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Teaching and Learning Conference Scheduled

Teaching and Learning Conference Scheduled

Anne Breaux

 (July 16, 2013) The McNeese State University Burton College of Education is sponosring its annual teaching and learning conference for PK-12 educators Thursday and Friday, Aug. 1-2, on the McNeese campus. "Literacy, Numeracy and Technology" is the theme of this year's conference, which is supported by the college's Burton Endowment. 

Participants will learn and share ideas about the influence of reading, writing and technology in PK12 literacy. Breakout sessions and keynote addresses will present strategies and content for educators to improve student literacy in their classrooms.

Keynote speakers include Annette Breaux, nationally known education author and speaker, and Jerry Pallotta, an author of children's books.

Breaux is a former classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator and teacher induction coordinator. She is author of "Louisiana FIRST," a statewide induction program for new teachers, and has coauthored a book with Dr. Harry Wong on new teacher induction. She has given hundreds of presentations to educators across the country and teachers who have read her books or heard her speak agree that they come away with "user-friendly information, inspiration and a much needed reminder that theirs is the most noble of all professions-teaching." 


Pallotta, an insurance salesman, published his first book, "The Ocean Alphabet Book," as the result of looking for more creative ways to teach his children their ABCs. It became a best seller at the New England Aquarium. He has now published over 20 alphabet books on various topics from birds to vegetables. Pallotta has also written mathematics books and two popular books include "The Crayon Counting Book" and "The Icky Bug Counting Book." His goal has always been "to write interesting, fact-filled, fun to read, beautifully illustrated color children's books."

Registration is currently underway. Registration fee is $75 a person if received by July 19 and $100 a person if received after July 19. McNeese student fee is $25.

Registration must be completed in advance of the conference as there is no on-site registration available. Registration information and other conference details are available online at

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at