Event Schedule

Friday, November 15th

7:45 am

Opening of Exhibits

8:15 am – 9:30 am Keynote

Conference Welcome

Why Read?

Charles R. Smith, Jr.

In this day and age of technology at your fingertips, books can seem an antiquated source of information and entertainment. But books have stood the test of time because they have the power to tap into the imagination. The power to connect on an intimate level with a broad scale. They have the power to educate and entertain, but ultimately, books have the power to empower others. Join award-winning author and poet Charles R. Smith Jr. as he kicks off the2019 conference with an inspiring answer to the question: Why read?
Floor 2
9:45 – 10:45 am
9:45 am – 11:55 am 2 Hour Session

From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers

Stephanie Harvey

We need an intervention on interventions when it comes to reading instruction. Every time a child reads even slightly below benchmark, we call for yet another intervention. Programs don’t teach kids, teachers teach kids. Nothing correlates higher reading achievement than reading volume. We need to curate our classroom libraries to ensure that all kids have access to a wide range of compelling texts. We need to know our kids inside out and book match relentlessly. We need to provide opportunities for kids to think and talk about what they are reading. The research is clear – the best intervention is a good book, a child can and wants to read, combined with expert, research-based, teacher driven literacy instruction. So before sending striving readers off to yet another programmatic intervention, match them to books that matter to them, provide targeted explicit instruction and build in plenty of time to just plain read. Access + Choice + Time + Volume. ACT NOW!
Floor 2
9:45 am – 10:45 am

The New York State P-12 Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards: A Roadmap and Resources for Implementation

Erik Sweet

The New York State P-12 Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards were approved by the Board of Regents in 2017 and will be implemented in New York State schools in 2020-2021. This presentation will include an overview of the changes to the standards, a Roadmap for implementation, as well as school resources for the standards, such as new curriculum guidance, videos, and other NYSED materials.
Room 1a
9:45 am – 10:45 am

Enhancing the Integration of ELA and Social Studies

Assessing Dialogic Interaction during Poetry Writing in Social Studies

Tammy Ellis-Robinson

Researchers will share results of two studies using bio-poems in social studies with students with disabilities and in inclusive classrooms. The analysis of dialogic interaction related to writing to learn will be shared and unpacked. The resultant evidence of understanding of content will be shared along with implications and ideas of using evidence in classroom discourse around writing to assess student understanding and build disciplinary literacy and general literacy simultaneously.

Social Justice in Social Studies: Methods for Integrating ELA and Social Studies to Empower Learners

Susan Sturm

In this session, a social justice in social studies framework will be explained with examples of how to integrate social justice learning into ELA/social studies instruction. Presentation will include an overview of the social justice framework, interactive sample activities, and Next Gen ELA-aligned lesson planning tips.
Room 1b
9:45 am – 10:45 am

Who Are You?

Charles R. Smith, Jr.

A simple question. But how do you answer it? Are you a nice person? Are you a kind person? A funny person? BORING! Yes, it’s great to be those things, but anyone can say that. What can YOU say that others can’t? That question is at the heart of this engaging workshop designed to help your young writers venture from literal into figurative writing for self-expression. Participants will learn to answer this question through creative and physical exercises that will leave the mind stimulated and the soul invigorated. Who am I? I am an award-winning author—photographer and Ninja Poet, Charles R. Smith Jr
Room 2a
9:45 am – 10:45 am

Engaging in Meaningful Talk Supports Striving Readers’ Comprehension

Laura Robb

Robb models using the interactive read aloud to help striving readers think and talk about books. Participants also experience shared reading as a way to build confidence and develop vocabulary and analytical thinking among striving readers.
Room 2b
9:45 am – 10:45 am

CRE College Reading Educators — Sponsored Session

Learning with the iGeneration: Digital Writing, Connected Reading, and Critical Thinking for Today's Students

Troy Hicks

Without question, learning continues to change in the twenty-first century. Teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders value the teaching of reading, writing, and thinking -- and see that our very notion of what it means to be literate is evolving -- yet continue to wonder how best to teach in a digital age. This brief talk will provide some background on Dr. Hicks' work as a teacher of digital writing, connected reading, and critical thinking for both undergraduate and graduate students at Central Michigan University.

A Genuine Pathway to Developing Teacher Leaders

Carrie Hong & Michelle Gonzalez

This presentation focuses on the findings related to the efficacy of the coursework and leadership experience in our graduate Reading Specialist program to create genuine experiences that nurture teacher leaders.

Connecting Coaching to School Improvement

Nancy Andress & Ekaterina Midgette

How can coaches impact school improvement? This roundtable, an extension of a recent, College of Saint Rose/CASDA partnership offers ideas on finding your focus and successful practices of coaches as catalysts for school improvement. Join us for sharing ideas and issues and learning new techniques.
Room 2c
9:45 am – 10:45 am

Read Naturally — Exhibitor Session

Reading for Meaning with Read Naturally Live

Elaine Balum

Learn how to set up a fluency intervention station in your classroom to develop fluency by combining the powerful research-based strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading and progress monitoring into one powerful, research-proven strategy.
Capital Room
10:55 am – 11:55 am
9:45 am – 11:55 am Session Continued

From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers

Stephanie Harvey

We need an intervention on interventions when it comes to reading instruction. Every time a child reads even slightly below benchmark, we call for yet another intervention. Programs don’t teach kids, teachers teach kids. Nothing correlates higher reading achievement than reading volume. We need to curate our classroom libraries to ensure that all kids have access to a wide range of compelling texts. We need to know our kids inside out and book match relentlessly. We need to provide opportunities for kids to think and talk about what they are reading. The research is clear – the best intervention is a good book, a child can and wants to read, combined with expert, research-based, teacher driven literacy instruction. So before sending striving readers off to yet another programmatic intervention, match them to books that matter to them, provide targeted explicit instruction and build in plenty of time to just plain read. Access + Choice + Time + Volume. ACT NOW!
Floor 2
10:55 am – 11:55 am

What happens When Developing Readers Write To Improve Reading?

Laura Robb

Robb introduces Teachers’ Notebooks, models for striving readers for writing about reading, and teachers create Notebook models for students. Robb shares fifth grade striving readers’ notebooks and self-evaluations to show progress and the power of models.
Room 1a
10:55 am – 11:55 am Room 1b
10:55 am – 11:55 am

Make Everyone a Reader in 45 Minutes: Daily Routines That Chip Away At the Hard Shell of “Non-Reader” Teens with Choice, Voice, and Yes—Even the Classics

Berit Gordon

In this presentation, you will see ten easy-to-implement strategies to create a culture of reading, to help students get to know one another and their teachers through books, and to help entire school communities take joy in becoming lifelong readers.
Room 2a
10:55 am – 11:55 am

Roundtable 1

Global literature is part of everyone: A Thematic Approach

Joanne Jasmine & Edith Ries

Through global young adult and children’s literature, students can understand diversity, tolerance, and acceptance. Participants will identify themes, reflect, and ponder solutions that affect the lives of students and ways online discussions can enhance active participation and comprehension.

Making Time for Play: Using Games to Support Literacy Learning

Amy Shema & Sharon Peck

This interactive roundtable addresses numerous benefits of games, options for modifications, and immediate applications for classroom activities. Examples example of how common games can be adapted for content, ages, and skill levels will be explored.

Critical Components of Reading Comprehension

Lois Letchford

The moment students are “learning to read” they must be “reading to learn.” Teachers will experience using powerful language and innovative strategies when working with struggling readers. With humor, & hands-on demonstrations, participants can improve comprehension.
Room 2b
10:55 am – 11:55 am

Fostering Social Imagination: Re-envisioning the Growth Mindset with Children's Literature

Grace Enriquez, Summer Clark and Jessica Della Calace

How might students develop growth mindsets toward not just individual achievement, but also moral development and civic engagement? We share methods for choosing and using children's literature for fostering growth mindset principles toward social responsibility.
Room 2c
10:55 am – 11:55 am

Tackling Literacy Coaching Challenges (Panel Discussion)

Stephanie Affinito, Shelley Fenton (South Glens Falls), Logan Beth Fisher (Glens Falls), Sharon Kline (Fonda Fultonville), and Ginny Mondshein (Lake George)

Join practicing literacy coaches to connect and collaborate around literacy teaching and learning. Coaches will share their successful practices and facilitate roundtable discussions around coaching challenges to support literacy leadership efforts.
Capital Room
11:55 am
11:55 am – 12:15 pm

Exhibitor Break

12:15 pm – 1:40 pm Luncheon Keynote

Understanding Texts & Readers

Jennifer Serravallo

Comprehension instruction can feel challenging: the reader variables, text variables, and figuring out how to make visible what’s invisible in students’ minds. In this workshop, Jen will help comprehension make sense.
Floor 2
1:55 – 2:55 pm
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm

Children's Author Session

Kevin Kurtz and Jennifer Roy

Learn about how these authors have used their life experiences to inspire and frame their fiction and nonfiction texts. Participants will also have a deeper understanding that the "great divide" between fact and fiction is really not as wide as sometimes believed – and that regardless of the genre, research is a key to good writing.
Room 1a
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm

DBQ Project — Exhibitor Session

Do you DBQ? Strategies for scaffolding Document Based Questions

Molly Winter

DBQs provide the framework for an inquiry approach to teaching content while developing literacy skills. Strategies shared can be applied to students in grades 3-12. All participants will receive a sample Mini-Q for immediate implementation.
Room 1b
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm

Vocabulary Development and Support in Early Childhood and Elementary Settings

Erica Barnes

This presentation is designed to 1) present theoretical approaches of vocabulary development; 2) enhance analytical skills that provide a basis for implementing instructional strategies; and 3) provide strategies for assessing children’s vocabulary and conceptual learning
Room 2a
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm

Roundtable 2

Engagement - Hooking Readers to Love Reading

Suzanne Pettifer & Julie Parsons

Greece Central School District has increased our efforts during the independent reading block as we look to grow lifelong readers. We will discuss the importance of choice, love of books, and providing dedicated time.

Memoirs, interviews, and videos: Crossing academic boundaries

Rebecca Heagy & Dr. Deborah Owens

This presentation will address the dichotomy between the English and social studies content area classrooms. Presenters will provide suggestions of how to incorporate memoirs, interviews, videos and other primary sources to create interdisciplinary units.

Windows, sliding doors, and mirrors—Applying Sims Bishop’s Metaphor Today

Peter Mcdermott, Fran Falk-Ross, Sharon Medow, Elizabeth Smith

Presenters share how teachers respond to Sims Bishop metaphor of how literature can serve as a window, mirror and sliding door to the world. Strategies for using the metaphor in elementary classrooms are shared.

Computationality as Literacies: A case study with Teachers

Gerald Ardito, Skyler Metviner, and Carolyn Marenghi

This presentation relates Literacy and educational technology specialists explored computationality (block based coding, text based coding, and robotics)through the lens of literacy in a course "CS for Teachers." The instructor and students share experiences and lessons learned.

Creating a Schoolwide Literacy Community

Shelley Fenton & Krista Senatore

School literacy leaders will showcase their efforts to create an avid reading culture within their school. Presenters will share their schoolwide literacy initiatives that focus on access and choice to empower all readers.
Room 2b
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm

Dyslexia/Reading Difficulties and Approaches to Intervention

Donna Scanlon

Advocacy groups support legislation intended to change how and when students with reading difficulties are identified and instructed, despite limited empirical support for their positions. The rationales for their positions and alternative research-tested approaches will be discussed in this session.
Room 2c
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm

NWEA — Exhibitor Session

Making the most of your core reading program: Best practices and assessment

Lynne Kulich

Relying upon research findings about components of effective instruction and assessment tools can prevent reading failure and ensure students “Read by Grade 3.”
Capital Room
3:05 – 4:05 pm
3:05 pm – 4:05 pm

Engaging Creativity for Lifelong Literacy: Providing Inspiring Feedback for Student Work Using Descriptive Inquiry

Community Session at the Capital Center

Rebecca Benjamin & Tammy Robinson

How can students’ written and creative work be used to inspire engagement with new topics, skills and ideas? Participants will learn the process of descriptive inquiry and feedback to promote engagement while responding to students’ creative works. In an interactive workshop, participants will explore the process of descriptive inquiry for examining student work and communicating with students. Sample student work will be provided or you can bring your own students’ writing
Floor 2
3:05 pm – 4:05 pm

Seeds that grow understanding in students reading 75 of the best novels, plays, short stories, poems, speeches and documents ever written.

Mark Schmidek & Hannah Dostal

Context-based explanations of vocabulary, facts and historical information and context-based explanations of expressions and phrases seeded into the text of novels, plays, short stories, and non-fiction
Room 1a
3:05 pm – 4:05 pm

Literacy Coaching Practices to Empower Readers

Stephanie Affinito

Explore powerful coaching practices that support teachers to empower the readers in their classrooms: cultivate a literacy community, lift the level of independent and supported reading and mine assessment data in positive, proactive ways.
Room 1b
3:05 pm – 4:05 pm

Turn Your Classroom into A Reading & Writing Technique Boutique!™

Sandra Athans

A Reading & Writing Technique Boutique is a place where students – like real reader/writers – Come Try On, Try Out, and Do it Over Again, using playful yet purposeful scaffolding activities. Briefly timed prompts, Apply-to-My-Writing activities, and other strategic, inspirational scaffolds can Empower Your Striving Learners! Also unique to the Boutique is ALL reading and writing scaffolds are WELCOME! Grasp how a Technique Boutique can help students gain Close Reading Clout, Writing from Sources Savvy and a whole lot more!
Room 2a
3:05 pm – 4:05 pm

Roundtable 3

Advancing literacy with the next generation standards

Lisa Hertz & Lorrie Brown

The introduction to the ELA standards states that today's students need to develop an increasingly complex set of literacy skills and competencies... To be academically and personally successful in today's literacy and knowledge based society, every student needs to develop advanced literacies. The Next Generation Learning Standards have a renewed focus on text complexity and becoming a lifelong reader and writer.

Beyond numbers: Supporting reading, writing and thinking in striving mathematicians

Christiana Johnson & Jennifer Van Allen

Many consider literacy in math as memorizing vocabulary and understanding word problems. However, there’s more to it than that! Discover disciplinary literacy instructional strategies that help striving mathematicians learn to represent content in multiple ways.

Effectively using gradual release of responsibility to teach struggling comprehenders

Jennifer Duerr

Have you struggled to use the GRR approach to provide the comprehension instruction your striving comprehenders need? You are not alone! Attend this roundtable to learn why, and discuss what can be done about it.

Mindfulness, SEL, Literature and Morning Meeting

Megan Cherubino

This roundtable will discuss ways to incorporate mindfulness and SEL into your morning meeting. Literature is a great way to do this and books will be shared and we can look at ways to make this a more interactive and engaging way to start your day!

Workplace Literacy: Incorporating Literacy Skills Within Transition Practices for Diverse Learners with Disabilities

Amy MacKenzie

Are our students ready for the literacy workplace demands? What strategies are currently being used to prepare our students? What resources do teachers need to address workplace literacy? We will provide answers to these questions by sharing the perceptions of transition specialists and educators who address student career readiness.
Room 2b
3:05 – 4:05 pm

Early Reading Comprehension for English Language Learners

Laura Eggleston

Participants will learn about scaffolding strategies aligned with the Home and New Language Progressions designed to facilitate effective reading comprehension for all students with an emphasis on supporting English Language Learners.
Room 2c
3:05 – 4:05 pm

Exploring Identity and Agency through Books as Windows, Mirrors, and Doors

Katie Kelly

Matching readers and text goes beyond levels. In this session, we will explore how literature serves as mirrors for readers to see themselves, as windows to explore the unfamiliar, and as doors to take action.
Capital Room
4:15 – 5:15 pm
4:15 – 5:15 pm

Developing Strategic Writers Through Genre Instruction: Promoting students' academic performance and empowering teachers

Zoi Philippakos

Writing, is an important and necessary literacy outcome; Through writing across K to 12 academic continua and in college, students demonstrate understanding in a variety of subject areas, express their inner thoughts when writing in journals, and share their imagination and creativity. A thorough understanding about genres is necessary for them to be able to accurately respond to academic and/or career demands. This understanding can also support reading comprehension and students’ ability to write about what they read. The session will share the effects of an instructional and professional development (PD) approach that combines strategy instruction and dialogic pedagogy on K to 8 students’ academic performance and on teachers’ confidence.
Room 1a
4:15 – 5:45 pm 90 min session

Best Practices and Practical Strategies for Empowering ELL Readers

Gretchen Oliver, Jody Kozey, April Mlambi, Mary Sandoval, Mary Wainright

This panel presentation will share best practices and practical strategies for engaging ELLs in active reading and giving them agency as they develop their new language literacy skills. Topics including (but not limited to) the following will be addressed: 1) employing an integrated approach to skill development, using oral language as a bridge to literacy; 2) providing ELLs with simple accounts of complex text to give them access to grade-level content and concepts; 3) designing appropriate accommodations to support ELLs' development of reading skills; 4) developing content-area literacy and discipline-specific literacy through the use of ELLs' linguistic resources; 5) how to find and use tools and materials to support older students who have weak L1 literacy and/or general literacy; 6) using technology as tools for supporting and celebrating language/literacy growth; and 7) maximizing the collaboration among classroom/content teachers, literacy specialists, and ENL specialists.
Room 1b
4:15 – 5:15 pm

Academic conversations: Allowing access and achievement for our striving students

Lauren Benjamin, Dennis Kortright, Marina Moran

This workshop shares a template of a schoolwide approach for developing academic discourse based off of Jeff Zwiers, Kate Kinsella, and Isabel Beck and its impact on school culture, academic gains, and linguistic and social-emotional growth.
Room 2a
4:15 – 5:15 pm

Roundtable 4

Reaching and Teaching Parents Through Evening/Saturday Workshops

Francine Falk-ross, Cariel Clarke, Anna Skirianos

This presentation will provide model plans for a Parent Activity Night to enlighten parents about children’s literacy topics, homework support, and approaches toward motivating project completion and discussion about helping parents to help children learn.

Collaborating and Capturing Comprehension in the Cloud

Laura Miceli

This is a hands-on, interactive technology presentation for teachers and school leaders to engage in new systems that serve as dual tools to capture students’ comprehension and support collegial collaboration. Please bring a technology device.

Reading While White: Creating Space for Agitation Literacies

Keith Newvine

This presentation explores data collected during Project Lit book clubs in a secondary, suburban classroom. If you are interested in learning what Project Lit is and how you can implement in your classroom to help create critical readers, this presentation is for you!

Specialized Literacy Professionals and their Preparedness to Engage in Difficult Conversations with Teachers

Michelle McAnuff Gumbs

Thirty-five literacy professionals assessed their communicative competence, their capacity to engage in difficult conversations with teachers about their practice, and whether the RULER framework would prove valuable in helping them function more effectively as agents of positive change in schools.
Room 2b
4:15 – 5:15 pm

NYSRA's Charlotte Book Award Ballot Banter

Amy Merrill & The Charlotte Committee

Please join the 2020 Charlotte Award Committee to learn about the four ballots of books up for consideration for the 2020 Award. We will banter or booktalk forty different book titles that are on the primary, intermediate, middle school, and high school book ballots. Hear about how you can get students involved in selecting their favorite books from the ballots. Attendees will walk away with book lists and ideas for sharing books with students.
Room 2c
4:15 – 5:15 pm

Empowering Striving Readers to Demonstrate Understanding through Memes and Infographics

Kathleen Gormley & Peter McDermott

The session addresses the presentation of information visually through memes and infographics. Research support for striving learners displaying knowledge visually will be shared, including student samples. Participants will create memes and infographics within the session.
Capital Room
5:15 pm

Cash Bar and Light Appetizers

Room 2b
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

College Student and Faculty Poster Session

Please note: this session will take place in the hallway on the first floor. There will be a cash bar and light appetizers being served during this time. We encourage attendees to walk around the first floor to view the posters.

1st Floor Hallway

Designing and Implementing an Intervention Curriculum for Reading Fluency Development

Marcella Koffler & Jennifer Van Allen Lehman College

Using Assistive Technology to Support Literacy Instruction

Carol Willard, Kara Farrands, Heather Johnson, Kristen Kee, Stephanie Kenific, Halie Kicsak, Rebecca Levenberg, Michelle Pavone, and Sofiya Pazychev SUNY Oswego

Using Children's Literature to Promote Social Justice

Conor Lynch SUNY Geneseo

Improving the Writing Performance and Vocabulary Development of English Language Learners through Explicit Strategy Instruction

Ekaterina Midgette, Morgan Dehmel, Marlee Eckert, Alyssa Palmer The College of Saint Rose

Incorporating Literacy Skills Within Transition Practices for Diverse Learners with Disabilities

Amy MacKenzie SUNY New Paltz

Engaging Students in Writing

Rebecca Benjamin Schenectady City School District SUNY Albany

From Buckets to Puppets: Giving Social Literacy Learning a Voice

James Nageldinger, Debrorah Owens, Alexa VanAernam, Chelsea Kennedy, Jessica Nothnagle, Sarah LaChance, Cassandra Potter Elmira College

Unvexing the Vocabularium: Turning the Bard on Himself

James Nageldinger, Rachel Berg, Deborah Owens, Rebecca Heagy Elmira College

The Shifting Identities of Students from Adolescent Education Programs to Teachers of Adolescent Writers

Shelby Erhard & Rich Rappold SUNY Geneseo

Students’ Literacy Practices in Scientific Cross-community Interaction

Barbara Vokatis & Jianwei Zhang SUNY Oneonta

6:30 pm Ticketed Event

Ticketed Dinner – What inspires our writing?

Sandra Athans, Kevin Kurtz and Jennifer Roy

Authors gather their ideas from many sources. Sometimes it's a memory of an event or person that captures their attention and sticks with them. Sometimes it's from a little-known fact they discovered and became curious about. And sometimes it comes from just plain wondering. Join our visiting authors as they share what has inspired them and how they turned these "I wonders" into a book. Be prepared for some lively conversations as they - and other authors - mix and mingle throughout the room.
Room 2b

Saturday, November 16th

7:00 am – 8:00 am

College Reading Educators Business Meeting

Hosted by Keith Newvine

Room 1a
8:00 am
8:00 am Ticketed Event

SCBWI - Co-sponsored Session

Ticketed Breakfast – Writing for Children and Youth

Nancy Castaldo, Amy Guglielmo, Sandra Athans

Floor 2
8:00 am – 9:50 am2 Hour Session

Creating Your Digital Writing Workshop

Troy Hicks

Digital writing tools such as blogs, digital stories, and infographics can contribute to what you are already doing in your writing instruction as well as appeal to a new generation of students. In this interactive keynote, we will explore how new ways of thinking about well-established practices in the writing workshop—student choice and inquiry, conferring on writing, examining author’s craft, publishing writing, and broadening our understandings of assessment—can be updated for the digital age. With examples of how to teach digital writing throughout, bring your own laptop so we can begin creating your digital writing workshop.
Room 1b
8:00 am – 9:50 am2 Hour Session

RTI/MTSS First Responder: How K-6 Teachers Can Provide Effective Tier 1 Reading Interventions

Jim Wright

This workshop provides a toolkit that teachers can use to provide RTI/MTSS reading-intervention support to at-risk learners. The training demonstrates how instructors can efficiently conduct classroom RTI/MTSS literacy interventions, to include: defining academic problems clearly and accurately, matching students to effective reading-intervention strategies (and creating an intervention bank for their use), determining what differentiation/scaffolding strategies may benefit a learner using a brief form to put interventions in writing. All forms, intervention strategies, and other resources discussed at the training will be freely accessible online to participants.
Room 2a
8:50 am – 9:50 am
8:50 am – 9:50 am

Diving Deep Into Fiction and Nonfiction Texts with Readers Rules of Notice

Jeffrey Wilhelm

This interactive workshop will explore how to motivate and assist students to more expertly read both fiction and nonfiction texts by using "readers rules of notice" through visual texts, thinking aloud, questioning, practicing in miniature, and micro writing.
Room 1a
8:50 am – 9:50 am Session Continued

Creating Your Digital Writing Workshop

Troy Hicks

Digital writing tools such as blogs, digital stories, and infographics can contribute to what you are already doing in your writing instruction as well as appeal to a new generation of students. In this interactive keynote, we will explore how new ways of thinking about well-established practices in the writing workshop—student choice and inquiry, conferring on writing, examining author’s craft, publishing writing, and broadening our understandings of assessment—can be updated for the digital age. With examples of how to teach digital writing throughout, bring your own laptop so we can begin creating your digital writing workshop.
Room 1b
8:50 am – 9:50 am Session Continued

RTI/MTSS First Responder: How K-6 Teachers Can Provide Effective Tier 1 Reading Interventions

Jim Wright

This workshop provides a toolkit that teachers can use to provide RTI/MTSS reading-intervention support to at-risk learners. The training demonstrates how instructors can efficiently conduct classroom RTI/MTSS literacy interventions, to include: defining academic problems clearly and accurately, matching students to effective reading-intervention strategies (and creating an intervention bank for their use), determining what differentiation/scaffolding strategies may benefit a learner using a brief form to put interventions in writing. All forms, intervention strategies, and other resources discussed at the training will be freely accessible online to participants.
Room 2a
8:50 am – 9:50 am

Roundtable 5

Enriching Social Studies Comprehension: Building Knowledge of Recurring Concepts

Kathleen Lord & Andrea Noel

What do students need to know to comprehend civics and history? This presentation discusses both theory and practice while highlighting the importance of conceptual development of recurring concepts to support comprehension.

Seeking and Finding the Truth in a Fake News World

Mary Miller

Room 2b
8:50 am – 9:50am

Helping students with trauma grow as readers

Nicole DeLaney

Participants will learn how to identify struggling readers who have experienced trauma, effective strategies to help these students, and specific interventions that can be used to help this population of struggling readers.
Room 2c
8:50 am – 9:50am

Empower learners with Question Formulation technique

Julie Burnetter, Stacey McDonald & Emily Patterson

The ability to ask one’s own questions is an important skill for literacy, critical thinking, inquiry, and civic engagement. Experience QFT, a powerful strategy that teaches students to ask and use their own questions.
Capital Room
9:50 am – 10:15 am

Exhibitor Break

10:25 am – 11:25 am
10:25 am – 12:25 am2 Hour Session

Empower your teaching: Must make moves for transformative teaching

Jeffrey Wilhelm and Adam Fachler

This highly interactive workshop will focus on using the EMPOWER framework (Envision, Map, Prime, Orient, Walkthrough, Extend/Explore, Reflect) method to plan both units and lessons that will engage and assist students to deep reading, composing and learning!
Room 1a
10:25 am – 11:25 am

Research Writing Rewired: Examining Multimedia Non-Fiction as a Mentor Text

Troy Hicks

In our networked world, the research writing process that we once learned has become obsolete. 3x5 cards and outlines are giving way to bibliographic management tools and mind mapping software. Moreover, students are now able to engage in the research process by reading and evaluating the work of others while simultaneously using the technology in their pockets to do their own primary research. By exploring a Pulitzer Prize winning multimedia piece from the New York Times -- "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek" -- we will think critically and creatively about how students can combine media to create an informative, engaging work of non-fiction using tools such as Adobe Spark.
Room 1b
10:25 am – 11:25 am

Enhancing intermediate and middle school grade students' reading accuracy while engaging with texts

Lynn Gelzheiser, Laura Hallgren-Flynn and Peggy Connors

Our research shows that intermediate and middle grade readers benefit more when decoding instruction is integrated into a comprehensive intervention approach that fosters motivation, word identification strategies, knowledge, vocabulary, high frequency words and comprehension.
Room 2a
10:25 am – 11:25 am

Learning to Look at Print in the Primary Grades

Sue Stoya

Based on Marie Clay's research, participants will learn strategies to help students who struggle to learn distinguish, identify and recall letters and words using hands-on activities and methods.
Room 2b
10:25 am – 11:25 am

Take 5! for Poetry with Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

The Take 5! approach featured in The Poetry Friday Anthology series by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong allows teachers to share poetry - as well as connections to state standards - in simple and meaningful ways. Step-by-step instruction and a wide variety of examples from multiple areas of the curriculum will give session participants the confidence to use these mini-lessons on Monday morning.
Room 2c
10:25 am – 11:25 am

Engagement! Let’s bring it back!

Cindy Schwind

NYS Next Generation Standards have an emphasis on creating lifelong lovers of literacy-reading for enjoyment & personal interest. You'll leave this session with 20 activities to enhance the love of reading in your K-8 classrooms!
Capital Room
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Session Continued

Empower your teaching: Must make moves for transformative teaching

Jeffrey Wilhelm and Adam Fachler

This highly interactive workshop will focus on using the EMPOWER framework (Envision, Map, Prime, Orient, Walkthrough, Extend/Explore, Reflect) method to plan both units and lessons that will engage and assist students to deep reading, composing and learning!
Room 1a
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Building comprehension with visual thinking strategies to empower all readers

Shelley Fenton and Krista Senatore

Reading visual images and video gives striving readers access to complex, evidence-based comprehension work and empowers them to share their interpretations. Participants will analyze texts using VTS and receive text sets to use with students.
Room 1b
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Engaging and Inspiring Readers & Writers with Great Nonfiction Books

Nancy Castaldo and Amy Guglielmo

Discover the ways to enrich your classroom with nonfiction literature. Award-winning authors Nancy Castaldo and Amy Guglielmo will discuss how to use their recent books, along with fiction pairings, and other nonfiction titles in your classroom. In addition, activities to engage students outside the classroom will be introduced. This is appropriate for all age levels. A book list will be provided.
Room 2a
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Developing Strategic Learners: Supporting Goal setting and a growth mindset

Zoi Philippakos

The purpose of the session is to explain the principles of motivation and ways to promote a teacher and student growth-mindset through systematic, writing instruction
Room 2b
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

NYSRA mini grant winner: Blurring the lines between research & storytelling with young adult nonfiction

Sarah Fleming

Ditch the traditional research paper and have your students write research stories instead! See how one classroom teacher used mentor nonfiction texts to model effective research and creative writing, with the support of a NYSRA grant.
Room 2c
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Project Lit: Empowering Students with Young Adult Literature – Panel Discussion

Keith Newvine, Michelle Brier, Antoinette M. Emanuel, Sarah Fleming, Sarah Gaetano, Alicia Hudak, Keith Newvine, Rachel Sawdy

Project Lit is a national, grassroots literacy movement started by Jarred Amato in 2016 to combat the effects of book deserts in his school, community, and beyond. Since then, Project Lit has grown into a network of dedicated teachers and students from across the United States who are committed to increasing access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities. Come to this presentation to learn how you can be a part of this literary movement and reignite your students' passion for reading.
Capital Room
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

NYSRA Awards Ceremony

Lunch Session: Creating a Positive School Climate through Poetry

Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

Successful educators build regular "touch points" into their routines to create a safe and engaging learning environment. Poetry can be a powerful tool for offering a shared literary experience in just a few minutes, providing both curricular benefits and emotional connections.
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