Check often for updates on speakers and schedule as they are subject to change. 

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 Workshops  
Some of Thursday’s sessions will fulfill the requirements for NE Step Up To Quality, Department of Health & Human Services, and Rule 11.

DOUGLAS FISHER President of International Literacy Association and Professor of Educational Leadership 
8:30-11:30:  ‘Visible Learning for Literacy’ (Primary) 
1:00-4:00:  ‘Visible Learning for Literacy’  (Intermediate)

MONICA BURNS  EdTech & Curriculum Consultant   
9:00-12:00: ‘Taming the Wild Text: Tools for Digital Readers’
1:00-4:00: ‘Writing Unplugged: Teaching with Digital Tools’ With

Julie Kozisek                           Nikki Piper                            Angie Konen 

COLLEEN SCHMIT 
Bilingual Evaluator at Munroe-Meyer Institute, UN Medical Center & pre-K CLASS trainer through Teachstone
8:00-10:00: ‘The New 3 R’s: Reflect, Recharge, and Rekindle’

RALPH FLETCHER  Educational Consultant, and Author for children and professional educators 
10:30-12:30: ‘How Mentor Texts Lift Student Writing’
1:30-3:30: ‘Engaging Boy Writers’

MATT ZBARACKI   Author of Best Books for Boys and Language and Learning

CHARLIE MCCARTHY Teacher and author of children’s books

10:30-12:30: ‘Want to learn how to Write, Right?  And make sure your students do too?’

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Featured Speakers 
Many of Friday’s sessions will fulfill the requirements for NE Step Up To Quality, Department of Health & Human Services, and Rule 11.

NELL K. DUKE  Educator and Literacy Researcher 
Presentation 1: ‘The Infinite Possibilities of Project-Based Pedagogy’
Presentation 2: ‘Instructional Time is Not Infinite: Making the Most of Every Minute in PreK – 2’

ELFRIEDA “FREDDY” HIEBERT, Ph.D.  President of TextProject, providing high quality texts and teacher guides 
Presentation 1: ‘New Understandings About Vocabulary and its Instruction’   
Presentation 2: ‘The Forgotten Reading Proficiency:  Stamina in Silent Reading’

MONICA BURNS  EdTech & Curriculum Consultant 
Presentation 1: ‘Reading Responses for the Digital Classroom’
Presentation 2: ‘Twelve Ready for Tomorrow Tips for Formative Assessment Using Technology’
Presentation 3: ‘Tasks Before Apps: Energize and Elevate Writing Experiences’

 

MATT ZBARACKI   Author of Best Books for Boys and Language and Learning

CHARLIE MCCARTHY Teacher and author of children’s books

JORDAN SONNENBLICK  Author, books for children and young adults fiction. Author of ‘Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip’ an ALA Honor Book
Jordan is presenting sessions as well as one of the Friday Luncheon Options. 
Jordan is available for school visits. Contact him through his website.

TODD PARR  Author and Illustrator of over 30 children’s books
Todd is the Keynote Speaker for the Thursday Banquet.
Todd is available for
school visits. Contact him through his website

PIPPA WHITE    
Professional Storyteller  http://www.pippawhiteonecompany.com/ 
Pippa will be one of the Thursday’s Poetry Slam Moderators.
She will present on Friday along with being one of the luncheon speakers.

Saturday Feb. 24, 2018
All sessions qualify for Step Up to Quality Requirements
 

MARY BETH PISTILLO    
Mary Beth Pistillo is an Education Facilitator at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, where she works to coach and support teachers that are teaching in the schools that are implementing the Superintendent’s Plan. She was also a Training Coordinator for the Office of Early Childhood at the Department of Education, but really wants to be known as a Pre-K/Kindergarten Teacher, which she was for six years at Omaha Public Schools. 

Early Learning Guidelines, Literacy and Language Development

DINAH ZIKE
Dinah Zike is a nationally renowned author, education consultant, and lecturer.  She has invented hundreds of educational manipulatives (graphic organizers) that are used internationally by educators, trainers, and consultants. Dinah has developed over 200 supplemental educational books and materials used in homes and classrooms nationally and in English-speaking countries around the world.  Her Foldables® are an exclusive feature of McGraw-Hill textbooks.
Five of Dinah’s books have won LearningTM magazine’s Teachers’ Choice Awards. Envelope Graphic OrganizersTM and Foldables® and VKV®s for Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary PreK-3rd, were judged top Professional Development picks for 2014. Notebook Foldables® and Foldables®, Notebook Foldables®, and VKV®s for Spelling and Vocabulary 4th-12th were designated For the Classroom winners in 2011. Dinah’s Big Book of Books and Activities won the distinction in 1994, the very first year LearningTM magazine instituted these awards.
Among other awards and recognition, Dinah received the Council for Elementary Science International’s Elementary Science Advocate Award in 2004, which remains one of her most treasured accolades.

Foldables for Early Learners:  Manipulatives and Stations