2018 Convention Presenters 

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 Friday, Feb. 9, 2018  Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Thursday 8:00 Keynote by Alfie Kohn How to Destroy Children's Interest in Reading

None of us wants kids to regard reading as a chore. Yet many traditional classroom strategies and school policies have exactly that effect, which means hard questions must be asked about widespread practices. Kohn will invite attendees to consider the unintended consequences of developing what he calls a ‘fonix fetish’ of requiring students to read for a certain length of time or write book reports, of focusing disproportionately on data, of offering rewards for reading, or of creating a ‘doing to’ - as opposed to ‘working with’ classroom. Conversely, Kohn will argue, excitement about reading tends to follow when students play a more active role in decision-making.

Friday 8:00 Keynote by Jennifer Serravallo Reading Strategies: Goal-Directed Independent Reading 

As students work toward reading goals, they can benefit from strategy instruction that helps to unpack and break down the invisible, automatic work of reading into series of actionable steps. Learn about the importance of focusing differentiated instruction in individual goals based on formative assessment information. Then, learn how to craft strategies and prompts to support readers’ ongoing practice. Serravallo will also explain how to know when to teach which strategies to whom, how strategies align to levels of complexity, and how to tier practice of strategies over time to support readers toward skilled practice.

 Saturday 8:00 Keynote by Ralph Fletcher 

Lifting the Chill on the Writing Classroom In recent years, academic genres have invaded the writing workshop. As a result, writing is more about standards and less about the students. In this presentation we’ll explore the Big Chill and look at ways we can bring back the spark, the sizzle, the juice to the writing classroom.

  Friday 1:00 Keynote by David Kirkland The Truth That I Owe You: Advancing Racial Justice in Literacy Education 

This keynote presentation is based on over a decade of research aimed at understanding the complexities of teaching and learning in urban settings. Kirkland’s goal is to raise awareness of the effects of educational injustices in the lives of urban youth, primarily youth of color, in order to interrupt cycles of miseducation. Focusing on the (mis)education of black males, the presentation addresses the following questions: How do cycles of inequity (i.e., racial injustice) influence how, why, and what youth of color learn (and do not/refuse to learn)? How might critical educators disrupt such cycles to empower urban youth to transform their own communities, lives, educational destinies, etc.? In addressing these questions, the presentation aims to examine, perhaps more holistically, the peculiar deficit politics of education, exploring instead the power of the spoken and written word, as it constructs and deconstructs opportunities for learning and liberation. In closing, the presentation will suggest that, from a liberatory perspective, urban youth take on new meanings beginning with a voice and a verb, where youth--when affirm, valued, and respected--have the power to transform the world inside-out.

9:45 - 11:15
1:00 - 2:30
2:45 - 4:15
9:45 - 11:15
2:15 - 3:45
8:00 - 12:00
Th-A01 Blackstone: From the Storied Past to the Fabled Future: Stories From the Classroom, School & Community that Shape our Teaching  Th-B01 Akhavan: Literacy Tasks Students Do (and Not You!): Foundational Activities that Build Independent Readers and Writers Th-C01 Acevedo: Creating an Essential Literary Culture in Your School by Appealing to Your Students’ Interests F-A01 Akhavan: Literacy Tasks Students Do (and Not You!): Foundational Activities that Build Independent Readers and Writers (Repeated from Thursday at 1:00) F-B01 Adams: A Critical Examination of Texts for Representation and Diversity  Sat-A01 Fletcher: How Mentor Texts Lift Student Writing
Th-A02 Broten et al.: Purposefully Creating a Culture of Literacy at the Middle School Level Th-B02 Blackstone: Restorying: A Storytelling Technique for Professional Development Th-C02 Advocacy Committee: Rise Up! Collecting Our Voices to Influence Practice, Pedagogy, Policies, and Politics F-A02 Biel: Around the World Book by Book: Building Bridges With Other Cultures Through Literacy F-B02 Akhavan: Work It! Wonderful Challenges All Your Learners Need (Repeated from Thursday at 2:45)  Sat-A02 Kittle: Writing Poetry: Big Thinking in Small Spaces
Th-A03 Comber: Getting out of Deficit, Again: Creative and Critical Literacies in Place Th-B03 Bork: Educational Sustainability Literacy Th-C03 Akhavan: Work It! Wonderful Challenges All Your Learners Need F-A03 Buchanan: Joy, Creativity, and Play  F-B03 Bousley & Goodacre: Collaboration on Steroids! How the Use of an Embedded Professional Development Model has Lifted the Level of Instructional Practices and Increased Collaboration Centered on Student Achievement Sat-A03 Moses: What Are the Rest of My Kids Doing? Facilitating Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop
Th-A04 Harris-Manske: What's New and Some All-Time Favorites in Children’s Literature Th-B04 Chopp et al.: Using Student "I Cans" to Map Meaningful Curriculum Th-C04 Dugan & Wiegman: Book Clubs - Not Just for Your Grandma F-A04 Children's Literature Committee: Just One More Page F-B04 Calloway et al.: Art Sparks and Speaks: The Use of Visual Art in the Writing Process (off site) Sat-A04 Serafini: Creating Space for Readers and Reading
Th-A05 Hoyt: Conquering Conventions Th-B05 Compton-Lilly & Haase: Implementing Retrospective Miscue Analysis: Challenges and Possibilities Th-C05  Gramroth et al.: Literacy for the Whole Child: Collaborative Literacy Coaching
F-A05 Christensen: Critical Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up F-B05 Children's Literature Committee: Picture This Sat-A05 Templeton: Effective and Engaging Instruction about Words: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary
Th-A06 Janks Th-B06 Davis, et al.: Opening the World of Possibilities for Early Literacy Learners Th-C06 Grafwallner: How to F.R.A.M.E. (Focus, Reach, Achieve, Model, Encourage) the First 10 Minutes of Your Class F-A06 Cleaveland: Using Mentor Authors and Illustrators in the Teaching of Writing Workshop; Not Mentor Texts… Because the Text Didn’t Write Itself! F-B06 Christensen: The Politics of Language: Teaching about Language and Power Sat-B01 Fletcher: Helping Students Write Nonformulaic Nonfiction
Th-A07 Jenkins & Novak: We Create a Culture of Caring When We Strengthen Our Equity Muscles: Implicit Bias, Colorblindness, and Micro-messages Th-B07 Dembroski: Fake News, Media Literacy, and Critical Consuming Th-C07 Hoyt: Wild About Words: Elevating Language and Vocabulary F-A07 Compton: Informational Texts and Pop-Up Debates F-B07 Cleaveland: Assessment: Learning All You Can About Your Young Authors Sat-B02 Kittle: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Th-A08 Johnston: Language Arts Teaching and the Development of Socio-Emotional Intelligence and Attention Th-B08 Dougherty & Dorfman: Everyone's a Teacher in a Writing Community Th-C08 Johnson, et al.: Looking Through Multiple Lenses To Empower our Teachers and Learners F-A08 Daniels: The Curious Classroom: Building Knowledge with Student-Directed Inquiry F-B08 Comber: Learning to Write Now: A Socio-Material Analysis of Text Production at School Sat-B03 Moses: Supporting English Learners in the Writing Workshop: Mentor Texts, Analysis, Inspiration, and Composition
Th-A09 Judge: How to Excite Creative Thinking and Writing Through Revision (Repeats on Thursday at 2:45)
Th-B09 Eid: The Books of My Life Th-C09 Johnston: Assessment, Teaching, and Children’s Literate Learning F-A09 Ellery: Creating Strategic Readers: Motivating & Engaging the Whole Child F-B09 Daniels: Rethinking Close Reading: Enhancing Comprehension through the Deep Study of Nonfiction Images  Sat-B04 Serafini: Organizing Small Group Instruction in the Reading Workshop
Th-A10 Ladson-Billings: #LiterateLivesMatter: Today’s Black Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening (Repeats on Thursday at 2:45) Th-B10 Grafwaller: AMPe It UP! How to Embed Authentic Writing in Art, Music and Physical Education without Giving Up the Class Objectives! Th-C10 Judge How to Excite Creative Thinking and Writing Through Revision (repeating from Th-A09) F-A10 Gantos: Writing Radar: Today’s Journals are Tomorrow’s Literature F-B10 Ellery: Motivating Readers to Make Meaning Sat-B05 Templeton: Frontiers of Vocabulary Knowledge: Exploring Words Deeply in Grades 4-12
Th-A11 Lane: Force Field for Good: Creating a Culture of Kindness Through Song and Story Th-B11 Hopp, Analyzing the Arts: Going Beyond Text Th-C11 Kaye: Hand in Hand: Writing as a Resource for Reading F-A11 Gorski: Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap F-B11 Fiamoncini: Purpose in Poetry  
Th-A12 Logan & Bueno: Transforming Reading Instruction for Bilingual Students with Disabilities Th-B12 Katz et al.: Equipping Students for Disciplinary Literacy Success Through Reading Apprenticeship Across the Disciplines Th-C12 Ladson-Billings: #LiterateLivesMatter: Today’s Black Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening (Repeated from Thursday at 9:45) F-A12 Haase & Blood: Never Going Back: Engaging Students in Authentic Writing Through Mentor Texts and Modeling F-B12 Gantos: Read a Classic - Write a Classic: Picture Books from Wild Things to Rotten Ralph   
Th-A13 McGregor: Thinking With Pen In Hand: Using Visual Notetaking to Promote Greater Engagement & Deeper Comprehension Th-B13 Kohn: Teaching Children to Care Th-C13 Mraz: A Mindset for Learning: Teaching Strategies for Joyful, Independent Growth F-A13 Hedrick: Creating a Classroom Culture to Love Literacy F-B13 Glover: Increasing Energy for Writing Through Choice of Genre: Possibilities and Strategies  
Th-A14 Miller: Access to Books: Game Changer for Kids Th-B14 McGee: Appreciative Feedback: Words and Ways to Reclaim our Voices and Empower ALL Student Writers Th-C14 Nelson, et al.: Close Reading: What Does The Text Inspire Me To Do?  F-A14 Kirkland: Advancing Culturally Responsive Literacy Education F-B14 Gorski: Being a Threat to the Existence of Bias and Inequity: The Equity Literacy Framework  
Th-A15 Mraz: Powerful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day Th-B15 McGregor: Everyday Visual Literacy: Viewing, Noticing, and Thinking with Images Th-C15 Olson & Koenig: Experiential Learning for Adolescent Literacy F-A15 Laminack: One Book, Many Visits: When Books Become Best Friends F-B15 Hamilton & Nelson: Build It (with Scaffolds) and They Will Learn: How Using Scaffolds in Guided Reading Help Learners Construct Meaning  
Th-A16 Plucker: Hot Reads for the Reluctant, Resistant, or Ravenous Reader Th-B16 Miller: Books for a Better World Th-C16 Peterson & Mueller: "Rigor Does Not Mean More," Cried the Bluebirds F-A16 Lehman: Bring Heart and Soul to Nonfiction Writing (So You’ll Actually Enjoy Teaching and Reading It!) F-B16 Janks  
Th-A17 Polacco: The Importance of Literacy Through a Child's Eyes Th-B17 Ogunnaike: Cultivating a Knowledge of Culture and Compassion in Early Literacy Th-C17 Rasmussen: Socratic Seminars: Collaborative Thinking for ALL Students F-A17 Mikaelson: Who's The Teacher? (Repeats on Friday at 2:15) F-B17 Kaye: Gaining Footholds in Print  
Th-A18 Reading & Technology Committee: Online Resources for the Constructivist Classroom and Personalized Learning Th-B18 Plucker, Unleashing Student Writing through Workless Picture Books Th-C18 Richardson: Zooming in on Comprehension During Guided Reading F-A18 Panel: Champeau, Ford, Comber, Glover, Johnston, Sahlberg, Valencia: What I Would Like My Administrator to Know: How to Support Teacher Expertise to Achieve Outcomes for Student Academic Growth and Well Being F-B18 Laminack: One Book, Many Visits: When Books Become Best Friends (Repeated from Friday 9:45)  
Th-A19 Richardson: Moving Forward with Guided Word Study Th-B19 Polacco: Fireside Chat: A Follow Up Conversation: The Importance of Literacy Through a Child's Eyes Th-C19 Sahlberg: How to Make American Schools Great Again? Lessons From Home and Abroad F-A19 Roberts & Roberts: DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools to Increase Differentiation, Rigor and Independence F-B19 Lehman: We Have Diverse Books, Now What?: Next Steps in Supporting Critical Thinking, Compassion, and Community  
Th-A20 Schiefelbein & LaVarnway: Yes, It Can Be Done… No More ‘Sage On The Stage’! Th-B20 Quill et al.: Summer Bookmobile: Turning A Dream Into A Reality  Th-C20 Schliesman: CCBC: Great New Books for Elementary Classrooms  F-A20 Sankey: The Critical Lenses of Lifelong Literacy F-B20 Mikaelson: Who's The Teacher? (Repeats from Friday at 9:45)  
Th-A21 Silha, et.al.: Co-Teaching and Collaboration: Strategies for Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in Mind Th-B21 Research Committee: We have $$$...and We Want to Share! Th-C21 Schmoldt: Investigating Fractured Fairy Tales F-A21 Serravallo: Complete Comprehension
F-B21 Padalino et al.: Bringing Education to Life: How ‘Smart Smashing’ Empowers Student Learning  
Th-A22 Sippert et al.: Nurturing Growth Mindset in Primary Classrooms Th-B22 Schliesman: CCBC: Great New Books for 6-12 Classrooms Th-C22 Tallakson & Ensworth: Engaging and Creative Literacy Connections using Arts Integration in a Constructivist Classroom Environment F-A22 Stotts: Singing the Words: How Music, Lyrics, and Singing Build Literacy F-B22 Roberts, Kate: Teach the Reader Not the Book  
Th-A23 Schmitz, et al.: Breakin’ Barriers: Lovin’ Learning (Secrets to Student Literacy Growth) Th-B23 Schroeder: Looking Beyond the Classroom: Creating Collaborative Communities Th-C23 Tegen: Personalized Literacy F-A23 Wisconsin Historical Society: Wisconsin - Our State, Our Story F-B23 Roberts, Maggie: Independent Reading Journeys: Helping Students Discover & Celebrate Their Own Ways of Thinking  
Th-A24 Warncke: Show, Don't Tell: Unlocking the Creative Writer's Mind Th-B24 Stotts: Close the Book and Tell: How Oral Narrative Develops Comprehension, Character, and Community Th-C24 TerMaat & Goodwin: CoBLABoration to Collaboration   F-B24 Rowse-Borrelli & Schlie-Reed: Engaging Exploration: Cultivating Curiosity in Secondary Students  
Th-A25 Wilhelm: Diving Deep Into Nonfiction Th-B25 Zitzke & Borden: Hands On! Minds On! Using Arts and Content Integration in Literacy Th-C25 Walter & Bindrich: WSRA 2018 Writing Marathon: Rediscovering Personal Writing Through Childlike Eyes    F-B25 Sahlberg: Urban Legends About Educational Improvement: Get Your Facts Right!  
    Th-C26 Wilhelm: Action Strategies for Readers and Writers   F-B26 Valencia: Teaching and Assessing Learning from Text