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Multi-Day Institute:
The 12th 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, Linda Rief, and Special Guests Sara Ahmed, Teri Lesesne, and Cornelius Minor.

Join Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, along with the Boothbay faculty and special guests, for the 12th Annual Boothbay Literacy Retreat: From Best Practices to Next Practices: Strategies that Improve Reading and Writing. Each year, educators from across the country—and around the world—travel to Boothbay, Maine, to work with colleagues and literacy experts on issues of literacy, equity, and empowerment.

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:

  • How do we help kids handle tough texts during these tough times?
  • How do I build classroom libraries, confer with students, develop teaching strategies, and keep up with all the reading/writing I should do?
  • What is educational equity; what does it look like; and how do we help schools achieve it?

Each Day...

Mornings: We begin with an early fireside chat with Kylene Beers to talk informally about solving the reading problems our striving readers face. Then we move to a writing class led by writer-in-residence Linda Rief. After breakfast, we convene for a large group presentation. From there, we move to small group conversations.

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

  • Vocabulary development
  • Engagement
  • Creating readers/writers notebooks

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'll 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:

  • Literacy strategies
  • Comprehension
  • 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."

Led by Penny Kittle, Linda Rief, and Chris Crutcher, this year's lagniappe session will focus on expository writing. In particular, we'll discuss how to help students write informational texts with voice, how to encourage reason and analysis while nurturing creativity and passion, and, most importantly, how we can 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 fee for this retreat 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 27th ......................$95 for the session.

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

Special Accommodation Requests

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

06/23/2019-06/27/2019 - Southport, ME

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Availability: Sorry, there are no more seats available. When: 06/23/2019 - 06/27/2019 Where: Southport, ME

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