones (@hellojenjones) is a K-12 Reading & Intervention Specialist who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has 21 years of teaching experience as an elementary classroom teacher, literacy coach, professional development provider, literacy trainer, and educational consultant. She is a contributing author for the International Reading Association and Parents Magazine.  She blogs regularly about research based best practices in literacy instruction and travels in and outside North Carolina to provide literacy workshops in schools and districts throughout the United States.  She earned a degree in English from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California and a Master's degree in Reading Education from East Carolina University. She is also Reading Recovery certified.  She is the #1 teacher seller in North Carolina on TeachersPayTeachers, and the 26th highest teacher seller in the world. Her blog, store and Facebook page name is Hello Literacy.  

Keynote Session: Jen believes that teachers have all the power to make (or break) a child's year. Teachers have an incredible influence over students, in fact, students have shown to make a year and half's worth of growth in a classroom with an excellent teacher.  Teaching young people how to learn is without a doubt the most important job on the planet.  Much of what a teacher does all day (and night) is not written in a job description, a district contract or a teacher evaluation instrument.  The unspoken expectations of what a teacher brings to the classroom every day is key, if not essential, to the lives of students and one thing is certain--all students deserve our very best every single day.  Jen will share just a few ways we can do this starting with our attitude, mindset and own love of learning—power strategies to teach like a champion!

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