2015 WSRA Convention Highlights

Summaries and Handouts

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss

2015 WSRA Convention Handouts


The following is a list of the 10 institutes that were offered on Thursday.

Each institute is listed by category and the sessions that provided handouts are listed below that.

Some sessions below have notes linked to them from a TASD teacher who attended that session.

**Notes available under Conference Notes from Attendees section

Institute One -Literacy Leader's Role in Addressing Achievement Gaps

1A From Vision to Practice: Reading Outcomes for All


1B The Principal as Literacy Leader

1C Supporting All Students

1E High Quality Literacy Instruction

** Institute Two - Universal Instruction for PreK - Grade 2

Institute Three - Universal Instruction for Grades 3-5

3A Conferring with Readers

3B Talk About Understanding

3C Children's Literature

3E Closer Reading for Deeper Learning

Institute Four - Universal Instruction for Grades 6 - 12

4A Writing for Justice

4B New Directions in High School Literacy

4C Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

4E Merging Informational and Literacy Texts, Technology and Strategies

Institute Five - Disciplinary Literacy

Keynote Speaker Cynthia Greenleaf - Building Learning Cultures

5D Apprenticing Adolescents to the Literacy Practices of the Disciplines

5F Problem-Solving Circles: Linking Literacy Skills into Mathematics

** Institute six - Reading (and Conducting) Reading Research

6C Who's Got Your Back? Research Supporting Reading Comprehension and Instruction

6D Response to Intervention in Kindergarten Through Grade 3

Institute Seven - Critically Thinking about Literacy Assessment

Keynote Speaker Peter Afflerbach - Balancing Assessment: Goals and Challenges

7D Putting Text Complexity in Context: Refocusing on Comprehension of Complex Text

7E Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole School Approach to Connected Learning and

Continuous Assessment

Institute Eight - Expert Coaches for Expert Educators

Keynote Speaker Cheryl Dozier - Responsive Literacy Coaching: Learning Side by Side

8D Listening to Coaching: Note-Taking Structures to Build Trust and Focus Your Coaching

8E Literacy Coaching: Improving K-5 Universal Instruction

** Instutite Nine - Reading Intervention in 4K - Grade 2

9A Developing a Self-Teaching Mechanism: Interactive Strategies

9E Reading is Meaning: Emphasizing Meaning in All Reading Instruction and Intervention

9F Men Read: Addressing the Needs of Boys During Reading Recovery Lessons

Institute Ten - Reading Intervention in Grades 3 - 12

Keynote Carla Soffos: Comprehension Focus

10A Time for Reading Intervention: Workshop Model to Ensure All Readers Grow Every Day

10B RtI at Middle and High School: The First Steps of Our Journey

10C An Introduction to Comprehension Focus Groups

10E The Struggles and Triumphs of a High School Reading Program

Friday Strands

Professional Development

B6 Ford - What We Really Know about Accelerating the Growth of All Readers Notes Only B17 Teachers as Writers

C19 Preparing Reading Professionals at University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Grades 4K-2

A20 Curriculum Wars: How Everyone Can Win

B18 Writing About Reading to Elevate Reading Comprehension

C2 Kids with Grit: Daily Instructional Habits

C12 Small Group Intervention in Kindergarten Can Prevent Reading Difficulties

C13 Differentiated Small-Group Reading Lessons in Action

Grades 3-5

*A10 Close Reading Without Tears: Support a Love of Reading and Thinking

A20 Curriculum Wars: How Everyone Can Win

*B14 Doable Differentiated Word Study in Action

C2 Kids with Grit: Daily Instructional Habits

C4 Making Space for Online Inquiry in Grades K-5

Grades 6-12

A5 Teaching about Language and Power

A6 Teaching Adolescents How to Critically Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

B2Adolescent Grit:Daily Instructional Habits that Help Students and Teachers Persevere

*C6 Making Reading Visible: Writing About Reading That Promotes Deep Thinking

Disciplinary Literacy

A4 Tracking Argumentation as Readers

B22 Building collections of Texts for Elementary Social Studies/Literacy Integration

C3 Mentoring Self-Questioning of Complex Disciplinary Texts

C17 What Does Mathematics Have to Do With It?


B11 "And When the Horse is Peeing"... What Years of Reading Research Tell Us...

B16 Lenses on Reading

**C10 Notes only


B23 The ACT High School Assessments in Wisconsin


A8 Literacy Coaching for Student Engagement

B5 Responsive Literacy Coaching: Learning Side by Side

Early Intervention

C18 Early Reading Empowerment: An Effective RtI Approach


A17 A Continuum of Supports: How SLD Eligibility Determination Requirements Fit Within a Multi-Level System of support