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Goodbye summer – hello conferences, book launches, and more!

It’s been a busy September at Portage & Main Press! With the arrival of fall comes back-to-school time – and lots of book orders! We love sharing the work of our incredible authors and illustrators with you, and just know that our resources will be big hits in the classroom.

Summer may be over but there’s a lot to look forward to this fall. Read on for info about conferences, book launches, and more!

We’ll be heading out west for this year’s BCTELA conference, to support authors Leyton Schnellert, Shelley Moore, Faye Brownlie, and keynote speaker Richard Wagamese. This conference is always full of innovative speakers and ideas, and we’re proud to display our books there, too.

Portage & Main Press will be at several Manitoba SAGE conferences this year. SAGE takes place on October 23 this year, and we’re gearing up to display our books at four programs. And some of our wonderful authors will be speaking at them, too:

  • Jennifer Lawson is one of the keynote speakers at MAMT this year. Her session Planning for Problem Solving will explore the challenges of teaching problem-solving, the types of problem-solving tasks to focus on in the classroom, and guidelines for teaching problem-solving to enhance student engagement and success.
Jennifer Lawson

Jennifer Lawson

  • Katherena Vermette presents at the Council for Aboriginal Education in Manitoba conference. Her series The Seven Teachings Stories highlight the Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, family, and school. Katherena’s books and many of our other HighWater Press titles (including the Teacher’s Guide for Seven Teachings written by Katya Ferguson – who will also be speaking at SAGE!) will be available in the CAEM exhibitor area – and stay tuned to our website, as Seven Teachings will soon be available to download in Read Aloud format!
Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette

  • Our new Hands-On Science books will be at the Science Teachers’ Association of Manitoba conference. The latest edition of Hands-On Science Grade 1 and 2 are hot off the presses, and we can’t wait to share them at STAM. This resource is an inquiry-based approach, packed with hands-on, activity-based focus. Each lesson includes activities to Engage, Explore, Embed, and Enhance the learning outcomes.
Hands-On Science Grade 1

Hands-On Science Grade 1

Richard Van Camp is the keynote speaker at the Manitoba School Library Association conference. His keynote Writing from Home celebrates and honours his history and tradi­tions, in the most hilarious way he can: through stories, sweet gossip, and in all of his writing.

Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp

Hearing Richard speak is always a treat, so if you can’t make it to his SAGE conference – fear not! Richard will be launching his new book Blanket of Butterflies on Saturday, Oct. 24th at McNally Robinson – a co-launch with our friends at Great Plains Publications, who published Richard’s fourth collection of short stories Night Moves: Stories.

We hope to see you out at one of our many events this fall!

P&M Press Authors to speak at BCTELA

Leyton Schnellert and Faye Brownlie at BCTELA

BC Teachers of English Language Arts, a BCTF Provincial Specialist Association, is hosting their annual conference October 20-22, 2011. The theme, Teachers and Students Leading Literate Lives, is designed for teachers working at all grade levels. Sessions will focus on engaging ways to teach language arts, Aboriginal literature and perspectives, social justice, technology, and multi-modal learning. This fall’s conference is a unique opportunity to attend sessions and hear the work of colleagues, authors and researchers that are rarely together.

The three day event will be held at Johnson Heights Secondary School in Surrey, BC. At Thursday evening’s wine & cheese, P&M author, Faye Brownlie, will engage and inspire you. Saturday’s institutes, featuring P&M author Leyton Schnellert, will provide you an opportunity to delve deeply into a single theme: Multiple Pathways to Leading Literate Lives, Students and Teachers Becoming Culturally Literate or How New Literacies Can Help Students and Teachers Lead More Literate Lives.

A complete list of sessions and more information can be found by clicking on the file BCTELA 2011. BCTELA_2011