2022 CONFERENCE FEATURED SPEAKERS
A Big Win for Literacy
A conversation with Dr. Stephen Peters, Immediate Past President, International Literacy Association and Co-Author of One. A Process for Building Schools of Excellence for Every One and Everyone.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Children's Author and Storyteller
(Candace will join us in-person at the 2023 Conference)
The Heart Of The Story
Stories are prayers and parables, history and music, the connective tissue of the human race. Award winning author Candace Fleming takes you on a journey to the very heart of the stories she tells -- both true and imaginary one-- and along the way provides a roadmap for your own trip into your story's core.
Thursday, February 10, 2022
The Power of Story and the Danger of Absence
This session uses Dr. Pearson’s storytelling as a vehicle for learning the importance of representation in learning empathy and broadening perspectives and how the absence of such representation leads to bigotry and discrimination. Dr. Pearson speaks about her experiences post 9/11 as well as more recently and explains why it is not only important to tell our stories, but also why we should listen to the stories of people who are different from us.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Shifting the Balance: Bringing the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom
Based on their groundbreaking book, Jan Burkins and Kari Yates share their journey into the body of reading science often referred to as the science of reading, acknowledging that rethinking our practices is emotional as well as academic work. In this funny, engaging, and science-filled workshop, they assert that the “balanced literacy” and “the science of reading” communities are already aligned in many ways, that understanding more cognitive science can lead to stronger practices in classrooms, that some instructional practices do need to be revised or retired, and that extremes in application of science can create over-correction problems and lead to the dreaded pendulum swing.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Sight Word Success
Tired of teaching “sight words” one day, only to have kids stare at them blankly the next? Get ready to rethink everything you thought you knew about teaching sight words! In this session, Jan Burkins & Kari Yates will invite you to rethink sight word instruction, ultimately learning to depend on the secret sauce for word recognition—orthographic mapping. We’ll untangle several common misunderstandings about high-frequency word learning and get crystal clear on the brain science that can clear up these confusions. You’ll leave this session confidently equipped with tools for prioritizing and ordering sight word instruction, as well as with tried and true instructional routines that ensure the words you teach get stored for instant and automatic retrieval so that students can focus on the ultimate goal of reading - comprehension.
Events Surrounding the Featured Speakers - See Below:
Sunday Conference Sessions - 5:00 pm (CST) with Literacy Experts
Conference Videotaped Presentations available for viewing on the Website from Literacy Experts
January, 30, 2022
If You Build It, They Will Come: Academic Literacy in 4-12 Classrooms (MS/Sec)
Sarah Essay, Claudine Kennicutt, Dallas Lewandowski
Explore ESU 10’s Academic Literacy Project, a series focused on helping teachers implement research-based strategies in engagement, vocabulary, comprehension, and text discussion to increase student achievement for 4-12 students.
Blossoming with Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
Phonemic awareness is critical for literacy development. Sensitivity to the sound structure of language prepares students to connect spoken and written language. Learn strategies to build phonemic awareness skills.
February 6, 2022
Argument Writing: A Path to Literacy (MS/Sec)
Argument writing requires proficiency in multiple kinds of literacy. The practices of layered reading, guided questioning, and recursive writing build essential literacy skills as students learn to write well-crafted arguments.
Writing to Learn: Using Digital Tools to Facilitate Students' Understanding of Texts
This session will provide engaging write-to-learn strategies that allow teachers to facilitate opportunities using digital tools for students to think critically and analytically about text in all content areas.
February 13, 2022
Laying the Foundation: Preparing for the Challenge (Elem/Sec)
Sara Churchill and Cynthia Stogdill
Engaging in equity means selecting materials for students that are mirrors and windows for diverse learners. This session will help educators prepare for challenges to diverse materials by laying a foundation built on standards, mission statements, policies, and procedures.
The Power of Qualitative Data
Dr. Carrie Hepburn will discuss different types of qualitative data to analyze during the literacy blocks. She will share ways to utilize the data for responsive teaching and tools to support the important work. This session will be fast-paced and talk about the types of data that will propel students across the reading and writing continuums along with the alignment of John Hattie's Visible Learning research.
February 20, 2022
Never Too Early, Never Too Late: Identification and Intervention for Nebraska Students with Dyslexia (Elem/Special Education)
In this interactive session, we will highlight aspects of the newly revised Nebraska Dyslexia Guide and provide educators with many practical resources. We will review the legal framework of dyslexia legislation in Nebraska, as well as the causes and evidence-based interventions and recommended accommodations for children having, or suspected of having, dyslexia. We encourage your questions about dyslexia, evidence-based interventions, dyslexia legislation in Nebraska, and how to use the MTSS framework to best serve Nebraska students.
February 27, 2022
How Executive Functioning Skills Impact Reading (Elem/MS)
Skills like flexible thinking and working memory greatly impact decoding and comprehension. Learn about the connection between EFS and reading, and how you can support readers who struggle with EFS.