50th Annual Conference on Reading and Writing

On October 27, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, attendees will experience a day of literacy-rich professional development, choose from over 40 workshop selections, enjoy two keynote presentations, meet vendors from publishers and experts in the field, and network among other educators. The keynote speakers this year include, Nell Duke, well-known ACTOR and AUTHOR, Henry Winkler. Other featured speakers include academic authors, Roz Linder and Barbara Marinak among many other local experts, Rutgers’ graduates, poster sessions of dissertations from our very own doctoral graduates, and more.

The director of the event, Dr. Lesley M. Morrow, Distinguished Professor of Literacy has been hosting the conference for over 25 years. She continues to receive praise and encouragement for her role in keeping the conference going all these years. In fact, most compare the conference to a miniature, International Literacy Association (formerly IRA) event where several thousands attend. Dr. Morrow is in fact a former president of this association and her expertise in the field and as a leader has paved the path for the success of the conference.

Morning Workshops

Select ONE

Workshops for the K-3 Classroom

Nell Duke: Research- Supported Literacy Practices that must be taught: Text-Set Read Alouds, Writing Strategies, Graphophonemic Analysis of High Frequency Sight Words, and New -to- Known Vocabulary (K-4)

Text-set read alouds, writing strategy instruction, full graphophonemic analysis of high frequency (aka “sight”) words, new-to-known vocabulary instruction. . . many literacy instructional practices that have considerable support in research are not seen often enough in K to 4 classrooms. In this presentation, Duke will describe several such practices. She will also explain how to make room for these practices by eliminating some long-standing practices that have little research support.

Lesley Mandel Morrow: Breaking Through the Block: Organizing and Managing An Exemplary Literacy Day (K-3)

Description coming soon

Kenneth Kunz & Maureen Hall: Velcro Vocabulary: How to Study Vocabulary So it Sticks (K-3)

In this workshop, you will learn how to raise word consciousness in your classroom and to make your students love the study of vocabulary.  You’ll leave with ideas you can put into place the next day in your own classroom.  The presenters will discuss the importance of a Vocabulary Meeting and ideas from their new book on putting best practices together to form an exemplary literacy day will be shared.

Cyndi Bratteson: Guided Reading in K-3: How to Select Groups, How to Plan the Lesson, & How to Assess (K-3)

In this session, participants will learn both theory and practice about guided reading and differentiated learning centers. The presenter will cover the what, how, why, and when of implementing guided reading and centers. Assessment, dynamic grouping, materials, meaningful center ideas, and time management will be discussed. Key research-based instructional strategies for teachers and comprehension strategies for students ready to be immediately implemented into the classroom will be presented.

Sharon McKool: Close reading:  Moving young readers toward engagement (K-3)

The common core standards require teachers to model and teach close reading. With young readers, it is important that they learn to focus on meaning as they work hard to decode text.  We need to develop readers who are attentive, focused, and engaged, and who truly care about the characters and topics they are reading. This session will focus on creating readers who critically and closely read texts, while also having authentic, engaging experiences.

Workshops for the 4-8 Classroom

Roz Linder: Teaching Writers to Elaborate (4-8)

Description coming soon

Barbara Marinak: Engaging Comprehension Strategies that will Motivate Children to Read and Succeed (4-8)

Research indicates that engaged readers are motivated, collaborative, knowledgeable, and strategic. This session will focus on creating a classroom culture that supports older readers to become motivated and engaged. Following a brief summary of recent research, a variety of methods designed to grow skill and will be demonstrated. Together we will explore ways to plan and implement engaging instruction for all readers in grades 4-8.

Cheryl McLean: Engaging Struggling Readers (4-8)

In this workshop, teachers will explore ways to expand instructional strategies and practical resources to engage and support student learning. The session focuses on a range of literacy practices and texts that can be integrated into instructional practices in order to engage students in the English Language Arts classroom.

Rebecca Felton: Moving from Syllables to Morphemes: Using Advanced Phonics Instruction to Deepen the Linguistic Proficiency (3-5)

3rd grade is often described as the time when students shift from learning to read to reading to learn. That process is more effective if students have a variety of independent word learning strategies they can use flexibly to not only decode words, but also to extract meaning from them. Research validates that systematic phonics instruction needs to continue for students in upper elementary grades, especially for ensuring encoding fluency. It should include the highly effective approaches of advanced phonemic awareness, systematic decoding and encoding and extensive practice in connected text. (Kilpatrick, 2015.) However, an important shift in the focus of that instruction is critical at this point; connecting students’ knowledge of syllables and orthographic patterns to morphemes. Participants in this session will learn how developing the strategies of structural analysis and morphemic analysis in young readers improves decoding and encoding as well as vocabulary.

 

Workshops for the K-8 Classroom

Kedra Gamble: Assessment: Making Decisions for Effective Small-Group Instruction (K-8)

Description coming soon

 

Sandee McBride: Classroom Practices for ELL in self-contained and General Education Classrooms (K-8)

Description coming soon

Lunch and Learn Workshops

Lunch and Learn workshops can be chosen at the conference. Choose among 12 workshops, eat in any of the available conference rooms, or just relax and enjoy lunch.

 

 

Afternoon Workshops

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Workshops for the K-3 Classroom

Roz Linder: The Power of Details in Teaching Children to Write (K-3)

Description coming soon

Rebecca Felton:  The Importance of Systematic Phonics Instruction for Successful Reading and Writing Development

The Importance of Systematic Phonics Instruction for Successful Reading and Writing Development It is generally accepted that all children benefit from an explicit, systematic and multisensory approach to learning letters and sounds in Kindergarten. However, what happens after students have mastered the alphabetic principle? Too often instruction jumps from letters and sounds to meaning-focused reading of whole words. Research clearly indicates that young readers in 1st and 2nd grade still need a systematic approach to word work instruction. Highly effective approaches include advanced phonemic awareness development, systematic decoding and encoding instruction and extensive practice in connected text. (Kilpatrick, 2015.)  Participants in this session will learn why this approach is vital to students’ long-term literacy success and how to effectively implement key strategies in the classroom.

Barbara Marinak: Motivating Practices for Using Classroom Libraries to Enhance Comprehension (K-3)

Classroom libraries are a critical component of balanced literacy instruction. They serve as the foundation of a print-rich environment. However, without practices that nurture readers’ skill and will, the power of classroom libraries might never be realized. This session will focus on methods that integrate classroom libraries into balanced literacy instruction. The suggestions are designed to maximize reading engagement and foster important conversations about books.

Margaret OReilly:  Interventions for Struggling Readers: Using Explicit, Systematic, & Intensive Instruction (K-3)

Learning to read can be a difficult process for students who struggle to learn foundational reading skills in K-3rd grades.  Evidence has consistently shown that explicit, systematic and intensive instruction can play a key role to help struggling students make progress in reading.  This workshop will examine features of this form of instruction with examples to illustrate this practice

Workshops for the 4-8 Classroom

Cheryl McLean: Engaging Readers Across the Content Areas (4-8)

In this interactive session on content area reading, classroom teachers will have the opportunity to interact with literacy texts and practices designed to support reading across the curriculum. Workshop participants will consider research-based strategies and tools that help expand teachers’ instructional practices and understanding of learning environments that enhance student engagement.

Janet Wong:  Let’s Change the World with Poetry: Here We Go (3-8)

Are you eager to make a difference? Get students talking and making plans to improve our communities and our world—all while developing their language arts skills. Janet Wong will demonstrate how to integrate creative thinking exercises, poems, and quick writing prompts into your language arts program.

Cyndi Bratteson:  Guided Reading in Elementary Grades: Strategy Groups, Literature Circles, and Book Clubs (4-8)

 In this session, participants will learn both theory and practice about the importance of guided reading and differentiation. The presenter will cover the how and why of implementing guided reading effectively with middle grade students. Assessment, dynamic grouping, materials, and time management will be discussed. Key research-based instructional strategies for teachers and comprehension strategies for students ready to be immediately implemented into a classroom structure that also includes book clubs, strategy-based groups and literature circles.

Kenneth Kunz & Maureen Hall: Velcro Vocabulary: How to Study Vocabulary So it Sticks (4-8)

In this workshop, you will learn how to raise word consciousness in your classroom and to make your students love the study of vocabulary.  You’ll leave with ideas you can put into place the next day in your own classroom.  The presenters will discuss the importance of a Vocabulary Meeting and ideas from their new book on putting best practices together to form an exemplary literacy day will be shared.

 

Sharon McKool: Close reading:  Are we requiring readers to read too closely? (4-8)

The common core standards require teachers to model and teach close reading.  However, sometimes our attempts to guide students through close reading of texts tends to disengage them instead of motivate them. What we really need is to develop readers who are attentive, focused, and engaged, and who truly care about the characters and topics they are reading. This session will focus on creating readers who critically and closely read texts, while also having authentic, engaging experiences.

Workshops for the K-12 Classroom

Christina Hughes: Technology That Matters in Your Classroom:  The Right Tools for the Right Lessons

EdTech has taken the classroom by storm!  With so many options available today, selecting the right tool can be difficult.  In this session, learn how to take technology and meaningfully integrate it into your English/Language Arts curriculum.  Come learn how to enhance your lessons by analyzing best practices for literacy instruction in the modern classroom.  We’ll take a look at the top tech tools to use with your students, and you will walk away with the knowledge needed to implement them immediately!

 

  Join us at the 50th Annual Conference on Reading and Writing on October 27, 2017, Registration is NOW OPEN!

The 50th Registrant will attend for FREE! Be sure to register as soon as possible, we have SOLD OUT for several years in a row.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE:

  • 2 Keynote Speakers: Nell Duke and Henry Winkler
  • Choice of 2 Breakout Sessions
  • Featured Speakers include: Roz Linder and 
  • Barbara Marinak
  • Optional Lunch and Learn Session
  • Book Signings
  • Network, Meet Publishers
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served
  • And so much more

Registration is open until we are SOLD OUT!

 

Single Registrant……………………………………….$180*

Group of 5 or more..………………………$165/per person*

Must register as a group in one transaction to receive discount

*Fee doesn’t include parking, more details during registration

Register: www.regonline.com/RutgersLiteracy17-18