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Multi-Day Institute:
The 11th Annual Boothbay Literacy Retreat

Presented by Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst

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Led by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, with core faculty Chris Crutcher, Penny Kittle, and Linda Rief.

Join Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, along with their distinguished faculty and evening speakers, for the 11th Annual Boothbay Literacy Retreat: Aliteracy: Why Some Kids Won't Read and Write and What We Do To Change That. Each year, educators from across the country travel to Boothbay, Maine, to work with colleagues and literacy experts on issues of reading and writing.

During the week, days start early and end late as we work in small and large learning communities, focusing on crucial questions. This year, we'll be guided by the following questions:

  • What strategies help our students become responsible readers and writers?
  • How do I build classroom libraries, confer with students, and keep up with all the reading/writing I should do?
  • What does it mean to become a community of readers and writers?
  • How do I encourage parent engagement?

Each Day...

Mornings: We begin early with a writing class led by writer-in-residence Linda Rief. After breakfast, we convene for a large group presentation led by Kylene and Bob. From there, we move to small-group conversations.

Afternoons: After lunch, we return to small groups to study closely issues including:

  • Helping struggling readers and writers
  • Developing engagement
  • Understanding best practices for tomorrow
  • Discovering tech tools that extend learning

Coffee and Conversations: In the late afternoon, we set aside time for you to do some reading or writing on your own, or talk with any of the faculty about questions you have.

Evenings: Enjoy dinner on your own in the surrounding area, but be back by 7:50 pm for our Distinguished Lecture Series, which begins each night at 8:00 pm.

At Boothbay you have the chance to:

  • Work side-by-side with your favorite authors
  • Think carefully about critical issues
  • Have small group conversations to answer your questions
  • Work on literacy plans for your district

Topics discussed:

  • Engagement
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • New books for kids
  • New tech tools

Post-Retreat Writing Session

The retreat officially ends at noon on Wednesday. We hope, however, that many of you will decide to stay with us through Thursday at noon. On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, we offer what we call a "lagniappe" session. This New Orleans word (pronounced lan-yap) means "a little something extra."

This year's lagniappe session will focus on expository writing. In particular, we'll discuss how we help students write informational texts with voice, how we encourage reason and analysis while nurturing creativity and passion, and, most importantly, how we help all students use writing as a way of knowing.

Who Attends

If you are a teacher, a coach, or an administrator, Boothbay is for you! We'll focus on reading and writing strategies for students in grades 4-12, though primary grade teachers tell us that everything we share is appropriate for their students, too. The strategies are most appropriate for ELA/reading, social studies, science, and special education teachers, but all educators are welcome.

This is a great opportunity to connect and work collectively with colleagues nationwide. If you attend with others in your school or district, you'll find yourselves working toward shared goals and building a stronger team, providing an ideal opportunity to make real change happen back home.

Pricing Information

The cost of this institute is $905.00 per person and includes the following:

  • Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon retreat
  • Handouts designed specifically for this retreat
  • A reception on Sunday evening
  • Breakfast each day
  • Lunch on each full day of the regular institute
  • Lunch for those staying for the lagniappe session
  • A personalized certificate of attendance with a value of 2.0 CEU or 20 class participation hours

For a group of three or more registering at the same time we offer a group rate of $875.00 per person.

Expository Writing "Lagniappe" Session Pricing

Stay for this special extra session on June 28th ......................$95 for the session.

To register for this special post-retreat expository writing session you must call 800-541-2086 ext. 1151 or email

Upcoming Dates & Locations

06/24/2018-06/28/2018 - Southport, ME

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Availability: Sorry, there are no more seats available. When: 06/24/2018 - 06/28/2018 Where: Southport, ME

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