Breaking News: Gretchen Bernabei will keynote on Monday at our conference! She will also be presenting Text Structures From Poetry - the strategies that will be in her brand new book - so you will have digital copies to work with before it is released to the public! We are putting together an amazing team of presenters and adding sessions for all levels and interests in the ELA classroom!

We also will be having an optional Karaoke for Nerds Night - a Poetry Slam - on Monday night at Island Wine! Gretchen promises we will all have something to read after her session Monday - but please, those of you who write poetry, bring some of your favorites as this will be a wonderful, safe space for sharing with like-minded peeps! And if you don’t write poetry, plan to come and read your favorite poetry to us, or just listen and enjoy the company!

Registration is OPEN. Send your forms ASAP to secure your spot as we are expecting a full house!

Our conference hotel, The Place hotel in Port Aransas, is now full, but we still have room at our overflow hotel, the Holiday Inn Express. To reserve there, call 361-749-5222 or go online at and enter rate code PAT.

Plan to attend Sunday’s check-in party at The Place from 4-6 even if you are local and did not reserve overnight accommodations! It’s going to be a great time and we will have a special “Sunday only” drawing for a couple of fabulous prizes!

In other news: Here is my “Big Picture” document with the main highlights from the new ELAR TEKS.

Big Picture Link

Many of you have asked about the session schedule for the 2019 Conference in November. The final schedule will be send out mid-October. However, here’s a small sampling of what’s in the works right now:

PG-21: Teaching Grammar, Poetry, and Vocabulary to All Levels of 21st Century Learners, with Melanie Mayer

Text Structures from Poetry: How to Help Students Read, Analyze, and Create Poetry They Will Always Remember, with Gretchen Bernabei and Laura Van Prooyen

Shakespeare Sits Here: GT Instruction in the ELAR Classroom, with Melanie Mayer

Reading and Writing for College Readiness - and for Life, with Melanie Mayer

Save Time and Increase Student Achievement with Blended Learning That Works! Resources and tips allow teachers to explore using Hyper-docs, playlists, menus, and more to make teaching - and learning - more effective! with Hannah Ketteman

And…. ACTION! Stop Motion Movies allow students to plan, create, collaborate, and share knowledge in creative new ways! Apps, tools, tips, and tricks for classroom project success! Itty bitty movements - great big engagement! with Meghan Zigmond

I have just a few fall dates still available to present for you at your district this fall. Email me if you are interested.

Check out my recent FB posts (Melanie Mayer Consulting) for some classroom ideas, thoughts, and inspiration.

Thank you! Have a great week!

Many blessings,

Melanie Mayer