2013 GC COE Literacy Conference:




Beyond Standards: Exploring Text Complexity to Engage Readers and Writers


Friday, June 28, 2013

9:00 am - 5:00 pm (with Registration to begin at 8:30 am)

Georgia College

Macon Graduate Center


Featuring keynote speaker, author, storyteller, and editor, Carmen Agra Deedy, along with a rich array of breakout sessions on current literacy topics.


Carmen Agra Deedy

Author, Storyteller, and Editor

Carmen Agra Deedy has been writing for children for over two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today. Deedy’s recent chapter book, The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale, is a story of deception, intrigue, and derring-do that reveals the unlikely alliance between a cheese-loving cat and the Cheshire Cheese inn’s mice in Victorian England. Another recent publication, 14 Cows for America, is based on an astonishing gift that Americans received from a Maasiai village in Kenya, following the events of 9/11. Carmen is a best-selling children’s book author who has been recognized internationally for her award-winning creations which have captivated children of all ages for over twenty years.


Conference Theme

Text complexity is an element of the new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards receiving a great deal of attention. This day-long conference explores matching readers with text, a qualitative domain of text complexity, through the eyes and perspectives of a celebrated children’s author/editor and professional educators who share their classroom experiences. Carmen Agra Deedy’s keynote address and the breakout sessions will be of interest to classroom teachers, administrators, graduate students, teacher educators, and community stakeholders as we refine our visions for living literate lives to embrace 21st century literacies and engage learners of all ages in purposeful reading and writing of diverse texts.


M.Ed. in Reading Literacy, & Language              

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education Georgia College


The M.Ed. in Reading, Literacy, and Language is a new program designed to meet the literacy needs of schools in Middle Georgia. Graduate students in this program will develop the knowledge and skills to become effective literacy leaders within schools striving to improve student achievement and academic performance and to educate students for successful transitions to higher education and regional workforce ready programs.

Our degree programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and adhere to all standards set forth by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. In addition, the M.Ed. in Reading, Literacy, and Language, a K-12 program, addresses the standards of the International Reading Association for the role of reading specialist. Our program consists of courses focusing on developing expertise in classroom literacy instruction including diagnostic assessment and intervention, mentoring teachers through leadership, developing and implementing effective professional learning, and fostering community advocacy through sustained literacy initiatives.


Additional information is available at http://www.gcsu.edu/education/readingliteracyandlanguage.htm. To be admitted to a graduate program at GCSU, all applicants must pass the GCSU Graduate Writing Assessment.  More information can be found at http://www.gcsu.edu/education/writing.html.

Should you have questions, please contact

Sandra Webb at 478.445-6171 or
by email at sandra.webb@gcsu.edu
or the College of Education Graduate Admissions Officer,
Shanda Brand at 478.445-1383,


To Register: visit gcsu.edu/BeyondStandards or call Georgia College Continuing Education at 478-445-5277


Contacts:         Dr. Sandra Webb, sandra.webb@gcsu.edu

                        Dr. Linda Golson Bradley, linda.bradley@gcsu.edu

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