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MORNING

Diane Barone
10:00 – 11:00 AM
 How to Interpret Visual Information in Complicated Picturebooks
This session focuses on the many elements used by illustrators as they create multiple meanings within their books. We will explore postmodern picturebooks and the potential for student exploration.

Danny Brassell
8:00 – 9:00 AM
Comprehension That Works!
Comprehension is what reading is all about! Learn how to foster students’ comprehension by showing them how to: focus on relevant information, interpret it and integrate it with what they already know. You’ll learn how to create an instructional environment that promotes risk taking and involves students in a variety of real reading situations – and meets standards. Your students will learn to focus on meaning as thoughtful readers.

11:00 – 12:00 NOON
Boys and Books

Learn how to get even your most reluctant boy readers excited about books. Join Danny as he reviews popular titles and strategies, which he has used successfully with struggling and reluctant boy readers. You’ll walk away from this engaging session with loads of practical, ready-to-use materials.

Monica Burns
8:30 – 10:00 AM
Scannable Technology: Using QR Codes and Augmented Reality with Readers and Writers
Explore how QR codes and augmented reality can be used to energize reading and writing instruction.  Attendees will explore scannable technology that can be used to engage students during reading and writing lessons.  This session is designed for teachers of all grade levels who are new or experienced using technology.

10:30 – 12:00 NOON
Across the Text Types:  Publishing Writing with Technology Tools
Learn how iPad apps and Chromebook-friendly technology tools can be used during  reading and writing instruction!  Attendees will see how easy it is to turn their students into content creators as they write narrative, opinion and informational pieces.  This session will include an overview of apps and websites for elementary and middle school writing teachers.

Patricia Cunningham
8:00 – 9:30 AM
Combatting Morphophobia–The Fear of Big Words  (Grades 3-8)
What do your students do when they encounter an unknown big word in their reading?  Chances are they “skip it!”  Most big words in English are smaller words with things (prefixes and suffixes) added to the beginning and the end.  In this session, I will show you how you can help your students decode spell and build meanings for big words through the magic of morphemes.

Valerie Ellery
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Motivate, Engage, & Create Strategic Readers: Focusing on Small Group Instruction
Join Valerie Ellery as she shares inspiring ways to motivate and engage the whole learner through the gradual release of responsibility. Participants will be equipped with ways to incorporate curriculum (i.e., reading strategies), assessment (i.e., higher-order, teacher talk, selection for grouping), and the elements of rigorous instruction (i.e., effective techniques). Participants will practice scaffolding techniques to reach the whole child through experimentation and discovery, focusing on strategies in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension for small group instruction. Participants will leave transformed with easy to implement reading.

Debby Hoesterey
11:30 – 1:00 PM
Five Keys to Unlocking the Alphabetic Code: A Multimodal, Integrated Approach to Early Reading Instruction
This session explores research-based principles of early reading instruction: a strong language foundation, explicit instruction, relevant application, multimodal immersion, and integration of the language arts.  Learn what neuroscientists are saying and how we can apply their findings in the primary grades to increase students’ reading abilities as well as their motivation for and enjoyment of reading.

Marissa Moss
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Using Non-Fiction in the Classroom
A picture book is the perfect medium to introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) content, as well as history to younger readers. But including STEM is of little use if the child (or the adult reader!) can’t understand the concepts and facts being presented. Luckily, because of the very nature of picture books, there are many ways to explain complex and/or unfamiliar material in a way accessible to children. This talk will discuss and give examples, from both nonfiction and fiction, of over twenty such methods.

Historical picture books face different issues. How do you make the history come alive? Which elements should be included, which bog down the story? And how do you choose the moment in history that can come across powerfully in a picture book? In picture book biographies, how do you decide if a person’s life will present well in that format? How do you frame a life to fit into a picture book format?

An author of many nonfiction picture books, Moss introduces what to look for in classroom texts and how to use these books to launch student inquiries.

Sharon Zinke
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Fast, Fun Success in Decoding for English Language Learners
Grades 2-5
The transition to proficiency in English reading and orthography can be accomplished quickly and easily with instruction that meets the specific needs of your English Language Learners.  Our transitioning students deserve fast results!  In this workshop, participants will learn strategies that will effectively give students access to the secrets of English decoding so that they can participate with their peers in critical and deep reading.  Students who have fallen behind in word recognition will find motivation and success in just a few targeted lessons!  Rime Magic makes the transition to English reading EASY and FUN!

 

 

 

AFTERNOON

Monica Burns
12:30 – 2:00 PM
50 Tech Tools for Reading and Writing Teachers
This lightning round will introduce attendees to technology tools for the reading and writing classroom.  In this session teachers will learn about assessment tools, video portals, resources for differentiated instruction, and more!

Patricia Cunningham
1:00 – 3:00 PM
180 Key Words–Keys to Decoding and Spelling over 1,000 Words  (Grades K-2 and older struggling readers)
In this session, I will share a list of 180 words carefully chosen to include all the most frequent words and patterns in English along with engaging activities you can learn to ensure that ALL your students learn and use these critical words and patterns.

3:30 – 5:00 PM
Meaning Vocabulary for Informational Text  (Grades 3-8)
Do your students read fairly well when reading stories but struggle with reading science and social studies text?  From third grade on, most of the new word meanings students need to learn are embedded in science and social studies content.   This session will focus on strategies to teach your students how to use pictures, context and morphology to figure out meanings for new words as they read informational text.

Valerie Ellery
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Finding the Flow in Fluency
Learn how to have your readers flowing with fluency in this powerful session. Valerie will demonstrate using techniques that are specifically designed to motivate and engage visual and kinesthetic learners. Come discover how reading with fluency supports the application of word study, vocabulary, and comprehension. This workshop will identify strategies (e.g., phrasing, assisted reading, rereading, expressing, pacing, wide reading) which good readers use as they strive to become strategic readers. Grasp the concept that fluency is yet another means by which you can create strategic readers.

Debby Hoesterey
2:00 – 3:30 PM
What ALL Educators Need to Know About Beginning Reading Instruction
The new standards have redefined what it means to be literate in the 21st century. To be prepared for the future, our students must become proficient readers in the primary grades. When students are not reading at grade level in third grade, it is not a third-grade issue; in fact, these students have likely been struggling from the beginning. A knowledgeable administrator can make a significant difference in a school’s overall performance in reading, and in this age of increased standards, the stakes are higher than ever. Why are so many children struggling to read on grade level by grade 3? What does the contemporary convergence of research from both neuroscientists and educational researchers say about beginning reading instruction? Join us for this interactive session where we will examine the evidence about early reading and provide administrators with the tools to help them know what to look for in beginning reading instruction. Participants leave this session understanding how the neural pathways for reading are formed, what “systematic, explicit instruction” really means, and instructional practices that are congruent with the research. In addition, educators will be able to: (1) discuss what is unique about the standards in primary literacy in order to more effectively engage teachers in discussions about aligning text selection and use to standards; (2) explain why research supports multiple text experiences, each with a different purpose, for increasing the reading achievement of primary students; and (3) help K-2 teachers share the responsibility for boosting each student’s reading trajectory through a three-pronged approach to text use.

Matt Mason
3:30 – 4:30 PM
How Poetry Out Loud can bring Poetry to Life in Your Classroom
Discover new ways to bring poetry alive for your students with poet Matt Mason. Matt will introduce Poetry Out Loud, an NEA/Poetry Foundation Program brought to Nebraska schools via the Nebraska Arts Council. He will talk about how to use this innovative program to get your students more engaged with poetry.. The program, which addresses many Nebraska state ELA and Theatre standards, uses poetry recitation in a competition format. Students memorize and deliver a poem from an anthology of over 900 poems, both classic and contemporary, in a way which has the student teach the poem to their classmates by their delivery.

Marissa Moss
2:30 – 3:30 PM
Using Non-Fiction in the Classroom
A picture book is the perfect medium to introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) content, as well as history to younger readers.  But including STEM is of little use if the child (or the adult reader!) can’t understand the concepts and facts being presented.  Luckily, because of the very nature of picture books, there are many ways to explain complex and/or unfamiliar material in a way accessible to children. This talk will discuss and give examples, from both nonfiction and fiction, of over twenty such methods.
Historical picture books face different issues. How do you make the history come alive? Which elements should be included, which bog down the story? And how do you choose the moment in history that can come across powerfully in a picture book? In picture book biographies, how do you decide if a person’s life will present well in that format? How do you frame a life to fit into a picture book format?
An author of many nonfiction picture books, Moss introduces what to look for in classroom texts and how to use these books to launch student inquiries.

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Tools for Writing and Reading: the Writer’s Notebook
Moss invented the notebook format in children’s books with the original Amelia’s Notebook in 1995. In this session, she shows how a notebook allows for different narrative strategies and creative freedom to move between words and pictures. Moss walks teachers through a writing workshop, giving practical exercises to use in the classroom, inspiring students to write.

Sharon Zinke
1:00 – 3:00 PM
RIME MAGIC: Fast Success for Struggling Readers
For grades 3-12 educators, the session focuses on intervention.
In this workshop, participants will learn strategies that will efficiently and effectively give students complete access to the secrets of English decoding with fast results! Students who have fallen behind in word recognition find motivation and success in just a few short, targeted lessons, allowing mastery of the Common Core Foundational Standards. Even more exciting, prevent future decoding issues in the primary grades with a five-minute lesson each morning, leaving plenty of time for a strong focus on reading and comprehension. English Language Learners will enjoy a smooth transition to English reading. Have fun making a big difference for your struggling decoders!