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Friday, October 12

11:00am EDT

Building Enthusiasm for Writing and Analysis through Argument
Argument is a vital skill for students to learn, not only within the classroom, but for life, in general. However, it is often difficult spark within them a true desire to engage in the process. One tried and true way of doing this is through formal debate, specifically the Lincoln-Douglas model. From creating debate topics to conducting the debates themselves, this session teaches everything that is necessary to begin using Lincoln-Douglas debate within your classroom.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will leave this session with a thorough understanding of Lincoln-Douglas debate and how it can be effectively implemented within any classroom. The lesson provides an explanation of the structure of debate, methods for formulating debate topics, instructions for assisting students in creating effective presentations, and directions for conducting the debates themselves.

Session Process: The session begins with research-based reasons as to why debate is so effective in regard to teaching writing and analysis. Then, participants will learn the process of Lincoln-Douglas debate by engaging in the process themselves. After viewing the music video "This is America" by Childish Gambino, participants will be asked to choose a topic (or resolution) related to the contents of the video. With that topic, they will themselves create a debate constructive speech, questions for cross-examination, and rebuttals. By actually engaging in this process, participants will have a thorough understanding of how to use it within the classroom.

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Crystal Gage

Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment English Teacher, Winchester Public Schools
I have 8 years of experience in the secondary English classroom, having taught a variety of academic levels from grades 6-12.  I currently teach AP English Language and Composition at John Handley High School in Winchester, VA.

Friday October 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

2:00pm EDT

Digital Internships: Research from a Three Year Partnership
Opportunities to experience online teaching are necessary for teacher candidates, and over half of P-12 schools use one-to-one devices; yet, there is a dearth of research on online experiential education in teacher education programs. This interactive presentation will share findings from 5-semesters of a digital internship in a teacher education program. I will focus on the reflections of undergraduate teacher candidates and a 7th-grade cooperating teacher. The sample included the cooperating teacher and undergraduate teacher candidates (n=165). Two main purposes guided this research: to understand how a 7th grade social studies teacher motivates students using a DI, and to understand teacher candidates’ perceptions of this instruction. I will share how I worked with an undergraduate student to deductively analyze data from the cooperating teacher’s unit plans, participant interviews, candidate reflections, and learning management documents. Motivational themes of success and interest dominated the codes for both research questions. Findings suggest that the cooperating teacher and the teacher candidates focused on supporting students in being successful through specific feedback, timely communication, adjusting communication based on audience, backward design in planning, and rubrics. Relevant to both higher education and P-12 practitioners, experiential learning via a DI is one way to enhance learning units. I will leave time at the end of the session for questions, and I will provide a graphic organizer for participants to consider how they may use this partnership in their classroom.

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Jenny Martin

Assistant Professor of Education, Bridgewater College
I teach Introduction to Education and Educational Psychology, and supervise the student teaching experience at Bridgewater College. I am licensed to teach English in Virginia, grades 9-12 and I began my teaching career in Rockingham County.

Friday October 12, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

3:00pm EDT

Designer Kids: Out Commercializing the Commercializers
As authors and consumers of content, students may be led to more critical habits of mind in part through harnessing their own creative impulses in the design of promotional products as are routinely found in stores everywhere.  Books, games, and movies (and books and games made into movies), and music all routinely migrate to marketable products such as t-shirts, collectible or decorative figures and artwork, water bottles and coffee mugs and glassware, and office supplies, all with students as major consumers of such products.  The model unit and lessons offered in this workshop seek to harness that media savvy by leading students to design their own, unique versions of such promotional products, but in service to critical thinking, critical literacy, and research experience.  The session begins with a brief overview of a model unit and lessons followed by audience participation to create (individually or in a small group) an outline or overview of a similar collection of coherent lessons involving reading, research, writing, and multiple communicative channels for publication of the student products arising from those lessons.  Participants will have the opportunity to consider their own students’ specific reading, writing, and research tasks within the various lessons.  Participants will likewise choose from among a variety of product platforms (toys, Lego sets, board games, etc.), clothing (t-shirts, cloaks, hats, etc.), decorative objects (figures, display signs, etc.), home and office items (water bottles, mugs, writing utensils, glassware, kitchen tools, etc.) that students may design in keeping with the students’ reading and research.  For example, while reading Holes, students might research the desert setting described in the book and then design (and describe in detail) a Lego-style building set to match that landscape, and with associated sketches and character descriptions.  Further, these same promotional materials may be turned toward the purpose of promoting the work, Holes, in this instance and likewise similarly used to promote thoughtful reading itself.  The presenters will advocate (with a final model) for this style of lesson design for students to design promotional products in support of civic engagement, as with contemporary voting promotions (Get Out the Vote, etc.), or other civic advocacy models.  Participants will only need traditional writing materials, or laptops or tablets, to engage with the lesson design activities.


Robert Williams

Professor, Radford University
Robert Williams, Professor of English and Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts for Radford University, teaches English and Welding.  His interests always condense to issues of literacy, writ large, and always include writing and reading whether in language... Read More →

Dan Woods

Associate Professor, Radford University
Dan Woods is an Associate Professor of English at Radford University. Dan received his PhD from Virginia Tech majoring in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on English Education. Before pursuing his PhD, Dan taught middle and high school English in Roanoke City and Montgomery... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm EDT

The Hate U Give and All American Boys: Multi-Genre Projects with a Focus on Theme and Voice
The Hate U Give and All American Boys: Multi-Genre Projects with a Focus on Theme and Voice

To show utilizing technology Literature-Based Multi-Genre Projects based on a High School English Methods Assignment in a graduate course. 
To model theme and voice in multi-genre writing
To lead a workshop in theme and voice in multi-genre writing
To create a multi-genre writing piece using theme and voice in writing

Format: Technology Presentation using the Internet and Doc Cam as well as a 15-minute writing workshop.

Activities: The presenters will ask the audience to write a personal multi-genre writing piece to connect with theme and voice in multi-genre writing.

Strands: Adolescent Literature, Writing, Multicultural

Audience: Middle, High School, and College Professors

Resources and Materials: Examples of Multi-Genre Projects based on novels such as
The Hate U Give, Beowulf, All American Boys, and Hamilton

What will participants get out of the session? Participants will leave the workshop with 
samples of literature-based multi-genre projects. Next, the presenters will lead a writing workshop focused on voice and theme in writing. How do you place your voice in your literature based multi-genre project? Examples of voice and theme in multi-genre writing will be highlighted.


Mary Beth Cancienne

Professor, James Madison University
Dr. Cancienne is a Professor of English Education in the Middle and Secondary Education Department in the College of Education. She teaches courses in high school English methods and accompanying high school practicum, Curriculum and Co-curriculum, Foundations of American Education... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017
Saturday, October 13

1:00pm EDT

Improving Listening Skills Through Interactive Read Alouds
This session will include a book list of children’s picture books to use when incorporating an interactive read aloud. The objectives include improving students (and teachers) awareness of how to incorporate active listening skills/strategies during an interactive read aloud.  By practicing it in an already implemented activity, it can be more easily integrated into an already full curriculum.  The format of the presentation will include a ppt with specific strategies, activities and resources teachers can easily transfer into their own classroom practices.  The activities will include ‘real world’ practice and modeling for teachers in order to allow them to immediately implement the strategies/skills into their own classroom practices.  Materials include a handout of children’s picture books, activity packet, and websites that might be utilized for ongoing practice.  The intended audience is for all teachers.

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Donna Foglesong

Assistant Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech
 Dr. Fogelsong is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech.  She works with Elementary Education Students pursuing a licensure in teacher education. Her educational interests include listening and reading literacy, culturally responsive teaching practices, and integrating... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon A 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

2:00pm EDT

Complicating the Canon: Discovering and Developing Student Voice through Living Poets
Historically, teenagers are the rebels, the revolutionaries, and the spark to change the status quo and injustices in society, yet their voices are being lost in the standardization of learning, lack of diverse texts, and limited avenues in school for self expression. When classroom instruction is limited to a one-size-fits-all approach with a limited curriculum, individual student voices are no longer heard and valued. Teaching contemporary poets to today’s students not only exposes them to a myriad of different voices and current issues but also gives them the courage to find and use their voices as agents of change in society.

The #teachlivingpoets hashtag has blossomed on Twitter, but it is more than a hashtag; it’s a movement of teachers to get modern poetry in the hands of today’s students. Teaching living poets allows students to traverse a richer landscape of diverse identities and experiences through the lens of poetry. Students can then use their identities and experiences to give voice to their own stories and narratives with modern poems being the mentor texts and modern poets serving as the mentors for writing and activism.

Teaching modern poetry can be intimidating for even the most experienced teachers. The presenter will share classroom lessons and ideas which foster an appreciation of poetry as art as well as how poetry can create raise awareness on issues of equity, justice, and humanity in general. The focus of these lessons cover a variety of ideas from reading comprehension, literary analysis, connecting modern poetry to canon and nonfiction, and finding personal voice using modern poems as mentor texts. Special attention will also be given to the benefits of teaching a contemporary poetry collection as a whole with lessons and instructional resources.

Digital tools and social media enhance the learning experience with modern poetry in the classroom. This session will cover the best practices on how to find and connect with poets online and in person. The presenter will share how using social media such as Twitter and Instagram has not only connected students to poets but poets to students creating a platform for an ongoing academic relationship and sharing of ideas. Skype also enriches classroom lessons and student experience giving students the opportunity to talk with poets about their poems, writing process, and contemporary issues, and teachers will be walked through the process of planning and preparing for a Skype call with a poet.

Finally, the panel will share how students can document and share their perspectives on contemporary poetry through blogging and using tools such as Flipgrid. Evidence will be shared from a blog share with students from across the nation where they post about poetry, read other students posts about poetry, and offer thoughtful comment. Gaining perspective from students nationwide has allowed students to move beyond their classroom and geographic area, and the exchange has provided students an avenue to voice their opinions and ideas.

Today’s society can be a confusing time and place for students, but modern poetry bridges the gap and helps put into words what students are feeling but may not be able to express. Teachers need to #teachlivingpoets.

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Adrian Nester

English Teacher, Tunstall High School
Adrian Nester is an Advanced Placement and Inclusion secondary English teacher in Pittsylvania County with 18 years teaching experience. She is excited to share the shifts in her own classroom towards choice reading and complicating the canon. Adrian will represent Virginia on the... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

2:00pm EDT

VCEE Annual Meeting
Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Directors Suite 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

3:00pm EDT

Gaming: The System
It's a fact that games are prevalent in our students' lives. Consumers spend a massive $23.5 billion each year on video games. Why? Everyone enjoys the thrill of competition and that drive to improve. Gamers are motivated to spend hours of time trying to master that challenging level, defeat that powerful boss, or get three stars on that tricky puzzle. This session will dive into the idea of bringing that motivation into the classroom. Through gamification, teachers have the ability to completely change the way many students think about learning. By focusing on techniques used in games to motivate players, we can engage students on a level that is familiar and encourage them to challenge themselves while building a sense of community and understanding.

To encourage teachers to adapt their current teaching styles and lessons to include game elements that will increase student engagement and knowledge retention.

This session will include a discussion of The Eight Core Drivers of Motivation developed by Yu-kai Chou along with hands on demonstrations of game elements that can be implemented into any subject area.

Attendees will be able to see and play with some of the game elements that I use in my classroom (ex: Dice, Jenga, Basketball, Crocodile Dentist, and various board games). They will be able to ask questions and develop ideas for how they can implement these game elements into their classroom while I discuss the theories, research, and challenges behind gamification.

This session would primarily address pedagogical ideas that could be used in any subject area, though it will use examples from my own English classes.

Intended Audience:
This session would be useful to nearly all teachers since most students enjoy playing games and engagement is something that all teachers should want to increase. It will be most applicable for middle and high school teachers though.


Rodney Ray

English Teacher, Blacksburg High School
A fifth year English teacher and avid player of games who has smashed his two worlds together to gamify his 9th grade English class.

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017