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Workshops for educators

Conference Organizers: I would look forward to providing for your conference an upbeat, highly interactive music and poetry workshop, break-out session, or keynote address.

As a former elementary and middle school educator of twelve years with a Masters Degree in Educational Technology and as an author and widely published poet and a national-award winning songwriter, I am happy to present on any of the following topics.


  • Keynote music presentations (a high-participation keynote alternative!)

  • Inviting poetry into the classroom

  • Inviting music into the classroom

  • Using music and poetry to encourage literacy

  • Encouraging creativity and expression in the writing process

  • Using fingerplays and movement activities with young children (ECE)

  • Young Authors keynotes and workshops

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"Eric Ode energized the teachers at the Southwest VA Early Childhood Conference! His keynote was well received and his music was very much appreciated by the early childhood teachers.
Eric is a great professional to work with when coordinating a conference. He is very helpful and accommodating. He does a powerful presentation! Teachers love his music!"

          - Sandra C. Richardson, Ed.D, Professor of Education
            The University of VA’s College at Wise

"Eric was very professional and prompt in all aspects of his appearance at our conference--from the initial planning and travel arrangements to providing exemplary sessions and joyful entertainment. He is very personable and multi-talented! You can't go wrong with Eric on your program." 
          - Julie Agard, Conference Program Chair
            Nebraska State Reading Association Conference

Past Presentations
Featured Author, 2023 - PaperPie Annual Convention, Tulsa, OK
Guest Presenter, 2019 - Vashon LitCon, Vashon Island, WA

Keynote Presenter, 2017 - Michigan Library Association Spring Institute, Frankenmuth, MI
Guest Author, 2017 - Young Authors' Conference, Rochester, WA

Author Presenter, 2016 - UBAM Advanced Leaders Retreat, Pine Mountain, GA

Workshop Presenter, 2016 - Colorado Council IRA, Denver, CO
Keynote and Workshop Presenter, 2015 - Lassen County Lit Jam, Susanville, CA
Workshop Session Panelist, 2014 - International Reading Association Conference, New Orleans, LA
Workshop Session Panelist, 2014 - Texas Library Association Conference, San Antonio, TX
Workshop Presenter, 2013 - Washington Library Media Association Conference, Yakima, WA
Guest Author/Songwriter, 2013 - Otero Council IRA Young Authors Conference, Alamagordo, NM
Guest Author, 2013 - Young Writers' Conference, Wilmot, CO
Keynote Speaker, 2013 - Night of 1000 Stars Young Writers Conference, Eagle, CO
Guest Author, 2013 - Young Authors Conference, Northwest ESD, Anacortes, WA
Guest Author/Songwriter, 2013 - Young Authors Conference, Mt. Vernon, WA
Workshop Presenter, 2012 - Childhood Matters Early Education Conference, Renton, WA
Workshop Presenter, 2012 - New Mexico Library Association Conference, Las Cruces, NM
Keynote Speaker/Workshop Presenter, 2011 - Childhood Matters Early Education Conference, Renton, WA
Guest Author/Songwriter, 2010 - Young Writers Conference, Bremerton, WA
Guest Author/Songwriter, 2010 - Young Writers Conference, Pt. Angeles, WA
Workshop Presenter, 2010 - Childhood Matters Early Education Conference, Renton, WA
Guest Author/Workshop Presenter, 2010 - Guam International Reading Association, Guam
Keynote Speaker/Workshop Presenter, 2010 - Nebraska State Reading Association, Kearney, NE
Guest Author/Songwriter, 2009 - San Benito Literary Conference, San Benito, TX
Guest Author/Songwriter, 2009 - Young Authors Conference, Hoquiam, WA
Guest Author/Songwriter, 2008 - Young Authors Conference, Monroe, WA
Keynote Musician, 2007 - The Southwest Virginia Early Childhood Conference, Wise, VA
Workshop Presenter, 2007 - Oregon Reading Association Conference - Portland, OR
Workshop Presenter, 2006 - Washington Library Media Association Conference - SeaTac, WA
Symposium Presenter, 2006 - The 51st International Reading Association Annual Conference - Chicago, IL
Workshop Presenter, 2006 - Assoc of Christian Schools, Intl NW Region Early Education Wrkshp - Bothel, WA.
Symposium Presenter, 2005 - The 50th International Reading Association Annual Conference - San Antonio, TX. 
Institute Presenter, 2005 - Southwest Regional International Reading Association Conference - Albuquerque, NM.
Workshop Presenter, 2005 - Washington Library Media Association Conference - Yakima, WA
Workshop Presenter & Worship Leader, 2001 - Assoc of Christian Schools, NW Region Early Ed Wrkshp - Bothel, WA

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