Check Out This Line-up of Session Titles!

November 17, 2016  8:30 – 9:30 am 


Performing Arts for All Students: From Basement to Broadway!          Arkansas Ballroom

Anya Wallach, Executive Director, The Random Farms Kids' Theater:  Discover the benefits of incorporating performing arts in the classroom! The author of Stage Struck: Curtain Up will talk about and provide examples of how using musical theater can transform lives and act as a vehicle for social change. Discover practical ways you can shine the spotlight on all students.


How to Make Fluency Work in Your Classroom  Caraway III

Sarah Caudle, 5th Grade Literacy Teacher, Clarksville School District   -   Co-Presenter(s) Tracye Smith

Are you struggling to integrate fluency, practice, and assessment into your literacy block? We will show you the research and the real world application of making fluency work in your classroom.


Integrating Writing Into Content Areas LaFayette

Shoudong Feng, Associate Professor, Univ of Central Arkansas   -   Co-Presenter(s) Uma Garimella & Carolyn Pinchback

Presenters will report findings from a survey on teachers' beliefs and practice regarding integrating writing into content areas and will share research-based writing strategies that can enhance content area learning.


AR Diamond Primary Book Awards 2015-2016  Caraway I

Patricia Murphy, Associate Professor, Arkansas State University

The presenter will review and discuss the two Arkansas Diamond Primary Award Winners for 2015 - 2016. Genre and content will be examined and appropriate grade levels discussed. Bring your own copies and be ready to share how you have used this literature in your classroom!


Interactive Academic Vocabulary Strategies: Which strategy will you add to your toolbox? Manning

Timothy Watkins, Coordinator of Elementary Education, Delta State University

This session focuses on interactive vocabulary strategies that participants can add to their teaching toolboxes to engage students in active learning that impacts comprehension and enhances interest in any content area.


Finding the Balance in the Age Technology: Using Technology to Enhance Instruction Izard

Kelli Gordon, Instructional Specialist for Special Education, Conway Public Schools   -   Co-Presenter(s) Jason Campbell

How do we find the balance between good classroom instruction and the use of technology in the classroom? Can we find balance in this time of extreme change? Presenters will demonstrate strong instructional practices that integrate technology in a meaningful way.


Digital Platforms for Reading Differentiation  Hoffman

Suzanne Rogers, AP English teacher/ELA Coach/ District PD Director, LISA Academy

Learn how digital reading platforms can be used for reading differentiation. Pros and cons of various platforms will be discussed and explored - ThinkCERCA, ReadTheory, and iReady.


How Makerspaces Can Enhance the English Language Arts Classroom  Pope

Anna Warriner, K-12 Literacy Specialist, South Central Service Educational Cooperative   -   Co-Presenter(s) Jo Ann Womack

Making the connection between technology and literacy is crucial. Join us in this hands-on workshop as we share the background and basics of Maskerspaces and how to turn the ELA classroom into a Makerspace.


Using Technology as a Tool for Classroom Innovation: PBS Digital Media Teacher Resources  Miller

Amy Routt, Early Childhood Education Coordinator, AETN

PBS LearningMedia offers digital resources for PreK-12 educators, including more than 100,000 videos, images, interactives, lesson plans, and articles on major subjects. Among its most rapidly growing set of materials is a library of more than 1,000 Spanish-language videos.


Teach Phonics Patterns in an Engaging Multisensory Way   Caraway II

Mica Byrum, Consultant, 95 Percent Group Inc.

The benefit of using manipulatives has long been documented. Learn to use chips to identify phonemes and to analyze sound-spelling patterns. This multisensory approach helps students more fluently recognize phonics patterns while reading unknown words.


Drawn To Diversity in Children's Literature  Salon A

Dana Sullivan, Author/Illustrator

According to Dana Sullivan, depicting faces and cultures accurately and with sensitivity is the job of every author and illustrator. He is committed to “using ALL the crayons in his box” and sharing his world-view with the reading community.


Mission Impossible: Becoming Literate Without Literature  Salon B

William Teale, President, International Literacy Association & Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

What does it mean for a student to become literate? This session discusses the need for a more comprehensive perspective of literacy, one which fosters reflectiveness and empathy, and serves as a disruptive force that addresses fictions about the world we live in and shows us new possibilities for the future.


Finding the Story   Salon C

Leah Pileggi, Author

Award-winning author Leah Pileggi discusses where she got the inspiration for Prisoner 88 and how she conducted research from across the country. Her presentation includes vintage photos, 1880s newspaper articles, and excerpts of the trial of the 10-year-old who served time in Idaho’s Penitentiary.


Get Your “Hands-on” These Multisensory Strategies for Struggling Readers!  Fulton

Laurie Wagner, Director of Education, Brainspring/Reading and Language Arts Centers

Activate multiple learning pathways to differentiate reading instruction for struggling, dyslexic, and learning disabled elementary students. Learn engaging hands-on strategies for teaching discreet reading and spelling skills using visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic tools. Learn activities today and use them tomorrow!


 

Thursday November 17, 2016      9:45 – 10:45


National Board Certification Process Has Been Revised! Learn How to be Board Certified  Lafayette

Dr. Clara Carroll, NBCT, Associate Dean, Harding University

National Board Certified Teachers set the gold standard of accomplished teaching and advancing student learning. Join over 100,000 NBCTs representing 25 subject areas and developmental levels in grades K-12.


Using Vocabulary to Close the Reading Achievement Gap   Miller

Jennifer Louden, Assistant Professor of Education, Southern Arkansas University  -   Co-Presenter(s) Brandy Walthall & C.N. Dobbins

The use of vocabulary development is a tool to help close the reading achievement gap before the end of third grade. Participants will explore vocabulary techniques to use in the K-3 classroom and will share their success with these techniques.


The Co-Taught Classroom - "We instead of I"  Izard

Carol Edwards, 5th Grade Literacy Teacher, Frank Mitchell Intermediate School - Vilonia Schools   -   Co-Presenter(s) Carol Sobba

Presenters will share information about their co-teaching classroom by demonstrating six co-teaching formats that have proven successful for their students. They will share videos, pictures, and demonstrations. Q&A time and handouts will be provided.


Social Justice and Science Fiction: Cross-Curricular Projects for Integrating Social Studies and Science into the Reading Classroom  Caraway III

Kelly Hogan, English Language Arts Teacher, Valley View Junior High School

Integrating various subject areas into the reading curriculum is beneficial for students, but it can be challenging for teachers. This session will provide educators with specific strategies for incorporating social studies and science standards into the reading classroom.


Flip Your Classroom Through Mystery Skype  Pope

Patricia Daniels, 5th Grade Literacy, Westside Elementary, Greenbrier School District

Do you want students to participate in a 45-60 minute Critical Thinking Challenge that promotes a global community of learners? Flip your classroom to increase student involvement by using Mystery Skype! Get specific details on the tools and resources you need to set up a Mystery Skype in your classroom.


So Many Picture Books, So Little Time  Manning

Dr. Wendy Ellis, Director of Reading, Harding University

This presentation is designed to help teachers who want to immerse their students in the latest high-interest picture books using 21st Century Leaning Skills and Common Core Standards.  Discover new picture books from 2015 and 2016.


A Little Bit of Lit   Caraway II

Kara Stokke, Teacher/Speaker/Writer, Make Music & Move

Explore how to make a story more than a story. Experience how to bring out the rhythm and rhyme of a book. Expect your little ones to want to “read it again!” A little bit of fun for everyone!


"I've Never Written So Much!" How Mentor Texts Inspire and Nurture Writers  Salon A

Jeff Anderson, Author / Staff Developer

You can’t make students write, but you can inspire them to do so. Discover and explore a few sure-fire mentor texts to get students writing as well as a few strategies from his book 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know along the way.


Choose Your Own Speech!   Salon B

Alan Gratz, Writer

Join Alan Gratz, author of the MG and YA novels Prisoner B-3087Code of Honor, and The League of Seven, for an interactive presentation about his books and writing process where YOU get to decide which direction the speech goes!


Tips for the Reluctant Reader  Arkansas Ballroom

Denise McConduit, Author

Reluctant readers shy away from discussions and never raise their hands to read aloud. Sometimes they have little preliminary exposure to language or opportunity to attend preschool. Using her book, The Boy Who Wouldn't Read, McConduit gives helpful tips to identify and help reluctant readers.


Fuel the Need to Read   Salon C

Meghan Ables, 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Arkansas Department of Education/ Stuttgart High School

Our own Arkansas Teacher of the Year (ATOY) discusses ideas to get kids reading! These include independent reading, parent involvement, school-wide reading incentives, administrative and community involvement, global initiatives, Talk Reading via Twitter, and ways to celebrate successes.


ANIMAL BIOGRAPHIES - Fascinating Science  Hoffman

Darcy Pattison, Author

Children's book author Darcy Pattison discusses the research process of writing her animal biographies: Wisdom, the Midway Albatross, Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma, and Nefertiti, the Spidernaut. Perfect for NGSS.


Thursday November 17, 2016      11:00 - 12:15 - Keynote Address - Linda Dorn


Thursday November 17, 2016      12:30 -1:45 -  Ticketed Literacy Lunches  - Jeff Anderson, Rebecca Harper, Bill McBride, Christina Diaz Gonzalez


Thursday November 17, 2016      12:45 -1:45 (alternative sessions to Literacy Lunch)


Linda's Tip Of The Day, Tips And Practical Applications To Enhance Your Life Daily   Caraway III

Linda Williams, Author, Talk Show Host and Recording Artist

Get tips and practical applications that will help to keep your students more involved and actively engaged in understanding the benefits of reading daily.


A Systematic Review of Peer Tutoring for Reading Comprehension at the Secondary Level  Caraway II

Turkey Alzahrani, Doctoral Student, University of Kansas, Special Education Department

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of peer tutoring on comprehension for secondary students with disabilities. Participants will learn the process followed to determine the status of peer tutoring as an evidence-based practice.


Best Practices in Reading  Manning

Janet Cumbee, Educational Consultant, The Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Grounded in best practices research and comprehension instruction, this session provides participants the opportunity to engage with interactive materials that include a model lesson and video to support their understanding of the practical application of the latest research.


Hidden Secrets of Google  Izard

Lori Canada, Program Coordinator, EAST Initative

Learn about cool apps, extensions, and add-ons that Google users across the world have integrated into their everyday lives. Explore popular tools that assist in effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity in the classroom and in your daily routine. Use these tips and tricks in your classroom this Monday!


Using Multi-Sensory Strategies in the K-1 Classroom    Pope

Nicole Loftis, Instructional Facilitator, Conway Public Schools   -   Co-Presenter(s)  Shannon Riner

Look at literacy through the lens of a struggling learner and experience the use of multi-sensory teaching strategies to reach learners of all types. Additionally, teachers will uncover the correlation between RTI and multi-sensory teaching strategies.



Thursday November 17, 2016      2:00 – 3:00


Integrating Primary and Secondary Resources into Literacy          Lafayette

Denise Taylor, Principal, Mountain Pine High School

Literacy teachers will be introduced to a variety of primary and secondary resources that can be integrated into the literacy classroom including web based projects that teach students correct research, increase student engagement, and meet the needs of diverse learners.


Easy Reading Responses Workshop   Salon B

Marilyn Pryle, Teacher, Abington Heights High School, Clarks Summit, PA

In this session, partners will practice writing short, text-based Reading Responses in a variety of categories. The deep reading skills required and the role of individual student choice will be discussed. Participants will explore the many applications of the technique, including in-class collaboration and student-led discussions. This easy practice will transform your classroom! Sample texts and handouts will be provided.



Thursday November 17, 2016      2:00 – 3:30


Arkansas Authors Panel  -  12 Children's and Young Adult authors present their work.    Miller


Everyday Technology Integration  Caraway I

Kim Hamilton, 5th Grade Teacher, Rogers Public Schools   -   Co-Presenter(s) Joey Gall

Educators will learn to integrate technology through literacy lessons using the Blendspace platform. Connections will be made to the CCSS, and practical ways to use technology in the literacy classroom will be shared.


Insanity - The Complex Text Workout   Hoffman

Lisa Bailey, Literacy Specialist, Arkansas Department of Education   -   Co-Presenter(s) Jessica McIntosh

Insanity is a literature-heavy workout using complex texts. It's a starter program with alternating workouts using three lessons. The specific exercises are engaging, fun, and simple to replicate in the classroom! Get a complete 3-day workout, so you can kick-start instruction and be on the way to increasing the use of complex texts.


Dyslexia: What Every Educator Needs to Know   Izard

Vicki King, Dyslexia Specialist, ADE

Learn more about dyslexia and how it impacts students in all classrooms. Get practical advice and tips for instructional implications. Early indicators and interventions will also be shared.


ALTE PANEL    Caraway III  - Arkansas Literacy Teacher Educators Student Research Presentations: Kristen Epstein and Kiley Morris, “Children as Authors”; Meredith Felts, “The 4 Ps of Dyslexia: Process, Patience, Placement and emPowerment”; Leanne Hammit and Kristen Stelly, “The Why and What of Multisensory Structured Language”;  Sheri Tacker, “Audio Books for Struggling Readers and Vocabulary Growth”; Ashley Colling, “The Difference in Attitude and Practice Between Teachers Who Are Trained in a Research-based Dyslexia Program and Teachers Who Are Not”; Leah McCarver, Cynnamon Brown, Natalie Tarte, Jennifer Held “BearsRead Literacy Camp: Case Studies”      


Decoding Art Enriches Writing   Pope

Kim Wilson, Crayola

Find out how arts integration strategies can increase effectiveness in reading and writing instruction for engaging reluctant learners. By creating an original narrative for individually created visuals, students incorporate complex writing skills with hands-on critical thinking exercises. Rich reflective questions help students improve vocabulary and stimulate creativity and imagery.


Facilitating Student Talk, Thinking, and Interaction  Manning

Janet Cumbee, Educational Consultant, The Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Focused on practical strategies to support teachers in the use and refinement of facilitation skills, this session highlights moves that encourage students to lead the talking and thinking. Participants will engage in an adult learning experience that demonstrates facilitation techniques.


 

Thursday November 17, 2016      3:45 – 4:45  


Year Round Literacy Learning for All: Making an Impact on Student Achievement Through Partnerships   Caraway I

Amy Thompson, Clinical Instructor, UCA   -   Co-Presenter(s) Crystal Voegele

UCA teacher preparation programs partner with area schools year-round to address the needs of struggling readers with a field-based reading center, a university-based reading center, and Camp Soar. Preservice teachers learn to diagnose problems and to provide targeted, personalized interventions. Methods will be shared.


Foundational Skills: Standards Tell Us What--Research Tells Us How  Caraway II

Sandra Strong, Educational Consultant, Read Naturally Inc.

We know that all students must develop the foundational skills necessary to become proficient readers, but standards do not tell teachers HOW they should teach. Learn how to implement highly effective, research-based strategies to accelerate the progress of your developing readers.


Sync or Swim  Izard

Julie Wallace, Assistant Principal, Greenbrier Westside Elementary   -   Co-Presenter(s) Trish Daniels

Are you syncing your content teaching together, or teaching them independently? Would you like to provide high quality activities that are interdisciplinary and engaging? When you join our presentation, you will leave with a wealth of knowledge of how to integrate or “sync” content areas together!


The Truth about Vocabulary and Strategies to Save Struggling Readers  Hoffman

Jasmine Harris, Teacher, Little Rock School District

An important aspect of reading comprehension is learning vocabulary. The presenter will highlight methods to introduce and review vocabulary, and she will share innovative assessment techniques. The presentation will also include handouts and links to resources.


Sentence Sense: Developing Sentence Skills in Student Writers   Salon C

William Van Cleave, Educational Consultant

Explicit instruction in sentence construction develops both writing and comprehension skills. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, participants develop knowledge about and practice with parts of speech and sentence parts in order to help students improve their writing at the sentence level.


Creating Strategic “Whole Learners” - Techniques for Supporting Experiential Literacy Instruction  Arkansas Ballroom

Valerie Ellery, Consultant

Learn ways to reach and teach the whole learner by fostering engagement through curiosity, critical thinking, and reasoning. You will leave transformed with easy to implement literacy strategies and invigorating techniques that help all learners succeed.


The Story of The Starfish Family  Fulton

John Hollan, Author & Photographer

Author and photographer John Hollan will discuss the creation, the development, and the self-publishing process of The Adventures of the Starfish Family.


Become a Leader for Literacy!   Miller

Trudy Jackson, ARA Administrator in Reading & Principal, Drew Central

Anyone can become a leader for literacy! Learn how you can lead the charge for literacy in your school and community using 6 easy strategies that will help you promote literacy and become the literacy leader you aspire to be!


Unlocking Unfamiliar Words: Morphology for Struggling Adolescent Readers  Pope

Laurie Wagner, Director of Education, Brainspring/Reading and Language Arts Centers

Teach struggling middle/high school readers through multisensory Greek and Latin root instruction. Morphology provides sophisticated teaching of decoding/encoding to these struggling readers. Learn activities that enhance reading and spelling and use them tomorrow!



Friday November 18, 2016      8:00 – 9:00


Walk Like An Egyptian: Unlocking the Mysteries and Secrets of the Sands   Manning

Kathy Byrd, Reading Teacher, Nettleton Junior High School   -  Co-Presenter(s) Allie Robbins

Learn to work collaboratively with your school and community to create a mini-replica museum. Engage students in research and immerse them in integrated activities that focus on Egyptan rituals and culture. A video tour of the finished museum and projects, including large 3-D structures, will be shown.


Reading in the Digital Age: The Pros and Cons to More Screen Time          Caraway I

Jennifer Bowman, Training Advisor, Early Care and Education Projects, University of Arkansas

Positive adult-child interactions during joint reading experiences are the key component for fostering early literacy development. This session will present current research describing key factors involved in early literacy attainment and explore latest research findings on ways digital technologies can assist or impede children's literacy development.


#BookChallenge  Izard

Kathy Sadler, Literacy Specialist, SEARK coop

Do you read outside of your comfort zone? Push yourself, as well as your students, to set a reading goal to read realistic, historical, fantasy, science fiction, biography, autobiography, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels. Hear success stories of a journey to read 40 books in a year.


Morphology Matters  Caraway II

Vicki King, Dyslexia Specialist, ADE   -   Co-Presenter(s) Kathy Mascuilli

This presentation will cover strategies for helping all students unlock the meaning of numerous words using morphological units of meaning.


Reading at Home  Lafayette

Keri Russell, First Grade Teacher, LISA Academy   -   Co-Presenter(s) Madison Hoffmann

Do you want to see your students surpass their reading level goals by the end of the school year? We have designed a simple take home book system for students that you can recreate.


Integrating Content in the Elementary Classroom through Project Based Learning   Pope

Stephanie Worthey, Principal, Greenbrier School District   -   Co-Presenter(s) Angela Betancourt

Discover how Project Based Learning (PBL) in the classroom can engage students and meet their academic needs. Attendees will be introduced to tools and resources to plan their own PBL lessons that promote collaborative learning through 21st Century Skills. Administrators will be provided a template for promoting the use of PBLs based on the experience of Greenbrier Schools.


Literacy Resources at Your Fingertips  Caraway III

Tina McCord, CEO , ZUNI Learning Tree   -   Co-Presenter(s) Lila McCauley, Jude Sheff, Schell Gower & Jennifer Kimbrell

ONE Goal - Raising Student Achievement, ONE Location ZUNI Learning Tree. Teachers, students and parents will find eBooks, Lesson Plans, Skill Builder Games and more to enhance and inspire a life-long love for reading and learning. This cloud-based platform will meet most if not all of your literacy needs.


Google Sites Arkansas Ballroom

Lori Canada, Program Coordinator, EAST Initative

Learn how Google Sites can work for your school or classroom. You will learn the basics of Google Sites and then develop a site to fit your needs. We will walk through basic customization tools and functionality. Come see how it will work for you!


The Role of Executive Function in Literacy Acquistion   Hoffman

Susan Perry, Literacy Interventionist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Executive functioning is used to describe how our brains generalize and transform information to solve everyday problems. In this session we will explore executive function and its relationship to literacy acquisition. Learn how the implementation of multi-sensory instructional strategies can assist children with reading difficulties.


Drawn To Diversity in Children's Literature  Salon A

Dana Sullivan, Author/Illustrator

According to Dana Sullivan, depicting faces and cultures accurately and with sensitivity is the job of every author and illustrator. He is committed to “using ALL the crayons in his box” and sharing his world-view with the reading community.


Content Reading Strategies for Gender Differences  Salon B

Bill McBride, Author

Bill McBride offers follow up and in-depth commentary as an extension of his keynote address on gender differences.


History with a Twist   Salon C

Christina Diaz Gonzales, Author

History can be brought to life through historical fiction and alternate history tales. Explore new ways to introduce historical events to your students.


“Crossing the Deadline” - The Challenge of Uncovering and Writing Arkansas History   Miller

Michael Shoulders, Author

Did you know America's worst maritime disaster (300 more died than on the Titanic) happened in Arkansas? Today, the ship is buried beneath crops near West Memphis. Learn about this little known piece of American history and why facts are stranger than fiction.

 

Friday, November 18, 2016     9:45 - 10:45

Choose your own KEYNOTE

Marilyn Pryle 

Jennifer Serravallo 

Valerie Ellery

William Van Cleave


Friday, November 18, 2016      11:00 – 12:00


How Reading Contributes to Increased Literacy  LaFayette

Willie Kimmons, President/CEO, Save Children Save Schools, Inc.

This presentation will give practical strategies, suggestions, and recommendations that teachers and students can use to get successful, valuable, and life-long literacy opportunities from reading books. Children will learn the value of reading books to increased literacy in school, at home, and in life.


Technology in Writer's Workshop   Caraway I

Tessa Dean, 3rd Grade Literacy Teacher, Greenwood School District   -   Co-Presenter(s) Stephanie Griffith

Rev-up the writer's workshop for today's students! In addition to a technology component, add accountability and student-centered learning with targeted goals and self-assessments.


Growing ALL Students Through Engaging Interventions Pope

Stephanie Worthey, Principal, Greenbrier School District   -   Co-Presenter(s) Angela Betancourt

Learn how one Arkansas school district has implemented a successful intervention program that not only helps to close the achievement gap but promotes academic growth and enrichment for all students. Presenters will share information on how to create a schedule that will provide students with much needed independent reading time as well as tier one and tier two reading and math interventions. Resources, tools, and practices will be shared.


Big Books:Big Boost for Primary Literacy Izard

Betty Porter Walls, Assistant Professor, Harris-Stowe State University   -   Co-Presenter(s) William Kerns

Join us for an informative and enjoyable interactive learning experience focused on the utilization of the genre of 'big books' for enhanced student literacy development and achievement in primary classrooms. Learn to boost teaching and learning with updated fiction and nonfiction big books.


Learning is a Juggline Act: The Role of Executive Function in Learning   Caraway III

Jennifer Hampton, Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist, Guy Fenter Education Cooperative   -   Co-Presenter(s) Jackie Roberts

Participants will learn the elements of Executive Function with a special emphasis on reading. They will also learn to recognize when a student has issues related to Executive Functioning and to use strategies for strengthening students' Executive Function Skills.


My Students Do Not Like To Read: Engaging Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement in Literacy   Miller

Stephanie Harper, CEO/Lead Consultant, Harper Educational Consulting, LLC

Many educators are challenged with the task of how to motivate students to read. This interactive session will provide educators with the strategies to increase student engagement and achievement in literacy.


Multisensory Teaching of Reading Comprehension Strategies   Caraway II

Lisa Herrington, Clinical Instructor II, University of Central Arkansas

Using the book Comprehension Connections by Tanny McGregor, participants will learn how to use a multisensory approach to engage learners in using reading comprehension strategies. 


Become a Brain Changer! Strategies for Teaching Children of Poverty   Manning

Anne Anderson, Educational Consultant, Anne Anderson Educational Consultant, LLC

If you work with struggling learners, this is the session for you! Explore classroom-tested activities and techniques to increase students’ cognitive capacity. Leave with a set of high-impact strategies and a deeper understanding of the effects of poverty on learning.


A Picture Perfect Approach to Connecting Literacy and Science  Hoffman

Kim Stilwell, Professional Development and Sales, NSTA - National Science Teachers Association

Picture-Perfect Science Lessons combine the appeal of children’s picture books with standards-based science content. Leave with ideas on how to begin the integration as well as website links to resources and instructional vignettes that can be used in the classroom tomorrow.


Choose Your Own Speech!    Salon A

Alan Gratz, Writer,

Join Alan Gratz, author of the MG and YA novels Prisoner B-3087Code of Honor, and The League of Seven, for an interactive presentation about his books and writing process where YOU get to decide which direction the speech goes!


Performing Arts for All Students: From Basement to Broadway!   Arkansas Ballroom

Anya Wallach, Executive Director, The Random Farms Kids' Theater

Discover the benefits of incorporating performing arts in the classroom! The author of Stage Struck: Curtain Up will talk about and provide examples of how using musical theater can transform lives and act as a vehicle for social change. Discover practical ways you can shine the spotlight on all students.


Tips for the Reluctant Reader   Salon B

Denise McConduit, Author

Reluctant readers shy away from discussions and never raise their hands to read aloud. Sometimes they have little preliminary exposure to language or opportunity to attend preschool. Using her book, The Boy Who Wouldn't Read, McConduit gives helpful tips to identify and help reluctant readers.


“Crossing the Deadline” - The Challenge of Uncovering and Writing Arkansas History  Miller

Michael Shoulders, Author

Did you know America's worst maritime disaster (300 more died than on the Titanic) happened in Arkansas? Today, the ship is buried beneath crops near West Memphis. Learn about this little known piece of American history and why facts are stranger than fiction.

 


Friday November 18,  2016      12:15 – 1:15


Helping Students Breaking Out of Gender Sterotypes Using Picture Books    Caraway I

Jeonghee Choi, Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University   -   Co-Presenter(s) Kwangok Song

Following the case study of how students differently treat two boys who demonstrate masculine and effeminate traits respectively, the presenter shares how picture books that portray boys/males in non-traditional manners can be used to help break out of gender stereotypes.


How Reading Contributes to Increased Literacy   LaFayette

Willie Kimmons, President/CEO, Save Children Save Schools, Inc.

 This presentation will give practical strategies, suggestions, and recommendations that teachers and students can use to get successful, valuable, and life-long literacy opportunities from reading books. Children will learn the value of reading books to increased literacy in school, at home, and in life.


2016-2017 Charlie May Simon and Diamond Award Nominees   Caraway II

Margie Nanak, Library Media Specialist, Southwood Elementary School, Pine Bluff School District   -   Co-Presenter(s) Ronda Hughes

This session will feature an overview of the books on the 2016-2017 Charlie May Simon and Arkansas Diamond Book Lists. Resources and activities will be shared. Find out how your students can participate!


Growing Grammatically  Caraway III

Jennifer McMahan, Literacy Specialist, Arkansas Department of Education

Participants will learn effective strategies for teaching grammar within the context of writing and how mentor texts can support instruction.


Vocabulary: Aim High!  Izard

Sandra Strong, Educational Consultant, Read Naturally Inc.

A well-developed vocabulary is essential for reading success! Students differ greatly in the rate at which they learn language, and reading comprehension becomes increasingly more challenging for students who lack adequate word knowledge. Learn and experience research-based word-learning strategies to help your students Aim High at vocabulary development.


When the Words Fall Down the Page: Exploring Poetry in the Intermediate Classroom  Pope

Jenifer Pastore, Classroom Teacher, Rogers Public Schools   -   Co-Presenter(s) Brandi Clowers

Poems are magical! They are full of emotion and passion, of laughter and sadness. And with a little bit or thinking, planning, and preparation, poems can become true mentor texts, used to grow readers, and writers throughout the year.


NBCT Strong - Let's Get You Renewed   LaFayette

Amy Thompson, Clinical Instructor   -   Co-Presenter(s) Mara Cawein

Is your initial National Board certification about to expire? Do you need a refresher of the process? Do you know what to do for renewal or just have questions to ask? This session is for you! Find out about the National Board renewal process, what is involved, and how to get support.


Writing Rocks! Engaging Strategies for All   Fulton

Rebecca Harper, Assistant Professor, Augusta University

If you’ve been wondering how to make reading and writing work in your content or ELA classroom, this session is for you. Learn to integrate easy and effective strategies that won’t take time away from your content teaching. Quick writes, write around the text, HRQ, and hashtag summaries can improve student comprehension of standards (?) while incorporating literacy strands.


Reading for Meaning--Fluently         

Sandra Strong, Educational Consultant, Read Naturally Inc.

Learn how to improve fluency by combining teacher-modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring into one powerful strategy that motivates struggling readers and accelerates reading.


Developing Your Students: Coding in the Classroom   Miller

Mary Dunlap, Director, Arkansas Coding Academy

Help your students grow into superb problem solvers with coding exercises and independent learning  strategies - no prior experience needed! Learn to creatively include coding lessons seamlessly into daily work.

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