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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

11:00am EDT

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!


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 →

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 EDT
Salon B 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

2:00pm EDT

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


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 EDT
Salon C 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.

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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 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

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.  


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

The Monomyth Framework

It’s no surprise that in the age of standardized testing, standardized curriculum, and standardized instruction, students no longer see themselves in their education. Learning has been broken down and atomized in to bite sized bits that can be easily collected, quantified, and politicized. In a system that says results matter more than learning, we shouldn’t be surprised that students no longer excited to learn. 

We’ve forgotten why we learn in the first place: to better understand ourselves and our world, to find and cultivate our passions, to connect with each other, and most simply of all, because it's fun. There’s no shortage of philosophies, methods, tools, and tech at teacher’s disposal to combat the travails of modern education, but what’s missing is a clear, coherent framework to organize when, where, and how to use them. More importantly, it’s a framework that teachers can use regardless of content, level, or cultural context. It’s as universal as the human experience.

The Monomyth Framework is built around Joseph Campbell's Monomyth. Essentially, it's a thematic distillation of best practice pedagogy that provides a sequence and structure to a variety of current best practice methods. At its core, is the Mythic Question: a relatable, engaging question about the human experience that will inform the texts the students read, conversations they engage in, and information they explore over the course of the year.

It’s our hope that our framework will serve as the campfire we gather around to share our experiences—experiences that remind us that though our stories are unique, we are all the same.


-Introduce teachers to our thematic framework 
-Provide them with documents to start utilizing our framework in their own classroom
-Build a community of engaged participants who want to share how they've used, adapted, and innovated our framework so we can all build a better tool together long after our session has ended.


Part 1: Introduction to the Framework- My colleague and I will run through our framework with the group. (Time: 30 minutes) 

Part 2: Q&A- My colleague and I will field an general questions, thoughts, or comments about the framework. (Time: 15-20 minutes)

Part 3: Workshop- Educators break up in to grade level groups and see how they can use our framework to either structure their entire year or a single unit using our methodology. My colleague and I will walk around and facilitate learning. 

(If time allows, we would repeat the small group work/large group discussion process)

Intended Audiences: Secondary English Teachers

Resources we use: 
-Prezi Presentation of our Framework
-Hard copies of the "Unit at a Glance" graphic organizer
-Hard copies of "Year at a Glance"  graphic organizer

All attendees will have access to both hard and digital copies of our materials for use in their own classrooms as well as access to our planned website/community where they can connect to other teachers around Virginia (and beyond) to discuss their experiences with the framework.


Trevor Aleo

Teacher, Charles J. Colgan High School
Trevor Aleo is an English teacher in the D.C. suburbs. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching from James Madison University in 2014. He has a passion for innovative teaching practices, finding the intersection between pop-culture and pedagogy, and incessantly asking his kids... Read More →

Clare Gillespie

Teacher, Charles J. Colgan High School
Clare Gillespie is an educator in the DC Suburbs who has a passion for teaching, connecting, and innovating. Her high energy style and vivacious personality helps bring the content to life for both her students and colleagues.

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

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.


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

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

4:00pm EDT

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.

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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.

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 EDT
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm EDT

Intro to Google Draw for English Teachers
I'm teaching English teachers to use Google Draw for formative assessment and to encourage student creativity and communication using alternative formats. Have already delivered this session once to KG English teachers for all levels and got great, very positive feedback. No time to write more now.


Marynn Dause

English Teacher, VATE Vice President, King George High School
Marynn Dause is a National Board Certified Teacher with seven years’ experience teaching English Language Arts and related topics such as Leadership and Science Fiction literature to high school learners in rural Virginia.

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