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Welcome to the 2019 Literacy Association of Tennessee Annual Conference in Murfreesboro, TN!

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Sunday, December 8
 

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
 

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

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

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

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

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