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Conference Programs

School and Reading Conferences
Dianne de Las Casas and John Couret are available to present at conferences with keynotes, breakout sessions, and fun performances.

Keynotes:
Books ARRR Treasures!
In this 45 minute to hour-long keynote, Dianne and John discuss the importance of literacy and how books saved their lives. As childhood victims of bullying and difficult upbringings, books became treasures. Find out how their journeys converged to create the Captain Deadeye series and why they are so passionate in their mission of literacy and anti-bullying.

Masters of the 7 Cs
Dianne and John are incredibly passionate about changing school culture, one student at a time. In their book, Captain Deadeye: The Bully Shark, Captain Deadeye is Master of the 7 Seas. In this keynote, they discuss their method of turning students into “Masters of the 7 C’s” to stand up to bullying and create a positive school climate.


Breakout Sessions:
Message in a Bottle
Dianne and John are strong advocates of leading children to writing through reading. In their book, Captain Deadeye: The Bully Shark, Deadeye John AKA Captain Deadeye gives his bully, Shark, a message in a bottle.
Workshop attendees will participate in writing a message in a bottle using the skills of personal narrative and letter writing.

The Writer Ship
Dianne developed a method of teaching the four styles of writing: expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative through the illustration of a pirate ship. It’s a fun way to get students involved in the writing process and teach them how these styles of writing are ever-present in every day life.

Masters of the 7 Cs
Dianne and John are incredibly passionate about changing school culture, one student at a time. In their book, Captain Deadeye: The Bully Shark, Captain Deadeye is Master of the 7 Seas. In this breakout session, they teach their method of turning students into “Masters of the 7 C’s” to stand up to bullying and create a positive school climate.

X Marks the Spot!
Workshop participants will create their own treasure map complete with a compass, a legend, and a story of the buried treasure. This incredibly interactive activity teaches critical thinking skills and showcases creativity while engaging participants in fun story writing.

What’s Your Jolly Roger?
Dianne and John teach workshop participants how to make a pirate hat out of newspaper and then design their own Jolly Roger, the skull and crossbones every pirate creates and customizes for his/her flag. Accompanied by a writing activity, this is a great way to teach students about the “back story.”