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Thursday, January 22
 

6:00pm CST

Attendee Registration

Thursday January 22, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm CST
Imperial Foyer - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston
 
Friday, January 23
 

7:30am CST

Attendee Registration

Friday January 23, 2015 7:30am - 5:15pm CST
Imperial Foyer - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

8:00am CST

Coffee with Exhibitors


Friday January 23, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Imperial West - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

8:00am CST

Exhibits Open

Friday January 23, 2015 8:00am - 5:15pm CST
Imperial West - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

9:00am CST

ELA/Reading Curriculum Update K-8
Participants attending this session will be provided with the latest developments related to ELA/Reading education in Texas. This TEA session will include information about resources for teachers and students including the most current details about Texas SUCCESS, OnTRACK, and the professional development for secondary teachers, Write for Texas

Speakers
avatar for Karin Miller

Karin Miller

Texas Education Agency
As the Statewide English Language Arts and Reading Coordinator, Karin Miller provides statewide leadership for English lan-guage arts and reading (ELA/R) education in Kindergarten to grade 12. She has over 26 years of experience in education as a teacher and instructional leader... Read More →




Friday January 23, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Regency - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston
  TEA
  • Audience G

9:00am CST

STAAR English I and II: Creating Meaningful Connections Between Assessment and Instruction

This session will focus on the most up-to-date information about the redesigned STAAR English I and II assessments. The presenter will use the 2014 released tests, scoring guides, and sample student responses to discuss the level of performance required for success on STAAR. The presenter will share what our students’ 2014 English I and II performance revealed about the quality and coherence of our instruction. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.


Speakers
avatar for Victoria Young

Victoria Young

Texas Education Agency
Victoria Young is the director of the STAAR reading, writing, and social studies assessments for the Texas Education Agency. She is directly re-sponsible both for managing the content development of these assessments and for overseeing all activities related to the scoring of approx-imately... Read More →




Friday January 23, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Imperial East - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston
  TEA
  • Audience G

9:00am CST

Love that Lexicon! Games and Activities to Engage Students in Vocabulary Learning (1st hour)
In this session, teachers will be given numerous fun and meaningful vocabulary teaching ideas. Participants should come ready to play games like Vocab-categories (Scattergories) and Banned Words (Taboo) and be ready to create their own simple board game. Many other exciting activities including dice-rolling and poetry competitions will be shared. Teachers can use all strategies immediately and handouts are available online to be customized for individual classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ressler Wright

Sarah Ressler Wright

RB Hayes High School in Delaware, OH
Sarah Ressler Wright is currently her school’s librarian, but for the last 13 years taught high school English and has earned her National Board Certification, received a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholar designation, and became the OCTELA 2010 English teacher award recipi-ent... Read More →




Friday January 23, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Window Box - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:15am CST

ELA/Reading Curriculum Update - High School

This session will provide the latest news related to ELA/Reading education in Texas. Participants will receive up-to-date information about resources for students and teachers including an update about OnTRACK lessons for students and Write for Texas, the state’s professional development for secondary teachers.


Speakers
avatar for Karin Miller

Karin Miller

Texas Education Agency
As the Statewide English Language Arts and Reading Coordinator, Karin Miller provides statewide leadership for English lan-guage arts and reading (ELA/R) education in Kindergarten to grade 12. She has over 26 years of experience in education as a teacher and instructional leader... Read More →




Friday January 23, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Regency - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston
  TEA
  • Audience G

10:15am CST

STAAR Writing at Grades 4 and 7: Creating Meaningful Connections Between Assessment and Instruction

This session will focus on the most up-to-date information about the STAAR writing Assessments at grades 4 and 7. The presenter will use the 2014 released tests, scoring guides, and sample student responses to discuss the level of performance required for success on STAAR. The presenter will share what our students’ 2014 writing performance revealed about the quality and coherence of our elementary and middle school instructional programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.


Speakers
avatar for Victoria Young

Victoria Young

Texas Education Agency
Victoria Young is the director of the STAAR reading, writing, and social studies assessments for the Texas Education Agency. She is directly re-sponsible both for managing the content development of these assessments and for overseeing all activities related to the scoring of approx-imately... Read More →




Friday January 23, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Imperial East - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston
  TEA
  • Audience G

10:15am CST

Love that Lexicon! Games and Activities to Engage Students in Vocabulary Learning (2nd hour)
In this session, teachers will be given numerous fun and meaningful vocabulary teaching ideas. Participants should come ready to play games like Vocab-categories (Scattergories) and Banned Words (Taboo) and be ready to create their own simple board game. Many other exciting activities including dice-rolling and poetry competitions will be shared. Teachers can use all strategies immediately and handouts are available online to be customized for individual classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ressler Wright

Sarah Ressler Wright

RB Hayes High School in Delaware, OH
Sarah Ressler Wright is currently her school’s librarian, but for the last 13 years taught high school English and has earned her National Board Certification, received a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholar designation, and became the OCTELA 2010 English teacher award recipi-ent... Read More →




Friday January 23, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Window Box - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

11:30am CST

Friday Luncheon with Paul Janeczko (included in Full Conference Registration or Advance Ticket)
Speakers
avatar for Paul Janeczko

Paul Janeczko

Award-winning poet and nonfiction writer, Paul B. Janeczko has published nearly 50 books. His latest poetry anthology is Firefly July: A Year in Very Short Poems, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. His most recent book of poems is Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto. In addition to writing... Read More →



Friday January 23, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm CST
Marketplace Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:30pm CST

General Session Welcome and Keynote-Ernest Morrell
Speakers
avatar for Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell is the Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) and Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and will assume the past-presidency of this 50,000-member... Read More →



Friday January 23, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Imperial East - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

"Socrates Had It Right: The Value of Seminar"

The presenters will define the Socratic seminar and the use of a reading journal as a companion to seminar as well as describe what seminars and journals look like in their classrooms.  Handouts will give examples of student work and ideas for teaching and assessing seminars and journals.


Speakers
MF

Maryann Felps

Southwest Christian School
CW

Carrie Wylie

Southwest Christian School



Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Redbud - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Active Shakespeare in English Language Arts Classrooms–Opportunities for Engaged Experience and Analysis of Complex Texts Grades 6-12
An on-your feet session that will model active, group-based, and playful experiences with Shakespeare texts; offer resources for further investigation; and provide opportunities to network with teachers who are exploring Shakespeare approaches in their classrooms.Participants will engage in speeches and scenes to demonstrate Shakespeare’s plays—some of the very most complex texts!—as made accessible for every learner.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Stromberger

Clay Stromberger

Outreach Coordinator/Teacher, UT Shakespeare at Winedale
My passion is for giving public school students -- especially those living in low-income or disadvantaged communities -- the opportunity to learn together, play together, and grow together through an ensemble-based exploration of Shakespeare's language and characters. My journey... Read More →
LT

Laura Turchi

University of Houston - Main




Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Regency - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Conferences: Making Time to Talk, Taking Time to Teach
How do we make time to have individual conferences with the student writers in our classes when we have 30+ students in a class and 150+ students to teach each day? How can we not? This session will focus on conference strategies in writing-workshop-based high school classrooms

Speakers


Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Arboretum 1-2 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Invigorating Reading with Text Sets

There's a heightened focus on students’ ability to interact with complex texts and make connections across genres. This session will help teachers learn to build multi-genre text sets around a common theme or attribute at different levels of readiness in order to help students reach higher level thinking during reading.


Speakers
SM

Sherry McElhannon

Literary Fusions
JR

Jessica Rogers

Literary Fusions



Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Arboretum 5 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Layered Analysis: Entry Points Toward Deeper Comprehension
This engaging session is focused on exploring structures and strategies for guiding students toward higher levels of comprehension through annotations, higher-level questions, and analytical conversations about texts. If you are frustrated by student scores on STAAR, SAT, and AP exams, you will not want to miss this hands-on, engaging session.

This session is for all levels.  

Speakers
RT

Ruby Turcios

Dir Exec Dir Secretary, Aldine ISD




Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Arboretum 4- 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Literacy Leadership Excellence: Imagining New Avenues for Effective Support

The presenters will share several unique ways school literacy specialists might effectively support their teachers.  Avenues explored will include publishing and presenting, disciplinary literacy, quality children's literature, social media, and assessment.

 


Speakers
SD

Suzanne Davanon

University of Houston
avatar for Margaret Hale

Margaret Hale

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Houston
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
LH

Laveria Hutchison

University of Houston
LM

Lee Mountain

University of Houston
ET

Eleanore Tyson

University of Houston
DW

Dawn Westfall

University of Houston



Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Window Box - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Poetry, Poetry, Poetry-Reading and Writing Poetry in the Bilingual Classroom

Read poetry?  Maybe. Write poetry?  You have got to be kidding! Come see how reluctant and sometimes struggling readers and writers discover poetry.  English Language Learners dive into poetry with the teacher as poet.  Soon students feel empowered to write their own poetry.  Student and presenter samples will be provided.  Read, write and analyze poetry with teacher and student poems.


Speakers
avatar for Maureen Ucles

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 →



Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Arboretum 3 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Short Answer Response: From Close Reading to Critical Analysis

Short answer response requires close reading to make critical decisions about complexities and relationships in multiple genres of texts. This session will show how visual support and critical conversations are used for close reading and recursive writing processes to annotate, plan, draft, and revise responses.


Speakers
PJ

Pat Jacoby

Authentic Learning



Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Dogwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Teaching Empathy to Optimize Literacy Learning and Expand Thinking in Diverse Communities

A selection of picture books, young adult novels, short stories, and poems forms the basis for literacy experiences designed to help teachers and students build empathy. Participants will receive an annotated list of texts and curricular ideas to use in “building confidence, courage, courtesy, compassion, and competence.


Speakers
LV

Leigh Van Horn

University of Houston - Downtown



Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Cottonwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

The COURAGE to Write: Telling Your Stories Through the Quick List

In this session, learn new ways to use a creative listing strategy known as the Quick List to engage students in literature response and in both narrative and expository writing. Give your students the COURAGE to write and write well with a focused purpose and audience.


Speakers
JC

Jill Culmo

Mesquite ISD
RJ

Robin Johnson

Stephen F. Austin State University
MK

Micheal Kessner

Mesquite ISD



Friday January 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Mesquite - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston
  Session A

4:15pm CST

#edupopculture

Check out what’s trending in a classroom popping with pop culture. This interactive session will demonstrate fresh ways to infuse popular culture into the classroom. We will discuss #edupopculture ideas such as developing theme-focused memes, creating comic book action figures inspired by hero’s journey stories, and using Instagram to inspire descriptive writing. We also will discuss how to use Twitter, YouTube, and pop culture icons to build student engagement.


Speakers
MB

Madeline Boehning

Clear Creek ISD
AP

Andrea Plato

Clear Creek ISD



Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Arboretum 1-2 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Beyond "Member" Status: Developing Conference Presentations and English in Texas Submissions
Have you ever pondered presenting at a TCTELA Conference? Curious about writing an article for ouraward-winning journal, English in Texas? Get your questions answered at this informative sessionhosted by friendly English in Texas editors and authors, as well as TCTELA board members.

Speakers
GA

Gwynne Ash

Editor, English in Texas, Texas State University
LA

Lori Assaf

Texas State University
CD

Carol Delaney

Editor, English in Texas, Texas State University
JS

Jane Saunders

Editor, English in Texas, Texas State University


Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Sandalwood - 4th Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Dancing on the Digital Divide: Using New Media Literature, Composition, and Pedagogy

Digital natives use the Internet for communication, collaboration, and creation.  New media usage advances these platforms through digital technologies.  In the English classroom, new media provides outlets for reading, writing, and learning.  Participants will define new media, view new media literature and compositions, and learn pedagogical strategies.


Speakers
LD

Lisa Detweiler Miller

Texas Christian School
KM

Katie Monsour

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown



Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Arboretum 3 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Demonstrating the Importance of Vocabulary Engagement to Preservice Content Area Teachers

Math, science, and social studies preservice teachers are reluctant to recognize the merits of teaching content-specific vocabulary.  This hands-on demonstration uses word sorts, cooperative learning, and Legos to emphasize the importance of creating opportunities for word engagement in context.


Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Ingram

Jacqueline Ingram

Sam Houston State University
JR

Jacquelyn Rust

Sam Houston State University




Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Mesquite - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Easy In, Quickly Out: Writing Haiku-Style Poems

Patterned after haiku poetry, three-line poems offer students an enjoyable way to write poems while learning something about the structure of traditional poetry.  The presenter will read some three-line poems he has written and then give attendees time to write and share three-line poems they have composed.


Speakers
EF

Ed Farrell

The University of Texas at Austin



Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Redbud - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Poems Can Rhyme from Time to Time
Bring your pen and paper, as you will have the opportunity to begim writing four to five poems that you can try with your students as soon as youget back to your classroom. No poetry writing experience required. Just the desire to play with words.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Janeczko

Paul Janeczko

Award-winning poet and nonfiction writer, Paul B. Janeczko has published nearly 50 books. His latest poetry anthology is Firefly July: A Year in Very Short Poems, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. His most recent book of poems is Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto. In addition to writing... Read More →




Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Arboretum 4- 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

PreAP Does Not Mean Busy Work

PreAP classrooms are alive with wonder, exploration, and global thinking.  Investigate how to offer students opportunities to explore primary sources, compare and analyze literature, map out texts, and apply real-world texts and situations.  Use inquiry stations to examine literature circles, children's book publishing, I-Search, Spoken Word Poetry, and more!


Speakers
LC

Leah Cochran

Hays CISD



Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Arboretum 5 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Stemology 101

Stemology: the study of how STAAR question stems can enhance the rigor of questioning.  Processes will be presented that will not only help teachers maintain appropriate questioning levels, but also give students opportunities to create their own questions. Participants will receive a Stemology toolbox for immediate incorporation into daily instruction.


Speakers
JM

Jennifer Martin

Greenville ISD
TW

Tamara Williams

Greenville ISD



Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Cottonwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Top Ten Signs You Might Be a Great Teacher

Take your instruction to the next level and fall in love with your job!  This laugh-out-loud session inspires and reminds teachers of the little things that make a huge difference. Exciting new ideas for management and relationships, planning instruction, personal growth, reigniting passion, and more!   Door prizes and joy, guaranteed!


Speakers
MM

Melanie Mayer

Greenville ISD



Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Regency - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

When Are Pictures Worth a Thousand Words? Integrating Science, Math, and Literacy Skills Using Wordless Books and Notebook Foldables

Learn by doing in this fast-paced session aimed at cross-curricular literacy, particularly in science and math, using near-wordless books and Notebook Foldables.  With visual literacy being the primary 21st century literacy and tested heavily, you’ll impact your diverse literacy learners with fresh, ready-to-use applications that are research-based, kinesthetic, and integrative.


Speakers
JY

Judith Youngers

Dinah Might



Friday January 23, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Dogwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

5:30pm CST

 
Saturday, January 24
 

7:00am CST

Attendee Registration

Saturday January 24, 2015 7:00am - 5:00pm CST
Imperial Foyer - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

8:00am CST

Coffee with Exhibitors

Saturday January 24, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am CST
Imperial Foyer - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

8:00am CST

Exhibits Open

Saturday January 24, 2015 8:00am - 11:30am CST
Imperial West - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

8:30am CST

General Session and Keynote - Jennifer Mathieu
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Mathieu

Jennifer Mathieu

Jennifer Mathieu is a middle and high school English teacher currently enjoying her tenth year in the classroom. Her debut novel, The Truth About Alice (Roaring Brook Press), was chosen as a Fall 2014 Junior Library Guild Selection, an Amazon Editors' Pick for Best Young Adult Books... Read More →



Saturday January 24, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am CST
Imperial East - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:00am CST

Break With Exhibits / Book Signing in Exhibit Hall
Booksigning with Jennifer Mathieu


Saturday January 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am CST
Imperial West - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Illustration Study to Engage Young Writers

Through the study of illustrations, students learn crafting techniques that guide decisions they make when writing. In this session, participants will engage in inquiry-based lessons using illustration study to develop their students’ crafting skills. Explore how to use mentor texts and illustration techniques to ignite excitement in young authors!


Speakers
CI

Christie Isom

Eanes ISD




Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Cottonwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

Analysis and Argument: Document Based Questions in Literature

Modeled after Document Based Questions from the AP History exam, DBQs in Literature can sharpen students’ critical thinking, reading, and evidence-based writing skills. This method allows students, grades 4 to 12, at all skill levels to excel in the sophisticated DBQ experience. Each teacher will receive a unit ready for classroom implementation.


Speakers
MW

Molly Winter

The DBQ Project



Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Arboretum 5 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

I Read Dr. Seuss’s Love Letters!

Wouldn’t you rather read a juicy letter than a textbook? Primary sources like personal letters are a perfect addition to complement genre studies.  They help students relate to events of the past and encourage them to seek out more information. Come learn how to use them in your class.


Speakers
EZ

Eve Zehavi

University of Houston



Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Window Box - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

Keeping Up with the Mentor Text Joneses

Teaching visual and audible writing technique through mentor texts can be the most effective part of your writer’s workshop! Come be inspired by widely loved literature that can help you empower young writers with replicable writing techniques used by popular children’s authors.


Speakers
TG

Toni Glines

Clear Creek ISD
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Elizabeth Lee

University of Houston
Hello! My name is Elizabeth Lee. I am currently working on my Ed.D. at the University of Houston in Reading, Language Arts, and Literature. I teach undergraduate courses in ELA at UH and I am also a University Supervisor for student teachers in Alief ISD. Prior to going back to school... Read More →




Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Arboretum 4- 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

Out with the Old and in with the New: Using Social Media and PechaKucha to Develop Critical Thinking

#thinkingtowrite. #personalliteracy. #writingtothinkcritically. This interactive session will focus on the inclusion of social media rhetoric in the college classroom to engage students and encourage student participation leading to the incorporation of PechaKucha presentations to create critical thinking skills.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Metzger

Laura Metzger

Faculty Intern, Northwest Vista College
DU

Dawna Upshaw

English and Reading Advocate, Northwest Vista College



Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Arboretum 1-2 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

Situating the Essay: Harnessing Students’ Histories to Teach into the Future

Teachers want to get to know their students and use writing activities like “Where I’m From” to start.  But what happens next?  In this session, teachers will learn a variety of ways to pivot from get-to-know-you activities to other strategies that deepen students’ academic writing, particularly essays.


Speakers
avatar for Ann David

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 →
KJ

Katrina Jansky

The University of Texas at Austin



Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Arboretum 3 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

Students Own It! Creating the Self-Extending Learner

Instead of telling students how we want something done, we can work to have them become experts who identify the critical attributes of their own products and create and critique their own work, resulting in increased critical analysis and creativity in the English classroom.


Speakers
JB

Joe Bernhart

Fort Bend ISD / GT Innovators LLC
TD

Troy Drayton

Fort Bend ISD / GT Innovators LLC
DS

David Sebek

Fort Bend ISD / GT Innovators LLC



Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Regency - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

Taking Comprehension to New Heights: Engaging Literacy Stations for Middle School Readers and Writers

Literacy stations in middle school? Is that even possible? Absolutely! Participants will learn how to remediate, differentiate, and accelerate their middle school students through the use of engaging literacy stations. Taking a thematic approach in a workshop format leads to passionate readers and writers begging for more!


Speakers



Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Dogwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

Teaching Where They Are: Using Digital Resources to Provide Feedback During the Writing Process

Using resources such as Google Drive and free apps, we can teach students as they write more effectively and efficiently than ever before. When we teach them how to write better as they write rather than after they write, we see more authentic engagement.


Speakers
MB

Michael Bybee

Carroll ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Mesquite - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

10:30am CST

Using Graphic Novels to Support Reluctant Readers

This session will focus on how graphic novels can help reluctant readers increase reading motivation and engagement. Participants will explore why some readers are reluctant, why graphic novels are appealing to reluctant readers, and how to use graphic novels to build excitement about reading.


Speakers
JS

Janine Schall

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley



Saturday January 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Redbud - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

11:45am CST

Saturday Luncheon with Christopher Paul Curtis (included in Full Conference Registration or Advance Ticket)
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Born in Flint, Michigan, Christopher Paul Curtis was always a great reader, but as a youth he could not find books “that were about me.” He spent his first 13 years after high school on the assembly line of Flint’s historic Fisher Body Plant #1, hanging 80-pound car doors on... Read More →



Saturday January 24, 2015 11:45am - 1:45pm CST
Marketplace Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:00pm CST

Break With Exhibits / Book Signing in Exhibit Hall
Booksigning with Christopher Paul Curtis


Saturday January 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm CST
Imperial West - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

Balancing Difficulty and Complexity:  College & Career Ready Classrooms


What are the seven key priorities for meeting requirements for new assessments?  Learn about the synthesis standards, which grades are tested for independent reading at the highest levels, and which gaps need to be filled first to ensure that students are ready for the new SAT, ACT or GED. 


Speakers
avatar for Kevin Baird

Kevin Baird

Executive Director, Global Center for College and Career Readiness
   A dynamic speaker and consultant, Mr. Baird is a noted leader in organizational change focused upon improved College & Career Readiness outcomes. Mr. Baird serves as the primary consultant for several Departments of Education and large school districts as they work to implement... Read More →



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Window Box - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

Conferences in the Writing Workshop: A Troubleshooting Guide

This interactive session examines how our knowledge of best practices in providing feedback can be effectively applied in conferences with students in all grades during the writing workshop. Topics include saving time, record keeping, formative assessment, and accountability.


Speakers
MO

Mark Overmeyer

Colorado Language Arts Society (NCTE affiliate)



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Arboretum 5 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

Hip-Hop Music, a Catalyst for Incorporating Informational Texts: Tupac Shakur’s “Changes”

Learn how to use hip-hop song lyrics to develop students’ reading fluency and comprehension of informational texts. The presenters will model a literacy development lesson utilizing Tupac Shakur’s song “Changes,” including the activity’s theoretical framework. In addition, participants will engage in a critique and discussion of other hip-hop song lyrics.


Speakers
CB

Christal Burnett

University of Houston - Downtown
avatar for Colin Dalton

Colin Dalton

Assistant Professor, University of Houston - Downtown
Colin Dalton is an assistant professor of literacy education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston-Downtown. His classes prepare pre-service teachers to teach literacy development at the elementary... Read More →



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Arboretum 3 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

Let’s Hear It for the Boys: Integrated Reading and Writing Strategies Designed Specifically with Boys in Mind

Boys are falling behind in many measures of academic success, particularly when it comes to reading and writing. National and state data consistently rank boys behind girls in terms of class grades and standardized reading test scores.  Reading and writing teachers are pivotal in turning the tides so that boys experience more success in the language arts classroom. Greater success means fewer negative behavior incidents, and this is a win for all. This presentation explores the literature about how boys learn, how they've fallen behind, and what specific strategies English teachers can use now to positively impact their male students.


Speakers
avatar for Kari Roan

Kari Roan

Prosper ISD
2015-2016: PHS Dean of Instruction2016-2019: Secondary ELAR Curriculum Designer2019-Present: PHS Assistant Principal 20 years experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum writer, writing consultant, educational consultant in school turnaround and school improvementBA, English... Read More →
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Tommie Steed

Prosper ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Dogwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

Literature of War

Three novelists who focus on themes of war and social justice offer insights and methods to explore literature, to see the violence of war as personal, and to build awareness of being part of a global world.  Attendees will receive suggestions for cross-disciplinary collaboration as well as writing prompts, study guides, and a reading list.


Speakers
avatar for Terry Farish

Terry Farish

Terry Farish's books include the novel in verse, The Good Braider, an American Library Association Best Book; Flower Shadows, “a female addition to the Vietnam genre that is as moving as it is wise,”(Kirkus); and Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a Maine Literary... Read More →
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Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Northwestern University Press and Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin
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Jessica Powers

Publicist, Cinco Puntos Press
J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of 3 novels for young adults (The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina); the editor of two collections of essays (That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone and Labor Pains and Birth Stories); and author of one picture book (Colors... Read More →




Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Arboretum 4- 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

Reading History Like a Detective: Proclamations – Declarations – and Addresses OH MY!

With an increased focus on close reading and complex texts, teachers will share the responsibility of reading instruction. The session will model the close reading of a historical document. Participants will leave with deep knowledge of a complex text as well as strategies they can immediately enact, including diffusing and Socratic seminar.


Speakers
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Danny Millett

SpringBoard



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Cottonwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

Revision Decisions: Talking Through Sentences and Beyond

How do young writers decide what to revise? How do we shepherd them through this process of discovering, thinking, risking, and changing? Sentence combining using the DRAFT method mirrors the actions writers do and the decisions they make when they revise. Come explore new ideas and lessons from Jeff and Debbie's new book Revision Decisions (Stenhouse, 2014).


Speakers
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Jeff Anderson

Author/Consultant
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Debbie Dean

Brigham Young University



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Regency - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

TASA on iTunes U®: Transforming Teaching and Learning in ELA

In March 2013, TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators) launched TASA on iTunes U®, to provide educators collections of interactive online content for high-priority, essential learning standards aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. TASA worked with teachers from several Texas school districts to compile digital resources for English I, II, III, and IV, middle school ELA, HS electives, as well as College Readiness courses to address new HB5 requirements. Now TASA is expanding their work to partner with TCTELA to showcase even more quality instruction! Come see how you can use these Course Resource Collections for transformative learning in your classroom, and learn how you can help influence the future of iTunes U® in Texas. 


Speakers
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Chrissy Boydston

Lewisville ISD
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Eric Simpson

Lewisville ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Mesquite - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston
  Session D

1:45pm CST

The "How" for Teaching Narrative Writing

Come learn the key narrative writing skills: crafting entertaining beginnings, developing elaborative detail, building suspense, creating significant main events, and designing meaningful story endings. Specific background information and lesson plans with clear objectives will be included in the handouts.


Speakers
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Empowering Writers

Empowering Writers
We offer narrative, expository and persuasive writing materials in addition to resources for K-1 writing.



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Arboretum 1-2 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

1:45pm CST

Word by Word, Sentence by Sentence, Crafting Better Thinkers

Come explore the words, sentences, paragraphs (or lines!), and finally a full, rich text with us as we immerse students in skills that make them stronger readers and writers.   Participants will practice style imitation, examine texts closely, and leave with techniques to immerse students in texts in new ways.


Speakers
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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 →
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Jennifer Younge

English Department Chair, Crosby ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
Redbud - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

50/50/50 -- Fifty Books in Fifty Minutes for TCTELA's 50th

Three book lovers come together to book talk the best books of the past, present, and maybe even the future!


Speakers
avatar for Teri Lesesne

Teri Lesesne

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

Donalyn Miller

Northwest ISD
  Donalyn Miller has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade language arts and social studies. In her popular book The Book Whisperer, she reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more... Read More →
avatar for Karin Perry

Karin Perry

Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Associate Professor



Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Regency - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Critical Thought from Self to System

Thinking Writing is a variation of freewriting that teaches students how to productively question their thinking. It is practiced with personal texts but has benefits for academic writing, discussion skills, and critical reading. Students learn to expand and improve their writing and their thinking using a dialogic structure.


Speakers
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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 →



Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Arboretum 4- 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Leveling Up: Effective Intervention for Students at Risk for EOC Failure

This is not a commercial for a packaged intervention program.  Instead, an easily replicated, engaging approach to intervention will be shared by a t-year veteran of education who recently retired from an ELA Coordinator's position to go back into the classroom with students who have repeatedly failed EOC or are at risk. Come share the journey to EOC success!


Speakers
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Lisa Rowlett

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Arboretum 5 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Small Groups for Big Success: Remediation and Acceleration in the Secondary Classroom

Small groups and the teacher table are not just for the elementary classroom. Let's revisit the benefits of small-group instruction and the logistics of making it work for your students. We will design a set of stations and small-group activities that align with the TEKS and prepare students for success!


Speakers
avatar for Ashley Helms

Ashley Helms

Director, Professional Learning, PISD
I am a nerd at heart, secretly squirreling away spare moments to read and think about all things Professional Learning. Blessed with support and laughter from my amazing husband and two fabulous red-headed boys! I am positive, upbeat and ready to talk about how to get your students... Read More →




Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Arboretum 1-2 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Stretching to Reach the Literacy STAARs
Students must stretch their literacy skills to prepare for the rigor of the STAAR middle school and EOC. This workshop will share practical strategies for stretching students' ability to read complex nonfiction texts, build stamina, develop academic vocabulary, and anwser text-based questions included open ended written responses. 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Dingman

Nicole Dingman

RVP of Implementation - Southwest, Achieve 3000
Nicole Dingman, an educator of 20+ years, has always had a passion for serving students. A lifelong learner, Nicole received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and an M.Ed. in Education Leadership and English as a Second Language certification. She taught... Read More →



Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Redbud - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

The Sound of Sense: Putting Poetry at the Core of Literacy Instruction

Poetry makes no sense to many of today's learners—and to many educators too. We were lousy at teaching poetry so did something about it: spent a week at Frost's Farm at the Conference on Poetry & Teaching. We will "provide, provide" highlights on how to transform instruction with poetry at the core.


Speakers
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Heather Cato

Coppell ISD
avatar for Amy Rasmussen

Amy Rasmussen

AP English Lang & Comp Teacher, Lewisville ISD
Burning Question: How do I infuse poetry at the core of literacy instruction in my Readers and Writers Workshop AP English classroom?




Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Dogwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Using Multimodal Texts to Teach Rhetorical Skills for Improving Students’ Comprehension and Writing

Multimodal texts inundate our society.  Readers of multimodal texts must process print, visual images, and elements of design to construct meaning.  Participants will gain strategies for engaging students in the study of rhetoric in order to develop students’ own comprehension and creation of multimodal texts.


Speakers
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Elena Lopez

Baylor University



Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Window Box - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Vocabulary Development: Foundation for Student Success

Participants will be provided multiple instructional strategies/activities that promote student engagement in the development of vocabulary and its impact on comprehension and analysis to texts. The research-based ideas and tips will be applicable for all learners and can be applied across disciplines as texts and vocabulary are encountered throughout the school day.


Speakers
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Sandra Love

n/a, Mentoring Minds
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Connie Moore

Mentoring Minds



Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Mesquite - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

3:00pm CST

Writing Short: Beyond Elements-The Atoms of Style

Whether for testing mandates or the burgeoning demands of a digital age, writing short is more than stopping at the end of the page or cutting longer pieces. Come explore examples as well as strategies and lessons for purposeful short writing that is composed and crafted as well as short and sweet.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Guevara

Michael Guevara

English Language Arts & Reading Coordinator, Southside ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Cottonwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

All Aboard! Helping EVERY Young Reader and Writer to Board the Informational Text Express

All aboard!  Ride along as we explore ways to engage K-3 students in informational text reading, research, visual representation, and writing.  You will leave with a practical toolkit of research-based ideas for your classroom.  An extensive handout describing the strategies and a bibliography of helpful resources will be provided.


Speakers
LC

Linda Cox

Baylor University
MT

Margaret Thomson

Baylor University



Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Regency - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Digital Writing: Epiphanies from Five Teachers
Six classroom teachers will discuss their insights and discoveries after creating and teaching digital writing lessons to their students.  The teachers all attended the Central Texas Writing Project New Literacies Institute and have been exploring with effective ways to implement digital writing across grade levels.

Speakers
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Lori Assaf

Texas State University
avatar for Shelly Hooper

Shelly Hooper

Doctoral Student and Research Assistant, Texas State University
I have taught all levels of high school English in traditional and ECHS settings. I have developed undergraduate and graduate online courses. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Education at Texas State University.
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Joel Johnson

Fort Bend ISD
MR

Mary Roark

San Marcos ISD
JR

Julia Ross

Round Rock ISD




Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Arboretum 1-2 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Empowering Struggling Writers Through Film

The “banking knowledge” model of instruction in literacy often disengages at-risk students. In contrast, using a combination of viewing films and personal filmmaking as a springboard to compose both expository and narrative written compositions, in this study, not only motivated students but improved the quality of their written compositions.


Speakers
CB

Courtney Bauer

Dallas ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Window Box - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Inspiration: Chocolate

This sweet workshop will demonstrate   that   “when we don't have the words, chocolate can speak volumes,” (Joan Bauer, author of Almost Home).  Participants will “eat up” ways to use chocolate to develop ideas for expository, persuasive, and synthesis essays. They will receive a generous confection of ideas, strategies, and activities while nibbling away at the writing process.


Speakers
avatar for Lynne Dozier

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 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Redbud - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

It Really IS All About Them: Promoting Student Voice and Choice

Use Generation Y’s “all about me” mindset to your advantage. Give up some of the control by allowing more choice into reading and writing while adhering to district curriculum and excelling on state tests. Participants will leave with a variety of effective assignments and assessments which can be used as-is or modified.



Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Mesquite - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Reader Response Using Multicultural Children's Literature

This session will highlight a selection of multicultural children's books that entice a student to respond in writing. Types of responses are represented in activities that include personal associations, evaluations and reflections, interpretations of story elements, narration, and literary judgments. Participants will receive a bibliography of recommended multicultural children's books.


Speakers
KS

Karen Sue Bradley

Texas A&M University – Kingsville
JB

Jack Bradley

Texas A&M University - Kingsville



Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Cottonwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Reading in the Deep

Many students are content to read with their floaties on.  They may notice the characters and conflict but not much more.  Implement a guided reading program that strengthens skills and develops observant, deep readers across genres.  Teachers will leave with a process that builds academic vocabulary, comprehension, and skill mastery.


Speakers
LJ

Lori Johnson

Richardson ISD
SL

Suzanne Langston

Mesquite ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Dogwood - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Student Voices Beyond the Classroom: Building Confidence and Independence Through Student Conferencing and Guided Inquiry

The presenters will discuss the idea of developing an annual student academic conference, situating it in the context of current research into independent inquiry. We present the students' experiences and feedback at two such conferences, provide advice for developing partnerships in higher education and the community, and describe instructions and supplies for building your own student conference.


Speakers
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Teri Blaisdell

Fort Worth ISD
IC

Ian Connally

Fort Worth ISD
BG

Ben Goss

Fort Worth ISD




Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Arboretum 3 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Too LEGIT to Quit: Large Educational Group Instructional Techniques

Do you have difficulty engaging students in lessons on components of reading and writing?  Students of all levels (inclusion to GT) gain confidence by actively participating in three innovative, timed, grouped activities.  Teachers work together to create common curricular vocabulary, then assume the role of facilitator on activity day.


Speakers
LJ

Lindsey Jacobson

Advisor, Carroll Senior High
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Sarah Millhorn

Carroll ISD
JW

Jenifer Wehmeyer

Carroll ISD



Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Arboretum 4- 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

4:15pm CST

Work in Progress: Building Bridges with Families and Community Members Through Reading and Writing

Public school campuses that serve students from poverty face overwhelming challenges connecting with students, families, and the surrounding community.  Hear how one elementary school takes baby steps (and sometimes larger steps) to establish relationships with teachers, families, and community members through the power of reading and writing.


Speakers
MB

Melinda Butler

Humble ISD




Saturday January 24, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm CST
Arboretum 5 - 2nd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

5:30pm CST

Rising Leaders and TCTELA Meet and Greet
Interested in getting involved with TCTELA? The Membership and Affiliates Committee invites you to meet fellow committee members, board members and past presidents.   

Saturday January 24, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST
Schula's Steakhouse Couches A-B: 1st Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

7:00pm CST

Poetry Reading
Saturday January 24, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Sandalwood - 4th Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston
 
Sunday, January 25
 

8:00am CST

Attendee Registration and Coffee

Sunday January 25, 2015 8:00am - 10:00am CST
Imperial Foyer - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

9:00am CST

Sunday Workshop: Dead Presidents and Whales: Engaging Students with Nonfiction Texts

 

With renewed emphasis on reading nonfiction texts, teachers face a challenge. While many students enjoy (or prefer) nonfiction texts, some express disinterest or avoidance. How can we engage students with nonfiction when students’ past reading experiences may be limited to dry textbook reading and research report assignments? In this session, Donalyn Miller shares instructional moves and conferring tips for engaging students with nonfiction (or any genre they avoid). Session includes a look at newer nonfiction titles, authors, and formats, as well as online resources. Next, Gretchen Bernabei will share some activities and resources for drawing writer’s craft from nonfiction texts.


Speakers
avatar for Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller

Northwest ISD
  Donalyn Miller has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade language arts and social studies. In her popular book The Book Whisperer, she reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more... Read More →



Sunday January 25, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Imperial East - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston

12:00pm CST

Book Signing
Booksigning with Donalyn Miller and Gretchen Bernabei 


Sunday January 25, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm CST
Imperial Foyer - 3rd Floor Hyatt Regency, Houston