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UPCOMING CONFERENCE 2022

WHY ATTEND THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE? 

Comments from 2021 Virtual Participants

  • I thought it was awesome that you had the recordings available to watch. I really like the topics covered and thought the speakers had some really insightful and important information to share."
  • "I thought it was well organized and the idea of it taking place over several weeks was an added benefit. I looked forward to Thursday evenings!"
  • "As a virtual conference, it was well put together with the access to watch the recordings if you couldn't make it live."
  • "The format worked. I prefer in-person learning, but under the circumstances, I thought it was done well."
  • "Very impressed with the speakers. So glad NSLA held this conference during the pandemic."
  • "Fabulous! I appreciated all the national speakers and all the information."
  • "I appreciated the virtual conference. It hasn't worked out for me to attend the last few years, while I could find time to listen to the speakers virtually. Well done!"
  • "Thank you for the great efforts to provide this professional event!"

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2022 NSLA Conference

"ENGAGING in EQUITY"

Virtual Speaker Series

Registration will open soon!

#NSLA2022


Virtual Speaker Series Pricing

Members and Undergraduate Students: $20.00 (Access to live speakers, videos of the sessions, and all materials on the website) 


Nonmembers: $60.00 (Access only to live speakers and handouts the night of the presentations.  For a better deal - join as a member and get a reduced rate and access to all videos and materials at any point.) 


Conference 2022 Postcard

NSLA PreConference Virtual Book Study

Join us as we meet to discuss the book

Shifting the Balance: 

6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom

Dr. Jan Burkins and Kari Yates

This will allow you to become familiar with the book before Jan and Kari join us as Virtual Speakers for the NSLA 2022 Conference. 

NSLA members: Free!!

Join today to receive this member benefit.

All sessions can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home via zoom. 

Sunday evenings - November 21, 28; December 5; January 2, 9, 16 - 6:30 PM (Central time).

Jan and Kari will join the Book Study one evening with time for comments and questions (date to be announced).

View Introductory flyer  - Share the flyer with friends/colleagues. 

View Introductory slide show

Register here for the Book Study.

2022 CONFERENCE FEATURED SPEAKERS

Awards Night Registration

Thursday, January 27, 2022

5:00 PM

Dr. Stephen Peters

Past ILA President (2020-2021)

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

5:00 PM

Candace Fleming | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

Candace Fleming

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

5:00 PM

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

5:00 PM

     Kari Yates | Stenhouse Publishers

Dr. Jan Burkins and Kari Yates

"Shifting the Balance"

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

5:00 PM

      Kari Yates | Stenhouse Publishers

Dr. Jan Burkins and Kari Yates

"Shifting the Balance"

 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  

Elise Spang

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)

Rachel Jank

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

Jennifer Lemke

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

Carrie Hepburn

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)

Teresa Franks

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)

Becky Korinek

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.

A Message From Conference Co-Chairs


Nikki Piper


Tiffany Young

Dr. Tiffany Young

Dear Educators, 

We hope your school year is off to a great start!  After some research, seeking feedback from administrators from across the state, and a special board meeting, the board voted to do a virtual conference in place of our scheduled in-person 2022 conference.  This was a difficult decision, however, considering the current situation with COVID-19 and the substitute shortage we determined we needed to work to best meet the needs of schools and teachers.  We are looking forward to creating a great virtual experience as we pursue our mission to lead in the promotion of literacy in the state of Nebraska through collaboration, advocacy and professional development.  We will be in touch soon with more details.  We hope you will join us!  

Nikki Piper and Tiffany Young 

conferencecoordinators@neliteracy.org

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2020 CONFERENCE

  • "I took something away from every session which I rarely ever say about a conference."

  • "I was very impressed with the speakers I listened to and how organized the conference was.  I honestly learned a lot."
  • "The facilities were top notch, the food was delicious and most importantly the session topics and organization of sessions were very organized and efficient to meet participant needs! The Exhibit Hall was inviting and easy to access as well as easy access to visit with representatives/vendors."
  • "Top quality speakers for all sessions made it hard to choose which sessions to attend - a great problem to have!"

  • "This was a great conference! I took away many important lessons, got to make connections with lots of people, grew professionally and gained ideas for my teaching."

  • "I felt so inspired and renewed after after attending this conference! It's so great to have things reiterated that I maybe forgot, or to learn something new. Opportunities for networking were plentiful."

REASONS TO ATTEND THE NSLA CONFERENCE

  • "To be with other professionals that celebrate literacy"
  • "The conference is my opportunity for professional development and networking"
  • "Networking with professionals from NE and across the country"
  • "I really appreciated the applications to the classroom."
  • "Big takeaways from everyone I went to, which is huge"
  • "The topics covered were so relevant to my future and I am confident I can use many ideas, techniques and methods in my classroom."
  • "Gave me new ideas to bring back to the classroom and ideas for me as a reader and writer."
  • "To be with other professionals that celebrate literacy"
  • "The conference is my opportunity for professional development and networking"
  • "Networking with professionals from NE and across the country"
  • "I really appreciated the applications to the classroom."
  • "Big takeaways from everyone I went to, which is huge"
  • "The topics covered were so relevant to my future and I am confident I can use many ideas, techniques and methods in my classroom."
  • "Gave me new ideas to bring back to the classroom and ideas for me as a reader and writer."

STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

The Nebraska State Literacy Association (NSLA) Student Ambassador Program provides college students an opportunity for professional growth and networking at the NSLA annual conference.  In addition to the paid registration, the students will receive memberships to Nebraska State Literacy Association and International Literacy Association levels.  This is an excellent opportunity for professional growth and networking for pre-service teachers during the annual conference and beyond.
Students will submit an application to the Student Ambassador Committee.

Contact:  Carin Appleget

Email:  studentambassador@neliteracy.org

Applications are due (date TBA)

Information and application form will be updated


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