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Elementary grades (pk-5) [clear filter]
Friday, October 12

11:00am EDT

Get WRITE into the Day.
Get WRITE into the Day. The only thing wrong you can do is not write.
Replace the academic drudgery of bell ringers and warm ups with a joyful and beneficial writing practice. Learn how to establish a free flowing, no rules writing routine to build stronger more confident writers with problem solving skills. Daily journal writing builds endurance and muscle memory. Writing is for all students in all content areas. Learn to tap into your students ‘creative juices’ through journal writing.

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Donna Michael

Teacher and Department Chair, Clark Public Schools
I'm a teacher of middle school. I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grades with 20 years of experience. 

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

3:00pm EDT

Not Your Momma's English Class: Fostering a Culture and Love of Literacy
As English teachers, we want to do it all: promote student growth and academic achievement, close the gap, individualize instruction, and promote a love of reading. Too often though, those goals feel overwhelming and mutually exclusive. In response, we continue digging in to literacy instruction the exact same way our teachers did, and the exact same way their teachers did- textbook anthologies, whole-class texts, and worksheet after worksheet. 

But what if there really was a way to do it all? What if you could foster a love of reading in students while promoting other academic goals? Learn about how to implement research based practices in your classroom, and most of all, get students excited about reading! This session will provide an overview of academic research about independent reading and the need for the change in pedagogy. In addition, this session will offer modeled practices for connecting readers with texts through digital surveys, book talks, and book tastings. Resources will also be provided so that teachers feel confident about monitoring students' reading skills and comprehension in this individualized approach to the English classroom (one-on-one reading conferences, writing about reading, etc.).


Danielle Fowler

Teacher- 7th Grade, Forest Middle School- Bedford County Schools
I am an English teacher in Bedford, VA. This is my sixth year teaching. I have taught in suburban, urban, and rural schools, including high school, middle school, and alternative school.

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

4:00pm EDT

Be the Change--Grammar Instruction Through Mentor Texts
Teachers of English work hard to help their students understand grammar,  but the results can be disappointing. Often it seems that no matter what we do, the same punctuation errors and problem usage patterns appear in student writing again and again. Teaching grammar with mentor texts can open our classrooms to positive change. This method moves instruction away from Mug Shots and grammar worksheets toward integrating reading, writing, and language instruction.

This session is intended for teachers of elementary, middle school, or high school students. Goals for this session include the following: (1) recognizing that grammar taught in isolation from writing does not produce improvements in writing; (2) realizing the importance of teaching a few things really well and of providing practice writing key grammatical constructions; (3) knowing how to choose and use mentor texts as models for particular grammatical constructions; (4) examining a framework for scaffolding students' learning of particular grammatical constructions.

Presenters in this session will show how to use mentor texts to teach grammar within the context of writing. Carolyn Mathews, Professor of English at Radford University, will provide rationale and guidelines for creating grammar lessons using mentor texts. Students from Radford University’s English Education Program will share lessons based on this approach.

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Carolyn Mathews

Professor of English, Radford University
I teach courses for teacher candidates in the English Education Program at Radford University and supervise their Early Field Experience and student teaching. Before teaching at the university, I taught eighth grade language arts at Dublin Middle School in Pulaski County, Virginia... Read More →

Meg Robertson

Pre-service Teacher, Radford University
Meg Robertson is a senior at Radford University from Fairfax, Virginia. She’s studying English and hopes to teach upper level high school English one day. Meg developed a passion for English at an early age, and it has only grown since coming to Radford. She hopes to be able to... Read More →

Alison Sockman-Gillis

Pre-service Teacher, Radford University
Alison Sockman-Gillis is from Chesapeake, Virginia. She is currently a senior at Radford University. She plans to graduate in the spring with a degree in English and a concentration in secondary education. After college, Alison hopes to join the Peace Corps.

Kyle Walker

Pre-service Teacher, Radford University
Kyle Walker is a senior at Radford University, completing his early field experience this fall semester. Kyle transferred to Radford University in Spring of 2017 after completing his Associate's Degree from Virginia Western Community College where he majored in Liberal Arts with a... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon A 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

3:00pm EDT

Integrating Literacy in the Content Areas
In this "hands on" session, participants will learn how to integrate literacy with content-area subjects. Although the strategies and activities presented are taken from a social studies classroom, the presenters will provide examples of how to adapt the strategies and activities to fit all content areas in grades K-12. Participants will learn how to deepen students’ understanding of the content, whether the strategies are implemented in the English classroom or content area class. In addition to understanding why it is essential to incorporate reading and writing in the content-area classrooms, participants will engage in a variety of activities that they can implement immediately in their classrooms. For each strategy presented, participants will learn how each strategy impacts student learning and then participate in the activities themselves.


Peggy Gearhart

Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach, Trailside Middle School
After teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels in Loudoun County, I am currently the Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach at Trailside Middle School. In my current role, I work with teachers in all content areas to incorporate reading and writing literacy in every c... Read More →
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Rachael Moore

6th grade history teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools
This is my 19th year in education. I have taught elementary grades 3-5 and am currently in my 7th year teaching 6th grade Social Studies. I enjoy finding new ways to incorporate literacy into my social studies classroom and helping others to do the same.

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