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Saturday, September 12
 

9:00am EDT

Coaching with an Equity Lens
Rather we are coaching individual colleagues, administrators, teams, or students, it is imperative to bring multiple perspectives into the conversation. Asking questions that focus on those perspectives as well as nurturing flexibility in thinking will glean powerful results. Join us for this session as we discuss questions that get at the heart of equity in coaching conversations.

Presenters
avatar for Jen Townsend

Jen Townsend

Director of Learning, Noblesville Schools
avatar for Stephanie Affinito

Stephanie Affinito

Clinical Teaching Faculty, University at Albany
Stephanie Affinito is an educator in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany in New York. She has a deep love of literacy coaching and supporting teachers’ learning through technology. Stephanie creates spaces for authentic teacher learning... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Kara Taylor

Kara Taylor

Karatayl@iu.edu, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Dr. Kara Taylor is a clinical assistant professor researching Culturally Sustaining Writing Instruction and assessments. She currently works with both undergraduate and graduate students at IUPUI. She is a former curriculum designer, middle school teacher, and literacy coach from... Read More →


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

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

Literacy is NOT a Spectator Sport: Hands-On, Minds-On Reading!
What can we, as the educators who teach this future generation of readers, do to create more engaging literacy experiences?  In this interactive session, Dr. Kathy Perez will help you re-discover the keys of creating a community of readers, no matter the constricts facing your time.  Focusing on classroom environment and brain-based teaching, as well as student reading identity, this is a session sure to create conditions for more reading joy and deeper engagement with reading. From re-thinking major literacy decisions to all of the small decisions we make daily; this is meant to be a practical session that will offer up ideas to be implemented the very next day.

New brain-based discoveries reveal powerful mind-body states to optimize learning. This interactive workshop will help you see, hear and feel what brain-compatible literacy learning is all about. Energize your classrooms with powerful, practical tips and tools to engage all learners! Create a blast of positive energy by combining these techniques and propel learners quickly and easily toward achieving instructional objectives. Examine effective techniques for vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and critical thinking skills and see them modeled. Acquire instant ideas for your instructional tool kit!

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Kathy Perez

Dr. Kathy Perez

Professor Emerita, Saint Marys College of California
Dr. Kathy Perez, is an acclaimed international educational consultant, author and motivational speaker, specializing in instructional strategies and creative approaches to brain research, literacy, student engagement, differentiation and inclusion. Dr. Kathy has extensive teaching... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Barenie

Matthew Barenie

LRE Facilitator, Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative


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

9:00am EDT

Using Think-Alouds to Apprentice our Students to Become Active, Critical Readers
In today's world, students need to learn how to be active readers that critically think about texts. In this presentation, we will present an instructional process for thinking aloud with students in literacy experiences, including gradual release of responsibility and quality components that should be included in teachers' explicit modeling. We will provide booktalks and lesson plan ideas for both picture books and novels, that could be used for read-alouds or small group instruction. Walk away with literature lists and activities that can immediately be put into place in your classroom to encourage your students to be more active, critical thinkers.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Sharon Pratt

Dr. Sharon Pratt

Assistant Professor of Literacy and Elementary Education, Indiana University Northwest
Sharon Pratt taught reading, writing, and math as a Title I teacher in Iowa for 11 years. At Indiana University Northwest, she enjoys preparing and mentoring both pre-service and in-service teachers in literacy instructional methods. Some of her passions include children’s literature... Read More →


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

10:00am EDT

A New Vision of Workshop: Creating An Integrated Reading and Writing Workshop

Do you run out of time during reading and writing workshop? Join us and discover how to integrate reading and writing activities into a streamlined literacy workshop. Learn how to help your students apply their reading and writing knowledge with authentic literacy activities. Leave with a collection mentor texts and literacy workshop demonstration lessons to use in your classroom next year!

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Maria Walther

Dr. Maria Walther

Traveling Teacher, Author, Literacy Consultant, Maria P. Walther LLC
Teacher, author, literacy consultant, and children’s literature enthusiast, Maria Walther taught first grade for 34 years. She partners with teachers across the country to bring joy to their literacy instruction. The ideas she shares reflect her commitment to teaching, researching... Read More →
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Karen Biggs-Tucker

5th Grade Teacher, Wild Rose Elementary
Karen Biggs-Tucker is a teacher in St. Charles, IL where she has taught both second and fifth grade for 35 years. She has recently finished her second professional book with Maria Walther for Stenhouse Publishers titled The Literacy Workshop: Where Reading and Writing Converge. She... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Benjamin Boche

Benjamin Boche

Education


Saturday September 12, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am 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

Facilitating Conversations About Race in the Secondary ELA Classroom
Presenters
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Kelly Waller

Secondary ELA and Literacy Specialist, Indiana Department of Education
Kelly Waller is the Secondary ELA and Literacy Specialist with the Indiana Department of Education. Before joining the department, Kelly worked as a high school English teacher at a large, urban high school in Indianapolis. Kelly earned her bachelor's degree from Ball State University... Read More →

Moderators
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Julie McCoy

5th Grade Teacher/ISLA State Coordinator, FWCS/ ISLA


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

10:00am EDT

The Role of Empathy in the Classroom: Reflecting, Questioning, and Repositioning
The education model for the twenty-first century requires students to be globally-conscious and equip themselves with cognitive, behavioral, and relational skills to problem solve from multiple perspectives and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds. One such skill educators seek to help students develop is empathy. Empathy is used to realize, question, and disrupt power relations in language and literacy and to help students understand and prepare for the increasingly-connected world in which they live.

In this presentation, I will share how I taught empathy in three settings: teaching refugees in Budapest, teaching migrant students in rural Indiana, and co-teaching humanities in a PBL classroom. I will reflect on the efficacy of empathy in each experience and uncover common threads using critical literacy and Whiteness studies frameworks. I will share how empathy is currently assessed and conceptualized among researchers and education stakeholders and discuss the implications of these practices.

This presentation will also invite participants to reflect on their own experiences fostering empathy in their classrooms; engage in critical discussions on recent empathy assessment practices among education stakeholders; and collaboratively discuss ways to become more intentional and reflexive while using empathy to foster equity.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Walker

Amy Walker

PhD Student, LCLE, Indiana University
Amy is a PhD student in Literacy, Culture, & Language Education at Indiana University and an associate instructor, teaching reading research and methods courses to pre-service teachers.  As a rural community resident and researcher, she is a former middle school English as a New... Read More →


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

10:00am EDT

Writing From Beginning to End!
We all know how crucial it is to nail the beginning and ending of a story, opinion piece, or report. Why not dedicate an entire session on these two important factors? Shannon Anderson, author of Be an Amazing Writing Teacher, will guide you through her favorite tips and exercises to get your students writing beginnings that amaze and endings you will praise.

Presenters
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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 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
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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

Make It Real: Bringing Literacy to Life with Project-Based Learning
Teachers want to connect literacy instruction to memorable, meaningful experiences that give an authentic context for learning, but who has the time!?!? Discover how to implement project-based learning with cross-curricular content, collaboration options, and real-world connections. Explore specific literature-aligned PBL units and discover how to implement these projects in your classroom. Come ready to be that teacher students will never forget. Leave with lesson-by-lesson project ideas to make it happen. Handout with links to all the resources disccussed: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10uy97IM4wMTp1j_vL6inLYxMd3F4V1VYN-N6CEATGLQ/edit?usp=sharing


Presenters
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Terra Tarango

Director, Van Andel Institute for Education
Terra Tarango is an accomplished advocate in the education industry with more than 20 years of experience in educational publishing and services. Terra currently serves as the Director of the Van Andel Institute for Education and as the Founder of Blue Apple. She oversees innovative... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Lueckenhoff

Stephanie Lueckenhoff

Membership Chair, ISLA


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

11:00am EDT

Making Room for Whole-Class Novels
In today’s education world, using whole-class novels is a controversial subject. You will find teachers who wholeheartedly support using novels in the classroom and creating a shared reading experience. You will also find teachers who believe that whole-class novels cannot meet the needs of all students and instead, support independent choice reading. Why can’t we have both? In this session, teachers will learn ways to make whole-class novels work along with independent reading and student choice. Using ideas and strategies from the book, A Novel Approach, by Kate Roberts, participants will learn to create units that identify needed skills, to map out a unit, and to engage students while meeting their individual needs.

Presenters
avatar for Leigh Anne Eck

Leigh Anne Eck

Teacher, Vincennes Community School Corpoartion
Leigh Anne Eck is a 6th grade English language arts teacher from Vincennes, Indiana. She is a contributor at Choice Literacy and Three Teachers Talk, a co-moderator for #TeachWrite Chat, and blogs at A Day in the Life and Pencils, Pages and Practices. Leigh Anne has presented at NCTE... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Barenie

Matthew Barenie

LRE Facilitator, Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative


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

Teaching that Elusive but Critical Reading Competency – Fluency! sponsored by Amplify
Presenters
Moderators
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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 →


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
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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

Be a Literacy Leader with Formative Assessments!
Lead your students to becoming strong literacy learners with your frequent use of formative assessments! In this session, you will be reminded of the critical importance of multiple daily assessment opportunities, and that the greatest teaching and learning effectiveness will occur with frequent checks for understanding. Elementary and middle school teacher presenters will share their most recent experiences with formative assessments, including those they implemented during their Covid-19 online teaching. Participants will engage with numerous formative assessments, both electronic and paper-based, that can be used right away on Monday!

Presenters
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Tyler Schumacher

3rd Grade Teacher, St. Anthony School
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Kathy Ogden

Teacher, St.Philip Neri
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Dr. Diane Maletta

Faculty of Supervision & Instruction, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Diane Maletta has been an elementary and middle school teacher, and has been teaching at the university level for 20+ years. She currently teaches and supervises teachers at the University of Notre Dame in the M.Ed. program. Diane enjoys providing professional development for... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Benjamin Boche

Benjamin Boche

Education


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

1:00pm EDT

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Promising Practices for African American Male Students
This session will take us on a journey into culturally responsive pedagogical (CRP) practices and the impact on African American male students. We will investigate the importance of implementing culturally responsive pedagogical practices for African American male students, especially in the elementary school setting. We will identify the CRP practices that have the power to increase student learning outcomes for African American male students. We will look at the highs and lows, ups and downs, and failures and successes. We will develop a clear understanding of CRP and begin to create an action plan to use in the classroom/school setting. It is my firm belief that implementing CRP practices provides educators with an avenue to remedy a social justice issue that has plagued our nation for years. This session will be beneficial for all those invested in closing the achievement gap and increasing student learning outcomes through the use of CRP practices.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Dennisha Murff

Dr. Dennisha Murff

Founder and Elementary Principal, Murff Consulting Group
Dr. Dennisha Murff is an administrator, author, adjunct professor, consultant, and relentless advocate for equitable education. Throughout her career, she has worked to incorporate equity, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness in her work. Dr. Murff is the founder of Murff Consulting... Read More →

Moderators
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Kara Taylor

Karatayl@iu.edu, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Dr. Kara Taylor is a clinical assistant professor researching Culturally Sustaining Writing Instruction and assessments. She currently works with both undergraduate and graduate students at IUPUI. She is a former curriculum designer, middle school teacher, and literacy coach from... Read More →


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

1:00pm EDT

Google Drawing + A Process = Creativity
One of the most underutilized tools in GSuite for K12 is Google Drawing. Pair this tool with a creative process and you end up with amazing opportunities for students. In this session, participants will learn about how combining a creative process with Google Drawing can be used to create killer graphics, detailed digital prototypes, and fantastic social media filters that can be added to other GSuite apps like slides and forms.  

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 →

Moderators
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Melissa Capin

Westfield


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

1:00pm EDT

Not Your Granny's Grammar: Innovative Practices to Enliven Grammar Learning
Mid-century modern may work for furniture but not for grammar study—there’s a better way! Let’s explore a form-follows-function instructional design for the grammar standards. The form of our teaching follows how language functions in the world: in service to making meaning clear, developing voice, persuading, and bending conventions to convey information and knowledge with power. Participants will feel the excitement of this approach immediately when they see classroom examples where students develop grammar know-how driven by curiosity and play.

Presenters
avatar for Patty McGee

Patty McGee

Author, Instructional Coach, Benchmark Education
Patty McGee is an author and teacher whose passion and vision is to create learning environments where educators and students discover their true potential and power. Patty's favorite moments are when groups of teachers are studying alongside students collaboratively in the classroom... Read More →

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 →

Sponsors
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Benchmark Education

John Wolf, Professional Development, Benchmark Education
Thank you to Benchmark Education for bringing our Opening Speaker, Patty McGee, to #ISLA20.To order Benchmark materials in Indiana, contact:Susan WalkerCJ Walker Group, LLCPublishers Representatives317.435.3135cjwalkergroup@gmail.combenchmarkeducation.comPromo code: BB99Add $300 free with a $500 order with code next to selected items.Add $500 free with a $1,000 order with code next to selected items... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 1:00pm - 1:45pm 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
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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

1:00pm EDT

Turning Leaders in your Community into Literacy Champions at your School sponsored by Kids Read Now
This session will focus on identifying community partners and sponsors, how to engage with them, and how to build a sustainable community network to support literacy efforts at the school. We will offer tools and other materials to help schools explain the literacy crisis to their community and open the doorways to creating an engaged community with the mission to focus on literacy as a lifelong, vital skill.

We'll break down how to show community leaders “What's in it for me?” and why they should join on your mission and become champions for your cause. By tying in relevant studies of literacy and how it affects the economic outcomes in a region, participants will learn the real cost of illiteracy within their community. They will be better prepared to be able to educate their community leaders that the path to a strong community starts with literacy.

We will provide real world examples of projects in action and will include a breakout activity where participants can use what they learned throughout the presentation to come up with their own community engagement plan focused on literacy.

Presenters
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Casey Wente and Rachel Benedict

Outreach Support Specialist and Community Engagement Manager, Kids Read Now
Casey: This is my 3rd summer at Kids Read Now. I come from the banking world, where I felt an immense connection to my community and desire to "help" the people within it. Founder Leib Lurie was one of those community members. As I learned about KRN and their mission, I knew I wanted... Read More →

Sponsors
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Kids Read Now

Read. Report. Repeat. Results., Kids Read Now
Let's talk about Summer Reading! Kids Read Now is an in-home summer reading program dedicated to eliminating the summer slide. Students receive up to 9 books in a Read a Book, Get a Book model, all summer long.


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

2:00pm EDT

Educational Partnerships as Student Advocacy: Supporting Struggling Students in Rural Communities
As educators in rural communities, watching students struggle with limited knowledge of or access to additional educational resources outside the classroom can be a helpless feeling. Often, teachers attempt to fill in the gaps but lack knowledge or resources on how to help students receive the services they need. In this session, two former co-teachers, now a principal and PhD student-researcher, share how their own experience served as a catalyst for long-term commitment to building educational partnerships for students. Jake and Amy share research on the importance of partnerships in rural communities and suggestions on how educators can become advocates for students both inside and outside the classroom.
In this session, participants are invited to identify and reflect on educational partnerships in their own communities, discuss shared experiences, and strategize ways to cultivate and maintain partnerships as a form of student advocacy.

 

Presenters
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Jake Singleton

Assistant Principal, Lincoln Junior High
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Amy Walker

PhD Student, LCLE, Indiana University
Amy is a PhD student in Literacy, Culture, & Language Education at Indiana University and an associate instructor, teaching reading research and methods courses to pre-service teachers.  As a rural community resident and researcher, she is a former middle school English as a New... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

I Remember: Using Creative & Memoir Writing in the Classroom
Traditionally, the writing students do in school is primarily academic. It's focused with a purpose of using research and commentating on other work(s). At the Indiana Writers Center, we challenge this by giving students the opportunity to creatively write memoirs about their own lives. In this session, I will share with you creative and memoir writing prompts. In addition, we will examine the strategies we use at the center with our students. The prompts we use range from various topics like I remember, let me tell you, or write for change and social justice. We will then write together to these prompts and have an open discussion on how this type of writing can be valuable in your classroom. These shared experiences promote realtionship building and social emotional learning opportunities.

Presenters
avatar for Eileen Porzuczek

Eileen Porzuczek

Graduate Student in Emerging Media Design and Development at Ball State University, The Indiana Writers Center
Eileen Porzuczek is currently a graduate student at Ball State University studying Emerging Media Design and Development. While she is getting her master's degree she also works as a graduate assistant for the Division of Online and Strategic Learning doing customer relationship management... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Lueckenhoff

Stephanie Lueckenhoff

Membership Chair, ISLA


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

2:00pm EDT

Show Them History! (Sponsored by Portable Press)
Looking for an engaging and relatable way to teach history to your students? Mark Shulman, author of nearly 200 books, including Scrawl and several books in the fun, factual, biographical graphic novel series Show Me History, will present ways that he's engaging students to create an exciting narrative from the lives of historical figures. Using examples from his Show Me History books, Mark will demonstrate ways to find interesting details, make narratives engaging, and encourage students to bring people and events of the past to life.

From Portable Press
The award-winning Show Me History! graphic novel series is full of unforgettable people, entertaining action, era-specific facts, and colorful artwork. Meet some of history’s most interesting characters, including Susan B. Anthony, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Alexander Hamilton, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Babe Ruth!  Click here and enter for a chance to win a Show Me History! Book & Swag Box. Each prize box is filled with 8 Show Me History! books, a Show Me History! tote bag, 5 Show Me History! buttons, and a Show Me History! poster ($103 value). Must be an ISLA conference participant to win.

Presenters
Moderators
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Matthew Barenie

LRE Facilitator, Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative

Sponsors
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Portable Press

Portable Press
Portable Press publishes fun and informative books for the whole family.  Whether you are looking for records ready to be broken, reference books full of reverence, or strange stories that prove that fact is indeed stranger than fiction, Portable Press has the book for you.Portable... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

The Essential Role of Feedback in Distance/Blended Teaching and Learning
There is a good chance that many districts in Indiana and beyond will spend some of the upcoming year engaging in blended/distance teaching and learning. This will offer many challenges, but one of the most significant is that during blended/distance learning most of the bridges connecting teachers and students--the small discussions at the beginning and end of class, the quick check-ins, the real-time data via body language and facial expressions--are cut off. This is a major issue for many educators because those quick interactions aren’t just pleasant moments; they are where many teachers gain crucial information about who the students are and how they learn, build relationships with and cultivate positive beliefs within students, and generally create community and humanize the classroom. 

Luckily, however, there is one bridge that will remain open, regardless of how school looks: The feedback teachers give to students. This session, drawn from Matt's experience as a full-time ELA teacher and his recent book Flash Feedback: Responding to Student Writing Better and Faster -- Without Burning Out, will unpack the role that feedback can play during this time, regardless of a class's structure. It will also provide practical feedback strategies that will help feedback in any teaching arrangement, distanced or just socially-distanced, do more when it comes to building connections and community, cultivating positive beliefs and identities in students, and of course, helping students to better learn the content of the class. 


Presenters
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Matthew Johnson

Teacher, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Matthew is a high school English language arts teacher from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a writer and speaker who has spent much of the last decade in pursuit of a white whale: Feedback practices that are both effective and efficient. His journey to find more meaningful and sustainable... Read More →

Moderators
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Dr. Sharon Pratt

Assistant Professor of Literacy and Elementary Education, Indiana University Northwest
Sharon Pratt taught reading, writing, and math as a Title I teacher in Iowa for 11 years. At Indiana University Northwest, she enjoys preparing and mentoring both pre-service and in-service teachers in literacy instructional methods. Some of her passions include children’s literature... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm 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
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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

2:00pm EDT

Vocabulary Instruction can be Engaging and Effective: Here’s How sponsored by Amplify
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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 →


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

3:00pm EDT

A Process A Hack and A Tool Walk Into A Classroom
Every day we ask our students to design and create. Prototypes. Graphics. Videos. Presentations. Solutions. However, supporting those students through a creative process is often overlooked. We simply provide students with a rubric, a device, a due date and we say, “Go!” What we are left with are default fonts, pixelated images, and poorly constructed models. Learn how to support student creativity by introducing them to a design process, inexpensive classroom hacks, and simple tools and materials.

Presenters
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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 →

Moderators
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Melissa Capin

Westfield


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

3:00pm EDT

Explicit and Systematic Instruction
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Joe Risch

Sr Specialist for Teaching and Learning, Indiana Department of Education
I am the senior specialist for teaching and learning and dyslexia specialist for the Indiana Department of Education

Moderators
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Julie McCoy

5th Grade Teacher/ISLA State Coordinator, FWCS/ ISLA


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

3:00pm EDT

Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: Primary Edition
There is an art to giving feedback to our youngest writers that takes into account the ways emerging writers communicate on paper. With too much emphasis on, say, conventional spelling, the writer can feel whalloped and defeated.  On the flip side, not enough feedback can have the same outcome.  Together we will explore the different phases of writing development, embrace a new definition of writing in the primary grades, and consider innovative feedback moves that empower.

Presenters
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Patty McGee

Author, Instructional Coach, Benchmark Education
Patty McGee is an author and teacher whose passion and vision is to create learning environments where educators and students discover their true potential and power. Patty's favorite moments are when groups of teachers are studying alongside students collaboratively in the classroom... Read More →

Moderators
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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 →

Sponsors
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Benchmark Education

John Wolf, Professional Development, Benchmark Education
Thank you to Benchmark Education for bringing our Opening Speaker, Patty McGee, to #ISLA20.To order Benchmark materials in Indiana, contact:Susan WalkerCJ Walker Group, LLCPublishers Representatives317.435.3135cjwalkergroup@gmail.combenchmarkeducation.comPromo code: BB99Add $300 free with a $500 order with code next to selected items.Add $500 free with a $1,000 order with code next to selected items... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

Innovative Implementation of Multicultural Literature in the Classroom
As diverse student populations increase in learning spaces and classrooms, let's explore the need to understand the meaning and benefits of implementing multicultural literature into classroom libraries and instruction. This presentation provides innovative research based approaches that support curriculum standards and explore multicultural literature beyond traditional ways to share literature. Through collaboration, the participants will compile a list of titles, purposes and strategies for reading multicultural literacy to, with and by students.

Presenters
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April Thomas

Reading Intervention Teacher/ PhD Student, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
April Thomas is a North Carolina public school reading intervention teacher and an Urban Literacy doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. For the past 20 years, she has served in the roles of a classroom teacher, Title II resource teacher, Title I literacy... Read More →

Moderators
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Kara Taylor

Karatayl@iu.edu, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Dr. Kara Taylor is a clinical assistant professor researching Culturally Sustaining Writing Instruction and assessments. She currently works with both undergraduate and graduate students at IUPUI. She is a former curriculum designer, middle school teacher, and literacy coach from... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

Taking the Guesswork out of Literacy Instruction
How do we know what actually works in education? How do we know what instructional strategies truly make an impact on student achievement? Is there a way to tell? In this session, we explore the research of John Hattie and his Visible Learning team to reveal the top 18 strategies that promote surface, deep, and transfer of learning for literacy. Once these strategies are identified, teachers can then determine when (in units and the PLC process) to leverage each strategy for student growth and achievement. If you've ever wondered just what exactly we should be focusing on to grow our readers--this session is for you.

Presenters
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Carrie Rosebrock

Professional Learning Specialist, Central Indiana Educational Services Center
Carrie Rosebrock has taught middle school and high school English for over 13 years. She is the Professional Learning Specialist for English for the Central Indiana Educational Services Center. She presents at local, state, and national conferences about literacy, writing, and the... Read More →

Moderators
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Benjamin Boche

Education


Saturday September 12, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm 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
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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 →
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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
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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
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