of students in a variety of ways. Professional development in any profession is necessary for growth and achievement. Sometimes, through a workshop, seminar or conference unexpected opportunities arise. Such was the case when I met Keri Bartholemew at the North Carolina State Reading Conference this year. She presented an exceptional seminar on best practices for teaching writing. Ms. Bartholemew is affiliated with Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC) and this non-profit educates students and teachers on a variety of topics to increase academic achievement in all areas. Due to her powerful presentation, the Raleigh-Wake Reading Council has invited Ms. Bartholemew to present a workshop and share her expertise. She will be presenting a half-day workshop, December 1st on how to inspire, engage and motivate students to read. If you would like to attend, please contact Jean House at firstname.lastname@example.org Space is limited, and is on a first come, first serve basis. We hope to see you there!