Nebraska State Literacy Association
an affiliate of the International Literacy Association
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The mission of the Nebraska State Literacy Association (NSLA) is to lead in the promotion of literacy in the state of Nebraska through collaboration, advocacy and professional development.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND CONFERENCE 2021
WHY ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?
Reasons to attend the Conference:
NSLA 2021 Conference
will be a series of
Virtual Events this year
Reserve Thursday evenings for the virtual events
February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4
5:00 - 6:00 PM (Central)
Cost (for all five sessions)
NSLA Members attend free
Non-members - $50.00
Undergraduate students - $10.00
This is the time to join NSLA so you may attend the series for free.
Virtual Speaker Series
Brian Cambourne and
Every Child is Made for Learning:
Updating and Extending Cambourne’s Conditions of Learning
Teachers shape the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual spaces that support student learning. But what are the classroom conditions that make student learning more likely to occur? And what decisions will teachers make to bring these conditions of learning to life? This session will update and extend research and thinking about the Conditions of Learning, explore language and literacy development, and illustrate teacher decisions that nourish a discourse of “meaning-making.
Selecting Multicultural Literature to Build a Classroom Library
Participants will learn about why multicultural literature is important, how to choose authentic and quality books, and how to build a balanced library collection.
The Distance Learning Playbook
Effective teaching is effective teaching, no matter where it occurs.
The pandemic teaching of mid-2020 was not really distance learning, but rather crisis teaching. But starting now, teachers have the opportunity to prepare for distance learning with purpose and intent—using what works best to accelerate students’ learning all the while maintaining an indelible focus on equity.
Renowned educators Dr. Douglas Fisher and Dr. Nancy Frey apply the wisdom and evidence of VISIBLE LEARNING® research to understand what works best with distance learning. Spanning topics from teacher-student relationships, teacher credibility and clarity, instructional design, assessments, and grading, this comprehensive webinar will detail the research- and evidence-based strategies teachers can utilize to help students and families succeed in any learning environment.
If you would like to buy the book to read before the event please go to the Corwin website and use the promotional code PLAYBK30 (all caps) which will give you a 30% discount on the book.
Building a Strong Foundation for Reading: Phonics, Vocabulary, and Fluency
Word knowledge and reading fluency have been found to be foundational and essential elements of any successful reading program. Despite their importance many students fail to achieve sufficiently in these areas. In this presentation, Dr. Tim Rasinski will provide theoretical and research background and definition to phonics and fluency. He will share effective (science) and engaging (art) strategies for teaching these all-important reading components that will move students toward better comprehension and greater proficiency in reading.
A Conversation with Nell K. Duke: Digital Environments for Early Literacy Learners
Dr. Nell Duke, a literacy researcher from the University of Michigan School of Education, focuses on early literacy development, policy, and practice. She has been working on ways to continue to use research-supported literacy practices even amidst a pandemic. Participants will learn how to adjust their practices and priorities to ensure students are continuing to develop literacy and then have the opportunity to pose specific questions to Nell Duke during the live
Q & A session on March 4.
Please watch the following videos before the conversation with Nell Duke:
If possible read her interview that appeared in Education Week last September:
Plan for the future
Tentative 2022 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
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