Thursday - Jen Jones : Hello Literacy
Bio - In Jen’s 26 years as an educator and literacy coach, she has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th & 8th grade. She is trained in Reading Recovery, Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures and Common Core for ELA. She is a K-12 Reading Specialist, has a Bachelor's in English and a minor in Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Master's in Reading Education from East Carolina University.
Preparing students for the 21st century means preparing students for their future. At a minimum, we must prepare students to be critical thinkers, using academic structures of cooperation, collaboration and communication, so students have the maximum amount of practice, success & failure opportunities to become problem-solvers, strategic and proficient readers and writers and independent and confident students/adults. An overview of the most important reading standards will be presented, as well as more student-centered ownership of strategies for reading engagement and reading achievement. Jen will discuss how to use the most effective strategies for reading comprehension and question/answer relationships for the highest level of student engagement and immediate feedback. Jen will present bite-size, actionable strategies, tools, and structures that teachers can implement immediately regardless of grade or curriculum.
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Friday - Keynote is Stephanie Harvey
Bio: has spent her career teaching and learning about reading and writing. After fifteen years of public school teaching, both in regular education and special education classrooms. Insatiably curious about student thinking, she is a teacher first and foremost and currently serves as a private literacy consultant to schools and school districts. In that role, she conducts keynote speeches, presentations, workshops, demonstration lessons, coaching sessions and ongoing consultation to teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, principals and district administrators. With a focus on K-12 literacy, her specialties include comprehension instruction, inquiry-based learning, content area reading and writing, nonfiction literacy, and the role of passion, wonder and engagement in teaching and learning.Presentation Description
From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers
Confident readers become capable readers. But striving readers who have had few positive reading experiences lack the confidence needed to develop capability. We begin our quest of turning strivers into thrivers by losing the labels. Labels erode confidence and stifle capability. We recognize that nothing correlates higher with reading achievement than reading volume. So, we build classroom libraries with the widest range of compelling texts imaginable and book matches relentlessly. 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, we match them to books that matter to them and build in plenty of time for them to just plain read. Every child deserves a rich reading life, especially our most vulnerable readers.
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