We just finished the first day of our Spring Institute and it was a huge success! Thank you to all the wonderful educators who joined as at the lovely Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA! We learned all about teaching real-life reading and connecting it to the state test in grades 3-6. The teachers here are SO enthusiastic, and I loved every minute of being with them.
A special thanks to my husband, Tom, who set up this conference and is traveling with me here in Richmond. We are really enjoying this amazing city! Also, Gretchen Childs, my associate, and Kelly Simmons, my assistant, are making our conference a special time for everyone involved. They have all done tons behind the scenes, and I am grateful to be surrounded by such great people.
We LOVE Richmond! What an historic, lovely city! After the training today, we all went to Carytown, a great neighborhood. What fun! We went shopping at my new favorite store, Ruth & Ollie, and then to dinner at Mom’s Siam for Thai food.
Two more days here. Can’t wait!