Former local teacher to present conference workshop

Former local teacher to present conference workshop Tim Duggan, doctoral candidate in education at USD and Director of Outreach Programs for the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival from 1997 to 1999; and Ann Haggerty, formerly an elementary teacher in the Vermillion Public Schools and now a sixth-grade teacher at Mankato Public Schools in Mankato, MN, will present workshops during the first-ever Y2K Regional Conference on Literacy Education to be held in Fargo, ND, Aug. 3-6.

Duggan will lead a concurrent session showing participants how to teach Shakespeare through group performance. Duggan will also perform during the Thursday, Aug. 3 coffeehouse with his friend Kevin Doyle. Duggan and Doyle are widely known for their vocal harmonies and sweet accompaniment on guitar and mandolin as they sing a mix of pure folk melodies, traditional country and bluegrass, and even bits of reggae.

Haggerty will present a writing workshop, "A Garden Chorus," which combines poetry writing with performance. Haggerty is also a teacher-consultant with the Dakota Writing Project, directed by Dr. Nancy Zuercher, USD English professor.

More than 40 authors, humanities performers, regionally and nationally recognized presenters are scheduled to appear during the three-day conference. Topics include regional literature, cowboy poetry, folksongs, Native American stories, censorship, media and technology literacy, reading-writing processes, professional challenges and standards. Formats include demonstrations, historic impersonations, readings, storytelling, reading-writing workshops, and lectures followed by discussions.

Anyone interested in literacy is urged to register and attend this conference to experience the renewal of creativity and encouragement of new learning. Participants can earn one graduate credit through Minot State University for attending the conference.

The cost of $140 ($160 after June 30) covers sessions, admission to the reception and coffeehouse on Aug. 3, the Friday evening banquet, three lunches, refreshments at breaks and most supplies. Also included in the conference fee is a one-year membership in either the North or South Dakota affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. Breakfasts, motel expenses and recording fees for credit are not included in the conference cost.

This regional literacy conference is jointly supported by the National Conference of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, the North and South Dakota Humanities Councils, North and South Dakota Councils on the Arts, and Arts Midwest.

Participants may register by contacting Continuing Education at Minot State by phone 1-800-777-0750, ext. 3822, or (701) 858-3822, via e-mail (, or by visiting the website: (http://

Registration closes July 27.

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