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Thursday, September 10
 

6:00pm EDT

Virtual Conference Orientation
Ask your technology questions about Indiana State Literacy Association 2020 Conference.

Session slides.

Moderators
avatar for Kristin Patrick

Kristin Patrick

Blended Learning Coach, Noblesville Schools
Kristin Patrick is a PreK-8 Technology Integration Coach with Noblesville Schools. She also teaches as an associate instructor within the IUPUI School of Informatics & Computing, Department of Library & Information Science. Kristin is Past President of the Indiana State Literacy Association... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 6:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Live Session

8:00pm EDT

Drawing as a Thinking Process
Every day in our classrooms we ask our students to design and demonstrate their learning. They channel their efforts to develop presentations, videos, and prototypes. Often missing from the equation is the opportunity to help them develop their creative process.
Something as simple as reaching for a pencil and paper can help students begin that journey. Listen to Manuel share how using simple sketches can help students and teachers think openly about their ideas. Learn strategies to support your students to quickly generate designs, and then use them to share with others for perspective and constructive feedback. As you step into the sketch arena, he will guide you to shift your mindset from seeing drawing as an artistic process to seeing it as a thinking process and beyond.

Presenters
avatar for Manuel Herrera

Manuel Herrera

Coordinator of Learning Services, Affton School District
Manuel is an educator, a speaker, and an illustrator. He specializes in sketchnoting, visual thinking, design thinking, 3D printing and design. Over the past 18 years, he has keynoted and led workshops at educational conferences like SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, MassCUE, FETC & .EDU. Manuel... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Live Session
 
Friday, September 11
 

7:00pm EDT

Welcome to the Indiana State Literacy Association 2020 Virtual Conference!
Moderators
avatar for Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong

Virtual Teacher K-3, Throop Elementary School
I am currently the K-3 Virtual teacher and formerly a Reading Recovery / Literacy teacher at Throop Elementary in Paoli. I am on the Friends of the Library Board, an ILA member, the current Chair of the Board for ISLA, ISLA webmaster, Throop webmaster, on the steering committee for... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2020 7:00pm - 7:10pm EDT
Live Session
 
Saturday, September 12
 

9:00am EDT

Digital Distractions: Keeping Readers Engaged in Digital Text
The nuances of digital text pose hefty challenges for our students. Too high reading levels, difficult vocabulary, and the ever-present temptation for digital distraction impact student success when reading online. What if we could empower students to employ digital tools to personalize and support their reading experience? Let's look at free browser extensions, instructional platforms, and digital text collections to differentiate instruction and increase student independence. Participants will leave with immediate, takeaway ideas to make a "big impact" on student success.

Presenters
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Tara Kingsley

Associate Professor, IU Kokomo
Dr. Tara Kingsley has been in education for 19 years and is currently an Associate Professor at IU Kokomo. She is a leader in the use of technology to support both literacy and deeper levels of learning. She has created numerous professional development workshops and is a frequent... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Lyndsi

Lyndsi

Principal, Kokomo Schools
I am the proud mother of two amazing young ladies, a lover of learning, and a dedicated educator.


Saturday September 12, 2020 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Live Session

9:00am EDT

Magic Is for Everyone: Writing Fantasy Fiction
Presenters
avatar for Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. She has taught at Ohio University, Louisiana State University, and Mt. Holyoke College. Elliott is the author of over thirty books for young readers, including the award-winning picture books Bird and... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell

Associate Education Librarian, Indiana State University; Cunningham Memorial Library
Edith Campbell is an Associate Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Edith is a founding member of the We Are Kidlit Collective and of See What We See. She currently serves is on the Advisory Board for the Research on Diversity in Youth... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Live Session

10:00am EDT

Distance Learning Strategies for Students with Dyslexia sponsored by Learning Ally
The thought of accomplishing meaningful virtual learning for students with dyslexia is a daunting one.  When you consider the complexities of providing identification, intervention, accommodations and other supports for students with dyslexia in a virtual learning environment, the task becomes even more intimidating. It doesn’t have to be though! Join me for this webinar where I'll be offering some tips, techniques and strategies designed to keep your students engaged and learning.  I'll make sure you know what they need in order to thrive, and leave you with a list of go-to resources that will prepare you to deliver instruction in a variety of virtual technology environments.
And.... I'll end with a pep talk that reinvigorates your passion and purpose for leading and learning alongside students with dyslexia. 
 

Presenters
avatar for Terrie Noland, CALP

Terrie Noland, CALP

Vice-President, Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally
Terrie serves as the Vice-President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally, where she works to develop engagement programs, shares knowledge through thought leadership and strategic relationships, and develops communities for educators. Her passion is working with educators to create... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday September 12, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Live Session

10:00am EDT

From Detritus to Design: A Teacher and Student Collaboration in the Midst of COVID-19
Room 407 at Silver Creek High School is known locally, regionally, and nationally for its T.H.I.S. project. The project draws its inspiration and direction from works by Dr. Tom Romano, Melinda Putz, and Shawna Coppola. This project sees students conceptualizing and composing no fewer than forty pieces of unique writing across genre and form. The project is fully-aligned with expectations set forth by the College Board and a cooperating college offering students dual credit in first-year composition. Hankins and his students found themselves mid-stream of the year-long multigenre/multiform inquiry project when the decision was made to go to distance learning after spring break.

An idea presented itself to invite students who might have needed more consultation to complete a project, invitations were sent to join a collaborative project that would be drafted and designed in real-time using technology and platforms not fully-appreciated or utilized prior to moving to distance learning. The end-product of this quick turnaround work is “From Detritus to Design: A Collaborative Project in the Midst of COVID-19.” Attendees will take away a blueprint for the project along with resource lists and engage in a quick look at multiform writing in the room.

Presenters
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Paul Hankins

Teacher, West Clark Schools
A teacher entering his seventeenth year of classroom instruction, Paul W. Hankins teaches English 11 and AP English Language and Composition at Silver Creek High School in southern Indiana (near Louisville, KY). Hankins is a poet and a collage artist and a long-time proponent and... Read More →

Moderators

Saturday September 12, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Live Session

11:00am EDT

Differentiated Instructional Content in a Remote/Hybrid Environment sponsored by Newsela
The Time Is Now For Great Content. This session will examine the trends that form the modern landscapes of ELA, Science, and Social Studies instruction; and the priority problems many educators are looking to solve around literacy.

Presenters
avatar for Carter Figg

Carter Figg

Director of Educational Partnerships, Newsela
Carter, a former middle school social studies teacher in Southern Indiana, now supporting schools and districts across the Hoosier State with finding the best content to support differentiated instruction.
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Stephawn Newsom

Director of Indiana Success, Newsela

Sponsors

Saturday September 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Live Session

11:00am EDT

Poems to Heal the Heart: Writing Protest Poetry
Presenters
avatar for Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. She has taught at Ohio University, Louisiana State University, and Mt. Holyoke College. Elliott is the author of over thirty books for young readers, including the award-winning picture books Bird and... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell

Associate Education Librarian, Indiana State University; Cunningham Memorial Library
Edith Campbell is an Associate Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Edith is a founding member of the We Are Kidlit Collective and of See What We See. She currently serves is on the Advisory Board for the Research on Diversity in Youth... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Live Session

11:00am EDT

Understanding, sharing, and thinking: Engaging learners with ASD and related disabilities
A step into the unique, strength-based learning styles of learners with ASD will help participants in conceptualization of literacy education that builds from meaningful assessment to individualized instruction with ties to areas of interest and prior knowledge. Participants will engage and step away with:
  • Tools to use when setting up for meaningful assessment
  • Strategies to implement when individualizing instruction and building in motivation
  • Tips to consider in helping learners generalize strategies and concepts between old and new material  

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Tiffany Neal

Dr. Tiffany Neal

Assistant Director, HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center, IUSM

Moderators
avatar for Heidi Grimshaw

Heidi Grimshaw

PhD Student, St. John's University, Marian University
Heidi Grimshaw is the Education Advisor for the nonprofit Their Story is Our Story. She is a former first grade and Reading Recovery teacher. She has an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in education from Westminster College. She... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Live Session

1:00pm EDT

Ready, Set, Grow!
Author and teacher, Shannon Anderson, shares the power of developing and maintaining a growth mindset to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Named one of the top 10 Teachers who inspired the Today Show in 2019, Shannon has a passion for equipping students with the strategies they need to be kind, positive thinkers. You'll get teaching tips and mentor text ideas, along with basic brain research that is sure to get your students' neurons firing!

Presenters
avatar for Shannon Anderson

Shannon Anderson

Special Guest, NCAGT
Shannon Anderson is a third grade teacher, children’s book author, national presenter, and was interviewed by the Today Show and Good Morning America for her writing projects with kids. She was the regional advisor for the Indiana Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Juanita Oberley

Juanita Oberley

Director of Special Education, University of Saint Francis


Saturday September 12, 2020 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Live Session

1:00pm EDT

Supporting Family Partnerships and Planning in Early Learning Settings sponsored by Teaching Strategies
This session will focus on strategies educators can use to develop relationships that support families, children, and teachers. It will focus on ways to facilitate back and forth sharing of information with families to collect assessment information and gain information about children, even in a distance learning scenario. Finally, participants will examine ways to extend children’s learning at home and support families in involvement with their children’s learning.
Learning Outcomes:
• Discuss strategies used for developing strong partnerships that support families, children, and teachers.
• Develop strategies for partnering with families to collect assessment information.
• Explore the features of The Creative Curriculum® Cloud that aide in planning and communication with families.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Birdsall

Matt Birdsall

Early Learning Solutions Specialist, Teaching Strategies
Matt Birdsall has been working in education as an educator, consultant, and research ambassador for more than a decade. He has experience working with all types of learners from ages 3-78 in a variety of settings, but he feels most comfortable working with at-promise youth. Matt believes... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies provides the most innovative and effective curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through third grade.


Saturday September 12, 2020 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Live Session

2:00pm EDT

Think Forward, Not Straight: Understanding the LGBTQIA+ Spectrum
The LGBTQIA+ community is expanding and already exists in your schools, churches, libraries and other social spheres. Learning to use inclusive language and avoiding exclusive language is an important way to welcome LGBTQIA+ individuals within the communities you already share.

Resources and guides will be available to session attendees.

Presenters
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Mahasin Martinson

Teaching and Learning Librarian, IUPUI
Mahasin Ameen has worked in libraries for over 16 years. She worked for the Indianapolis Public Library starting in 2005 and worked in Information Technology before finishing her MLS in 2016. As an Adult Services Librarian. Mahasin facilitated a Grow with Google grant to circulate... Read More →
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Jayne Walters

Branch Manager, Indianapolis Public Library
Jayne Walters is the first openly transgender woman to work at the Indianapolis Public Library and to become a branch manager. She specializes in both children's and teen literature, as well as literature by and about the LGBTQIA+ community. She is a founding member of the LGBTQ... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell

Associate Education Librarian, Indiana State University; Cunningham Memorial Library
Edith Campbell is an Associate Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Edith is a founding member of the We Are Kidlit Collective and of See What We See. She currently serves is on the Advisory Board for the Research on Diversity in Youth... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
Live Session

3:00pm EDT

TeachingBooks Resources for Virtual and Blended Learning
In this session, we will focus on using the resources on TeachingBooks to promote reading and support literacy efforts in both virtual settings and blended learning environments — accommodating the flexibility needed in current times. We will look at tools to easily disseminate author book recordings, video book trailers, audiobook performances, and more, directly to your students in any learning space you have. TeachingBooks is licensed to all students, families, and educators in Indiana via the Indiana State Library's INSPIRE project.

Recording will expire September 21, 2020.

Presenters
avatar for Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks


Saturday September 12, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Live Session

3:00pm EDT

Wordless Picture Books & Graphic Novels are for Everyone! sponsored by Renaissance Learning
Second Grade Teacher and Library Paraprofessional Stephanie Dale and English Language Collaborative Teacher Emily Cespedes will book talk their favorite wordless picture books and graphic novels. They will share how they use these books with ALL learners across ALL content areas.

Presenters
avatar for Emily Cespedes

Emily Cespedes

ENL Teacher, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Emily Cespedes and Stephanie Dale are both teachers at Brooks School Elementary in Fishers, Indiana. Emily is currently an English Language Collaborative Teacher. Stephanie is a Second Grade Teacher and also a Paraprofessional at the local Public Library. Both Emily and Stephanie... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Dale

Stephanie Dale

teacher, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Stephanie loves discussing anything that has to do with reading, reading aloud, children's books, music trivia, and cats. Surprisingly, she also has a dog! She enjoys winning at board games/card games against her 2 tween children. She can be seen at the public library, weaseling through... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Renaissance

Renaissance

Carla Zvonek, Indiana Account Executive, Renaissance
Former classroom teacher, building assistant principal, and district instructional technology coordinator. Now working for Renaissance, helping to provide continuous learning solutions to K12 schools and districts in Indiana.


Saturday September 12, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Live Session

7:00pm EDT

Conference Closing followed by Your Story is Your Superpower
During Matthew's session, he will reflect on some of the events that happened in his life, that are detailed in the book Ghost and will reinforce the message of perseverance. He will also discuss his experiences growing up in a non-traditional family and how he has overcome several obstacles in his life. Matthew will also discuss the importance of relationships like his relationships with some of the other characters in Jason Reynolds books. Matthew will also talk about his relationship with Jason (how they met, adventures they had when they were in high school, how they have remained friends, the support system they have developed for one another, etc.).

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter

Owner, Matthew Carter Talks, LLC
Matthew Carter is the inspiration behind Ghost, a New York Times best-selling novel by Jason Reynolds. Recently named one of America's 100 most-loved books by the Great American Read, Carter's story has served as welcomed introduction to literature for thousands of students, and given... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Laurie A. Sharp

Dr. Laurie A. Sharp

International Literacy Association Board MemberBoard Member, Tarleton State University
I have 16 years of broad experiences in PreK–12 public schools and higher education as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, and higher education administrator. I am passionate about advocating for high-quality literacy teaching and learning among learners of all levels. As an... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Live Session

11:30pm EDT

Full Steam Ahead with Super iPad Apps and Children's Books for the Literacy Classroom
Full Steam Ahead with Super iPad Apps and Children's Books for the Literacy Classroom
 Discover and Explore recent engaging iPad apps and award-winning children’s books for challenging real world projects in the literacy classroom. Create new innovative projects for your students. There are many iPad apps and children's books that help students learn to express themselves, consider various viewpoints and develop opinions. Free and inexpensive iPad apps will be demonstrated and many award-winning children's books paired with the apps will be shown. Coding and other computer science apps and books will be presented. Useful tips for integrating iPad apps into the literacy classroom will be given. Participants will have new resources for planning projects for their students.
Detailed handouts available for download on Sched.
 Presenters
 Janet Jordan
Curriculum/Technology Lab Director, PFW
Janet Jordan has taught about integrating technology into the PreK-12 curriculum for many years to undergraduates, teachers, children, and parents. She currently makes iPad presentations at many local, state and national education conferences. Janet was a longtime officer on the Fort Wayne ILA Board.
 


Presenters
avatar for Janet Jordan

Janet Jordan

Curriculum/Technology Lab Director, PFW
Janet Jordan has taught about integrating technology into the PreK-12 curriculum for many years to undergraduates, teachers, children, and parents. She currently makes iPad presentations at many local, state and national education and technology conferences. Janet was an officer on... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 11:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
On Demand Recorded Session

11:30pm EDT

How Reading Aloud Will Change Your Students' Lives
This presentation will help you understand what the research says about reading aloud. You will learn why reading aloud is vital in the classroom. You will learn how to have a more culturally relevant classroom library. You will  finish with exploring a variety of great read aloud books.

Presenters
avatar for Heidi Grimshaw

Heidi Grimshaw

PhD Student, St. John's University, Marian University
Heidi Grimshaw is the Education Advisor for the nonprofit Their Story is Our Story. She is a former first grade and Reading Recovery teacher. She has an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in education from Westminster College. She... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 11:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
On Demand Recorded Session

11:30pm EDT

Matchmaking: Literacy & Making
What if we used making to preview, deepen our understanding of, or demonstrate our understanding of literature? What if it could take things to another interdisciplinary level? Items from a school Makerspace such as programmable robots, Virtual Reality field trips, K’Nex, and more often get relegated to STEAM. But they use and can develop literacy skills. We will look at examples, brainstorm ideas, and even do some making!

Presenters
avatar for JoyAnn Boudreau

JoyAnn Boudreau

Teacher Librarian, Hamilton Southeastern
JoyAnn Boudreau is a middle school teacher librarian. She was the Outstanding New School Librarian in 2019 from the Indiana Library Federation. She is passionate about equity, libraries, technology integration, literacy, and making.


Saturday September 12, 2020 11:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
On Demand Recorded Session

11:30pm EDT

Teaching Plot Structure Like an Author
We've all seen it--the plot structure picture. One big bump, with the climax dead in the middle. Dead wrong is more like it. Come discover how professional authors and publishers use plot structure, and how it differs from those traditional worksheets. A better understanding of plot structure helps your students read more intentionally, makes their writing more interesting, and helps connect the two disciplines. Learn different techniques that different learners can use to outline their writing or analyze a story. And then, walk away with the magical power of the midpoint, a secret weapon to immediately improving your students writing.

Presenters
avatar for B.A. Williamson

B.A. Williamson

Author/Teacher, Author
B.A.Williamson combines his careers as a middle school English teacher, theatre director, and published author to engage his students on every front, and make sure they leave as better readers, writers, and people. Author of THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY, a middle-grade... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 11:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
On Demand Recorded Session
 
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