Alumna to address reading, writing conference

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What: 13th Annual Denton Area T.A.I.R. Conference — Navigating Your Path as a Lifelong Literacy Leader

When: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 (Saturday)

Where: Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane, Denton

Cost: $25 for early bird registration postmarked by Sept. 9;

$40 for late registration and on-site registration

Contact: For registration information, contact Teddi Martin, lecturer in the College of Education, at


University of North Texas alumna and author Joan Curtis will serve as keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Denton Area Texas Association for Improvement of Reading Conference, sponsored in part by the North Star of Texas Writing Project at UNT.

Parents, teachers and aspiring teachers are invited to the conference, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 (Saturday) at Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane in Denton. Conference registration is $25 by Sept. 9 or $40 for late registration and on-site registration.

Curtis, who is the secondary language arts and world language coordinator for Denton ISD, is the author of The Number Fairy, a children's picture book,and Just Keep Breathing, a memoir.

"Because our goal for this conference is to encourage our future teachers to create a path to lifelong teaching and learning, we thought that Joan is the perfect example," Carol Wickstrom, associate professor of teacher education and administration in UNT's College of Education. "Her path went from undergraduate student to wife, mother and volunteer, to high school teacher, to graduate student, to central office school district administrator, to published author."


About the North Star of Texas Writing Project at UNT
The North Star of Texas Writing Project at UNT partners with schools in several North Texas school districts to support individual teachers. North Star works to empower students by empowering their educators through a professional community.

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