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Sunday, December 8
 

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

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

"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, Educator, Speaker & Literacy Consultant, Secret Stories / 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

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
 
Monday, December 9
 

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

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

"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, Educator, Speaker & Literacy Consultant, Secret Stories / 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

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

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

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

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

Higher Education - Western Kentucky University, 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 →
DJ

Dr. 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, Educator, Speaker & Literacy Consultant, Secret Stories / 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

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

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

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 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 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
avatar for Kim Harkreader

Kim Harkreader

NCLA Chapter Chair, 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
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 3:10pm - 4:00pm CST
Oakleigh A

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

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 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
 
Tuesday, December 10
 

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

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
avatar for Angela M. Shelton

Angela M. Shelton

Support Storytelling, 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.
avatar for Brittany Gray

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

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

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
avatar for Dr. Tammy Markland

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

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