WSCC to hold Literacy Conference

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Teachers and administrators are invited to the Seventh Annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference at Walters State Community College in Morristown.

The event runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. The cost is $100 and registration ends on Sept. 22. The conference is sponsored by the Mid-East TN Regional P-16 Council, the Mossy Creek Literacy Council and Walters State Community College.

Author and educator Harvey “Smokey” Daniels has already been announced as keynote speaker. Michael Shoulders and Lior Klirs are among the nationally known authors and educators added to the event.

Shoulders retired from the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in 2005. He started writing after attending the Governor’s Academy for Teachers of Writing in 1995. He frequently speaks to students and to literacy groups.

He received the Eureka Silver Medal and was a USA Best Book Award finalist for his “T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet.” He received the NAPPA Gold Medal for “Say Daddy!” and his “D is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet” was recognized as the Social Studies Book of the Year in 2008.

Shoulders will lead workshops titled “America’s Titanic – Writing and Researching Tennessee” and “Male Call – Bringing Boys to Books.”

Klirs is senior manager of learning design for Great Minds, a nonprofit organization committed to bringing a content-rich education to all students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. He advises the curriculum writing team on areas such as assessment, standards and vocabulary words. Prior to joining Great Minds, Klirs was the coordinator of English language arts for the Tennessee Department of Education. He also taught high school English.

Klirs will be delivering workshops entitled “Designing Writing Instruction that Builds Student Understanding” and “Keys to the Kingdom: Teaching Vocabulary to Unlock Reading Comprehension.”

The registration fee includes a yogurt bar, lunch and admission to a vendor/book signing event. For more information, or to register, contact Tammy Wells at or 423-585-6899.

Over 5,900 credit and 4,000 non-credit students attend Walters State. The college has campuses in Morristown, Greeneville, Sevierville and Tazewell. It offers over 100 associate degrees and technical certificates. Visit Walters State’s website at

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