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Sunday, December 8
 

1:00pm CST

Why Reading Matters More Now Than Ever Before
In this keynote, with their hallmark humor, Bob and Kylene will share why - in an age of video and audio texts - the centuries-old act of reading is more important now than ever. They will discuss a key strategy that will help all kids, but especially striving readers, read with more attention, more engagement, and deeper understanding.


Sunday December 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Oakleigh A, B, C

2:30pm CST

Exhibit Hall Break
Take some time to visit with our exhibitors!

Sunday December 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm CST
Mirabella E

3:00pm CST

A New Balance: Crafting Space for Student Voice, Choice, and Sense of Cause
This hands-on workshop will immerse participants in a bank of research informed, innovative strategies for engaging and empowering all learners during all aspects of ELA/literacy instruction. Designed to enrich learner access within all content areas, these strategies increase opportunity for all learners to leverage personal and corporate choice, voice, and cause within the classroom and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for John Mark Slagle

John Mark Slagle

Senior National Literacy Consultant, McGraw-Hill Education
Still learning and still loving it.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Mirabella D

3:00pm CST

Getting It Together for Successful Literacy Instruction and Classroom Management
What are those instructional practices that can really ensure that you can grow your students as readers, writers, and deep thinkers who will happily engage in active collaboration and learning daily? Kathy will be sharing multiple “really CAN do” ideas, strategies and resources that provide a “real world” look into what is proving to work in today's highly challenging classrooms. See it today…use it tomorrow!

THIS SESSION WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN: SUNDAY, 4:00-4:50

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Bumgardner M.Ed.

Kathy Bumgardner M.Ed.

Author/Speaker, McGraw Hill Education
Kathy Bumgardner is a veteran North Carolina educator, with more than 30+ years as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and instructional specialist. She currently consults in schools and districts across the country coaching and modeling best instructional practices for teachers.Kathy's... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Cambridge A

3:00pm CST

How To Use Modeled Writing to Help Your K-2 Writers Soar!
Writing “in front of” your students can make a huge impact on their writing growth! Learn how to model writing in a way that’s meaningful for K-2 students, and walk away with some examples you can use in your classroom. We’ll discuss how complex your modeled writing samples should be, whether you should use standard or invented spelling, and how to find time for modeled writing.

THIS SESSION WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN: SUNDAY, 4:00-4:50 


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Oakleigh C

3:00pm CST

Teaching for Transfer: Building Real-World Connections
This presentation will focus on effective pathways from awareness to transfer by encouraging diverse learners to participate in constructive academic conversations. Participants will examine ways to adapt lessons to meet the needs of diverse learners by providing purposeful modeling by the teacher, as well as language, vocabulary, and content-area supports for maximizing the quality of students’ discussions. Emphasis will be placed on responding to students’ needs and supporting students’ habits, skills, and ideas to promote critical thinking.
Participants will work with partners or in small groups to discuss and plan appropriate ways to model and guide students toward constructive conversations about content-area topics. The presentation will also include opportunities for participants to design lessons that foster the transfer of targeted skills and strategies, as well as critical thinking.



Speakers
avatar for Barbara Andrews

Barbara Andrews

Benchmark Education Company
Barbara Andrews has been a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, Literacy Facilitator, and district administrator for 27 years. Barbara worked extensively with English learners during her entire teaching career. As a retired educator, Barbara is now a national literacy consultant... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Cambridge B

3:00pm CST

The Notice and Note Signposts: What Else You Need to Know
In this breakout session, we’ll answer your questions about the signposts and show you how they help students think deeply about increasingly complex texts. For those of you new to teaching with the Notice and Note Signposts, you’re in for a fast introduction and will leave able to take back some introductory lessons. For those of you who have been teaching with them, please bring your questions as we are there to help you move forward


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Oakleigh A, B

3:00pm CST

Charting with the Chicks: Connecting Across the Contents
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Participants will learn ways to incorporate movement into their classroom while using interactive anchor charts that utilize pictures, songs, poems, and other types of stimulus to make connections and create/prove inferences. By adding these activities to their instruction, their content will be spiraled through the year, allowing students to retain information by accessing their knowledge in a way that encourages them to see their curriculum in the world around them.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Mirabella B

3:00pm CST

The Power of Words
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Come and gather ideas for boosting your readers' knowledge and understanding of how words work and build meaning within a text. Participants will engage in various activities that can be easily implemented to support word knowledge and increase vocabulary during small group instruction.

THIS SESSION WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN: SUNDAY, 4:00-4:50

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Rosenow

Debbie Rosenow

Rosenow Literacy Consulting
Read.Reason.Reflect and Respond.Repeat.


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Mirabella C

3:00pm CST

"Too Many Letter Sounds...Too Many Phonics Rules...Too Many Sight Words" How to Use Brain Science as a Roadmap to Fast-Track Phonics for Reading!
Did you know that the brain has a backdoor for accelerated learning that’s easily hacked into? Using brain science as a road map, discover how to target daily reading and writing instruction to “backdoor” social and emotional learning systems that transform hard phonics skills into child’s play! Take advantage of learning loopholes rooted in brain plasticity with powerful “backdoor” teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Marenem, Inc.
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in elementary classrooms across the US, and... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:50pm CST
Broadlands A, Broadlands B

4:00pm CST

Accelerating Access to Complex Texts: Close Reading for Diverse Learners
Students are expected to read closely and to comprehend deeply to meet the higher expectations of the standards. In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to become familiar with engaging activities that address close reading of authentic complex texts, critical thinking, collaborative conversations between students, and vocabulary-building. Participants will explore practices that address closer examination of texts through collaboration with the purpose of uncovering deeper meaning. Emphasis will be placed on developing students who will become confident, proficient readers.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Andrews

Barbara Andrews

Benchmark Education Company
Barbara Andrews has been a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, Literacy Facilitator, and district administrator for 27 years. Barbara worked extensively with English learners during her entire teaching career. As a retired educator, Barbara is now a national literacy consultant... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm CST
Cambridge B

4:00pm CST

Building Vocabulary with the Chicks
Teachers must intentionally work to build their student’s vocabulary constantly throughout their instructional day. Our training includes brain-based vocabulary activities that naturally build student language without using vocabulary lists and dictionary definitions. Participants will leave with a multitude of new, active, and exciting activities to fit the needs of all students, including their English Language Learners


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm CST
Mirabella B

4:00pm CST

Getting It Together for Successful Literacy Instruction and Classroom Management
What are those instructional practices that can really ensure that you can grow your students as readers, writers, and deep thinkers who will happily engage in active collaboration and learning daily? Kathy will be sharing multiple “really CAN do” ideas, strategies and resources that provide a “real world” look into what is proving to work in today's highly challenging classrooms. See it today…use it tomorrow!

THIS IS A REPEAT OF THE 3:00-3:50 SESSION

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Bumgardner M.Ed.

Kathy Bumgardner M.Ed.

Author/Speaker, McGraw Hill Education
Kathy Bumgardner is a veteran North Carolina educator, with more than 30+ years as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and instructional specialist. She currently consults in schools and districts across the country coaching and modeling best instructional practices for teachers.Kathy's... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm CST
Cambridge A

4:00pm CST

How To Use Modeled Writing to Help Your K-2 Writers Soar!
Writing “in front of” your students can make a huge impact on their writing growth! Learn how to model writing in a way that’s meaningful for K-2 students, and walk away with some examples you can use in your classroom. We’ll discuss how complex your modeled writing samples should be, whether you should use standard or invented spelling, and how to find time for modeled writing.

THIS IS A REPEAT OF THE 3:00-3:50 SESSION


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm CST
Oakleigh C

4:00pm CST

The Power of Words
Come and gather ideas for boosting your readers' knowledge and understanding of how words work and build meaning within a text. Participants will engage in various activities that can be easily implemented to support word knowledge and increase vocabulary during small group instruction.

THIS IS A REPEAT OF THE 3:00-3:50 SESSION

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Rosenow

Debbie Rosenow

Rosenow Literacy Consulting
Read.Reason.Reflect and Respond.Repeat.


Sunday December 8, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm CST
Mirabella C

5:00pm CST

LAT Board of Directors Meeting
Board of Directors and by invitation only.

Sunday December 8, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm CST
Mirabella D

8:00pm CST

Milk & Cookies, PJs & Books
Come to this fun social event in your favorite Christmas PJs (or other comfy clothes) for some milk & cookies (as well as hot chocolate) before bedtime!  Bring with you your favorite book you've read aloud to students that others may not be familiar with.  We'll socialize, network, and share our love of books!  SNACKS & BEVERAGES SPONSORED BY SCHOLASTIC

Sunday December 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm CST
Mirabella D
 
Monday, December 9
 

8:00am CST

Engaging in Literacy: Students, Teachers, Families
The audience will explore literacy engagement and motivation through research into practice. Key connections will incorporate ILA’s Children’s Choices and Young Adults’ Choices (2019, 2018) along with creating linkages with family literacy through the universality of storytelling. Lastly, ILA’s mission for “Transforming Lives Through Literacy” will culminate the session.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am CST
Oakleigh A, B, C

8:00am CST

Transforming Student Achievement Through a District-Wide Approach to Common Instructional Knowledge, Language, and Tools

This dynamic keynote speech will expose participants to a finite set of high-yield actionable, measurable, and replicable practices that have expeditiously transformed student achievement in urban, suburban, and rural schools/districts from coast to coast. Balanced by theory and practicality, Dr. Dickey delineates processes for aligning daily instruction with the nuanced expectations of the state standards and high-stakes summative assessments necessary to drive and sustain academic achievement in the core content areas. 


Monday December 9, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am CST
Oakleigh A, B, C

10:00am CST

How to Create Magic through Teaching Intensive Literacy: An Examination of How the Keys to Teaching Text/s Are Always Embedded Within the Original Text
This session will provide teachers with magical approaches of how to scrutinize pieces of reading, one would provide their class. Therefore, participants will learn how to draw out text syntax, which are the keys to teaching and extending word patterns, meaning, and even grammar, which should not be taught in isolation. With this approach, educators will be able to supply their students with a fully intensive literacy learning environment that naturally lends to the components of foundational, content, diversity, and engagement strategies for literary and informational texts.

THIS SESSION WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN: TUESDAY, 9:30-10:20


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Mirabella G

10:00am CST

Improve Early Literacy Development with Hands-On Activities and Smart Using of Materials
Research show that children learn better when they are engaged in hands-on activities. This study explores how the children's early literacy development is impacted by the hands-on activities and smart using of materials. Latour’s Actor Network Theory was used to frame a discussion about how the hands-on activities and teaching materials influence teachers’ practices, students’ literacy learning, and the interaction between teachers and students. Many lessons the teachers reflected on were undermined by difficulties they ran into with the materials they employed in the classroom. The uncertain and unpredictable characteristics of classrooms require the teachers to develop the ability to make quick decisions, allocating attention to multiple tasks, designing attractive activities, smart using of manipulatives, and adjusting quickly to the changing circumstances.

Speakers
BX

Bing Xiao

Assistant Professor, Austin Peay State University
Early Childhood Teacher Education; Assessment; edTPA


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Broadlands B

10:00am CST

Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Literacy
Unlock potential and accelerate learning for every student, powering progress toward college and career readiness. Learn how Achieve3000 can bring literacy instruction into every classroom to build key reading skills while developing disciplinary knowledge and vocabulary.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Mirabella H

10:00am CST

Plan, Prep, and Pump Up your family engagement!
Family Involvement holds such a valuable part in
student success. Come learn how to plan, prep, and
pump up your Family Engagement events that brings
in the crowds. Guild Elementary has an average
school population of 700 students and average
450-600 in attendance at their Family Engagement
Events. Discover how to develop stronger family
partnerships where students and families learn
together through free, fun, engaging opportunities for
families to learn and grow together.

Speakers
KH

Kim Harkreader

Reading Specialist, Guild Elementary
Passionate about all things literacy engagement


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Broadlands A

10:00am CST

Shift the Lift: The Magic of Empowering Student Ownership
Give students the keys to unlock the words in a text by exposing them to complex text worthy of their time and attention. Give students the power to think deeply in order to build knowledge and vocabulary.
This session will engage participants in why we should keep text at the center of instruction and how to shift the lift to allow the students to do the heavy lifting in reading and analyzing complex text. Get your students to “surrender to the text.”

Speakers
YS

Yvonne Smith

Elementary Supervisor, Wilson County Schools
By the sea is for me.


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Mirabella D

10:00am CST

Support for Older Struggling Readers: Advanced Decoding & Word Reading Strategies
One of the strongest predictors of high school graduation is proficient reading by the end of third grade! Far too many students enter classrooms ill-prepared to meet the literacy demands of the texts in the upper grades. During this session, participants will strengthen their knowledge of basic early literacy skills and engage in four key strategies for decoding and reading multisyllabic words.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Mirabella J

10:00am CST

Word Attack/Word Solving Strategies
This session will engage participants in teaching children how to use strategies to read unknown or “tricky” words. If students struggle to read individual words, they lack a pathway to comprehension. By equipping students with word attack strategies, they are enabled to decode with less effort which ultimately leads to improvement both in reading fluency and comprehension.

Speakers
avatar for Heba Sammour

Heba Sammour

Early Literacy Advisor, Shelby County Schools
All day I dream about books.
AM

Amelia M. Bell

Early Literacy Advisor, Shelby County Schools
Music. My thoughts in a melody.


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Mirabella I

10:00am CST

"Too Many Letter Sounds…Too Many Phonics Rules…Too Many Sight Words..." How to Use Brain Science as a Roadmap to Fast-Track Phonics for Reading!
Did you know that the brain has a backdoor for accelerated learning that’s easily hacked into? Using brain science as a road map, discover how to target daily reading and writing instruction to “backdoor” social and emotional learning systems that transform hard phonics skills into child’s play! Take advantage of learning loopholes rooted in brain plasticity with powerful “backdoor” teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Marenem, Inc.
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in elementary classrooms across the US, and... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Oakleigh C

10:00am CST

A Standards-Based Approach to Delivering and Planning Literacy Instruction
In the absence of a research-driven, district-wide plan to ensure that students are able to read proficiently by the end of grade three, there is no plan for student achievement, school improvement, or district improvement. Participants in this session will be introduced to a finite set of high yield elements of a successful literacy program of study, including implications for: (1) knowledge of the nuanced expectations of the state standards (2) multi-tiered professional development (3) instructional materials, and (4) reading opportunities.


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Oakleigh A

10:00am CST

Charting with the Chicks: Connecting Across the Contents
Participants will learn ways to incorporate movement into their classroom while using interactive anchor charts that utilize pictures, songs, poems, and other types of stimulus to make connections and create/prove inferences. By adding these activities to their instruction, their content will be spiraled through the year, allowing students to retain information by accessing their knowledge in a way that encourages them to see their curriculum in the world around them.


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Mirabella B

10:00am CST

Engaging in Literacy: Connecting with Books
Related to Dr. Headley’s opening presentation, key connections will incorporate ILA’s Children’s Choices and Young Adults’ Choices along with creating linkages for engagements.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Oakleigh B
  FEATURED SPEAKER
  • Grade Level ALL

10:00am CST

Exploring the Power of Read Alouds: Using Picture Books as Co-Teachers to Layer Literacy & Life Lessons


In addition to fostering a love of reading, read alouds promote passion, enthusiasm and a curiosity for pictures and words. Participants will identify picture books with a lens for “heartprint books” that can be layered with conversations to contribute to caring classroom communities. Explore read alouds to promote more reading-writing connections, complement existing units of study, encourage student led-conversations, or foster stand alone lessons that strengthen caring, responsive, inclusive communities. Participants will leave with an abundance of resources and a framework for choosing and selecting texts (heartprint books) to connect literacy and social-emotional learning to reach and teach the whole child. Explore titles, tools, and tips to adopt or adapt for any classroom.

THIS SESSION WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN: Monday, 11:00-11:50


Speakers
avatar for JoEllen McCarthy

JoEllen McCarthy

The Educator Collaborative


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Cambridge A

10:00am CST

LAT Diversity Committee Book Showcase & Grant
This session will highlight the importance of using diverse books in the classroom, showcase books in this year's LAT Diversity Committee Book Grant, and describe the grant application procedures. Two general themes of books will be discussed: books with differently-abled characters and books, in which characters are change-making women.


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Cambridge B

10:00am CST

When the Text Isn’t Considerate: Equipping all Readers to Access Complex Texts
This engaging workshop will take teachers and literacy leaders on an excursion through complex texts. Participants will come away with proven strategies to help all students value navigate rich literary and informational texts.
When readers have a sense of agency around the following text and reading dynamics they can access complex texts:
• Purpose: “If I know my purpose as a reader, and the author’s purpose for writing, then I can acccess more complex texts.”
• Organization: “If I am aware of how the text is organized, then I can access more complex content and texts.”
• Sentence Structure: “If I am aware of the sentence structure in a complex selection, it is more accessible.”
• Genre: “If I am aware of the traits of a specific genre, then complex text within that genre is made more accessible.”
• Connection of Ideas: “If I know that I must carry information or content from what part of the read to another, or between texts, then I am more apt to be able to comprehend complex text.”
• Prior Knowledge: “I must have prior knowledge that can be connected to the content of a complex text, if I am to be able to fully access it.”
• Specific Vocabulary: “I must have knowledge of domain specific and high-utility academic language which is important to the meaning of a piece of complex text, if I am to fully understand it.”

Speakers
avatar for John Mark Slagle

John Mark Slagle

Senior National Literacy Consultant, McGraw-Hill Education
Still learning and still loving it.


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Mirabella C

10:00am CST

Benchmark Product Showcase
Be one of the first to view Benchmark's new Tennessee program, now state approved.  Join us for snacks and enter to win special prizes!


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm CST
Private Dining Room

11:00am CST

Scaffolding Literacy Instruction = Success for all!
Do you have students that struggle? Providing instructional scaffolds empowers students to achieve success with grade level curriculum. The expectations of today’s learning standards have raised the rigor of classroom instruction. While it is critical for educators to have high standards, it can be taxing for some struggling students to rise to this instructional level. However, we still must continuously strive to support students as they benefit from the expectations of high standards. This presentation will highlight scaffolding techniques that promote success. Teachers will be provided with information that will invigorate their literacy instruction so that they can provide for the needs of all of their students.


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Broadlands A

11:00am CST

Thinking on their own - the power of independent reading and readers’ notebooks
Have you ever wondered, “How can I get my students to independently read and comprehend texts at the level I know they are capable of? How do I teach my students to independently read, think, and write about texts at the level demanded by our standards - even when I’m not there to support them?”

In this session educators will learn about the power of a Reader’s Notebook and how it supports students in comprehending independently read texts. The Reader’s Notebook is part of a carefully structured literacy block where even the youngest learners are independently reading and responding to self-selected texts. An overview of how to use Readers’ Notebooks as an instructional strategy will be provided, as well as authentic student examples and resources. This session is appropriate for K-5 educators who are looking for ways to develop student independence in reading, thinking and writing about texts in authentic and meaningful ways.

Speakers
JW

Jennifer Walker

Media Specialist, Read to be Ready Coach Consultant, Athens City Schools
Teach. Read. Love. Opportunity for all.


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Oakleigh B

11:00am CST

Vocabulary Enactments: A Key to Unlocking Meaning
Students of all ages can develop facility in learning vocabulary using various text sources through the use of vocabulary enactments. Enacting vocabulary words can offer children access to understanding powerful ideas and can help them bridge the language in the texts to make real-worlds connections. At the same time teachers can extend learning by having their students participate in literacy processes, such as discussion, storytelling, retelling, and purposeful writing that support the use of the vocabulary in context. In this session the presenters will first demonstrate and then engage the audience participants in activities that will support teaching targeted vocabulary taken from four texts. Using different genres, a demonstration of enactment strategies will occur through storytelling, song and movement to support authentic integration of literacy processes. Additional follow-up literacy strategies appropriate for classroom use will be presented to extend comprehension of the vocabulary words introduced.

Speakers
PJ

Pamela Jukes

Professor, Western Kentucky University
Dr. Pamela Jukes is a Professor at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the School of Teacher Education. She brings rich experience to her teachers and teacher candidates as she taught elementary school before... Read More →
JP

Judy Pierce

Professor, Western Kentucky University
Storyteller: Motivational Key Giver of Tales


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Broadlands B

11:00am CST

"Too Many Letter Sounds…Too Many Phonics Rules…Too Many Sight Words..." How to Use Brain Science as a Roadmap to Fast-Track Phonics for Reading!
Did you know that the brain has a backdoor for accelerated learning that’s easily hacked into? Using brain science as a road map, discover how to target daily reading and writing instruction to “backdoor” social and emotional learning systems that transform hard phonics skills into child’s play! Take advantage of learning loopholes rooted in brain plasticity with powerful “backdoor” teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Marenem, Inc.
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in elementary classrooms across the US, and... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Oakleigh C

11:00am CST

Exploring the Power of Read Alouds: Using Picture Books as Co-Teachers to Layer Literacy & Life Lessons
In addition to fostering a love of reading, read alouds promote passion, enthusiasm and a curiosity for pictures and words. Participants will identify picture books with a lens for “heartprint books” that can be layered with conversations to contribute to caring classroom communities. Explore read alouds to promote more reading-writing connections, complement existing units of study, encourage student led-conversations, or foster stand alone lessons that strengthen caring, responsive, inclusive communities. Participants will leave with an abundance of resources and a framework for choosing and selecting texts (heartprint books) to connect literacy and social-emotional learning to reach and teach the whole child. Explore titles, tools, and tips to adopt or adapt for any classroom.

THIS IS A REPEAT OF THE 10:00-10:50 SESSION

Speakers
avatar for JoEllen McCarthy

JoEllen McCarthy

The Educator Collaborative


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Cambridge A

11:00am CST

Low-Verbal and Non-Verbal Strategies to Maximize instruction for Newcomers and Struggling Readers
This session will be a hands-on demonstration of low-verbal and non-verbal strategies that can scaffold instruction for newcomers and struggling readers. This is an invited session by LAT Diversity Committee.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Cambridge B

11:00am CST

The Power of Words
Come and gather ideas for boosting your readers' knowledge and understanding of how words work and build meaning within a text. Participants will engage in various activities that can be easily implemented to support word knowledge and increase vocabulary during small group instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Rosenow

Debbie Rosenow

Rosenow Literacy Consulting
Read.Reason.Reflect and Respond.Repeat.


Monday December 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Oakleigh A

12:00pm CST

PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR'S LUNCHEON: The Words That Make Us Human: Story as a Pathway to Literacy
Literacy is critical for success in the work force, in personal communication, and as a tool for life-long learning.

However, children who come from a culture where the written word is low on the hierarchy of needs - and ancillary to their daily lives - may show little interest in reading.

How to reach them? Where to begin the process? The answer, says award-winning author and story coach, Carmen Deedy, always begins with story.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm CST
Mirabella F

12:00pm CST

YA AUTHOR'S LUNCHEON: On the Front Line of the War of Stories
I will talk about how educators, librarians, readers, and writers are on the front lines of a war of stories that are battling for America's young people.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm CST
Mirabella B, C, D

1:15pm CST

Exhibit Hall Break & Author Signing
During this Exhibit Hall Break, the authors from both luncheons will be in Mirabella E to sign their books - come by and meet them, and get an autograph!  Stroll through the Exhibit Hall and visit any booths you've not had a chance to get to yet.  

Monday December 9, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm CST
Mirabella E

1:45pm CST

Summer Reading Matters! Annual Book Fairs Improve TCAP
This keynote will summarize the results of two randomized studies that provided free self-selected books in an Annual Book Fair format to primary grade children for summer reading. The original study in Florida found that children who received books improved scores on the 3rd grade state high stakes test. The second study in Tennessee--just completed-- also found that children who received free self-selected books obtained significantly higher scores on the 3rd and 4th grade TCAP. Explanations for these results will be explored, including motivation research that privileges interesting texts, topics of personal interest, choice, and peer sharing, as well as the linguistic and cultural properties of the curated corpus of book fair books from which children chose those they wanted to keep. Cost-benefit implications for policy will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Richard L. Allington

Richard L. Allington

Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Richard L. Allington: UT professor emeritus, international reading guru
avatar for Anne McGill-Franzen

Anne McGill-Franzen

University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Anne McGill-Franzen: Teacher collaborator, literacy researcher, children's advocate


Monday December 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Oakleigh A, B, C

3:10pm CST

Enhancing Literacy Instruction with Arts Integration
This artful presentation will allow participants to explore how students’ literacy experiences can be enhanced by strategically integrating the arts. Presenters will share how standards-based, arts-integrated, literacy units of study are successfully implemented in elementary classrooms (K-5) across the Bluegrass state as they share classroom artifacts, model lesson strategies, and engage participants in artful experiences that can be used in their own literacy instruction.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Mirabella G

3:10pm CST

Explicit and Systematic Phonics in Literacy Instruction: What It is and Isn’t and Why It’s Good for All Readers
Whether you are questioning or confirming your foundational literacy instruction practices, there is always room for growth in knowledge and skills based on the science of reading. Decades of reading research has clearly defined features of effective literacy instruction and intervention, and we are compelled to respond and teach accordingly. Explicit and systematic phonics instruction benefits all of our learners: it serves as a preventative for many in early elementary general education and as a necessary approach for many who are being supported in the tiers or special education settings, such as students with characteristics of dyslexia, English learners, and adolescents struggling to acquire basic literacy skills. We will not only define the terms associated with explicit and systematic instruction (also known as Structured Literacy), we will also explore examples and non-examples in context. This provides an opportunity for reflection and recommitment to embedding best practices in your literacy instruction to support all your students.


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Mirabella B

3:10pm CST

Listening is Literacy: Why you need to be using podcasts in your classroom
If books are a uniquely portable magic, then podcasts are the wizard in your pocket. Did you know that podcast listeners are 29% more likely to have a household income of more than $75,000? And that they are more likely to have secured a four-year college degree? And that this powerful form of life-long learning is FREE and accessible on the devices our students are obsessed with? This is why you need to be using podcasts in your curriculum, and in this session, I'm going to give you all of the tools and tricks to successfully do so.

Speakers
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Ashley Million Bible

Consultant, Resource Creator, Former Teacher, Building Book Love
On a mission for classroom magic.


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Mirabella D

3:10pm CST

My Literacy Backpack: Best Practices to Ensure Student Learning in Today’s ELA Classroom
Today’s ELA classroom faces challenges like never before. Teachers must address the rigor of TN’s standards, TNReady testing, and a wide range of student levels in their classrooms. Next-generation students are expectant and accustomed to the fast pace of the digital age, the ability to stay connected twenty-four hours a day, and answers at their fingertips. The purpose of this collaborative workshop is to identify and explore the best classroom practices that foster student independence, collaboration and success.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Mirabella H

3:10pm CST

Phenomenal Phonics: Plan, Practice, Promote!
This session offers participants practical approaches to systematic and explicit phonics instruction. Essential research based activities and strategies will provide educators with hands on opportunities they can utilize immediately in their learning environments. The practices shared in this session are guaranteed to address and promote multiple learning styles of students in grades kindergarten, first, and second.

Speakers
GI

Gwendolyn Ingram

Early Literacy Advisor, Shelby County Schools
Systematic Educator Engaging Learners in Reading


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Mirabella J

3:10pm CST

Room Transformation Magic: Creating New Worlds for Reading
What happens when you combine literacy instruction with a bit of whimsy and imagination? Not just the transformation of a room, but a transformation among students who enter your classroom. Students who may have challenges with reading or writing and are unmotivated become excited and empowered about an adventure in learning.

Join this session for some fresh ideas about how to utilize social emotional learning strategies to give literacy instruction a flair. We will delve into the possibilities of how YOU can transform your classroom, in big or even small ways, to engage students. Discover how to make even mundane skills seem new and exciting.

Participants will be shown ideas for accomplishing a room transformation, receive book title recommendations, and be given writing prompts. Participants will see how transforming a classroom and including social and emotional elements can allow students to make meaning from otherwise challenging and overwhelming concepts. The results may seem magical!

Speakers
DH

Debbie Higdon

Exceptional Education Teacher, Metro Nashville Schools
Inspire children. Create readers. Change lives.


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Mirabella C

3:10pm CST

SESSION CANCELLED: Finding the Sweet Spot: Balancing Time, Rigor, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice with Specific Standards through Excerpts of Children’s Literature
We fight the same daily battles. How can we focus on the big goals (promoting social skills and social justice, promoting academic skills of analysis and love of literature, making lessons relevant and engaging and meeting standards, helping all students feel safe and able to succeed and offering rich on and above grade level opportunities) and the explicit, written goals (multiple specific standards that balance surface and deeper issues in texts, deep processing of literature, time to include writing, speaking, listening, and reading)?
Teachers create great lessons and units everyday. In this session teachers will be provided with my examples built around excerpts of children’s titles that may serve them as a model for integrating many of the demands of teaching. Teachers will see specific integrated, engaging assignments that model the thinking of competent readers, scaffold the demands for students who need support, and extend the thinking and learning for all.

Speakers
JH

Jill Henderson

Associate Professor of Special Education, Union University
a lover of stories and storytellers


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Broadlands A

3:10pm CST

The "Write" Way to Literacy
Struggling to incorporate writing in your classroom? Come learning easy-to-implement, research-based strategies using the traits of writing in order to infuse writing in your literacy block. Presenters will share strategies for enhanced small-group instruction, interactive read-aloud, and interactive writing. Hear firsthand experiences of two elementary teachers using these tools with their students to connect reading and writing to improve student growth and achievement. Come discover the "write" way to literacy.

Speakers
DB

Dr. Beth Gotcher

Teacher, Maryville City Schools
There's always time to dream big!
AB

Angie Barham

Teacher, Maryville City Schools
You've got a story: Start writing!


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Cambridge A

3:10pm CST

The Heart of the Matter: Facilitating the Magic of Literacy among English Language Learners
There is a saying that goes, “The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.” The connection between this saying and the challenges faced by teachers dealing with students from different linguistic (and cultural) backgrounds will be the center of this presentation. At the beginning of the session, participants will take on the position of “the other” and evaluate their attitudes and dispositions related to working with English Language Learners. This will be followed by presentation of research-based information on these group of learners in today’s classrooms in the US, which will be supported by real-life stories. Specific strategies will also be discussed and/or modeled throughout the session. Towards the end, participants will collaboratively generate different measures to effectively open the magic of, and through, literacy for the ELLs.

Speakers
DR

Dr. Ruth Facun-Granadozo

Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University
Multilingualism makes me build strong connections


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Mirabella I

3:10pm CST

The Non-negotiables of Word Study
Presenters will share what teachers must know and do to effectively implement developmental word study as differentiated spelling instruction in the elementary classroom.

Speakers
NV

Nora Vines

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Caffeine, books, and goats are life.


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Broadlands B

3:10pm CST

The Secret Recipe to Motivate Readers all Year Long
Do you have students who are just not motivated to read? Do you have students that start the year off strong but lose motivation as the year progresses? Join me as I share the secret ingredients to motivate ALL readers from the very first day of school and continue throughout the year. These secret ingredients are perfect for individual classrooms or school-wide initiatives. Grab your apron and let’s cook up a reader recipe!

Speakers
KH

Kim Harkreader

Reading Specialist, Guild Elementary
Passionate about all things literacy engagement


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Cambridge B

3:10pm CST

Seducing Kids to Read! Effective Summer Reading Programs
This session will describe how to set-up a free book distribution program like the Annual Book Fair, what kinds of books to include, and ways to connect children's preferences to in-school reading practices. Ways to evaluate and improve schools' book distribution programs will be discussed along with the cost/benefits of these programs compared to summer school and other interventions. Implications for classroom teachers, parents, administrators, and policy makers will be discussed.

Speakers
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Richard L. Allington

Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Richard L. Allington: UT professor emeritus, international reading guru
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Anne McGill-Franzen

University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Anne McGill-Franzen: Teacher collaborator, literacy researcher, children's advocate


Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Oakleigh A

3:10pm CST

Sometimes your Dreams Will Die: Changing the Creative Course of Your Life
In this session, author Jeff Zentner will talk about how he went from a failed musician to an award-winning author!

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Oakleigh C

3:10pm CST

Stories Teach!
Join award-winning author Carmen Agra Deedy in a basic skills storytelling workshop. In this participatory event, the attendees will explore the fundamental components that comprise a solid oral story. Ms. Deedy believes storytelling is a natural pedagogical tool and an essential element in every great teacher's tool box!

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Oakleigh B
  FEATURED SPEAKER
  • Grade Level ALL

4:10pm CST

A Picture Paints A Thousand Words
Just as an artist paints a picture with a brush, a writer paints a picture with words. In order for students to be literate today, they must be able to manage texts in many forms. In this session you will encounter new and inventive techniques to inspire your students to use images to help them to reveal layers of meaning in all types of reading including picture and chapter books, content area literature, images, poetry, and even informational text. Discover how to engage all of your students, no matter what their reading levels may be, in practicing authentic meaning-making. High-quality literature can provide an access point into engaging instruction that exemplifies how to use comprehension strategies, develop core knowledge and expand your students’ vision of the world. All students deserve rich literacy experiences that embody excellence and equity. In this session will use Trevor Bryan’s The Art of Comprehension ‘Access Lenses’ to help unlock your students’ full potential and Dr. Jan Richardson’s Seven Steps for Selecting High-Quality Picture Books to help all students connect and expand their knowledge of different cultures, experiences and concepts found in other content areas.

Speakers
SH

Sharron Hofer

District Literacy Coach K-5, Wilson County Schools
Reading comprehension, joyful unraveling of meaning.
CB

Cathy Birchett

District Literacy Coach K-5, Wilson County Schools
Passionate lifelong leaner, educating our future.
MY

Missy Yarbrough

District Literacy Coach K-5, Wilson County Schools
Love it. Learn it. Live it.


Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Oakleigh C

4:10pm CST

Best Practices in Writing Instruction
In this session participants will experience effective instructional practices for teaching writing and for creating a classroom community in which students develop independence and engage in inquiry and collaboration.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Broadlands A

4:10pm CST

CLOSE READING FOR INQUIRING MINDS
Close reading of texts should keep students engaged and encourage inquiry. Students should be actively engaged wondering what is going on in the text, how does this information relate to my life, why am I reading this text, and what strategies and skills will I need to be able to read and understand? This presentation will cover three areas: building background knowledge for a text, text-annotation, and strategic comprehension. These practices apply to a digital-based learning environment. Attendees will leave with ready to implement strategies and resources.

Speakers
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Debbie Shoulders

8th Grade Advanced ELA, Gifted Ed 6-8, Northeast Middle School
A world traveler; must read daily.


Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Cambridge A

4:10pm CST

Essential Assessments, Effective Instruction
Presenters from various backgrounds (early childhood, early elementary, intermediate) will highlight key assessments utilized in their own practice to identify literacy learners’ strengths. Experiences working with learners in a clinical one-on-one setting will be shared, as will how assessment and instructional practices from those clinical experiences are implemented in Pre-K/K, 1st grade, and intermediate classrooms.


Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Broadlands B

4:10pm CST

The booklets that turn kids into history buffs
Teachers and parents tell us that Tennessee History for Kids booklets are different than anything that the students have ever read; that kids like reading them; and that the books have the remarkable trait of helping to turn normal students into history buffs. Why? Because they identify and focus on the INTERESTING and UNUSUAL thing about a historical event, making more of an impression on the mind of the reader than the simple (and more conventional) recitation of facts and dates. In this session, author “History Bill” gives several examples of this from his booklets—such as Justin Timberlake’s connection to the French and Indian War in Tennessee; the Manhattan Project’s connection to the USS Indianapolis; a 1941 murder’s connection to the tent city movement; and the story of how Nashville’s most famous unionist came up with a nickname for the American flag.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Mirabella G

4:10pm CST

The Imagery-Language Foundation: Symptoms, Causes, and Solutions for Students with Weak Reading and Comprehension
This presentation explores the imagery-language foundation as the basis for reading and comprehension. We will highlight crucial knowledge for educators as they endeavor to meet the literacy needs of all learners, including those with learning difficulties. Peer-reviewed neurological and behavioral research will be shared.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Mirabella J

4:10pm CST

Writing Reboot: A Fresh Look at Strategies to Prepare Students for TAS and CCR
Writing plays a fundamental role in the workforce that starts with writing requirements in the application process—from college entrance exams to writing as a part of a job application process. Knowing that, teaching students to be strong communicators through writing is essential to college and career readiness. This session will cover critical shifts in the TN academic standards for writing, strategies including mentor texts, writing for real-world purposes, and reading text sets on a topic to help with writing.

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Mirabella H

4:10pm CST

3Rs of Chapter Support: Rouse, Reactivate, or Revitalize Your Local Chapter
Whether you’re rousing a new chapter, reactivating an inactive chapter, or revitalizing an existing chapter of LAT, we’ve got the session for you! Come be schooled in strategies for successful chapters with state and local leadership!


Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Private Dining Room

4:10pm CST

The Hidden Push for Phonics Legislation
The session will discuss the recent push for phonics legislation and science of reading. Discussion of effective research-based literacy practices will follow.

Speakers
avatar for Richard L. Allington

Richard L. Allington

Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Richard L. Allington: UT professor emeritus, international reading guru


Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Oakleigh A

4:10pm CST

When the Text Isn’t Considerate: Equipping all Readers to Access Complex Texts
This engaging workshop will take teachers and literacy leaders on an excursion through complex texts. Participants will come away with proven strategies to help all students value navigate rich literary and informational texts.
When readers have a sense of agency around the following text and reading dynamics they can access complex texts:
• Purpose: “If I know my purpose as a reader, and the author’s purpose for writing, then I can acccess more complex texts.”
• Organization: “If I am aware of how the text is organized, then I can access more complex content and texts.”
• Sentence Structure: “If I am aware of the sentence structure in a complex selection, it is more accessible.”
• Genre: “If I am aware of the traits of a specific genre, then complex text within that genre is made more accessible.”
• Connection of Ideas: “If I know that I must carry information or content from what part of the read to another, or between texts, then I am more apt to be able to comprehend complex text.”
• Prior Knowledge: “I must have prior knowledge that can be connected to the content of a complex text, if I am to be able to fully access it.”
• Specific Vocabulary: “I must have knowledge of domain specific and high-utility academic language which is important to the meaning of a piece of complex text, if I am to fully understand it.”

Speakers
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John Mark Slagle

Senior National Literacy Consultant, McGraw-Hill Education
Still learning and still loving it.


Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Mirabella C

4:10pm CST

The Magic of Multimodal Meaning Making: Access, Motivation, Knowledge, and Critical Thinking for Adolescents through Multimodal Text Sets
This session will help support adolescent learners in motivating and accessible content literacy knowledge. Participants will engage as students in a multimodal text set on animal conservation that includes podcasts, picture books, YouTube videos, documentaries, blogs, and music. Participants will engage in adolescent literacy strategies that help provide students with access to meaning making, including (but not limited to) a GIST strategy for listening to podcasts, using hashtags for summarizing, and a debate protocol for opinion writing. This session will provide tools that teachers can take back to their classrooms tomorrow to help students access critical world knowledge and guide inquiry using 21st century literacy methods.

Speakers
KS

Katie Shrodt

Assistant Professor MTSU , Middle Tennessee State University
Drs. Katie Schrodt, Bonnie Barksdale, and Stacy Fields are Assistant Professors of literacy instruction at Middle Tennessee State University. With a combined 54 years in education, they have presented locally, nationally, and internationally on effective literacy practices for elementary... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CST
Oakleigh B
 
Tuesday, December 10
 

8:00am CST

Patterns of Power: When Reading, Writing, and Grammar Meet
Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Where do concept formation and mentor texts fit in? Come discover brain-based, practical ways to use the reading and writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that enhances composition and comprehension.

Speakers


Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:20am CST
Oakleigh A, B, C

9:30am CST

Bridging School and Community Literacy Strategies to Support Language Acquisition
Current research on key literacy strategies will be presented. Using that research, participants will identify ways they can connect their current literacy strategies to support ELs language acquisition through family engagement.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Crystal Cook

Advisor, Family and Community Engagement, Shelby County Schools
Animated educator focused on family literacy!


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am CST
Mirabella B

9:30am CST

Differentiating Your Whole-Group Instruction
Randall shares practical whole-group strategies you can readily use to keep your students engaged and learning. Learn strategies for differentiating questions, the how-to's of flexibly grouping in a whole-group setting, tips for effective ongoing assessment, and more.

Speakers
RK

Randall Kincaid

State Coordinator, Literacy Association of TN


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am CST
Broadlands B

9:30am CST

Get Lit Up! Integrating any literature into any subject.
Any literature can fit in with any subject. Carrie and Michele will give examples using current and soon to be published literature. They will show print and electronic materials.

Speakers
CC

Carrie Clabo

Director of Media Services, Sevier County School System
Once a librarian always a librarian.
MB

Michele Bowman

Librarian , Northview Primary School
Curious Librarian, reader, traveler, advocate, explorer


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am CST
Mirabella I

9:30am CST

Good Book and Potato Chips
As teachers we ask our students to read at home daily but are we also engaging in reading for pleasure? Even with the busy personal and professional lives of a teacher, this session will reignite your passion for reading. Participants will leave with a renewed love of good books, lots of book recommendations, and a new understanding of how our adult reading lives can enrich our teaching.

Speakers
DT

Dr. Theresa Stevenson

Associate Professor Curriculum and Instruction, Lincoln Memorial University
Reader of books, lover of stories.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am CST
Mirabella D

9:30am CST

How to Create Magic through Teaching Intensive Literacy: An Examination of How the Keys to Teaching Text/s Are Always Embedded Within the Original Text
This session will provide teachers with magical approaches of how to scrutinize pieces of reading one would provide their class. Therefore, participants will learn how to draw out text syntax, which are the keys to teaching and extending word patterns, meaning, and even grammar, which should not be taught in isolation. With this approach, educators will be able to supply their students with a fully intensive literacy learning environment that naturally lends to the components of foundational, content, diversity, and engagement strategies for literary and informational texts.

THIS IS A REPEAT OF MONDAY'S SESSION


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am CST
Broadlands A

9:30am CST

Literacy Workstations: the Magic is in the Details
Students in our classrooms vary greatly in their literacy needs and ability levels. As a result, it is necessary to provide multiple opportunities for students to read, write, participate in meaningful experiences, and collaborate with others so that they can develop their ability to read and comprehend text(s). One structure that can support these varied needs is the use of effective literacy workstations.

This can sometimes be an overwhelming task for educators with everything else we are expected to do in our daily teaching lives. This session will share tried and true practices from three educators who love literacy workstations and the opportunities they provide for students. Participants will leave this session with a set of online resources to use right away. Our secret? The magic of workstations is in the details- organization, management, and authentic tasks that do not require hours of prep time or empty your wallet.

Speakers
AM

Angela M. Shelton

Clinical Instructor and Field Supervisor, East Tennessee State University
Literacy advocate for children and educators.
BC

Brandi Crass

2nd grade teacher, Washington County Schools
Cultivating the ground for future bookworms.
BG

Brittany Gray

1st grade teacher, Washington County Schools
Wife, mom, educator, and lifelong learner.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am CST
Mirabella C

9:30am CST

Phonological Awareness: The Foundation to Building Readers!
Participants will understand the importance of explicit, systematic foundational skills instruction for students learning to read and comprehend texts, and learn how to engage students in strategies and activities that foster a strong foundation for early literacy and reading development. Participants will engage in high-quality foundational skills’ activities that will enhance classroom instruction.

Speakers
MT

Ms. Toyree Jones

Early Literacy Advisor, Shelby County Schools
Learning, growing, teaching, and inspiring everyday!
SJ

Stephanye Jimerson

Early Literacy Advisor, Shelby County Schools
Literacy illuminates the darkness of ignorance.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am CST
Mirabella J

9:30am CST

Using Notice & Note Strategies for Close Reading
The act of Close Reading requires students to read closely, analyzing and synthesizing text, but how do you effectively teach students this invaluable skill while keeping them engaged, attentive, and excited about reading? In this 50-minute workshop, we will explore how Notice and Note strategies, Signposts, and Anchor Charts will help readers understand and respond to critical aspects of both fiction and nonfiction text.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am CST
Mirabella H

9:30am CST

Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Strategy Instruction
"Comprehending what you've read is the goal of reading," Allington and Gabriel have written, and yet comprehension assessment and instruction can be one of the most challenging things for teachers to feel comfortable and confident with (2012). With a focus on goals, skills, and strategies, Jen will help participants understand how knowing some hallmarks of leveled texts can help them norm expectations for student written and verbal responses to fiction and nonfiction texts. She will talk about the role of knowing students completely and deeply in order to support their comprehension and match them to texts they'll love and understand. Jen will then show how knowing about texts and readers can help teachers to support student growth using a variety of teaching structures, including conferences and small groups.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 3:45pm CST
Oakleigh A, B, C

10:30am CST

Building Community Engagement and Reducing Summer Slide Through Mobile Literacy
Summer mobile literacy programs are growing across Tennessee. This session shares the creation and growth of a book bus program in a Title I district. It highlights data supporting the program's effect on summer reading regression after two seasons of operation.

Speakers
CW

Carla Whiles

Betsy Book Bus Director, Elizabethton City Schools
Mobile Literacy Community Excitement Summer Slide
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Dr. Tammy Markland

Betsy Book Bus Teacher, Elizabethton City Schools
Mobile Literacy Community Excitement Summer Slide
BW

Becky Wagner

Betsy Book Bus Teacher, Elizabethton City Schools
Mobile Literacy Community Excitement Summer Slide


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Mirabella D

10:30am CST

Hands-on Multisensory Activities with Music, Movement, and More
Participants will learn about differentiated instruction with examples of effective multi-sensory strategies utilizing music, movement, and centers to raise literacy achievement of all students who might have learning difficulties, including those with ELL, articulation, or autistic problems, and high poverty populations.
Ready Reading also provides for those students who are ready for acceleration beyond the regular classroom instructional materials.
Examples of actual lessons and of student work in core areas help you implement ideas from this session for successful teaching, whether as a stand-alone phonics/beginning reading program, as a replacement for inadequate phonics instruction in your basal reading program, or as a supplement to materials mandated for use in your school.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Mirabella H

10:30am CST

Presenting Age Appropriate Literature to Non-Readers and Low Readers
This session will walk the learner through the process one teacher developed to present age appropriate literature to students who do not have the reading ability to access the literature.

Speakers
RD

Rhonda Douglas

Special Education Teacher, Sevier County Schools
Life is a journey...enjoy the moments.



Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Mirabella I

10:30am CST

Project Lit will change the way your students feel about reading
We will focus on what Project Lit is and how it got started. We will dive into what it looks like and how you can adapt it for your classroom or library.

Speakers
KR

kimberly rein

Teacher Librarian , Riverdale High School
I can't, I'm busy reading.
DH

Dianne Hall

Youth & Family Literacy, Read to Succeed
Wife, Mom, MIL, Grammy, Reader and Runner


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Broadlands A

10:30am CST

Reading for Meaning with Read Live
Learn how to develop fluency, support vocabulary, and promote comprehension by combining three powerful, research-based strategies: teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. Learn how to meet standards and accelerate the achievement of developing and struggling readers. These effective strategies are demonstrated using Read Naturally’s web-based software program, Read Live.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Mirabella G

10:30am CST

The Magic of Words: Intentional Vocabulary Instruction
Readers, writers, and thinkers unite! Comprehension hinges on a strong vocabulary. Recent studies have shown that vocabulary is THE strongest predictor of achievement in comprehension (Gunning, 2018). Educators need to examine carefully the time and strategies used during intentional vocabulary instruction. This focus on vocabulary and academic language supports reading and writing in all content areas, concept development, and confidence as a learner.
This interactive session demonstrates numerous doable and effective ways to teach vocabulary and academic language in pre-K-3rd grade classrooms. All content is clearly linked to state standards. Participants will walk away with fresh and engaging methods of teaching this component of comprehensive English/language arts.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Mirabella C

10:30am CST

More Patterns of Power
If you enjoyed the keynote, come hear more about how grammar makes meaning as the ultimate reading-writing connection. A six step process will make grammar and editing about author’s purpose and craft.

Speakers


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Mirabella B

11:30am CST

"Lit" Social Studies
In this session you will review the Social Studies Practices that are a part of the 2019-20 Standards. A examination of the connection between the practices and literacy will be discussed. You will see how one teacher is using the practices to develop students' inquiry and critical thinking by embedding the different modes of literacy (reading, writing, listening,speaking, visualizing, and representing ) into the social studies block. Ideas for use of primary and secondary sources will be shared.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm CST
Cambridge A

11:30am CST

Are picture books really for middle and high school students? Yes, they are!
Imagine you walk into a K-5 classroom and see fascinating picture books and think to yourself, I want to read that book! If you have that feeling of enthusiasm when you read to your students, your students will be excited as well. This session will provide you information on how to utilize picture books to teach the elements of literature in the middle/high school classroom. The presentation will include modeling and explanation of strategies to effectively implement picture books in your middle/high classroom. Participates will delve into high-level picture books, wordless picture books, and picture books pertaining to social studies and STEM. Additionally, attendees will engage in collaborative discussions on how to best apply picture books in a middle/high school classroom. Come and learn how to effectively incorporate picture books in your middle/high school classroom and leave with ideas that you can use in your teaching.

Speakers
KW

Kelli Wisener

7th and 8th grade ELA teacher , Obion County Schools
Happy life, loving family, teaching reading


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm CST
Mirabella B

11:30am CST

Building Literacy Skills through Dramatic Play
Building literacy skills through dramatic play in the Pre-K classroom requires a balanced approach of play and direct instruction to help young students construct and develop the foundation of literacy skills needed for becoming successful readers and writers. The session will include practical strategies, suggestions, and ideas that can easily be implemented and adapted for Pre-K - 2nd grade classrooms to promote critical literacy skills that will help students develop an awareness of sounds in language, relationship between letters and sounds, expand vocabulary and develop comprehension skills through meaningful leaning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Carr

Stephanie Carr

Pre-K Teacher Catons Chapel Elementary School, Sevier Co. Board of Education
Creative play leads to successful readers


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm CST
Cambridge B

11:30am CST

Early literacy and language skills
This session will focus on the importance of language development in young children and how it relates to reading. Phonological awareness will be discussed along with activities to help support and build it. Reading disabilities (specifically dyslexia) will be defined and warning signs identified.

Speakers
avatar for Gay Landaiche

Gay Landaiche

Director, The Erika Center at Bodine School
I do community outreach for a school for dyslexics in Memphis, TN. Since 10-20% of the population has a reading disability it is important for educators, parents, and the general community to understand the techniques that work best for teaching these students to read.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm CST
Mirabella I

11:30am CST

Ten Literacy Strategies to Try this Year
Do you want to energize your literacy instruction? Want to try something new this year? Sometimes small changes can produce BIG results. This interactive session is for teachers and instructional coaches to examine new strategies to teach literacy this school year. This session includes tips for work at the reading table, ongoing assessment, content integration, vocabulary instruction, and increasing motivation and confidence in young readers. Participants will have opportunities to examine materials, observe modeled instruction, and take part in discussions. Participants are sure to walk away with lots of new ideas to get the year off to a great start.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm CST
Mirabella C

11:30am CST

Why Kindergarten has Become the New First Grade and Why This is not a Good Idea! First Grade and Why this is not a Good Idea
Kindergarten has become increasingly more focused on academic studies and less on exploration, social skill development, and play. This dramatic change in kindergarten is due to the “push-down effect” (aka the accountability shove-down) as academic content in all grades is being ramped up, making preschool the new kindergarten, kindergarten the new first grade, and so on. This has broad and oftentimes negative implications on the traditional kindergarten model that may create failure and anxiety in young children. This presentation will highlight the traditional kindergarten philosophy, the present state of kindergarten and the pressures on schools, teachers, parents and students to prepare children for mastery of literacy curriculums that do not match their cognitive and emotional levels of development. The presentation concludes with strategies teachers can implement to counter these changes


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm CST
Broadlands A

11:30am CST

Planning and Implementing a Schoolwide Read
Participants in this session will walk through the process of planning, organizing and implementing a schoolwide read at the secondary level. Resources, ideas, successes and pitfalls will be discussed. Additionally, participants will collaborate and brainstorm with colleagues in order to begin the process of planning and implementing a schoolwide read at their school.

Speakers
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Kathryn Latacha

Metro Nashville Public Schools


Tuesday December 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm CST
Mirabella D