Conference Program Booklet Available Here!
Check often for updates on speakers and schedule as they are subject to change. 
Thursday At-a-Glance available HERE
Friday At-a-Glance available HERE
Saturday At-a-Glance available HERE

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

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

CHARLIE MCCARTHY Teacher and author of children’s books

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Mary Ann Manning Scholarship and Awards Banquet
7:00 -9:00 PM
Keynote Speaker: Todd Parr, author and illustrator
Todd will be doing illustrations for the audience and highlighting some of his newest books:  LOVE THE WORLD, BE WHO YOU ARE, TEACHERS ROCK, and THE GOODBYE BOOK.

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 
Early Childhood Institute
All sessions qualify for Step Up to Quality Requirements
 

DINAH ZIKE 
Creator of hundreds of 3-D interactive graphic organizer
Full Day (6 hours) Workshop: ‘Foldables for Early Learners’ 
Foldables for Early Learners:  Manipulatives and Stations 

MARY BETH PISTILLO  
Educational Facilitator for Buffett Early Childhood Institute  
Full Day (6 hours) Workshop: ‘Early Learning Guidelines, Literacy and Language Development.’
Early Learning Guidelines, Literacy and Language Development

Multiple Choices of Presentations

PENNY GILDEA 
Childcare Training Director for Learning Communities 
Presentation: ‘Starting Early – Early Language and Literacy for Infants and Toddlers’

JUDY LAUBY 
Speech Services Coordinator at ESU 10.
‘Merging Phonemic Awareness and Phonicswithin the RTI Model’

TAMMI OHMSTEDE 
Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Department, UNK
Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behavior