Literacy Best Practice Day!

January 24, 2014

Friday, Jan. 24th, 8:15am

13750 Woodcroft Avenue Northwest

Edmonton, AB

Languages Centre at Woodcroft

Cost: EPSB Schools $25 / Non-EPSB Schools $75 (morning refreshments included)


To register:

EPSB staff: click here

Non-EPSB staff: Contact jan.amundson@epsb.ca or 780-429-8315


What is Literacy Best Practices Day?

  • a day with sessions presented by classroom teachers, school leaders and consultants who will offer approaches and strategies to support thinking and literacy.
  • sharing research-based best practices to promote literacy from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Keynote - Great Reads

Sessions

Session 1 (9:45 - 10:45 am)

The Literacy Principal: A principal’s perspective on literacy practices in the 21st Century

This session will highlight what a principal needs to be aware of to ensure best practices for literacy in their school. The Windsor Park School principal and a few staff members will share some of their key best practices. Please join us for an exciting dialogue on literacy in the 21st Century.

Presenter: Patti Christensen, Principal, Windsor Park School

Crystal Wilson, Teacher, Windsor Park School

Target audience: leadership and teachers, grades K-6

Storyboarding: More than a video planner

In today’s challenging classroom environment storyboarding can be a useful communication and planning tool for both teachers and students. It can serve as an alternative to the traditional outline, a collaboration tool, a means of engaging students who struggle with writing or English, or a springboard to multimedia projects in your classroom. It can assist everyone with the communication of basic concepts and can also develop teachers’ and student’ digital fluency when extended into digital storytelling of various types. Finally, when we develop storyboards as a group, we encourage the development of basic collaboration skills, as well as encouraging a deeper understanding of the topics discussed.

This session will share two storyboarding anecdotes, examine storyboarding basics, and share three instruments: a freehand, paper-based template, an online tool, and a free PC-based software program that some of you may have used many times, but is overlooked as a storyboarding tool.

Presenter: Gord Balbar, CTS Department Head, Eastglen School

Target audience: all

How Trauma, Mental Health Issues and Social Emotional Competency Affect Literacy (2 sessions offered, repeat for AM & PM)

There is clear evidence that trauma and resulting mental health issues affect the development of the brain in areas of social emotional regulation. Given the importance and complexity of social emotional issues, teachers need to be equipped with a comprehensive understanding of trauma and emotional regulation in order to successfully teach students the important literacy skills they need to succeed in school and life.

Presenter: Jennifer Mosier, Teacher, R.J. Scott School

Target audience: all

Session 2 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Connecting Reading and Writing to Enhance Your Language Arts Program

Are you looking for ideas to enrich your writing program? You can use your read alouds to spark your writing and you can use your writing to deepen reading comprehension. This session will offer practical ideas and lessons that can be used with a variety of literature to link your reading and writing lessons.

Presenter: Rebecca Wood, Teacher, Steinhauer School

Target audience: Teachers of grades 2-6

Inclusion through Collaboration: Creating, implementing and maintaining an effective pyramid of intervention for language and literacy in a diverse K-9 school

All students have special needs. Meeting the unique language and literacy needs of every child requires a deliberate, systemic plan for screening, instruction, intervention and remediation. A systematic literacy pyramid of intervention is only as effective as the teacher collaboration behind it. This session describes the development of our literacy pyramid on intervention through an ongoing collaborative process. Our role as an “Everybody’s In” demonstration site will be highlighted.

Presenters: Kathleen Durance, Lisa Landry-Jones, Curriculum Coordinators, Ellerslie Campus

Target audience: leadership and teachers, grades K-9

Building Vocabulary Through Read Alouds

“Text Talk” (Beck, McKeown & Kucan, 2002) is an approach to read alouds that will foster vocabulary building and discussion. A few vocabulary words are selected and then explicitly taught after the story has been read. The students then interact with the words in various ways so that deep learning occurs. In this session, we will demonstrate how “text talk” was done in a grade 4 class with many English language learners, the effect that the approach had on the oral and written language of these students, and how this can be used at all grade levels.

Presenters: Kristina Clayton, Teacher, Satoo School

Joyce Purdy, Consultant, Support for Staff and Students

Target audience: Kindergarten to grade 9

Beyond Bannock and Beads – Authentic Student Engagement Utilizing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to be engaged with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit literature that bridges culture and curriculum. Participants will explore strategies aimed at promoting and enhancing literacy attainment through resources that reflect the diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures.

Presenter: Eileen Marthiensen, Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools

Melissa Purcell, Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools

Target audience: Teachers, grades K-9

Session 3 (1:15 - 2:15 pm)

Reading Workshop: Falling in love with reading; Engaging readers in grades 3-6! (2 Part session, Part 1 of 2 session)

This practical session will introduce teachers to the structure, components and classroom application of Readers Workshop for Grades 3-6. Readers Workshop is a research-based approach designed to engage, build stamina and explicitly teach reading strategies for narrative and expository texts. The resource Units of Study for Teaching Reading: Grades 3-8 (2010) by Lucy Calkins will be shared.

Presenter: Bonnie Lebowitz, Teacher, Delton School

Target audience: Teachers of grades 3-6

Assessment for Learning: Using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment to guide instruction

You’ve administered the Benchmark Assessment and you have an assessment record. Now what? Come and get a quick overview on how you can use the assessment record to create an in-depth understanding of how your student reads. We will look at strategies and prompts to use within your classroom to guide your literacy instruction.

Presenter: Joanne Olsen, Teacher, Youngstown School

Target audience: teachers, grades 1-6

Literally Science

From word walls to vocabulary games, from pre-reading activities to reading a picture, I’ll share a few of the strategies that I use in my science classroom to reinforce literacy skills and, by extension, student understanding, engagement and perseverance in learning activities.

Presenter: Fred Wilkes, Teacher, Florence Hallock School

Target audience: content area teachers, grades 5-9

ELL Oral Language Development

This session offers practical strategies to help your ELLs develop their oral language because .... if they can't say it, they can't read or write it!

Presenters: Lynn Farrugia, Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools

Target audience: all

Session 4 (2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Reading Workshop: Falling in love with reading; Engaging readers in grades 3-6 (2 Part session, Part 2 of 2 session)

This practical session will introduce teachers to the structure, components and classroom application of Readers Workshop for Grades 3-6. Readers Workshop is a research-based approach designed to engage, build stamina and explicitly teach reading strategies for narrative and expository texts. The resource Units of Study for Teaching Reading: Grades 3-8 (2010) by Lucy Calkins will be shared.

Presenter: Bonnie Lebowitz, Teacher, Delton School

Target audience: teachers of grades 3-6

Feedback that Sparks Change: Showing all students the way forward

Where do I begin to provide effective feedback for this student? How do I move this learning forward? If you have ever asked these questions, this session on student writing is for you.

We will identify and discuss the qualities of the 6 traits of writing. Collaborative assessment using exemplars and rubrics will focus our feedback for students. You will leave this session with a better understanding of how to provide effective formative feedback for developing writers.

Presenters: Margaret Kobewka, Teacher, Argyll Centre

Kim Gerke, Teacher, Argyll Centre

Target audience: teachers, grades 1-9

Engaging Parents in Reading Comprehension

You can maximize one of your greatest resources to enhance reading comprehension skills for your students – your parents. This session will provide practical and proven reading comprehension strategies for teachers and parents. These methods have been effective with students from kindergarten to grade six as well as with English language learners and at-risk students and can easily be used by parents at home and by teachers in their classrooms.

Presenter: Patrick Reilly, Curriculum Coordinator, Glengarry School

Target audience: Kindergarten to grade 6

How Trauma, Mental Health Issues and Social Emotional Competency Affect Literacy (2 sessions offered, repeat for AM & PM)

There is clear evidence that trauma and resulting mental health issues affect the development of the brain in areas of social emotional regulation. Given the importance and complexity of social emotional issues, teachers need to be equipped with a comprehensive understanding of trauma and emotional regulation in order to successfully teach students the important literacy skills they need to succeed in school and life.

Presenter: Jennifer Mosier, Teacher, R.J. Scott School

Target audience: all

SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION

Schedule

8:15-8:45 am: Registration

8:45-9:30 am: Opening remarks and keynote

9:45-10:45 am: Session 1

10:45-11:00 am: Break

11:00-12:00 pm: Session 2

12:00-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-2:15 pm: Session 3

2:15-2:30 pm: Break

2:30-3:30 pm: Session 4

Registration

Edmonton Public Schools Registration:


Non-Edmonton Public Schools Registration:

Selecting Sessions

First-come, first-served!

Pre-selection of sessions will open two weeks in advance of the conference.

Procedure:


  • Registrants will be notified by email of how to select sessions
  • Select your first and second choices
  • Receive your itinerary at registration on January 4
  • Pre-selection closes at midnight on January 21
  • After January 21, choose from open sessions on the 24th
  • Need to make changes to your selection? No problem! Just let us know on the 24th.

More information

Sessions: Kathy Nawrot at kathy.nawrot@epsb.ca

Registration: Jan Amundson at jan.amundson@epsb.ca