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Capstone Professional Authors to Present at International Literacy Association Conference

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Jan. 27, 2015 – Capstone Professional, publisher of professional development resources and services for preK-12 educators, announces several of its authors have been selected to present at the International Literacy Association’s (formerly International Reading Association) 2015 annual conference this summer in St. Louis, Mo.
Among the authors scheduled to present are:
Hilary Mac Austin and Kathleen Thompson (Examining the Evidence: Seven Strategies for Teaching with Primary Sources)
Kathy Brown and Sarah Martino (Kindergarten and the Common Core: It’s as Easy as ABC!)
     · Session: “Kindergarten and the Common Core: It's as Easy as ABC!”
Jill Erfourth, Theresa Hasenauer, and Lorri Zieleniewski (Interacting with Informational Text for Close and Critical Reading)
     · Workshop: “Interacting with Informational Text for Close Reading Using an Engaging, Comprehensive Framework”
Linda Feaman and Nancy Geldermann (Unlocking Close Reading)
     · Workshop: “Transforming Literacy Instruction for Classroom and Career Readiness”
Kaye Hagler (Inquire, Investigate, Integrate! Making Connections to the K-2 Science Standards and the Common Core andTake 5! for Language Arts) and Meryl Jaffe (Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators)
     · Workshop: “Beyond Words: Integrating Multimedia Literacy into 21st Century Classrooms Through Critical Thinking”
Susan Koehler (Crafting series,The Complete K-5 Writing Workshop, Purposeful Writing Assessment, and Models for Teaching Writing-craft Target Skills)
     · Session: “Modeling from the Masters: Three Ways to Use Mentor Texts to Engage Students in Reading and Writing”
     · Workshop: “Diving into the Daily Writing Workshop: Teachers as Writers, Models, and Creative Facilitators”
Margaret Mary Policastro, Becky McTague, (The New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing Common Core) and Diane Mazeski
     · Session: “Creating the New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing Common Core”
Margriet Ruurs (The Power of Poems and Virtual Maniac)
·       Session: “Nonfiction: Is it the Whole Truth and Nothing But?”
Hillary Wolfe (Writing Strategies for Common Core: Integrating Reading Comprehension into the Writing Process, Grades 6-8) and Meryl Jaffe (Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators)
     · Session: “Diverse Formats Promote Content-Area Literacy”
“Every year, the International Literacy Association conference brings together the brightest thought-leaders in literacy education and this year will be no exception. We’re looking forward to an exciting conference filled with valuable insight on best practices that can enhance any educator’s toolkit and are thrilled that so many of our authors will be part of this professional learning experience,” said David Willette, Capstone Director of Classroom Marketing.
About Capstone Professional
Capstone Professional publishes educational resources under the imprint of Maupin House. Their materials support K-12 educators as they create 21st century classrooms and respond to the demands of state and national standards, such as the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and the Next Generation Science Standards. Capstone Professionalfocuses on topics such as reading comprehension, close reading, writing in the content areas, teaching with graphics in the classroom, and creating safe school environments. Capstone Professional authors are educators and consultants, teachers and experts in their fields. A tenet for Capstone Professional is to support teachers, administrators, content-area specialists, students, and parents in becoming engaged in content and excited about learning. Professional development offerings by Capstone Professional range from webinars and workshops to conference speakers and author visits. Submissions for products that speak to the needs of educators today are always accepted. For more information, visit or