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WORD Fall Conference – November 14th!

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A Day with Donalyn!

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WORD’s Fall Conference Presents A Day with Donalyn! Register Here!

Saturday, November 14th, 2015, from 8:30am to 4:15pm at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

The Book Whisperer herself will be here to share:

1) Methods that support students as lifelong readers

2) Tools to engage young readers in various texts

3)  Instructional practices using nonfiction texts, other than textbooks, in your classroom,

4) Conferring tips to encourage students to read genres, like nonfiction, they tend to avoid, and MORE!!

Also, meet Dan Gemeinhart, author of the middle grade novel, The Honest Truth. The Honest Truth Book Cover


The Honest Truth was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as one of its 10 Middle Grade and Young Adult “Indies Introduce” selections (of notable debut novels) for Winter/Spring 2015! Find out what his favorite books are!


Enter our Reading Door Drawing!

It is easy!! We want our WORD Fall Conference participants to decorate your door or hallway at school to show your reading life or your students. Take a picture of your Reading Door and submit to or post it on our WORD FaceBook page to be entered into a drawing for $50 Amazon gift cards. Winners will be announced at the conference on November 14. Must be present to win. Have fun and good luck!

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Welcome to 2015-2016!

It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. The WORD Board hopes that all of you have enjoyed your summer and beautiful weather that has touched the Pacific Northwest. As Fall approaches, your board has been working hard to plan for the upcoming year. We are excited to bring Donalyn Miller for our Fall Conference in November! Check back for more updates about events this school year. And don’t forget to renew your membership!



Bonnie Campbell Hill’s Legacy Continues…

See the 2014-2015 winners here! Each year WORD celebrates the Bonnie Campbell Hill recipients.  This special award is part of Bonnie’s Big Idea.  The award fulfills Bonnie’s dying wish to continue providing professional development to teachers.  What a gift to teachers across Washington.

Bonnie Campbell Hill was a literacy leader from Washington and was known throughout the world.  You can learn more about her at Bonnie’s Website.  Her passion for teaching and learning were contagious and continue to support teachers throughout Washington.  Each year two educators are selected recipients of the Bonnie Campbell Hill Washington State Literacy Leader Award supporting their professional development and leadership vision. 

Previous recipients include:


Michelle Hornof will be traveling to Mexico to immerse herself in Spanish and the culture of many of her students.

Erika Larson will be attending the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Institute to learn more about effective literacy instruction.


Sara Betts is implementing a book study to develop understandings of the CCSS will attend the International Reading Association conference with a colleague.

Melissa Thienes will attend the Literacy Coaching Institute at Teachers College of Columbia in New York to continue learning about leadership and literacy. 


David Lowe attended the Literacy Coaching Institute at Teachers College of Columbia in New York to continue developing leadership in literacy capacity.

Colleen DeLorenzo attended professional development, supported a book study and ongoing learning with her colleagues.


Dawn Christiana and Pam Pottle began a district wide renewed focus on literacy including a book study, committee retreat and on-going opportunities to learn together.

2015-2016 Could be you!  Visit the Awards page for more information. The deadline for this year is March 31st!