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Thursday, January 21
 

6:00pm CST

Attendee Registration
Thursday January 21, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm CST
The Arbor-Atrium Level (Lobby)
 
Friday, January 22
 

7:30am CST

Attendee Registration
Friday January 22, 2016 7:30am - 5:15pm CST
The Arbor-Atrium Level (Lobby)

7:30am CST

Attendee Registration
Friday January 22, 2016 7:30am - 5:15pm CST
The Arbor-Atrium Level (Lobby)

8:00am CST

8:00am CST

Exhibits Open
Friday January 22, 2016 8:00am - 5:15pm CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

9:00am CST

ELA/Reading Curriculum Update: K-12

Participants will be provided with the latest developments related to English language arts and reading education in Texas. This TEA workshop will include the most up-to-date information about resources for students and teachers, including details about the online programs for accelerated instruction available through Texas SUCCESS and the new professional development to aid in identification of students with dyslexia. Information about the SBOE’s process to review and revise the ELA/R TEKS will also be included. 


Speakers
avatar for Karin Miller

Karin Miller

Texas Education Agency


Friday January 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

9:00am CST

Real Characters: Three Children’s Book Authors (Who Are Real Characters Themselves) Share How They Craft Prose

Varied experiences of three energetic fiction writers—Varian Johnson, Linda Urban, and Jeff Anderson—will be shared in this practical, interactive workshop. Hear about their idiosyncratic writing process approaches to crafting tone, characters, and more. Marinate in revision, inspiration, and author’s purpose with real-world writing processes. Ask questions and leave with something you can do in your classroom next week. 


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

Author
Jeff, a full-time staff developer and writer, shares strategies from his books Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, andRevision Decisions with teachers around the United States and beyond. Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth is his first... Read More →
avatar for Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List selection. His novels for older readers include Saving Maddie and... Read More →
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Linda Urban

Author
Linda Urban is an award-winning author of novels and picture books for children. Her latest novel, Milo Speck, Accidental Agent was published in September by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Earlier work includes the middle-grade novels A Crooked Kind of Perfect, Hound Dog True, and The... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am CST
Ballroom A-Atrium Level (Lobby)

9:00am CST

Using Picture Books as Mentor Texts in the Early Childhood Classroom

Picture books and classrooms go hand in hand. In fact, you could say that the picture book is the teacher’s best friend. Not only do picture books provide hours of enjoyment for the students in the classroom, but they also provide countless opportunities to teach the required curriculum. In this workshop, Karin Perry will highlight many picture books (both old and new) and provide examples for ways these books can be used as mentor texts in order to encourage student writing. 


Speakers
avatar for Karin Perry

Karin Perry

Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Associate Professor


Friday January 22, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am CST
Wedgewood-Atrium Level (Lobby)

10:00am CST

Make Your Voice Heard: Taking Action & Becoming Involved in the ELAR/SLAR TEKS Revisions

Have you wanted to be more involved in the ELAR/SLAR TEKS revision process but just did not know how to do it? This workshop provides a platform for participants to express thoughts about the first draft of the revised ELAR/SLAR TEKS. Attendees will get a closer look at the TCTELA TEKS Forum and some of the most repeatedly deliberated discussion threads related to the ELAR/SLAR TEKS revisions. Participants will work in facilitated, grade band focus groups to engage in face-to-face dialogue related to these pivotal thread topics. Facilitators will capture the collaborative dialogue of each group to share with the SBOE and TEA, ensuring that the voices of ELAR/ SLAR teachers and professionals are heard. 


Speakers
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Kim Pinkerton

TCTELA President-elect, University of Houston-Downtown
Kim Pinkerton began teaching literacy methods and instruction as an Urban Education faculty member at the University of Houston-Downtown in 2007. Kim has a passion for working with students who have struggled both personally and academically. As a teacher educator, her goal is for... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

11:00am CST

Book Signing with Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson will be available to sign books at the TCTELA Book Signing table. 
Jeff's books are available for sale at the Bookpeople and QEP booths in the exhibit hall.  

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

Author
Jeff, a full-time staff developer and writer, shares strategies from his books Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, andRevision Decisions with teachers around the United States and beyond. Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth is his first... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

11:30am CST

Luncheon with Sonia Nazario and Edmund J Farrell Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
Ticketed event, refer to your name badge for luncheon ticket. 
Included in full-conference registration. 
Tickets can be purchased for $45 at the TCTELA registration desk.  
Sonia Nazario's publisher has generously provided copies of her book, Enrique's Journal for luncheon attendees. 

Luncheon Entertainment Provided by: 

Del Valle High School Jazz Band 
DIRECTED BY TOM GUYTON 

AND 

Del Valle High School Choir
DIRECTED BY NICOLE SCOTT 

 

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario

Author
Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems—hunger, drug addiction, immigration—and has won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards.  A fluent Spanish speaker of Jewish ancestry whose... Read More →

Award Winners
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William Hetrick

Edmund J Farrell Lifetime Service Award, Retired, McAllen ISD
In 1969, the Beatles recorded Abbey Road, Golda Meier became prime minister of Israel, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was established, and Mr. William Hetrick began his teaching career. Arguably, the most significant of these events is the genesis of a career teacher whose... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm CST
Rio Grande Hall A – Plaza Level (Lower)

12:50pm CST

Break with Exhibitors / Book Signing in the Exhibit Hall
Sonia Nazario will be available to sign her books at the Booksigning Table in the exhibit hall. 
Sonia's publisher has generously provided for luncheon attendees. 
Sonia's books are available for sale at the Bookpeople booth in the exhibit hall.  

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario

Author
Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems—hunger, drug addiction, immigration—and has won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards.  A fluent Spanish speaker of Jewish ancestry whose... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 12:50pm - 1:15pm CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:15pm CST

General Session I–Donna Bahorich, Kim Pinkerton, and Linda Urban

General Session I Agenda

Welcome: Cindy Benge

Officer Nominations:
VP Elect: Margaret Hale
VP Elect for M&A: Kristen Stapp and Kelly Tumy
Recording Secretary: Lori Elliot and Karen Green

A Conversation with Kim Pinkerton and Donna Bahorich

Keynote Speaker: Linda Urban



Speakers
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Donna Bahorich

Texas SBOE Chair
As chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE), Donna Bahorich is committed to preparing all children to be productive, engaged citizens. She has worked diligently to approve and promote college and career ready courses, including strong career and technical education courses, leading... Read More →
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Kim Pinkerton

TCTELA President-elect, University of Houston-Downtown
Kim Pinkerton began teaching literacy methods and instruction as an Urban Education faculty member at the University of Houston-Downtown in 2007. Kim has a passion for working with students who have struggled both personally and academically. As a teacher educator, her goal is for... Read More →
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Linda Urban

Author
Linda Urban is an award-winning author of novels and picture books for children. Her latest novel, Milo Speck, Accidental Agent was published in September by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Earlier work includes the middle-grade novels A Crooked Kind of Perfect, Hound Dog True, and The... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for L. Elliott

L. Elliott

Write for Texas Coach & ELAR Consultant, ESC, Region 10
Position Statement for Recording Secretary: One of the most important things I have learned as an ELAR educator is that just as students need advocates, so do teachers. Teaching can be a lonely journey, but through collaboration and support, educators find resiliency, hope, strength... Read More →
avatar for Karen Green

Karen Green

Assistant Principal, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Position Statement for Recording Secretary: It is my belief that closing the literacy gap is critical. In a career spanning 23 years, I have been blessed to work at both the elementary and secondary levels, teaching literacy and a love of reading and writing to students from diverse... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Hale

Margaret Hale

Clinical Associate Professor, Univ. of Houston
Position Statement for President-elect: With the current state of education, teachers need strong advocates in their professional organizations who will make sure their voices and needs are heard. Teachers also need leaders who will provide strong input about programs offered through... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Stapp

Kristen Stapp

Ft. Bend ISD
Position Statement for Vice President-elect for Membership and Affiliates: TCTELA has a unique role in shaping instruction in literacy instruction in our state, providing a forum for educators from kindergarten to college classes to share their expertise and guide our state leadership... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Tumy

Kelly Tumy

ELA Coordinator, Crosby ISD
Position Statement for Vice President-elect for Membership and Affiliates: For the past year I have served TCTELA as the Recording Secretary, and I look forward to continuing my role as a board member. As a classroom teacher for 20 years, I know what struggles teachers are going thorough... Read More →

Friday January 22, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm CST
Grand Ballroom-Grand Ballroom – Atrium Level (Lobby)

2:30pm CST

Book Signing with Linda Urban
Linda Urban will be available to sign books at the TCTELA Book Signing table. 
Linda's books are available for sale at the Bookpeople booth in the exhibit hall.  

Speakers
LU

Linda Urban

Author
Linda Urban is an award-winning author of novels and picture books for children. Her latest novel, Milo Speck, Accidental Agent was published in September by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Earlier work includes the middle-grade novels A Crooked Kind of Perfect, Hound Dog True, and The... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

3:00pm CST

Conditions of Applicability: Teaching Readers When, Where, Why, and How to Employ Comprehension Strategies

Is it possible to go overboard with strategy instruction in comprehension? In this session, we will explore apprenticeship in the classroom: showing students how to choose the right tool to promote understanding. Included are ideas for facilitating engaging discussions of texts with examples of formative assessments in mono-lingual and bilingual classrooms. 


Speakers
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Valinda Kimmel

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
avatar for Melina Wouters

Melina Wouters

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD


Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
San Marcos-Plaza Level (Lower)

3:00pm CST

From Loathing It to Loving It: Tools to Help Students With Print Disabilities Embrace Reading

Educators now have many technologies available to them to make their classrooms more engaging. However, students who experience barriers to printed text, such as visual impairment or physical or learning disabilities, are too often missing out on these experiences. This session will highlight some accessible tools and their benefits. 


Speakers
avatar for Matt Hattoon, Bookshare

Matt Hattoon, Bookshare

Outreach Coordinator, Bookshare
Matt joined the Bookshare/Accessible Books for Texas team in August 2015. He brings with him 18 years’ experience as a Classroom Teacher, Campus Dyslexia Specialist, District Instructional Technology Facilitator, and Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist, having worked... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Wedgewood-Atrium Level (Lobby)

3:00pm CST

From the Ground Up: Growing Imaginary Civilizations Through Choice, Chance, and Games

Project-based learning (PBL) asks students to learn 21st-century skills in a collaborative setting. But what happens when the project is based on students’ choices in a game of history, risk, and imagination? Participants will leave this session ready to play an interactive, educational game using a complete set of rules in a TEKS-based, cross-curricular and multigenre PBL unit for secondary English classes. 


Speakers
avatar for Allie McCarron

Allie McCarron

Instructional Coach, Harmony Public Schools
I've taught ELA for five years in grades ranging from 4-11, and have been an instructional coach for three years. In addition to working with North Star of Texas Writing Project as a teacher consultant, I also serve as chair of the Adolescent Literacy Committee for TCTELA. Feel... Read More →



Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

3:00pm CST

Getting Published and Becoming a Presenter: Developing Conference Presentations and English in Texas Submissions

Have you ever pondered presenting at a TCTELA conference? Curious about writing an article for our award-winning journal, English in Texas? Want to get your students’ work published in English in Texas? Get your questions answered at this informative session hosted by friendly English in Texas editors and authors, as well as TCTELA board members.


Speakers
avatar for Gwynne Ash

Gwynne Ash

Professor, Texas State University
I've been working in literacy education since 1990, and I'm committed to all students becoming more successful in school-based literacies.
avatar for Lori Assaf

Lori Assaf

Professor, Texas State University
I'm passionate about anything international and literacy... right now it is South Africa and Disciplinary Writing! In my personal life... running and keeping track of my kids!
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Benita Brooks

Sam Houston State University
CD

Carol Delaney

Texas State University
avatar for Hannah Rox Gerber

Hannah Rox Gerber

Associate Professor of Literacy, Sam Houston State University
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Melinda Miller

Professor, Sam Houston State University
Melinda Miller is a Professor of Reading at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She is a former Reading Recovery teacher and also taught kindergarten, first, and second grades. Additionally, she worked as a Reading Specialist for K-4 students.
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Valerie Taylor

Eanes ISD
Eanes ISD
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Nancy Votteler

Sam Houston State University


Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Brazos-Atrium Level (Lobby)

3:00pm CST

Looking for Change? You Can Do Something About It!

Join the Legislative Action Committee of TCTELA in this interactive session where we will cover such topics as how to participate at both the state and national levels in discussions about issues impacting ELAR classrooms, the NCLB/ESSA reauthorization, the current ELAR TEKS revisions, and the big picture regarding assessment. 


Speakers
avatar for Angie Kissire

Angie Kissire

Participant, APSI - AP English Language -AP1932- Combined - TCU - SWR LH 22
I teach in a rural West Texas high school with about 240 students. That means I am a Jill-of-all-trades, advising NHS, coaching 2 UIL events, and teaching AP English Lang and Lit on alternating years plus English 3 and Anatomy & Physiology every year. I'm "mom-mom-mom" to an 8.5-yr-old... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Kriese

Tracy Kriese

English 7, Eanes ISD
Middle School Teacher of the YearTracy Kriese seeks opportunities for her students to learn from the literature they read--literature that she chooses and that she helps them choose. She seeks opportunities for her students to find audiences in school and out of school. Several years... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Margaret Hale

Margaret Hale

Clinical Associate Professor, Univ. of Houston
Position Statement for President-elect: With the current state of education, teachers need strong advocates in their professional organizations who will make sure their voices and needs are heard. Teachers also need leaders who will provide strong input about programs offered through... Read More →

Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
San Antonio-Plaza Level (Lower)

3:00pm CST

Oo—ah—oh: Teaching Reading With A Bang!

Any early literacy teacher knows there is program after program teaching the alphabetic principle. We invite early literacy teachers and decision makers to explore the environmental sound approach. Come and learn how to make your classroom pop, fizz, and thump as your students experience early literacy in a whole new way. 


Speakers
KD

Karen Durrick

McKinney ISD
JP

Julie Pyne

McKinney ISD


Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

3:00pm CST

TCTELA Financial Meeting
Join the financial committee to review the TCTELA 2014 financials. 

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Gonzales

Katrina Gonzales

English II Teacher, Sonora High School
The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. ---Maya Angelou


Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
San Saba (Lower)

3:00pm CST

“Tech Up” With Daily Focused Poetry Dialogue

Explore ways to support learning in intermediate classrooms with poetry. Use focused poetry to build an understanding of this genre, while also creating a classroom community. See how technology can support poetry instruction and turn it into a way for students to rush to your class to share their ideas. 


Speakers
avatar for Donna Brown

Donna Brown

Humanities Coach, Clear Creek ISD
Welcome to TCTELA! I am a Humanities Coach and presenter that enjoys working with teachers to support students in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Using technology with literacy skills is a passion of mine. I have presented about coaching and instruction at NCTE, Learning... Read More →
avatar for Staci Weber

Staci Weber

Clear Creek ISD
Staci Weber lives in League City, TX with her husband and two daughters. She has been teaching middle grade language arts for 14 years. In her spare time, when she has any, she co-writes young adult paranormal romance novels. To date, she has seven pieces published with two publishing... Read More →



Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Sabine-Plaza Level (Lower)

3:00pm CST

Reading Nonfiction: Strategies That Encourage Close Reading of Nonfiction Texts

In this session, participants will look at a new suite of strategies that help students read nonfiction texts. Attendees will learn the nonfiction signposts and the ways to encourage students to develop their own text-dependent questions and engage in conversations about texts that deepen understanding. 


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kylene Beers

Dr. Kylene Beers

Author, Consultant, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Kylene Beers, author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do (Heinemann, 2003), and Robert E. Probst, author of Response and Analysis, 2nd edition (Heinemann, 2004), are respected authorities on reading instruction. Kylene—focusing more on reading strategies—and Bob—focusing... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 3:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Ballroom A-Atrium Level (Lobby)

4:15pm CST

#PhotoEssays: Writing in the Age of Instagram

Capturing the aesthetics of everyday life is commonplace to today’s digital natives. Instagram provides learners with a platform for capturing moments. These moments, translated into photo essays, offer opportunities for critical analysis and composition. Participants will review photo essay assignments and lesson plans, view students’ products, and learn pedagogical strategies.


Speakers
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Lisa Detweiler Miller

Texas Christian School
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Katie Monsour

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown


Friday January 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
San Marcos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:15pm CST

Art Is All About Pushing Boundaries ... Like Age

Texas Commission on the Arts/The Young Masters, a joint program of the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, helps children to expand their unique talents in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Spend an hour getting to know recent scholarship recipients and finding out more about this visionary program. 

This session is underwritten by the Texas Cultural Trust. 


Speakers
GG

Gary Gibbs

Texas Commission on the Arts
JR

Jennifer Ranson Rice

Texas Cultural Trust


Friday January 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

4:15pm CST

Committee Meetings

Committee chairs and attendees interested in joining a committee are welcome to attend. 

ADOLESCENT LITERACY COMMITTEE
FUNCTION: To support effective reform in adolescent literacy and to contribute to the reconceptualization of classroom practice, staff development, and assessment as outlined in NCTE’s policy research brief on adolescent literacy reform. Chair: Allie McCarron 

LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE
FUNCTION: To raise awareness of legislative actions and events of specific concerns to English language arts educators and to work through the TCTELA board to promote and address issues of concern to appropriate agencies and entities. Co-Chairs: Angie Kissire and Tracy Kriese 

STATE OF THE PROFESSION COMMITTEE 
FUNCTION: To support the use of high quality, locally designed programs to promote teacher knowledge and expertise; to provide resources for flexible, ongoing professional development, including mentoring, that meet the needs of the individual teachers to ensure effective literacy and teaching; to promote awareness of areas and issues relating to ongoing research and advancements in the state of the teaching English language arts. Chair: Jessica Riley 

SPECIAL NEEDS LEARNER COMMITTEE 
FUNCTION: To promote a collaborative educational community that takes into account the improvement of literacy development for all students. Chair: Maria Webb 

EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMITTEE 
FUNCTION: To support the early childhood community of teachers, students, and parents and to foster and promote involvement of early childhood teachers in TCTELA affairs. Co-Chairs: Lynne Glynn and Karin Perry 

MULTICULTURAL AWARENESS COMMITTEE 
FUNCTION: To raise awareness of multicultural events, books, speakers, authors, and trends to support TCTELA’s effort to promote cultural diversity and integrate multicultural perspectives. Chair: Malaika Easton 

BILINGUAL ENGLISH AND SECOND LANGUAGE AWARENESS COMMITTEE 
FUNCTION: To raise awareness of issues and special concerns related to bilingual and ESL learners and to promote a collaborative educational community that seeks and promotes excellence in the teaching of bilingual and second language learners. Chair: Maureen Ucles 

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
FUNCTION: To respond in a timely manner to the needs of English language arts educators concerning the use of technology in the classroom and to promote awareness regarding a pedagogical approach to the use of technology in the classroom; to promote a collaboration between English language arts and other disciplines, with an emphasis on technological and scientific writing. Co-Chairs: Donalyn Miller and Donna Brown 

PRESERVICE TEACHER COMMITTEE (AD HOC) 
FUNCTION: To involve preservice teachers in professional and leadership development through TCTELA prior to entering the classroom. Chair: Diane Miller 

LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 
FUNCTION: To support research-based professional development that reflects the core values and mission of TCTELA. Co-Chairs: Julia Haug, Katrina Jansky, and Valerie Taylor 


Friday January 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:15pm CST

Cookin’ With Gas: The Power of the Reader’s Notebook for the Transfer of Knowledge

In order for students to transfer new found knowledge, they must have multiple opportunities to practice applying this knowledge in meaningful ways. In this interactive session, participants will learn to utilize the Reader’s Notebook to enhance students’ comprehension and to aid in the transfer of skills learned during workshop minilessons. 


Speakers
avatar for Susan Collier

Susan Collier

Intermediate Literacy Specialist, Klein ISD
All things literacy, book clubs, remedial reading in middle school


Friday January 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
San Antonio-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:15pm CST

Putting the Balance in Balanced Literacy

Many schools and districts across Texas and the country use balanced literacy as their literacy curriculum framework. But how truly balanced is that framework? In this session, participants will be guided in the balanced literacy framework as to what parts have the most impact in school-wide literacy reform, raise sustainable student achievement, can be best aligned with state standards, and most important foster growth in our students to become successful lifelong readers and writers. 


Speakers
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Amanda Phillips

Curriculum Coordinator - ELA Elementary, Central Office - Instructional Support
k-6 Literacy


Friday January 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Brazos-Atrium Level (Lobby)

4:15pm CST

Using Images to Increase Reading Comprehension

In this session, the presenters will demonstrate a variety of techniques using pictures, photographs, picture books, comics, cartoons, and advertisements that can be used to involve students in the exploration, evaluation, and reflection of images. 


Speakers
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Karen Sue Bradley

Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
JB

Jack Bradley

Texas A&M University-Kingsville


Friday January 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Sabine-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:15pm CST

We Can Do It By Reading, Writing, and Rising Up

This session will examine how lessons focused on social justice motivate students to read deeply and write with purpose. Participants will take part in a middle grade lesson, examine student work, and discuss the power of studying local social justice history. 


Speakers
avatar for Erika Chody

Erika Chody

Harmony Science Academy
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Sharon O'Neal

Texas State University
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Debbie Shepherd

Meridian School
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Laura Lee Stroud

ESC, Region 13


Friday January 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Wedgewood-Atrium Level (Lobby)
 
Saturday, January 23
 

7:30am CST

Attendee Registration
Saturday January 23, 2016 7:30am - 5:15pm CST
Plaza Level (Lower)

8:00am CST

8:00am CST

Exhibits Open
Saturday January 23, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

8:30am CST

General Session II-Varian Johnson and Mercedes Bonner Award Presentation

General Session II

Welcome
Business Meeting
Executive Secretary’s Report
Resolutions from Committees

Recognition of Outgoing Officers and Committee Chairs:
English in Texas Editors, VP of M&A, Past President, Recording Secretary

Introduction of New Officers: English in Texas Editors, Recording Secretary, VP elect of M&A, President-elect

2017 Conference Announcement: Kim Pinkerton

Mercedes Bonner Award: Roni Dean-Burren

Keynote Address: Varian Johnson


Speakers
avatar for Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List selection. His novels for older readers include Saving Maddie and... Read More →

Award Winners
avatar for Roni Dean-Burron

Roni Dean-Burron

University of Houston
Roni Dean-Burron is a former high school English teacher and language arts coordinator now pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Houston, studying curriculum and instruction.  Earlier this fall, her high-school-aged son sent her a text message with a photo he took of his... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am CST
Grand Ballroom-Grand Ballroom – Atrium Level (Lobby)

10:00am CST

Book Signing with Varian Johnson
Varian Johnson will be available to sign books at the TCTELA Book Signing table. 
Varian's books are available for sale at the Bookpeople booth in the exhibit hall.  

Speakers
avatar for Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List selection. His novels for older readers include Saving Maddie and... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

10:00am CST

Book Signing with Varian Johnson
Varian Johnson will be available to sign books at the TCTELA Book Signing table. 
Varian's books are available for sale at the Bookpeople booth in the exhibit hall.  

Speakers
avatar for Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List selection. His novels for older readers include Saving Maddie and... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

10:30am CST

Blogging in the Classroom: Authentic Writing for an Authentic Audience

Individual blogs give students a platform for sharing their writing with peers, parents, and the wider world. Revision and editing become relevant and real as students use their own posts to apply classroom instruction. Two teachers share what has worked, what hasn’t, and how to get started. Handouts include a parent permission letter, “blogging bootcamp” lessons, and evaluation rubrics. 


Speakers
avatar for Tracy Kriese

Tracy Kriese

English 7, Eanes ISD
Middle School Teacher of the YearTracy Kriese seeks opportunities for her students to learn from the literature they read--literature that she chooses and that she helps them choose. She seeks opportunities for her students to find audiences in school and out of school. Several years... Read More →
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Lorie Schoch

Teacher English 7, Eanes ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Ballroom A-Atrium Level (Lobby)

10:30am CST

Bridging Research and Practice: Current Conversations in Our Field (Pecha Kucha)

Join us to hear four stories of research shared by TCTELA members. Explore how four current studies in Texas universities can impact your classroom practice. Better yet, discover how you can integrate research into your teaching life and possibly partner with a university in your area. 


Speakers
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Donna Cox

Sam Houston State University
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Diane Miller

Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown
DIANE M. MILLER, Ph.D. works as an Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of Houston-Downtown in the Department of Urban Education, where she focuses on preparing pre-service teachers to deliver reading and writing instruction with authenticity, excellence, and engagement... Read More →
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Melinda Miller

Professor, Sam Houston State University
Melinda Miller is a Professor of Reading at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She is a former Reading Recovery teacher and also taught kindergarten, first, and second grades. Additionally, she worked as a Reading Specialist for K-4 students.


Saturday January 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

10:30am CST

Looking Through a Poet’s Eyes—Visualization and Poetry in Primary Grades

Throughout the poetry study, students learn to visualize their thinking and use their visualizations to write poems. In this session, participants will engage in interactive visualization activities as well as learn different crafts and techniques to engage and excite young poets! 


Speakers
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Hannah Alleman

Kindergarten Teacher, Barton Creek Elementary
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Courtney Rimkus

Kindergarten Teacher, Eanes ISD



Saturday January 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Sabine-Plaza Level (Lower)

10:30am CST

Our Digital Journey—Using Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Edublogs, and Other Tools to Enhance Our Literate Lives

We have become more confident writers, readers, thinkers, and collaborators because of the use of blogs, connecting with friends, colleagues, and highly respected authors via Facebook, Blogspot, Edublogs, and Twitter. Because of these digital connections, our students, the digital natives, now connect with a wider audience. 


Speakers
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Penne Irvin

Resource Teacher, Spring Branch ISD
" Books are a uniquely,portable magic." Stephen King This is how I want my students to view reading. Especially my reluctant readers. I believe choice and time to read are essential in creating life-long readers.
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Noemi Leon-Garcia

4th Grade Bilingual Teacher, Spring Branch ISD
This is my 13th year as a bilingual teacher. I love being in the classroom and guiding my students in their literacy journey. Finding ways that allow them to communicate and express themselves is my passion.
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Maureen Ucles

4th Grade Bilingual Teacher, Spring Branch ISD
I served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, Central America. Since then, I have worked for 26 years in elementary education as a bilingual and dual language teacher. I love to work with English Language Learners. This year, I moved back to the classroom, after 11 years... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

10:30am CST

Using Art to Support Close Reading Skills

This presentation explores how student-created visual texts can support close reading and comprehension skills, and help students gain ownership over challenging texts. Participants will receive copies of lessons and assignments for classic and contemporary texts and see student examples based on Paradise Lost, Beowulf, Shakespeare, and contemporary science fiction. 


Speakers
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Brady Nash

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School


Saturday January 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Wedgewood-Atrium Level (Lobby)

10:30am CST

We Can Do It: Crafting Authentic Expression in the Writer’s Notebook

Writer’s notebooks can be a source of fear or enthusiasm. Share the experiences of two teachers who collaborated to implement writer’s notebooks with students to guide them in developing their written expression. Participants will learn how to engage students as they compose and provide opportunities to craft authentic writing. 


Speakers
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Caron St Onge

Round Rock ISD
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Joyce Tucker

Round Rock ISD



Saturday January 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CST
San Antonio-Plaza Level (Lower)

10:30am CST

When I Think of Home

In 1998 at the 33rd TCTELA Conference in San Antonio, I presented this prewriting lesson designed to help students write about the people and places they call home. Since then, teachers across Texas have adapted and used the lesson and have commented on its effectiveness. In this session, I will revisit this prewriting lesson with consideration for its implications for the high-stakes testing environment in which we now work. 


Speakers
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Georgia Edwards

Instructional Support Teacher, Northside ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Brazos-Atrium Level (Lobby)

10:30am CST

Yes, You Can Do Writing Workshop!

Can writing workshop work in an era of STAAR writing? YES! Participants will learn the top 10 reasons workshop works, discuss key structures and strategies for workshop, and collaborate on how to talk to colleagues and administrators about the research behind workshop. 


Speakers
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Ann David

Assistant Professor, University of the Incarnate Word
I'm a teacher educator and educational researcher who has been in the classroom for 15 years. Writing and the teaching of writing is of particular focus for my research. I also work extensively with inservice teachers, designing and presenting professional development in the teaching... Read More →
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Katrina Jansky

The University of Texas at Austin



Saturday January 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CST
San Marcos-Plaza Level (Lower)

11:45am CST

Luncheon with Jacqueline Woodson and Teacher of the Year Presentations
2016 Teacher of the Year Award Presentation

Ticketed event, refer to your name badge for luncheon ticket. 
Included in full-conference registration. 
Tickets can be purchased for $45 at the TCTELA registration desk.  
Jacqueline Woodson books are available for purchase at the BookPeople booth.

Luncheon Entertainment Provided by: 

Westlake High School Harp Ensemble
DIRECTED BY AYREN HUSLIG

 


Speakers
Award Winners
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Bill Martin

Austin Community College
Higher Education Instructor of the YearBill Martin is an intellectual man who is continually questioning what will work best for his students in his attempts to find for them ways to communicate their ideas and learn more about the world around them. During his classes, students use... Read More →
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Deborah Lopez

San Angelo ISD
Elementary Teacher of the YearDebbie Lopez sees herself as a typical teacher doing her part to make sure all students achieve to their full potential. Her principal, Lori Barton, offers the following remarks about Debbie, clearly showing that Debbie’s teaching is anything but typical:  “Debbie... Read More →
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Holly Genova

Lewisville ISD
High School Teacher of the YearAlthough Holly Genova is an early career teacher, her commitment and her expertise with marginalized high school students are remarkable. She has blossomed in her teaching over the last three years as a leader of the North Star of Texas Writing Project.  While... Read More →
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Tracy Kriese

English 7, Eanes ISD
Middle School Teacher of the YearTracy Kriese seeks opportunities for her students to learn from the literature they read--literature that she chooses and that she helps them choose. She seeks opportunities for her students to find audiences in school and out of school. Several years... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 11:45am - 1:00pm CST
Rio Grande Hall A – Plaza Level (Lower)

1:00pm CST

Exhibit Break and Book Signing with Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson will be available to sign books at the TCTELA Book Signing table. 
Jacqueline's books are available for sale at the Bookpeople booth in the exhibit hall.  

Speakers

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Building Better Writing Communities: Small Systemic Changes with Big Results

Should we accept late work from students in writing workshop? What penalty, if any, should be assigned to that work? How can we best create systems around grading and assessment that encourage student writers and build trust within our writing communities? Four high school teachers share the work that came as a result of considering these questions, as we evaluate how the systemic policies we implement in writing workshop impact our students as writers and as people. 


Speakers
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Lee Bergen

Eanes ISD
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Michelle Crocker

Eanes ISD
Eanes ISD
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Melissa Dupre

Eanes ISD
Eanes ISD
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Valerie Taylor

Eanes ISD
Eanes ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Wedgewood-Atrium Level (Lobby)

1:30pm CST

Conferring: The Heart of Workshop Instruction in the Secondary Classroom

Does the idea of conferring leave you hyperventilating? No brown bag needed! This session focuses on conferring strategies to develop growth and independence for readers and writers in the secondary classroom. Participants will leave with ideas to make conferring manageable using a variety of record-keeping and assessment tools. 


Speakers
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Libby Bell

ELA teacher, Katy ISD
reading/writing workshop


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Sabine-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Maximizing the Effects of the Feedback Loop: Aligning Teacher Responses Within the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

In the feedback loops that drive our instruction, we must be intentional about using specific language to move readers and writers towards independence. But do you ever struggle with the right words at the right time? Come explore how to shift your responses to student efforts and choose feedback that parallels the increasing responsibility you are scaffolding them toward. 


Speakers
avatar for Katie Eckelmann

Katie Eckelmann

first grade teacher, North East ISD
Katie Eckelmann is currently in her seventh year teaching elementary school. She taught for four years on the south side of Chicago (in second grade and in fourth grade reading and language arts) before moving to San Antonio. She is in her third year teaching first grade in North... Read More →
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Dennis Holland

Instructional Literacy Coach, North East ISD
Denise Holland is a Instructional Literacy Coach at Windcrest Elementary in San Antonio, Texas. . She has served as a reading interventionist and a classroom teacher. This is her eighteenth year of teaching, all in San Antonio, TX. She holds a bachelor of science degree with a specialization... Read More →
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Terry Thompson

North East ISD
Terry Thompson is an author, teacher and consultant living in San Antonio, Texas. He provides staff development for teachers of readers and writers in grades K-8. Currently a reading interventionist, Terry has served as a classroom teacher, basic skills teacher, Reading Recovery teacher... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
San Antonio-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Portfolios: A Pathway to Progress

The words “This year, we will use portfolios” invite frustration in ELA classrooms because portfolios cause teachers to rethink their use of time, instruction, and assessment. This session will provide ideas for organizing, maintaining, and evaluating portfolios; answer frequently asked questions; and discuss examples of the “real world” implications of e-portfolios. 


Speakers
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Frances Ditta

Klein ISD
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Lynne Dozier

author, writing consultant, D & L Global Consulting, Inc.
I taught Creative, Practical writing and AP Language and Composition classes, served as ELA Department chair and also coordinated grants, advanced academics and community relations programs at Klein Forest High School. When I retired, I completed THE WRITER'S VOICE: LESSONS IN... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
San Marcos-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Putting Words to Work: Using Taught Vocabulary to Develop Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness and vocabulary are key components of effective early reading instruction. In this interactive session, early childhood teachers will learn and practice effective, practical strategies for developing vocabulary and phonemic awareness simultaneously in order to cement student understanding as well as maximize instructional time. 


Speakers
avatar for Katie Eckelmann

Katie Eckelmann

first grade teacher, North East ISD
Katie Eckelmann is currently in her seventh year teaching elementary school. She taught for four years on the south side of Chicago (in second grade and in fourth grade reading and language arts) before moving to San Antonio. She is in her third year teaching first grade in North... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Holland

Dennis Holland

Instructional Literacy Coach, North East ISD
Denise Holland is a Instructional Literacy Coach at Windcrest Elementary in San Antonio, Texas. . She has served as a reading interventionist and a classroom teacher. This is her eighteenth year of teaching, all in San Antonio, TX. She holds a bachelor of science degree with a specialization... Read More →
avatar for Terry Thompson

Terry Thompson

North East ISD
Terry Thompson is an author, teacher and consultant living in San Antonio, Texas. He provides staff development for teachers of readers and writers in grades K-8. Currently a reading interventionist, Terry has served as a classroom teacher, basic skills teacher, Reading Recovery teacher... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Brazos-Atrium Level (Lobby)

1:30pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Authentic Learning For Us: Making English Professional Learning Communities Matter

PLC is either another trending buzzword or a living community where the experts—teachers!—move from dreaming to doing. Participants will leave with ways to facilitate effective, informative meetings, so that teachers can use their learning to improve student outcomes.


Speakers
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Misty Ring

Midland ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Motivating and Engaging Students to Think Critically Through Close Reading of Complex Texts

Increase achievement and meet the challenges of rigorous expectations through genre-specific, close reading strategies. Participants will apply strategies to analyze a rich variety of texts that engage students in multiple readings. Attendees will participate in hands-on strategies to help students consistently gain a deeper understanding of complex texts. 


Speakers
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Leah Ames

Perfection Learning


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Reshape Reading 2.0

The participant will engage in reading strategies joined with practical technology applications that will deepen reading, its meaningfulness and relevancy. Based on Readacide by Kelly Gallagher, we as educators need to implement varied reading opportunities and improve our literature instruction beyond multiple choice. Providing the merge of reading skills along with technology will create an authentic experience for both the student and teacher.


Speakers

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Using Writing to Lessen the Achievement Gap

The achievement gap between students of color and white students is well documented. In this interactive session, educators will learn to use writing as a means of providing marginalized students with better opportunities to achieve. We will review the latest research, and participants will leave with ready-to-use classroom strategies. 


Speakers
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L. Elliott

Write for Texas Coach & ELAR Consultant, ESC, Region 10
Position Statement for Recording Secretary: One of the most important things I have learned as an ELAR educator is that just as students need advocates, so do teachers. Teaching can be a lonely journey, but through collaboration and support, educators find resiliency, hope, strength... Read More →


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Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Yes They Can (And They Did): Before They Were Famous

Before The Hunger Games, before The Chocolate War, before Challenger Deep, Suzanne Collins, Robert Cormier, Neal Shusterman, and many other authors produced incredible books for readers. In this session, presenters will book talk the early books of these talented writers, demonstrating the genius beginnings of their writing. Come and learn about those early, not-to-be-forgotten books. 


Speakers
avatar for Teri Lesesne

Teri Lesesne

LS Dept., SHSU/Library Science
books, reading
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Donalyn Miller

Northwest ISD
To learn about me, you would have to read all of the books I have ever read. I am nothing but a compilation of them all. www.bookwhisperer.com www.nerdybookclub.com
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Karin Perry

Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Associate Professor


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

1:30pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Write to Reflect-Write to Renew: Exploring Writing as a Way to Replenish the Energy to Teach

Writing IS a mode of learning; however, writing can also serve as a way to help teachers hold on to their compassion and motivation to teach. In order to be reflective practitioners, teachers must be engaged in writing that inspires them, renews their passion for the craft of teaching, and uses listing as a strategy for time management—all of which will replenish their energy to teach. Participants in this session will leave with writing prompts to use with their teams, departments, and faculties along with a time management strategy that will boost teachers’ productivity and performance. As educators, we must encourage and support each other. Writing serves as a way to nurture what’s in our hearts for teaching. 


Speakers
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Liz Ortiz

San Jacinto College Central


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Revolutionizing Guided Reading Through Strategic Groups

How can teachers make administrators, students, and themselves happy? Reading teachers have so many plates they have to juggle. How are you supposed to differentiate, gather and use data effectively, keep students engaged, teach your standards, and teach the reading behaviors students need in their tool box in order to be powerful processors of information? 


Speakers
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Chandler Garcia

Midlothian ISD
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Theresa Pollok

Instructional Specialist, Midlothian ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: You Can Do It, Too: Graduate School Life Hacks and Survival Tales

Are you considering a graduate program? Have you always dreamed of pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree? Are you a lifelong learner in search of your next challenge? Join us to hear life hacks, survival stories, and personal journeys through graduate school. Q&A time will be provided. 


Speakers
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Jo Johnson

Reading and ELA Teacher, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
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Diane Miller

Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown
DIANE M. MILLER, Ph.D. works as an Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of Houston-Downtown in the Department of Urban Education, where she focuses on preparing pre-service teachers to deliver reading and writing instruction with authenticity, excellence, and engagement... Read More →
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Debbie Perez

Secondary ELAR Coordinator, Humble ISD
I am a secondary ELAR Coordinator for Humble ISD, and I am currently working on my Educational Doctorate through Texas A&M University. I have a genuine passion for serving teachers through curriculum and instructional leadership. My passions and direct strengths include assessment... Read More →
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Cathy Roth

Spring Branch ISD
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Glen Russell

Pasadena ISD
Pasadena ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

1:30pm CST

The Dynamic Pairing of Shared Reading and Close Reading (Grades 1-5)

When we think of shared reading, we typically think of Mrs. Wishy-Washy and enthusiastic kindergartners. In this session, Kathy will help to expand our vision of shared reading to include older students in addition to our youngest learners. Kathy will share ideas for a variety of ways to use shared reading to support children as they learn how to understand more deeply, to read more fluently, and to talk more about texts. She’ll show some examples of work in classrooms, including work with informational text, and she’ll provide many ideas for how to implement a comprehensive shared reading time, characterized by engagement, joy, and ambitious yet fair expectations of children. 


Speakers


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:30pm - 3:45pm CST
Ballroom A-Atrium Level (Lobby)

2:30pm CST

Break with Exhibitors / Book Signing in the Exhibit Hall
Book Signing with Terry Thompson. 
Books can be purchased through QEP in the exhibit hall.  

Saturday January 23, 2016 2:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Rio Grande Hall B-Plaza Level (Lower)

2:45pm CST

Confer With Confidence: Six Essential Elements for Speaking With Student Writers

From letting the writers speak first to the importance of developing rapport, learn from this overview of the recognized experts on the student-teacher writing conference. Discover what they have to say about making those conversations work for both you and your students. 


Speakers
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Angela Bailey

Grades 5-8 Language Arts Teacher, The Center for Teaching and Learning
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Linda Ellis

Center for Teaching & Learning
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Paul Prince

University of Houston


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Sabine-Plaza Level (Lower)

2:45pm CST

Growing Readers With Award Winning Books

How do you jump-start your students into becoming authentic readers? Are life-long readers born or created? This session will provide ideas and strategies to help all of your students become avid readers. 


Speakers
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Jennifer Martin

ELAR/Social Studies Instructional Specialist, Greenville ISD
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Tamara Williams

Greenville ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Wedgewood-Atrium Level (Lobby)

2:45pm CST

Literacy, Poetry, and the Arts: Listening to the Sound of Your Soul

This session explores research-based integration of the arts and literature through close critical reading and sensory observation of visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and textual details in poetry. Participants will explore how textual detail and historical context embody the meaning of the literary and poetic form through the observation of art, music, and dance. 


Speakers
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Susan Zachary

Midland ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

2:45pm CST

Poetry Power! Unleashing a Passion for Poetry in Your Classroom!

Throw away your well-worn poetry unit and join us as we explore ways to integrate poetry in all its wonderful forms throughout your school day and year. These research-based and classroom-tested activities will leave your students with a deeper understanding and passion for reading and writing poetry. 


Speakers
avatar for Linda Haynes Cox

Linda Haynes Cox

Senior Lecturer, Baylor University
Baylor University. I teach Children's Literature and work with year-long interns in area schools. I am passionate about helping young children love to read and helping interns become successful teachers. This is my 25th year in this position!
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Barbara Purdum-Cassidy

Clinical Associate Professor, Baylor University
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Margaret Thomson

Baylor Univ


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
San Marcos-Plaza Level (Lower)

2:45pm CST

Revision Meets the Road

Do your students act as if their writing is etched in stone—lasting, permanent, ready to be handed down through the ages? Do you ever beg to differ? In this interactive session, we will take a conversation-based, hands-on approach to making wise revision decisions. 


Speakers
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Suzanne Langston

The Curly Classroom


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
San Antonio-Plaza Level (Lower)

2:45pm CST

Roundtables in Research: Bridging Gaps Between High School English and First-Year Composition: A Case for Creative Collaboration

Entering college students believe that high school graduation, placement exam scores, and a college acceptance letter guarantee success. These students are unaware of gaps between high school requirements and the demands of college-level writing courses. At North Central Texas College, a quarter of the students who take College Composition earn grades below “C” or withdraw, and 30% of incoming students cannot take Composition I until they complete developmental writing courses. Therefore, high schools and colleges must create interventions. This session offers strategies for establishing partnerships between colleges and high schools so that students can successfully “cross the bridge” into college composition. 


Speakers
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Gabrielle Fletcher

North Central Texas College


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

2:45pm CST

Roundtables in Research: Preservice Teachers' Think-Aloud Instruction as a Pathway into Disciplinary Literacy for Adolescents

The paper described in this session will explore ways in which preservice teachers in a Southern state university, in a required, disciplinary literacy course, conducted a think-aloud assignment, the aim of which was to model and unpack disciplinary literacy approaches. 


Speakers
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Anna Consalvo

Assistant professor, The University of Texas at Tyler


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

2:45pm CST

Roundtables in Research: State Mandated Summer Programs in Texas: Determining the Effect on High School Students' English Test Scores

This study focused on whether or not one summer-mandated program in Texas improved student test scores. It also compared the summer program’s curriculum and instructional strategies to the best practices of teaching reading and writing. 

Interpretation of the results suggested that, although the summer program appeared to help 60 percent of its attendees pass the retest, it was not effective for the 40 percent of attendees who failed the exam a second time. Also, 47 percent of non-attendees passed the exam on their second try without attending the summer program. These results suggest that the summer program had limited educational significance. 


Speakers
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Heather Pule

Coordinator, Secondary ELA, University of Houston


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

2:45pm CST

Visual Thinking Strategies: More Than Meets the Eye

Are you looking for new ways to engage the “Eye Generation?” Would you like to learn innovative visual thinking strategies that can easily blend into your language arts curriculum? Come learn how to elevate the dialogue in your classroom, encourage your students to think critically, seamlessly compare texts, and support your learners as they write thoughtful responses. Participants will come away with a wealth of easy-to-implement teaching tools as well as unique sites that will augment visual literacy in their classroom. Please bring a laptop or tablet to this session! 


Speakers
avatar for Tess Alfonsin

Tess Alfonsin

Fourth Grade Language Arts, Saint Mary's Hall
Proud mama to all boys, loving wife to college sweetheart, hardworking Language Arts teacher to an amazing group of students, joyful learner (of life) forever.


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Brazos-Atrium Level (Lobby)

2:45pm CST

Roundtables in Research: Using Electronic Shakespeare Ebooks in the Classroom to Improve Learning Outcomes

Fort Bend ISD has been conducting a large scale pilot of the WordPlay Shakespeare eBook across the district, and across student skill levels. We will present early results and findings, as well as emerging techniques for using eBooks in the classroom. 


Speakers
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Kristen Stapp

Ft. Bend ISD
Position Statement for Vice President-elect for Membership and Affiliates: TCTELA has a unique role in shaping instruction in literacy instruction in our state, providing a forum for educators from kindergarten to college classes to share their expertise and guide our state leadership... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

2:45pm CST

Roundtables in Research: Gamification in the Classroom-Applying Neuroscience

The writing process is a series of levels—like a video game. The process is the learning experience! Could the principles of gaming work in the classroom? Follow one teacher’s attempt to raise motivation by making a “game” out of the writing process. Neuroscience shows how and why games can improve learning. 


Speakers
avatar for Teresa Bowerman

Teresa Bowerman

English teacher;, West Ridge Middle School
Teresa Bowerman is a 6th and 8th grade English teacher at West Ridge Middle school. She has entered the digital era of teaching after experiencing a 14 year hiatus as a mom! She is NOT a digital native! What she has done in the classroom is easy enough for the non-techno wiz... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Shakespearean Histories' Influence on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire"

This session will focus on the relationship between the events of “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, and the Histories of William Shakespeare, along with character analysis of the Martin characters but widening the scope to include all of Shakespeare’s plays. This helps show how to use current pop culture to teach literature. 


Speakers
avatar for Robert MacNeill

Robert MacNeill

Teacher, Aldine ISD
After spending 8 years in the Army, I started teaching English, where I coached Football. Then after being done with Football, I started a Broadcast Journalism group in my school. I have figured out how to make a $60 production budget look like something in the hundreds of thousands.I... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

AP English Worries and Wonderings

Attendees will be presented with the “focus areas” for improvement in the AP English Literature and AP English Language courses. Discussion will include exploration of possible curricular adjustments and pedagogical approaches to these areas as well as data related to the expectations of higher education. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask other questions about the AP program and receive programmatic information from the director of AP English. 


Speakers
avatar for Brandon Abdon

Brandon Abdon

Director of English, The Advanced Placement Program - The College Board
Brandon Abdon is the Director of AP English at The College Board. Originally from Greenup, a small town in eastern Kentucky, Brandon currently lives in the Atlanta area. Along with having taught high school English for over a decade, he taught courses in English and Curriculum at... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Wedgewood-Atrium Level (Lobby)

4:00pm CST

From Close Reading to Brilliant Deduction—Making Wise Inferences Within and Across Texts

Students tend to swim along the surface of text rather than diving into the deep end of meaningful engagement in reading. This session will describe a unique approach to engaging students in the critical thinking process within and across texts and beyond multiple choice into short answer responses. 


Speakers
avatar for Sandy Emmerson

Sandy Emmerson

Educational Consultant - ELAR Specialist, MIDLAND ISD,ADMINISTRATION
Sandy Emmerson is a certified Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, and Dyslexia Therapist through Scottish Rite.  She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist. She has worked as a special education teacher, dyslexia therapist, and literacy... Read More →
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Jill Warren

Midland ISD
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Susan Zachary

Midland ISD



Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
San Antonio-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

Getting the Most Out of Read-Alouds in the Secondary Classroom

Read-alouds have a place in the secondary classroom! This session focuses on effectively planning and using read-alouds for both reading and writing purposes. Participants will leave with ideas on how to tie picture books and excerpts from texts to the TEKS and incorporate them into their teaching. 


Speakers
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Nina Anderson

Secondary ELA Curriculum Coordinator, Katy ISD
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Courtney Calfee

Instructional Coach, Katy ISD


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Sabine-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

How to Teach a Poem

The presenter will describe generic questions that might be asked of any poem before indicating what questions particular poems might call for. For example, he will present specific questions about Wilfred Owen’s “Disabled” and A.E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young.” He will then distribute copies of John Crowe Ransom’s “Janet Waking” about which to formulate questions in groups before sharing results with all in attendance. 


Speakers
EF

Ed Farrell

UT Austin
University of Texas at Austin


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Brazos-Atrium Level (Lobby)

4:00pm CST

Kinesthetic Storyboarding: Writing Intervention Support for Developing Writers

Kinesthetic storyboarding provides structure for writing while encouraging creative exploration. With a few tools and a gradual release model, teachers can help students master effective narrative, then expository writing techniques. The presenter will explain the technique, then guide attendees through a sample lesson using the technique. At the end of the lesson, the presenter will facilitate a discussion of ideas for differentiation of the technique for different maturity levels and genres. 


Speakers
DE

Dana Ellis

Education Specialist, ESC, Region 13


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
San Marcos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Creating Change in Our World: Relevant Persuasive Writing in an Elementary School Classroom

This session will present a series of minilessons that prompt students to discover an issue they would like to change. Students then brainstorm collaboratively, discussing relevant reasons for change. Students then create a letter outlining an issue that is relevant to them and address it to someone they believe will act on this issue. 


Speakers

Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Poetry and Artistic Expression During the Holocaust and Other Genocides

From children’s Holocaust diaries to Rwandan dance troupes, creative expression has played a vital role in survival and resistance during and after genocide. In addition to historical and geographic content, this workshop will empower educators of all age groups to encourage artistic expression as a learning and healing tool. 


Speakers
MW

Mary Webeck

Holocaust Museum Houston


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: The Tie That Binds: Creating Interdisciplinary Thematic Units

From essential questions to the final assessment, learn how to build interdisciplinary thematic units. The end result: Students will learn how to synthesize and make connections between and across different genres and disciplines of texts. Participants of this session will leave with fresh ideas on how to create their own interdisciplinary thematic units. 


Speakers
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Karen Otto

English Teacher, Carroll ISD
Karen Otto teaches English II GT at Southlake Carroll High School. She began her 22 year career in education teaching 6th grade GT English. Since then, she has taught middle and high school GT in schools of varying socioeconomic diversity. Karen holds an MA in English, an M.Ed., and... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

When Gifted Kids Feel Out of Place: Red Polka Dot in a School of Plaid

This session will draw on the work of Varian Johnson and others to help teachers use literature to address the social and emotional needs of gifted learners. Since literature is a natural reflection of our lives, it serves as an effective way for gifted learners to begin a conversation about issues they face, such as perfectionism, over-excitabilities, and imposter syndrome. This session is appropriate for educators at all grade levels since a variety of examples will be used. 


Speakers
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Kay Shurtleff

Senior Consultant, ESC, Region 10
After 19 glorious years in the classroom, I came to Region 10 ESC as an English language arts consultant and later added gifted/talented and advanced academics to my job description. I am an avid reader, kid advocate, thinker, and tea drinker. As a long time member and past president... Read More →


GT Bib pdf

Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

4:00pm CST

Youth Lens in Action: Using New YA Literature and New Literacies to Re-Think Adolescence

The presenters will share new children’s and young adult literature texts and critique dominant images of adolescence. Based on a synthesis of practicing and preservice teachers’ experiences, the presenters will recommend titles for mentor texts with popular culture and new titles and approaches for critical youth studies projects in literacy and teacher education. 


Speakers
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Amy Cummins

Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
I teach children's and young adult literature at a university in deep south Texas on the border. I am particularly interested in Latinx youth literature, vampire series in fiction and onscreen, and environmental studies.
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R. Joseph Rodriguez

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at El Paso
R. Joseph Rodríguez is Assistant Professor of Literacy and English Teacher Education in the Department of English at The University of Texas at El Paso. He teaches courses in the following areas: children’s and young adult literature, content area literacy, cultural and language... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Ballroom A-Atrium Level (Lobby)

4:00pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Not Your Average Brotha: Examining The Educational Lives, Literacies, and Masculinities of Black Males

Using a Critical Race Theory epistemology that draws upon sociocultural conceptions of literacy and poetry as research, this study explored how former Black male students (NYC) aged 20-30 remembered their secondary schooling experiences and how their respective literacies impacted their perceptions of Black masculinities and education. 


Speakers
CB

Crystal Belle

University of Houston-Downtown


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

4:00pm CST

Roundtables in Practice: Write for Texas-Working on Discipline-Based Literacy Instruction with Teacher "Cubes" at San Marcos CISD

The Central Texas Writing Project is one of several providers who are working with TEA’s Write for Texas Initiative. Presenters will describe how CTWP Teacher Consultants are coaching secondary teachers arranged in “cubes”—one ELA, one science, one math, and one social studies teacher—at San Marcos CISD. 


Speakers
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Lori Assaf

Professor, Texas State University
I'm passionate about anything international and literacy... right now it is South Africa and Disciplinary Writing! In my personal life... running and keeping track of my kids!
LS

Liz Stephens

Texas State University


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Pecos-Plaza Level (Lower)

7:30pm CST

Poetry Reading
Saturday January 23, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm CST
Treehouse Kitchen-Atrium Level (Lobby)
 
Sunday, January 24
 

8:00am CST

Attendee Registration
Sunday January 24, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Plaza Level (Lower)

9:00am CST

Close Reading of Complex Texts

Call it close reading, call it deep reading, call it analytic reading—call it what you like. The point is, it’s a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In this session, we articulate an instructional plan, squarely built on research, that includes: 

1. Purpose & Modeling
2. Close & Scaffolded Reading Instruction
3. Collaborative Conversations
4. An Independent Reading Staircase
5. Performance 

Attending to the information presented in the text, while recognizing assumptions, background knowledge, and biases held by the reader, helps the reader deeply understand that which is being read. Close reading is an instructional approach that teaches students to engage in all of these behaviors. As part of close reading, students encounter a text and read that text several times, often for different purposes and based on different questions. As part of close reading, teachers and students ask questions of the text. Some questions can be answered without having read the text; others require a deeper understanding and evidence from the text. In this session, we focus on questions that require repeated close readings in order to be answered. These questions include general understandings, key details, vocabulary and text structure, author’s purpose, inferences, and opinions and arguments. 


Sunday January 24, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Ballroom A-Atrium Level (Lobby)

9:00am CST

Redefining Rigor: Building Classrooms of Joyful, Independent Growth

In this session, author and teacher Kristi Mraz will empower teachers to reclaim the most important aspects of education: creating independent, motivated, engaged, and resourceful students. In the world of “college and career ready,” rigor is too often interpreted as academic drills, developmentally questionable expectations, and an increased emphasis on academics to the exclusion of all else. It is up to us, the teachers, to redefine rigor in a way that encompasses a whole child’s growth, while creating and maintaining joy and independence. 

During this session, Mraz will outline the research and studies that support the claim that social emotional growth, play, and interpersonal skills are essential and critical aspects of successful classrooms. Academic instruction alone is not enough to develop active and engaged citizens. Additionally, teachers will learn and practice strategies that build resilience, flexibility, optimism, and empathy in their students, and have opportunities to see how this work folds seamlessly into an already cram-packed school day and enhances the instruction already in place. 

Teachers will have opportunities to see these strategies in action in classrooms, and develop (or further develop) an understanding of how play enriches and extends academic learning. This session will focus heavily on the practical day-to-day choices a teacher can make to build her classroom into one of joyful, independent growth. Mraz will explore how traditional teaching structures— conferences, small groups, and class conversations—can be used to develop powerful habits of mind. She will also highlight less common instructional methods: storytelling, self talk, and reflection that can create lasting impact in classrooms. She will discuss how charts, technology (like iPads and computers), and picture books teach towards a powerful mindset, alongside their traditional academic purposes. Teachers will leave with a toolbox of techniques, tips, and tools to become an agent of change. 


Sunday January 24, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Ballroom B-Atrium Level (Lobby)

12:00pm CST

Book Signing with Doug Fisher and Kristi Mraz
Book Signing with Doug Fisher and Kristi Mraz
Books can be purchased in Grand Ballroom Foyer

Sunday January 24, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm CST
Grand Ballroom-Grand Ballroom – Atrium Level (Lobby)