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Middle grades (6-8) [clear filter]
Friday, October 12
 

11:00am

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
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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
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

11:00am

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
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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
Salon A 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

11:00am

Write Now!
Write Now! will immerse teachers in Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle's ten minute daily structure for writing and revising.  Included will be explicit strategies for writing instruction including creating writing seeds and collections, teacher modeling, and flash revision. Mentor texts and other writing invitations will be used throughout the session.  Teachers will actively write, as if they were students, while the presenters model as if they were teachers.  Jeff Anderson's "Textploring" will also be modeled, using mentor text, as a structure for teaching mechanics and usage.  This session will be jam-packed with structures teachers can use in their classrooms tomorrow, and everyone will write!

Speakers
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Jan Collins

K-12 Literacy Coach - School Improvement, Henrico County Public Schools
As a K-12 Literacy Coach for Henrico County, Jan Collins works with a variety of schools to improve instruction.  Jan is passionate about authentic reading and writing experiences for all children.  After teaching and serving as English Department Chair at Thomas Dale High School... Read More →
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Lynn Smith

Other, Central Office
Lynn Smith currently serves as the Educational Specialist for Elementary Reading and Language Arts in Henrico County.  Previously, Lynn was a special education teacher, reading coach, and K-12 Instructional Specialist with experience in both rural and urban settings.  Lynn believes... Read More →


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

2:00pm

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
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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
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

2:00pm

Getting Past Chaos: Using Iterative Lit Circles to Energize Reading and Make the Teacher’s Job Easier Too
You've seen the research. You also have a gut-belief that the way to save reading in our culture is to incorporate more book choices into secondary school classrooms.  But the logistics of independent reading and lit circles can be so crazy! The answer?  More. Most research on inquiry-based or project-based learning emphasizes the importance of iteration, and choice-based reading is no exception. Set up your reading workshop to capture other students' enthusiasm (which is gold) and to pump that energy back into the classroom.  Use student book reviews to guide subsequent choices and create the momentum for the next round of lit circles or independent reading. This workshop shows you how to use analog methods and/or our digital resources. 

Rationale: Perhaps the most fundamental and natural form of personalized and inquiry-based learning is an independent reading program that emphasizes choice, quantity, reiteration, public writing, and peer to peer interaction. But we seldom incorporate such programs because they feel too crazy to most teachers. This presentation introduces a methodology to help organize and energize lit circles or other kinds of reading workshop. The presentation addresses these specific challenges associated with choice-based reading:
 
This workshop addresses these specific challenges associated with choice-based reading:
1. Finding appropriate books when you haven't read them all
2. Keeping track of who's read what
3. How can you recommend the right book for every kid?
4. Assessments that don't kill the teacher

Speakers
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Julia Franks

Teacher and Founder of Loose Canon, The Lovett School
Julia Franks is a multi-award winning novelist (juliafranks.com), veteran educator, and advocate for reading choice in the classroom. She founded the social reading application loosecanon.com, a purpose-driven company created to help teachers incorporate personalized reading while... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Image Use for Social Justice
This session will begin with a discussion of New Literacies and image use, and the ways that emerging composition formats like Pecha Kucha and Graphic Recordings can be leveraged for student use. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and watch as students demonstrate image rich compositions based on current literature and then will have an opportunity to engage in the composition process and will gain examples of writing prompts and lessons. To end this session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about issues with implementation of these composition formats.

Speakers
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Bria Coleman

Graduate Student, James Madison University
Bria Coleman is a graduate student in English Education at James Madison University.
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Katie Dredger

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Katie Shepherd Dredger, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of education and the Academic Unit Head in the Middle, Secondary, and Math Education Department in the College of Education at James Madison University and the chair of the Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of... Read More →
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Erin Peate

Student, James Madison University
Erin Peate is an undergraduate student in English Education at James Madison University.
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Erin Taylor

Student, James Madison University
Erin Taylor is an undergraduate student in English Education at James Madison University.
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Katie Twigg

Student, James Madison University
Katie Twigg is an undergraduate student in English Education at James Madison University.


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

3:00pm

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
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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
Salon A 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

3:00pm

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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

3:00pm

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
Salon B 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm

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
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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 →
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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
Salon A 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm

Never Too Old for a Makeover
The objective of this session is to show the relevance of the classics in today's society and ways to engage modern day students.  We have taken six classic pieces of literature and illustrated the relevance and high interest level.  We will provide practical activities and connections for each text.  Any middle or high school teacher should be able to take these ideas and apply any or all strands of Standards of Learning.  We will use electronic and hands on materials.  Participants will leave our session with a renewed appreciation for classic literature and its relevance to today, as well as practical ideas to immediately implement within their classrooms.  

Speakers
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Donna Ogle

English Teacher, Carroll County High School
I have a Master's Degree in English from Radford University and teach at Carroll County High School.
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Sonya Redd

English Teacher, Carroll County High School
I have been teaching high school English for 18 years.  I have a Master's Degree in English from Radford University and teach at Carroll County High School.


Friday October 12, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Salon B 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm

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
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm

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

Objectives: 
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.

Speakers
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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
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017
 
Saturday, October 13
 

1:00pm

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
Salon B 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

1:00pm

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
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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
Salon A 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

1:00pm

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
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

2:00pm

Creative Writing Instruction within the ESL Classroom
This session discusses research completed in 2018 observing the effects of specialized creative writing instruction on written expression development in Newcomer middle-school students learning English as a second language. Methodology, researcher tools, and specific lesson plans (with samples of student work and photographs) will be presented alongside qualitative and statistical conclusions; the study yielded statistically significant results with a p-value of 0.001156. The session will close with a discussion of the implications of the research and possibilities for implementing similar methods in ESL and Newcomer classrooms, with the overall goal of making English acquisition both easier and more exciting for middle school students.

Speakers
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Renée Flory

Student Researcher, Massanutten Regional Governor's School
Renée Flory is a student researcher interested in exploring how elements of creative writing can be implemented within educational curricula beyond the English classroom. She plans to major in creative writing and is pursuing the publication of both research and fiction writing... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Project LIT Community: Empowering Readers and Leaders in Schools and Communities
This session will introduce teachers to the Project LIT Community, a grassroots literacy movement that is sweeping through middle schools and high school across the nation, and describe the process of starting a Project LIT chapter at a high school. Participants will learn about the movement, its aims, and ways in which they can not only start Project LIT chapters in their own schools but also be supported in those endeavors. The session will be primarily lecture with a question and answer period; however, given a longer presentation time, there could be a chance for more interactive and audience participation by letting them experience what an actual Project LIT Book Club session is like, including discussion and trivia. The intended audience for this presentation is middle school and high school teachers, librarians, and administrators. Strands addressed include Young Adult Literature and Multicultural Literature. Presenters will project a prepared presentation to accompany their session. Participants will gain an introduction to or greater understanding of the Project LIT Community and learn ways to start their own chapter—including fundraising and service opportunities as well as strategies to run book clubs—and support students as they grow as readers and leaders.

Speakers
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Lisa Newman

English Teacher; Lead Teacher, Blacksburg High School
Lisa Newman is in her 23rd year of teaching. She graduated from Radford University with a BS in English and Secondary Education. She teaches at Blacksburg High School. A passionate social justice educator, she is the Department Lead Teacher, sponsors the Black Awareness Club, leads... Read More →
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Josh Thompson

English Teacher, Blacksburg High School
A passionate antiracist and social justice educator, I teach English at Blacksburg High School where I strive to make my classroom a more equitable, inclusive space for liberation.


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

3:00pm

Gaming: The System
Overview: 
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.

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

Format:
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.

Activities:
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.

Strands:
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.

Speakers
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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
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

3:00pm

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.

Speakers
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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, Trailside Middle School
This is my 17th year in education. I have taught elementary grades 3-5 and am currently in my 5th 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
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

3:00pm

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
Salon B 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

3:00pm

The Rhetoric of Moral Panic- Framing the News for Analysis
Students today are bombarded with media messages that include news, not so newsworthy news, and moral outrage disguised as news.  Using the framework painted on the walls of the Salem Witch Museum about how moral panic creates or reinforces the status quo, students can begin to analyze how messages shape our understanding of the news we hear both in mass media and in their real lives.

Speakers
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Terri Penick

English 8 Teacher, Gloucester County Public Schools
I am an eighth grade English teacher who tries to use her love of history to help students analyze and make real-life connections to what they see, hear, and read.


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

4:00pm

Box of Chocolates: Using Games to Support the Writing Process
In this interactive workshop, we will share two original board games we have created and used to support middle and high school students during the writing process.  We will begin by sharing our objectives for using game-based learning in the ELA classroom. Games can serve as a method to motivate and engage students in academic literacies. They do so by drawing on adolescents' natural interest in and enjoyment of games. We will provide an overview of the two writing units during which these games were situated: a spoken word poetry unit and a unit on creating written arguments. We will then invite participants to play the games (Box of Chocolates and Race to the White House) and then reflect on how they might use or adapt these games for their own classrooms.

Speakers
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Lindy Johnson

Professor, William & Mary
Dr. Johnson is an assistant professor of English Education at William & Mary. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Georgia, she taught high school English in Boston Public Schools.
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Anna Wong

English teacher, Breckinridge Middle School
Anna Wong graduated with an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from William & Mary where she also received her ESL endorsement. She teaches English at Breckinridge Middle School.


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

4:00pm

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
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017