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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.


Speakers
avatar for Crystal Gage

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Michael

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Martin

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

Collaborative inquiry projects: Changing literature into science, and science into art
Embracing "messy research," this session demonstrates several ways teachers can go beyond the traditional research paper to foster a culture of curiosity, personal connection, and academic inquiry in the English classroom with student choice in developing research questions as a foundation. Participants will see examples of student deliverables from year-long projects as well as one-week sessions and will learn strategies for teaching key word searches, annotated bibliographies, and APA format.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Crotteau

Michelle Crotteau

Instructor of English and Research, Massanutten Regional Governor's School
Michelle Crotteau, Ed.D is a poet and instructor at the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School, a collaborative PBL STEAM program where she teaches academic writing, research, and literature. She is an Academic Coach for JMU Valley Scholars and has provided professional development... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm 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.).

Speakers
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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.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Mathews

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 →
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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 →
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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.
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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

4:00pm EDT

Secondary Literacy Teams - Everyone teaches literacy
FCPS secondary interdisciplinary literacy teams have spent two years exploring the unique literacy qualities of each discipline. While on this journey teams have learned valuable strategies and protocols to engage students in critical thinking and shift to a student-centered classroom.  During the 2018-2019 school year, sixty-one school-based literacy teams are exploring writing to learn and writing in the form of the disciplines to deepen student content knowledge. Although the language arts office has taken the lead in facilitating literacy learning, we have watched teachers of all disciplines grow to understand the value reading and writing. The session will offer participants an opportunity to engage in disciplinary reading and writing in a workshop model. Participants will leave with materials to engage their colleagues in discussions about disciplinary literacy and strategies to engage students in their classes.

Speakers
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Paige Whitlock

Secondary Language Arts Coordinator, Fairfax County Public Schools
Paige Whitlock is a teacher leader whose current role as Secondary Language Arts Coordinator includes leading the curriculum development and professional learning for middle school and high school English teachers in FCPS and co-leading the Secondary Literacy Project which provides... Read More →


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

1:00pm EDT

Concept Based Curriculum Planning Tools
Every year FCPS brings its best teachers to the central office to develop curriculum.  This summer our talented teachers created a unit planner for concept based curriculum that streamlines the planning process for teachers by capitalizing on easy backwards design.  The tool includes focus on Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, Portrait of a Graduate characteristics, a yearlong collaborative team checklist of SOL Strand Alignments, Digital Citizenship, Authentic Assessments, Blended Learning, and much more. All of this is housed in a comprehensive, one one page document. This session will focus on sustained implementation and use of the tool, and will make use of the Student Engagement Model and Literacy Strategies any teacher can use in the classroom to keep participants interested.  

Speakers
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Stacey Kiggins

HS Language Arts Specialist, FCPS
Stacey Kiggins has taught AP and IB courses, and has been a coordinator for both .  She has many honors and distinctions; her highlights include being the 2011 National Speech Teacher of the year, and presenting at the Round Table at Oxford University in England on two separate occasions... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Salon B 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

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.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Foglesong

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

1:00pm EDT

The Efficacy of Personal Literature: How English Teachers Can Save Our Troubled Boys and Girls
The objective of this session is to make participants aware of the powerful impact the right book can have on a survivor of traumatic events. In the first part of this session I will tell the story of my own childhood trauma and tell how librarians and teachers spoke into my life with appropriate book recommendations.  In the second part I will demonstrate how teachers can build bridges to trouble students who incite conflict in the classroom and use that bridge to offer good reading selections. I will then challenge participants to discuss books that helped them survive childhood incidents.  Together we will build a resource for teachers and counselors so that teachers and counselors can get the right books into the hands of students struggling with trauma.

Speakers
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Author, Rhino the Bully

Author, 8th Grade Teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
A Career Switcher and Author, Myron Brubaker makes his home in Rockingham County, Virginia. He currently teaches 8th grade science and leads an after-school conservation club. His passion is reaching broken and traumatized teens and his new book, Rhino the Bully, will serve as a great... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon C 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.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Nester

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

Pump Up the Volume! Using Music as an Effective Instructional Tool in the ELA classroom
Pump Up the Volume! is a session designed to demonstrate practical ways in which educators can spice up their daily activities and lessons using a diverse array of music! 

The format will run as a series of SOL aligned mini-lessons that incorporate music at every turn. Participants will see real examples of how music can be integrated into every aspect of an ELA lesson. There will be 5 mini-lessons that will last for 5-10 minutes a piece and will demonstrate how to incorporate music into an actual warm-up, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing lesson in a fun and engaging way. Though the session is presented in the form of a series of mini-lessons, each lesson will center around a particular educator friendly theme of "Increasing Student Engagement." 

Participants will be active participants in each mini-lesson through a question and answer format (from the presenter to participants) as well as a written component that will align with the purported "take-away" of each mini-lesson. At the end of the session, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and get ideas from the presenter and each other. Attendees will also be given a hand-out outlining websites where teachers can find and use music (legally) as well as more tried and true examples of how educators can incorporate music into their daily lessons.The mini-lessons and implementation strategies are appropriate for and can be suited to the needs of upper elementary through high school level students.

Speakers
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Robin Woodfolk

English Inclusion, Brookland Middle School/Henrico County Public Schools
I am a dedicated ELA educator with 10+ years of instructional experience on the secondary levels. I hold a B.A. in English from James Madison University and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. I currently teacher 6th grade English at Brookland... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

3:00pm EDT

Teaching Nonfiction, Teaching Diversity: Fostering Understanding and Empathy with Nonfiction and Texts from Different Cultural Traditions
We live in an era of rich diversity in books for young readers, when we can choose more fine books for any level, K-12, than ever before. The phenomenonal success of Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water attests to the impact that books can have, prompting young readers across the United States to raise money for wells in Africa. In addition to furnishing a gripping story, two salient factors in the book’s success are its ability to spark empathy for those in other countries and the real-world story at its heart. Moving beyond the boundaries established by canonical fictional texts can pose some challenging questions about choice: how many diverse texts to choose, what role nonfiction plays, whether to balance canonical texts with more contemporary texts, whether to choose texts that movies have been based on, how often to push students out of their comfort zone with texts they might not choose for themselves. 
In this session, presenters will discuss their experiences teaching diverse children’s and YA literature, including nonfiction and graphic novels as well as traditional fiction, in a college setting. They will share text suggestions and assignments based on these texts as well as invite discussion and books/assignment recommendations from those who attend.

Speakers
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Sam Hamilton

Assistant Professor of English, Bridgewater College
Dr. Sam Hamilton teaches writing courses and Literature of the Black Experience at Bridgewater College.
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Ashley Lauro

Instructor of English, Bridgewater College
Prof. Ashley Lauro teaches Children's Literature and writing courses at Bridgewater College.


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

4:00pm EDT

Going Beyond the Core Curriculum
With heightened concerns regarding mental health in our society, many teachers are searching for ways to help our students (and ourselves!) find balance and develop healthy approaches to managing stress and anxiety. Over the past several years, I have reflected on a number of my own practices and have developed routines and activities that all work towards establishing a safe, welcoming classroom environment where students can develop and practice strategies for managing stress while also working on their reading, writing, and speaking skills. 
By incorporating supplemental day-of-the-week activities such as “Mindful Monday,” “Museday Tuesday,” and “Free Reading Friday” into the class routine, teachers can reflect even more on their practices and actually do more with seemingly less. We want to help students develop both a reading and a writing life, but we must also recognize that students need to be in a healthy place mentally and emotionally before they can focus on the skills we’re teaching. These 15-20 minute supplemental activities integrated in the classroom routine emphasize student choice, mindfulness, and reflection, while also promoting students’ well-being and confidence as well as classroom community. At the same time, they provide low-stakes opportunities for students to practice and strengthen skills.
I will provide research, strategies for implementation, and resources for teachers to use in their schools.Teachers will have the opportunity to reflect and consider their own variations on the routines and activities shared. Time will be provided for exploration and planning. Participants will leave the session with activities they can incorporate in their classrooms immediately as well as possibilities for making connections to current texts and concepts of study.  
The session is intended for high school ELA teachers of all levels. Participants should bring their laptops or other devices so they can explore resources, plan, and collaborate.

Speakers
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Jennifer Fulton

HS English teacher and Department Chair, Robinson Secondary School, FCPS
Jennifer Fulton serves as high school English Department Chair and teaches IB English Literature 1 and English 12 Honors at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Mary Washington and her M.A. in English Literature... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

The FRAME
The participants will receive researched information about the FRAME and then actively create a sample to do with students. The FRAME can be used to help students become better writers and readers.

Speakers
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Angela Moore

High School Member-At-Large, VATE
Angela Moore is a dedicated teacher, mother and wife. She is a native of Richmond, VA. She currently works for Richmond Public Schools.


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