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Stenhouse Literacy Authors at SDE's National Conference

Posted by admin on Feb 8, 2019 3:29:46 PM

If you haven’t heard of or attended the annual Staff Development for Educators (SDE) National Conference in Las Vegas, you are simply missing out. Referred to as “The Educator Conference of Choice,” this lively and popular conference is where educators flock to enhance their professional learning, year after year.

Stenhouse is proud to announce that several of their authors are among 100+ presenting this year, expanding the impactful ideas you’ve come to love in their books. Below are the authors who are bringing their literacy knowledge through these insightful presentations.

Jan Burkins & Kim Yaris, authors of Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets

Who's Doing the Work? Getting the Reading Results You Want, K–5

In this session, Jan and Kim challenge you to examine your instruction to discover the ways you may be inadvertently teaching learned helplessness. They describe four, widespread barriers to learning that may be getting in the way of your students’ progress, and present remedies to each. Based on thinking and strategies from their acclaimed book, Who’s Doing the Work?, Jan and Kim share practical ways to get students “unstuck” by shifting focus to student process, adjust the language of reading instruction, and reframing the gradual release of responsibility.

Ensuring Students Actually Apply the Reading Strategies You Teach! (Gr. K–5)

It doesn’t matter how many strategies you teach your students if they don’t actually use them! Join Jan and Kim as they give you a new perspective on the gradual release of responsibility and tell you the secret to increasing student transfer! This session includes a full lesson series, including next generation practices for read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading. Come discover a vision for adjusting your practices to better align with the end goals of independence, proficiency, and joyful reading.

Debbie Diller, author of Growing Independent Learners

Practice with Purpose: Meaningful Literacy Stations (Gr. 3–6)

Want to know how to set up meaningful independent work for your upper-grade students? Debbie Diller, author of Practice with Purpose, will share tips to help you “work smarter, not harder” as you establish literacy stations in the intermediate classroom. You’ll learn how to take what you’ve already taught in whole group reading and writing instruction and move it into purposeful partner practice. The key is authentic reading and writing work that integrates social studies and science.

Spaces & Places (Gr. K–6)

Thinking about your classroom and how you’ll set it up in the new school year? Learn how to maximize every inch in your classroom from an expert in classroom design. Find out how to use classroom spaces to create a student-centered learning environment. You’ll learn Debbie Diller’s time-tested techniques and step-by-step processes to help you organize and set up your room for meaningful instruction. The emphasis will be on designing (not decorating) your classroom.

Mark Weakland, author of Super Spellers Starter Sets

The Journey of Literacy Leaders: Creating a Successful Literacy Program (ADM)

Explore the steps teachers and administrators must take to create successful literacy programs, not just in the occasional classroom but in all reading classrooms across a district. It’s a lofty goal but one worth pursuing! If you are a teacher, coach, building principal, or curriculum director, come prepared to discuss and debate what is absolutely needed to create a system that effectively teaches children to read and write.

Dyslexia: What It Is, What It Isn't & How You Can Help (Gr. K–6)

This workshop begins with an exploration of the scientific foundations of reading and why some children struggle to reach important literacy benchmarks. Next, student behaviors that help teaches identify serious reading problems at an early age are listed. The bulk of the workshop is devoted to discussing and practicing techniques, strategies, and activities that work for all learners but are critical to learners who struggle to read, write, and spell because they have or may have dyslexia.

Making Children's Lit Part of Your Science Kit (Gr. K–6)

Children’s literature and science content & instruction make for a perfect pairing. Explore the connections between children’s books and science content. Learn the basics of Perfect Pairs, Stewart and Chelsey’s framework for combining children’s literature with science instruction. Discover what text “grist” is and consider using it with the RACE writing strategy to build motivation and engage students in persuasive science writing. Explore kinesthetic literacy activities (including wax museums and talk shows) that work well with science themes found in children’s books.

Go HERE to learn more or REGISTER. And log in next week to discover which Stenhouse authors will be presenting on Writing!

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