nErDcamp 2018 Day 1 Program

Session  1 

Session 2

Session 3


Session 1, 1:15-2:05

Session 1, Room 101

Nonfiction Nerds Unite! 

Presenter(s):

Sarah Albee

Jess Keating

Melissa Stewart

Looking for new ways to teach nonfiction writing? Award-winning authors Sarah Albee, Jess Keating, and Melissa Stewart are ready to answer questions and share strategies for helping students select a topic, think creatively about research, find the stamina to revise and more. Let's get nerdy with nonfiction!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Cross Curricular, STEM

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Session 1, Room 102

Serious About Humor  

Presenter(s):

James Ponti

Liesl Shurtliff

Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Is it funny? Or is it serious? Middle Grade authors Liesl Shurtliff and James Ponti with picture book author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi talk about how books can be both. We’ll discuss how humor not only entertains but also disarms readers in a way that lets us introduce important issues.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Session 1, Room 104

Acting Out 

Presenter(s):

Jonathan Auxier

Kara LeReau

Kara LaReau and Jonathan Auxier explore about how their early backgrounds in theatre helped prepare them for career in publishing—and how theatre can be used in the classroom to foster creative collaboration across disciplines.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 1, Room 105

So You Want to Be a Writer 

Presenter(s):

Meg Medina

Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Elaine Vickers

Three authors and full-time teachers share ideas and answer questions about finding the time and energy to pursue writing while teaching--and how the very act of pursuing something you love can make you a better teacher.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing

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Session 1, Room 106

Coast to Coast Reading with #BookExpedition 

Presenter(s):

Laura Shovan

Brooks Benjamin

Mike Grosso

Join members of #BookExpedition for a session about reading circles for educators. These groups do more than share ARCs. They encourage reading widely for ourselves, our students, and each other. We’ll talk about how distance reading groups work, how they benefit educators and students, and share tips for getting started.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Reading

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Session 1, Room 107

Writing in the Real World 

Presenter(s):

Ruth Spiro

While reading the back of the cereal box at breakfast, do you think about the writer whose job it was to craft that text? Probably not! Ruth Spiro is a former advertising producer and freelance writer who used to write toy reviews for FamilyFun magazine. In her school visits she discusses the many "jobs" a writer can do, and in this session will share ideas for using real-world writing to inspire surprising classroom activities. She'll also share tips for getting started in writing for magazines as a fun and profitable side-gig!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Cross Curricular, STEM

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Session 1, Room 109

Going Gradeless: Voice, Choice, and Paper Airplanes 

Presenter(s):

Katie Bielecki

Kristin Hundt

This session explains the convincing research supporting going gradeless as well as the important implications for habits & attitudes of 21st Century Learning. Learn strategies & discuss resources for the implementation of a feedback only classroom where students are not working towards points, numbers, & grades, but instead towards growth!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular, STEM

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Session 1, Room 110

MAKING the Most of Reading 

Presenter(s):

Jennifer Bond

Bryan Chick

Come learn how you can bring the maker movement into your classroom by integrating reading strategies. Join Jennifer Bond, MakerEd master, and Bryan Chick, author of The Secret Zoo series to bring stories to life with making!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, STEM

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Session 1, Room 111

Ready To Mock: Implementing Mock Book Awards in Your Classroom or Library 

Presenter(s):

Carrie Davies

Kurt Stroh

Are you looking for ways to increase your students' reading engagement? Are you interested in getting kids excited about reading recently published, high quality literature? Have you wanted to try implementing a Mock Award unit in your classroom or library, but just aren't sure where to start? Come learn about answers to these questions, and many more, in this session!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading

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Session 1, Room 112

Efficiency in Writing Scoring and Feedback 

Presenter(s):

Sarah Koves

Five different tech tools for educators to use for scoring these written responses more efficiently.

Strand(s): Middle School, High School, Writing

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Session 1, Room 113

Increase Reading Engagement through a Themed Project Based Learning Approach 

Presenter(s):

Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw

The Themed Project Based Learning Approach provides struggling readers with access to the Common Core Standards and their individual goals in an authentic, fun, and unique manner— increasing student motivation and engagement! The program also focuses on higher level thinking, STEM, and leadership. This approach is applicable to all students.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading, Cross Curricular, STEM, leadership, project based learning

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Session 1, Room 114

Reading beyond the 4th Wall 

Presenter(s):

Minh Lê

Deborah Freedman

Tim Miller

Join three children's book creators (Deborah Freedman, Minh Lê, and Tim Miller) to discuss the art of Metafiction in children's literature, including how such mind-bending books can help students think critically about reading.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading

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Session 1, Room 201

Charity Begins at School: Teaching Community Service Learning through Literacy 

Presenter(s):

Jacqueline Davies

Beyond the Common Core standards, what do we want our students to know as they leave our classrooms and move on in life? What about the importance of caring for others and giving back to their communities? This workshop offers ways to use books as the launching pad for meaningful community-service learning projects. Real-world examples will be given, along with extensive handouts.

Strand(s): Elementary, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 1, Room 202

Growing Readers: Book Access for Every Kid 

Presenter(s):

Valinda Kimmel

How do we create responsive classrooms to meet the needs of every reader? What collaborative strategies can ensure access that leads to growth for all? Attendees will explore ways to maximize opportunities and resources to foster success for all readers, including our most fragile.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Reading

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Session 1, Room 203

Funny, You Don't SEEM Educational! 

Presenter(s):

Marc Tyler Nobleman

Laurie Keller

Andrea Childes

Laugh and learn! Experience the power of funny picture books from two perspectives: author and teacher. Humor draws in even reluctant readers, builds retention, requires deduction. Reach Every Child states, "Every research article on this topic points out that teachers who use humor get better results at test time."

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Session 1, Room 205

Facilitating Inclusivity In the Classroom Using Mixed: A Colorful Story

Presenter(s):

Arree Chung

Join Arree Chung, author of the highly-acclaimed Ninja! series and Out!, as he talks about ways to introduce inclusivity and tolerance into your classroom using Mixed: A Colorful Story—his latest picture book which uses color theory to teach kids about mixed families. Arree will talk a bit about the inspiration behind Mixed before discussing some fun activities that you can implement in your classroom (sample worksheets will be provided). Finally he will recommend some other picture books you can incorporate with similar themes of diversity, as well as answer any audience questions.

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Session 1, Room 206

Podcasting with Elementary Students: Giving Young Learners a Voice 

Presenter(s):

Tricia Kiepert

Mary Jo Staal

We are excited to share with you how we use podcasting in a first grade classroom and in the library to help students share their voices with an authentic audience.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular, Technology

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Session 1, Room 213

Using Literacy to Add to Children's Social Tool Box  

Presenter(s):

Maria Dismondy

In an era of glorified busyness, where there is less family engagement, it is important to explore realistic ways to influence diverse learners. Children need to learn life skills such as problem solving, communication and decision making for their overall healthy and wellness. In this presentation, we learn that lifelong success of our learners can come from intentional literacy practices.

Strand(s): Elementary, Writing, Reading

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Session 1, Room 215

Hi! I'm a Library! 10 Tips for Writing Settings in Stories 

Presenter(s):

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

Josh Funk

Setting is the world and the community where characters shine (and fail) to their fullest. Setting creates mood, provides character insight, and shapes characters. There are many effective techniques for researching and building settings - and in this workshop, we'll explore them all!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing

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Session 1, Room 301

Accepting Yourself and Your Herd. A Workshop on Identity and Empathy. 

Presenter(s):

Elly Swartz

We are all wonderfully unique individuals with herds who love and support us. Sometimes, however, that can be hard to see. And, even harder to feel. Especially for kids. This interactive workshop uses books as a foundation for readers to recognize and celebrate their unique traits and herds. To reflect on identity, self-acceptance, and empathy.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Reading

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Session 1, Room 304

Success in Small Groups  

Presenter(s):

Kate DiMeo

Improving small group instruction yields big gains for all learners! When planning small groups, there are a plethora of under utilized options from which to choose. Learn how to facilitate guided reading in just 10 minutes AND explore 4 more possibilities for small group instruction.  

Strand(s): Elementary

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Session 1, Room 314

zines to share 

Presenter(s):

Raul the Third

Raul the Third began his illustration and fine art career by creating zines that he shared with other artists and writers. During this workshop attendees will learn different 'zine making techniques. Raul the Third will also share the basic building blocks that he uses when beginning his graphic novels. Create character designs, set pieces, and more all within your very own 'zine!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading

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Session 1, Room 315

Comics Workshop: Thinking in Pictures 

Presenter(s):

Nathan Hale

Bring your pencils and get ready to tell stories in two languages--the language of words, and the language of pictures. This exercise is a great springboard for creative writing--and not just for artists. Comics time!

Strand(s): Writing

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Session 1, Room 318

Creative Inspiration Everywhere! 

Presenter(s):

Aaron Zenz

Where does inspiration come from? How can we foster creativity in our students? I'll share unlikely starting points for my own books and some projects that will jumpstart creativity: real life stories from our family that have inspired people around the globe, even launching a facebook craze that currently boasts over 1,235,000 members.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Art

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Session 1, Room 319

Creating a Community of Readers at your school 

Presenter(s):

Dawn Taylor

In this session I can tell you all about how I transformed the environment of my school with a population of over 90% below the poverty line from a school filled with struggling, reluctant readers to one where students love talking about and sharing books and being part of our Million Words Club is the coolest thing in our school.

Strand(s): Middle School, High School

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Session 1, Auditorium

Stretching Our Reading Lives 

Presenter(s):

Franki Sibberson

Lynsey Burkins

Jillian Heise

Aliza Werner

As teachers it is important that we read with different lenses. Being part of award committees such as the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Committee and the WSRA Children's Literature Committee is one way to stretch our reading lives. Challenging ourselves to read with various lenses for personal reasons is another. Reading more widely and with various lenses help us build more inclusive classroom libraries and support independent reading for all students. This session will explore ways that we have read with various lenses and how these experiences have changed our own reading and have impacted our students.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School

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Session 1, Band Room

How Picture Books Work (and How to Use Them) 

Presenter(s):

Carter Higgins

Hena Khan

Sarah Jacoby

Take a look at the extraordinary form of a picture book, how their text and pictures work together, and why this type of layered storytelling is an incredible tool for teachers. Come find some new favorites, learn some new terms, and share a love for these incredible books.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Session 1, Choir Room

Auggie and Summer and Jack...and More!: Active and Dramatic Approaches to teaching Wonder 

Presenter(s):

Allison Volz

Jessica Sharp

Wonder lends itself to discussions about individual differences and choosing kind. The multiple narrators also provide the opportunity to explore different perspectives. Deepen your novel study with these interactive strategies that will engage your students in exploring, inferring and deeply understanding several characters and the story world they live in.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading

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Session 1, Gym

Critical Conversations: All the things we should be talking about in education...but might not be 

Presenter(s):

Jen Vincent

Chad Everett

During this session, the presenters will walk participants through an examination of identity and the role individual identities play in shaping the environments we create with students. Participants will leave with practical methods for how understanding identity helps us engage in discussions of necessary topics with colleagues and students.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, SEL, Equity and Inclusion

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Session 1, HS Library

Building a Vibrant Book Community in Your Upper Elementary and Early Middle School Classroom 

Presenter(s):

Supriya Kelkar

Jarrett Lerner

Karina Yan Glaser

How can you build a vibrant, more engaged reading community in your upper elementary/early middle school classroom and school? Join authors Karina Yan Glaser, Supriya Kelkar, and Jarrett Lerner, as they share tips, strategies, and ideas about how to do so.

Strand(s): Reading

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Session 1, HS Multi

Workshop - The Perfect Canvas for Future Ready Work 

Presenter(s):

Jenn Nelson

Kara Davis

Jenny Miller

Being future ready incorporates integrating technology along with a number of other important components such as collaboration, authentic audiences, communication, reflection and global connections.......the list goes on! In this session, we'll focus on how all of that can happen within the reading and writing workshop block.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Session 1, MS 601

Tech Speed Dating: Find the Right Fit for Your Lit 

Presenter(s):

Emily Sicilia

Get ready to find your perfect (tech) match!  During this session, participants will explore digital resources/tools to address big ideas in literacy a la speed dating style.  Participants will have time to explore in-depth a few tools on their own, as well as share what already works well in their classroom.  Your perfect fit may be waiting for you!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 1, MS 602

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Working Together in the Classroom 

Presenter(s):

Trisha Speed Shaskan

Stephen Shaskan

This session will set ground rules and give ideas that will help teachers implement a collaborative classroom environment and examine the strengths and challenges of collaboration.

Strand(s): Elementary, Writing, Cross Curricular, Art

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Session 1, Room MS 603

Digital Obesity - effect of smartphones/social media on anxiety, depression, and communication 

Presenter(s):

Joshua Smith

Jack Baker

Most agree that the majority of reading that people do is on their smartphone.  What ways does the constant digital barrage impact the lives of our students - and even ours? Let's explore the link between smartphone and social media use and anxiety and depression.  How has smartphone use changed the way we communicate?  Please join professor Jack Baker and Counselor Josh Smith for this relevant and research filled discussion.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Reading, Cross Curricular, Social Media

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Session 1, MS 604

FOCUSING ON STORIES 

Presenter(s):

Janet Tashjian

A new strategy for reluctant readers - focusing on stories instead of just books. Fun ways to engage all readers using the most basic of human needs - the desire for stories.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading

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Session 1, MS 605

All American Boys: More Than Just an Author Visit 

Presenter(s):

Lisa Vahey

Our community's welcoming Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, authors of All American Boys, and we're prepping for their visit by engaging families, talking about the text at home, and building a different kind of energy for this all-school read. Come learn what's working/what we've learned and share your ideas, too -- so that we ALL can rock the opportunities inherent (but not always realized) in all-school reads.

Strand(s): High School, Writing, Reading, Family engagement. Equity.

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Session 1, MS 606

Leading by Reading -  20 simple ways to transform the reading culture in your school 

Presenter(s):

Jim Bailey

Kelly Hendrick

Nicol Howald

Jim Howald

Are you frustrated with reading programs that bore both teachers AND students? We will share our story of how we boosted the reading culture in our building. Many of the ideas can be implemented immediately for little cost.  Bring your passion and leave with ideas!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Session 1, MS 608

Weekly Book Groups: Voices of Readers, Characters, and Authors Making Sense of Our World 

Presenter(s):

Sarah J. Donovan, PhD

Have you tried book groups with mixed results? Do you want to make more time and space for students' voices to be heard? Join me in discussing book lists, planning, assessment, and how book groups can bring voices of readers, characters, and authors together to understand ourselves and our world.

Strand(s): Middle School, High School, Reading

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Session 1, MS 804

Empowering Student Voice with FlipGrid 

Presenter(s):

Sammy Niehaus

Learn about the power of your student's voice and how to use FlipGrid in your classroom!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular, Math

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Session 1, MS 815

Funky Folder Game Fun! 

Presenter(s):

Debbie Gonzales

Reinforce reading comprehension by inspiring the creation of individually designed Funky Folder Games. In this session, participants will be guided through the step-by-step process required to analyze key literary elements of a story which will be interpreted in a student-created folder game, complete with paperclip spinners and kidney bean placeholders.  

Strand(s): Elementary, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular, Math

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Session 1, MS Library

Growth Mindsets and Your Classroom 

Presenter(s):

Rebekah Manson

In this session we will discuss growth versus fixed mindset and how to help your students become more growth mindset focused and have a positive outlook on school. I will also share all the resources I use to help my students shift their mindset.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Classroom Community

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Being President is a Piece of Cake: Seri(es)-iously!

Presenter(s):

Sherri Winston

Sherri Winston will discuss her popular middle grade President series and how educators can use it in their classrooms. The three book series is full of humor, heart and BIG personality, examining friendships, determination and stereotyping as our young entrepreneur searches for just the right recipe for life as she tackles fifth grade, then middle school and the world.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Classroom Community

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Session 1, MS Tech

Getting Graphic: Graphic Novels in the Classroom 

Presenter(s):

Nicholas Provenzano

Looking to integrate graphic novels into your curriculum, but finding it hard to pick the right texts and convince your administration they belong? Visit this session where everyone will be sharing their tips and strategies on how to get graphic novels into the classroom and effectively use them to engage students.

Strand(s): Middle School, High School, Reading

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Session 2, 2:20-3:10

Session 2, Room 101

Makerspace Projects That Encourage Writing, Reading and Creativity 

Presenter(s):

Jess Keating

Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Join author/illustrators Debbie Ridpath Ohi and Jess Keating in a fun idea exchange about literacy-focused makerspaces, pairing books with maker activities, project ideas, story tinkering and writing play, resources and strategies. Lots of hands-on opportunities during this session to MAKE!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular, STEM

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Session 2, Room 102

Get a Clue 

Presenter(s):

James Ponti

Kara LaReau

Authors James Ponti, Kara LaReau, and Kat Zhang talk middle grade mysteries and how the detective work and problem solving on the page translates directly into the classroom. Topics include the role research plays in writing mysteries and how their books integrate math, science, social studies, and language arts.  

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 2, Room 104

Author and Illustrator Connections in the Classroom 

Presenter(s):

Liesl Shurtliff

Aaron Zenz

Kat Zhang

Discover the joys and benefits of connecting students with authors and illustrators through Skype, email, social media, and live school visits. Authors Liesl Shurtliff, Kat Zhang, and author/illustrator Aaron Zenz will share stories, tips, and resources.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading

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Session 2, Room 105

The Picture Book: From Concept to Print 

Presenter(s):

Deborah Freedman

Emma Ledbetter

How are picturebooks conceived, pitched, and acquired? What happens after that? Join Editor Emma Ledbetter and author-illustrator Deborah Freedman for a chat and Q&A about the stages of picturebook development, from the first spark of an idea to the bookshelf. They will discuss the collaborative process of making books, including theirs, THIS HOUSE, ONCE.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing

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Session 2, Room 106

Breaking Down Stereotypes and Stigmas One Book at a Time 

Presenter(s):

Elly Swartz

Laura Shovan

Karina Yan Glaser

Stereotypes silence and shame our most vulnerable population—children. As authors, librarians, and educators, how can we create an inclusive environment where every student’s voice is valued? Children’s authors, Elly Swartz, Laura Shovan, and Karina Glaser discuss using books to breakdown stereotypes, battle stigmas, celebrate differences, build compassionate communities, and create change. Related classroom activities and a booklist will be provided.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading

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Session 2, Room 107

Skype: Expand Your Classroom Walls 

Presenter(s):

Josh Funk

Carrie Davies

Interested in skyping with authors? Or maybe connecting with other classrooms around the country (and world)? Carrie and Josh will share how to connect with authors and illustrators, best practices for visits, and even show an example of he easy it is to connect with people across the globe!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Skype

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Session 2, Room 109

Let’s Geek Out: The Nerdiest Nerds at Nerd Camp Discuss and Dissect Nerdiness 

Presenter(s):

Elissa Brent Weissman

Jarrett Lerner

Shelley Johannes

Get down and nerdy with authors Jarrett Lerner and Elissa Brent Weissman and author/illustrator Shelley Johannes! Panelists will do their darnedest to define "nerdiness" and will discuss crafting nerdy characters, the importance of providing kids with nerdy role models, and how embracing their own geekiness changed and shaped their lives.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Session 2, Room 110

Mirrors, Windows & Escape Hatches 

Presenter(s):

Abby Cooper

Bridget Hodder

Many students face real challenges at home or at school. Come learn fun classroom strategies for using magical fiction to support them. With a mix of data, demonstrations and discussion, Abby and Bridget will show you how to create a safe space where connection and learning can happen.

Strand(s): Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Session 2, Room 111

You've Got to Share Your Reading Life 

Presenter(s):

Anne Elliott

Mary Lynch

As the lead reader in the classroom, teachers must harness and use their tremendous power and influence to inspire and motivate their readers to develop the will to read. Practical and tangible strategies for sharing your own reading life with students will be explored in this fast paced session.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading, ***Grades 3-8

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Session 2, Room 112

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Rethinking Book Collection 

Presenter(s):

Melissa Stewart

Most children’s literature enthusiasts are naturally drawn to stories and storytelling, including fiction and narrative nonfiction But up to 42 percent of elementary students prefer expository nonfiction. This session breaks down the five categories of nonfiction children’s books and provides tips for re-balancing school and classroom libraries.

Strand(s): Elementary, Writing, Reading, STEM

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Session 2, Room 113

Debate Club! 

Presenter(s):

Brooks Benjamin

Elaine Vickers

In this session, authors (and teachers!) Elaine Vickers and Brooks Benjamin will show you a funtastic way to get students reading, writing, and using text-based evidence with an activity called Debate Club.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 2, Room 114

The Visual Literacy of Picture Books 

Presenter(s):

Tim Miller

Participants will explore how reading the illustrations of a Picture Book is it's own unique skillset that enhances the reader's fundamental comprehension of the story. Participants will learn a variety of strategies designed to help readers strengthen their ability to disseminate the contents of the illustrated page and make meaning of it with a critical eye.

Strand(s): Elementary, Reading, STEAM

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Session 2, Room 201

All Together Now: One School One Book Events that FLY! 

Presenter(s):

Jacqueline Davies

One School, One Book events are effective and fun! They foster literacy, build community, and support Common Core standards. We'll talk about the benefits, how to win buy-in, where to find funding, and best practices for an event. Heavy focus on real-life examples and practical, ready-to-implement solutions. Extensive handouts provided.

Strand(s): Elementary, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 2, Room 202

Blending writing and picture books in Middle School 

Presenter(s):

Therese Hubbell

Looking to shake up writing in the middle school classroom and love to read picture books? This is the presentation for you! This is a great way to get the students exciting about writing and involve those reluctant readers and writers.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading

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Session 2, Room 203

The Picture Book That Changed History 

Presenter(s):

Marc Tyler Nobleman

If you've struggled to excite students about nonfiction or history, help is here. This session vividly shows how anyone who has played hide and seek can do—and have fun doing—primary research. It also shows how children's literature can bring about significant real-world change BEYOND a love of reading.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading

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New Standards of Science Literacy 

Presenter(s):

Mary Kate OMeara

The NGSS includes critical thinking and communication skills that students need for success and citizenship in  a world "fueled by innovations in science and technology." This session explores the co-development of science and language learning through science journals, accountable talk, picture books and other exercises and activities.

Strand(s): Elementary

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Session 2, Room 206

Notice and Note 

Presenter(s):

Julie DeMicco

Come and learn about Kylene Beers and Bob Probst's amazing books, Notice and Note; Strategies for Close Reading, and Reading Nonfiction; Notice and Note Stances, signposts, and Strategies. These books will help your students engage with reading with higher-level thinking. Life-changing!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading

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Session 2, Room 213

Interactive Read Alouds:  Creating Quality Discussion Responsive to Student's Needs 

Presenter(s):

Alison Gettler

Reading aloud to students is imperative, but when you add high quality, open ended discussion questions in strategic places... the read aloud becomes dynamic.  Join us as we look at reading aloud with students and the types of questions that will take conversation to a whole new level in the classroom, build relationships, address important topics such as character and diversity, as well as, cover the dreaded standards.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School

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Session 2, Room 214

Connecting Literature and Outdoor Learning 

Presenter(s):

Crystal Brunelle

Last summer I attended a program about ecological restoration, water stewardship and Indigenous knowledge. Since then, students and I have been hearing Indigenous perspectives and are making connections with nature, community members, and books in our library. Learn how to begin linking nature and environmental concerns with curriculum.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 2, Room 215

Everyone is a Writer: Coercing Stories From Students, Both Writers and Reluctant Writers  

Presenter(s):

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

This session shows how students are already using techniques that professional writers use: texting is writing dialogue, making to-do lists is writing a first draft, rereading a favorite story is revising for theme and emotion, etc. Emphasizing craft over construction encourages EVERY writer to share his/her unique voice.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing

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Session 2, Room 301

Laughing to Learn 

Presenter(s):

Kevin Sylvester

Kevin writes books that mix adventure and humor. But what kids don’t realize is that Kevin is also mixing in history, science, art, life lessons and even numerical literacy.

Oh, and Kevin will also be giving away original hand-made bookmarks to every attendee.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular, STEM, Visual literacy and art

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Session 2, Room 304

Problem Child: Reaching that Weird Kid in the Back of your Class.  

Presenter(s):

Jonathan Auxier

Part story, part confessional, author Jonathan Auxier shares seven lessons for how to deal with that hard kid in your classroom.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Session 2, Room 314

So I Think I Want To Be A Bookmaker—Now What? 

Presenter(s):

Molly O'Neill

Susan Rich

Join agent Molly O'Neill (Root Literary Agency) and editor Susan Rich (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) to explore the world of book making. Engage in an interactive story building activity and a conversation about how to find the intersection of your creative ambitions and the opportunities of the children's and young adult publishing industry.

Strand(s): Writing

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Session 2, Room 315

Hang in There! Increasing Stamina 

Presenter(s):

Jennifer Richard Jacobson

All writers struggle from time to time with starting a new piece, finding the right voice, organizing their thoughts, working through a murky middle, or continuing when doubt and frustration set in.  In this session, award-winning author Jennifer Jacobson will share tips for maintaining enthusiasm and stamina through all stages of the writing process.  You will not only leave with plenty of classroom tips and strategies but a renewed determination to write alongside your students.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing

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Session 2, Room 318

The Book Love Elective: Taking The Relationship to the Next Level 

Presenter(s):

Austin Hall

In this session, attendees will be provided with details about how the class is organized and how students are assessed for their reading, strategies to build engagement and independence in readers, mini-lesson ideas that can be implemented next year and in any ELA class, approaches to spread book love in their school community (no matter the grade level they teach), and tips for creating their own Book Love Elective at their schools.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Reading (tips and strategies can also be adapted for Elementary)

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Session 2, Room 319

Bringing the Love to Revision: Breaking Away From Our First Words 

Presenter(s):

Betsy Hubbard

Do your students over-commit to their first words? Join Betsy for an engaging conversation on how to best utilize tools like checklists, mentor texts, and peer conferring while lifting the level of authentic revision through writing exercises and revision practices.

Strand(s): Elementary, Writing

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Session 2, Auditorium

Who’s in Your Library? Creating Classroom Libraries That Reflect the Passions, Interests, and Identities of Our Readers 

Presenter(s):

Tammy Mulligan

Clare Landrigan

A classroom library is the heart and soul of a classroom community. Organizing our books into collections that reflect our students and involving them in the process helps them develop the habits and dispositions of a reader. Assessment, instruction, community, book love, and fun all rolled into a classroom library.

Strand(s): Elementary

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Session 2, Band Room

Ignite! Classroom Communities  

Presenter(s):

Tony Keefer

Brian Wyzlic

Jim Bailey

In this session writers and friends of the Classroom Communities blog will share 5 minute talks that focus on building or sustaining authentic relationships with students.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Cross Curricular

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Session 2, Gym

How Studying My Doctor Improved My Reading and Writing Conferences 

Presenter(s):

Annemarie Johnson

Join Annemarie as she shares practical tips that will immediately improve your reading/writing conferences and elevate your students' literacy skills!

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Writing, Reading

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Reflecting on Diverse Books: Looking Deeper Into Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Doors 

Presenter(s):

Supriya Kelkar

Minh Lê

Hena Khan

Reflecting on Diverse Books: Looking Deeper Into Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Doors. Join Hena Khan, Minh Lê, and Supriya Kelkar to discuss how diverse books can be mirror and window books for all.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading

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Session 2, HS Multi

Conquering the Blank Page: Story Prompts and Other Tricks to Get Students Writing 

Presenter(s):

Sarah Mlynowski

Stuart Gibbs

In this session, bestselling authors Stuart Gibbs and Sarah Mlynowski share their tricks for getting words down that oh-so-scary blank page. The authors will share writing prompts, brainstorming techniques and point-of-view games to inspire even the most reluctant of student writers.

Strand(s):

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Session 2, MS 601

Close Reading in Content Areas 

Presenter(s):

Kelly Gallagher Mack

Brian Rood

In this session, we'll examine what close reading really means, how it applies to elementary students, and what it looks like in content areas.

Strand(s): Elementary, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 2, MS 602

The Whole Scoop on Whole-School Reads 

Presenter(s):

Erin Soderberg Downing

Melissa Guerrette

If you’ve been wanting to implement an initiative like One Book, One School, we will provide a model for you to borrow from and a thinkspace to help make it happen. Melissa Guerrette and OES Reads author Erin Soderberg-Downing will share ideas for developing a successful whole-school community reading program.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Reading

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Session 2, MS 603

Hack Your Writing Workshop: Cardboard, Coding, and Creative Storytelling 

Presenter(s):

Lorri Batsie

Elaine Stiefel

Dayna Cantu

Come see examples of digital stories created by 5th-12th graders and brainstorm your own ideas for how to incorporate digital storytelling and makerspace into your writing time.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Cross Curricular, STEM, Maker

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Session 2, MS 604

Dignity and Discipline 

Presenter(s):

Mary Thomas

How often do you leave school confident that you and your students finished the day with your dignity intact? Come reflect on how disciplinary practices do or do not maintain a high level of respect for student dignity. Attendees will leave with strategies and resources to ensure that every student interaction communicates their belief that all students can and will achieve.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Behavior Management

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Session 2, MS 605

Top 5 Conferences to Empower and Extend K-2 Writers

Presenter(s):

Mary Roderique

After we get our youngest writers to get words on a page, what do we teach next? Come get a pocketful of reliable conference teaching points that will help you guide your writers and lead them to become stronger, more empowered readers and writers. The session is angled to support narrative writing but these strategies also extend to expository writing. Bring along a favorite mentor text and also be ready to write!

Strand(s): Elementary, Writing, Reading

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Session 2, Room MS 606

Picture Books and Primary Sources 

Presenter(s):

Tom Bober

Some of my favorite picture books focus on history. Pairing those books with primary sources help students connect to history, provide context to better understand to the book, and give insight into how authors and illustrators research. This session explores titles, strategies, and real-world examples to bring these resources together.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Reading, Cross Curricular

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Session 2, MS 608

Daily Picture Book Read Alouds to Build Community & Identity 

Presenter(s):

Jillian Heise

Educators at all grades can help students see themselves, learn about their world, and develop empathy through a daily picture book read aloud. Learn ways to build community with #classroombookaday, hear how educators have made it their own, and get recommendations for new picture books to share with your students.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading

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Session 2, MS 804

Framed in Literacy 

Presenter(s):

Micki Uppena

The school library environment is in a continuous cycle of change with informational technology, makerspaces, research, and books. In this session I will share with you ways in which I frame all of the above in literacy. You will walk away with specific tools, makerspaces, book ideas, and more.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, Reading, STEM, makerspaces

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Session 2, MS 815

Helping Students Love to Write 

Presenter(s):

Ruth McNally Barshaw

Join author/illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw for a sketch-filled session on helping students discover the right tools to write. From story prompts to journals to word games, you'll get lots of ideas to aid your class in putting words together.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing

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Session 2, MS Learning Lab

Make Time for Grownup Books 

Presenter(s):

Kris Marley Patrick

Kristin will book talk adult (mostly fiction and some nonfiction) titles with a 2018 publication date. Participants will walk away will an abundance of titles to download, to purchase at their favorite bookstore, or to place on hold at their local public library.

Strand(s): Reading

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Session 2, MS Library

Engaging Families & Your Community in Literacy 

Presenter(s):

Shana Love

Literacy coaches, administrators, and teacher leaders gain strategies from literacy coach for engaging families in literacy per Essential Instructional Practice #10. Hear ways to support families in promoting literacy as well as funding tips to build a culture of literacy in your building that will spill over into the community.

Strand(s): Elementary

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Session 2, MS Tech

Literacy Leadership (K-12) 

Presenter(s):

Julia Reynolds

Teya Cotter

Principals and district leaders play key roles in supporting teachers, students, families, and communities in literacy development. We will share our commitments to ourselves and to others for creating, sustaining, and celebrating a culture of literacy at school and district levels. Conversations will revolve around what can happen in your own schools and districts and what next steps need to be put into place immediately.  

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing, Reading, Leadership

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Session 3, 3:25-4:15

Session 3, Auditorium

Books for a Better World 2017-2018 

Presenter(s):

Donalyn Miller

In this session, Donalyn will share the origins of her #bookaday giveaways, share numerous titles that represent our global family, and provide attendees with resources for locating diverse books and sharing them with children.

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School

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Session 3, Band

Passionate Writers  

Presenter(s):

Pernille Ripp

Writing strategies that go deeper into each child's writing identity, while also making us aware of the pitfalls in our own writing practices

Strand(s): Elementary, Middle School, High School, Writing

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Session 3, HS Gym

John Schu’s Review of Books for You and Your Readers with Special Guest Dav Pilkey 

Presenter(s):

John Schu

Dav Pilkey

Join in a conversation with John Schu as he presents some of the best new books. Halfway through the session, Caldecott Honor artist Dav Pilkey will join John to discuss creativity, book joy, and the importance of letting kids read what they want to read.