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Friday, October 12

11:00am EDT

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

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Donna Michael

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

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

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

2:00pm EDT

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.


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 →

Erin Peate

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

Erin Taylor

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

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 EDT
Salon A 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm EDT

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.  


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.

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 EDT
Salon B 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

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