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Fall for Literacy Virtual Conference 2020

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The Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD, and Public Schools of Petoskey are proud to present our Fall for Literacy Virtual Conference on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  

 

This interactive, virtual event entitled, Brain Basis for Reading Ability and Disability: Word Study, features leading experts and practitioners who will enhance your understanding and further your literacy practices.  It will take place entirely online with log-in information arriving directly to your email prior to the event.

 

The intended audience is K-5 educators, specialists, and parents. The keynote audience is intended for any age range, including parents, who may have an interest in learning more about literacy development, dyslexia and effective instructional practices.

 

Schedule

8:15-8:30 a.m.              Begin Logging-in

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.          Welcome and Keynote Joanna Christodoulou

11:30a.m. -12:15 p.m.   Lunch

12:15-1:15 p.m.            Session 1

1:15-1:30 p.m.              Break

1:30- 2:30 p.m.             Session 2

2:30-2:45 p.m.              Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.              Session 3

3:45 p.m.                     Concluding Remarks

 

Payment

There is no cost for participants from Char-Em ISD member districts.
There is a $50 per person cost for outside attendees.

 Use the following link for credit card payments:  https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/MiBranchIDA

 Make checks payable to: 
Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
5329 Rugby Street
Portage, MI 49024

 Send payment inquiries to: treas.mich.ida@gmail.com.       

October 17, 2020


8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Keynote Session
8:30 - 11:30 AM

Instructor: Keynote Presenter
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10/17/2020 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Online
Attendance Hours 
Keynote - The Reading Brain: Development, Difficulties, and Intervention

 

Joanna Christodoulou, EdD, is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who studies the development and difficulties of reading, math, and attention at the intersection of research and practice. She is associate professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA, as well as a research associate at MIT and adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

DESCRIPTION: Learning to read is among the greatest achievements in the education context. This presentation will explore how the human brain makes reading possible by repurposing and coordinating linguistic, motor, cognitive, and attentional systems to make meaning of written symbols. We will explore the current research on the cognitive neuroscience of learning to read, how this process differs for children with reading difficulties, and how brain plasticity is related to reading interventions, as well as the connection to essential literacy practices.

 

AUDIENCE:  All


Instructor: Keynote Presenter
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10/17/2020 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Online
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12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Session 1
12:15 - 1:15 PM

Instructor: Breakout Presenters
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10/17/2020 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Online
Attendance Hours 
Basic Morphology: What Is It and Why Is It Essential in Reading Instruction?

Nancy Williams has spent 25+ years working in reading instruction. The last 15+ years have been specifically studying and training others in working with students with Dyslexia. As the parent of a dyslexic learner, she has seen first hand the challenges these struggling readers face. She is passionate to train others in best practice instruction that allows all students to improve language skills.

DESCRIPTION:  Becoming a fluent reader is a complex concept that involves so much more than letters and sounds. It is essential for students to understand our language and its construct. English is a language of meaning. Students beginning in kindergarten can be taught how the language is structured so they don't just learn to decode, but to understand language in its written form. This session will cover educational jargon including phonemes vs. morphemes, and decoding vs. comprehension. It will also give practical strategies to use with students of all ages in helping them understand written language.

AUDIENCE:  K-5 educators, parents, practitioners. 

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Online
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Explicit, Sensory-Filled Literacy Instruction for Young Readers

Stacey Turner is a former Kindergarten Teacher for Clio Area Schools, and is currently a Literacy Coach for Clio Area Schools

DESCRIPTION: Connecting daily Tier 1 phonemic awareness and phonics classroom instruction with daily differentiated Tier 2 small group support is well established in research for accelerating literacy development for all students.  Participants will learn this classroom teacher’s and literacy coach’s process and routines for implementing the Literacy Essential Practices 3, 4 and 5 in ways that dramatically increased her students’ literacy development.  

AUDIENCE:  K-2 educators and specialists who work with literacy development 

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Online
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Interactive Vocabulary Instruction

Samantha Willson is a 2nd grade teacher at the Public Schools of Petoskey.  She holds a reading specialist degree from Central Michigan University and has 15 years of teaching experience.  She has had a variety of elementary teaching opportunities including classroom teacher, summer reading interventionist, and district literacy coach.

DESCRIPTION:  This session will share best practices in classroom vocabulary instructional practices and routines.  It  will give you the opportunity to reflect on your vocabulary teaching and explore some new ways to integrate vocabulary instruction into your day.

AUDIENCE:  K-5 practitioners.

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Online
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Syllabication - Beginner: Teaching Syllable Patterns and Syllabication


Heidi Turchan,
M.Ed., CDP, CALP

DESCRIPTION: Without a strategy for chunking longer words into manageable parts, students may look at a longer word and simply resort to guessing what it is — or skipping it altogether. Familiarity with syllable-spelling conventions helps readers know what sound the vowel makes.  Familiarity with syllable patterns helps students to read longer words accurately and fluently and to solve spelling problems.  Syllabication - Beginner will equip educators on how to explicitly teach syllabication strategies for attacking unfamiliar multisyllabic words.  Learning outcomes include explicitly instructing students on how to decode multisyllabic words and being able to identify the syllable patterns of the English Language.

 AUDIENCE: K-5 educators and specialists who work with literacy development.

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Online
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Session 2
1:30 - 2:30 PM

Instructor: Breakout Presenters
DateTimeLocation
10/17/2020 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Online
Attendance Hours 
Explicit, Sensory-Filled Literacy Instruction for Young Readers

(This is a repeat of the workshop offered during Session 1.)

Stacey Turner is a former Kindergarten Teacher for Clio Area Schools, and is currently a Literacy Coach for Clio Area Schools

DESCRIPTION: Connecting daily Tier 1 phonemic awareness and phonics classroom instruction with daily differentiated Tier 2 small group support is well established in research for accelerating literacy development for all students.  Participants will learn this classroom teacher’s and literacy coach’s process and routines for implementing the Literacy Essential Practices 3, 4 and 5 in ways that dramatically increased her students’ literacy development.  

AUDIENCE:  K-2 educators and specialists who work with literacy development.

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Online
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Growing Readers Together: A School & Library Partnership

 

Amy McMullen is currently the principal of Ottawa Elementary School for the Public Schools of Petoskey.  She has served as a Literacy Coach/Coordinator and Special Education Teacher in her nearly 25 years in education. Valerie Meyerson is currently the library director at the Petoskey District Library. She received her BS in Business from University of Colorado and her MLIS from Wayne State University and has twenty-eight years of experience as a library director under her belt. Valerie has a strong commitment to the community and always looks for new ways to expand the library’s reach into the community.


DESCRIPTION: Public Schools of Petoskey and the Petoskey District Library partnered to collaborate with families to promote literacy via no-cost to families tutoring, Family Literacy Nights, and targeted take home activities.  This session will share lessons learned, our positive results and provide a Q and A for those who may want to replicate. Literacy Essential 10: Collaborating with Families to Promote Literacy.


AUDIENCE: K-5 educators and specialists who work with literacy development.


Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Online
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Teaching Syllabication - Intermediate


Heidi Turchan, M.Ed., CDP, CALT

DESCRIPTION: Teaching syllabication is as easy as 1-2-3!  During this session, we will review the syllable patterns of the English language and syllabication strategies for 3-5th grade teachers to use during small group reading instruction that will improve students' word reading accuracy.  The strategies taught in this session can be used by students in any text, from a different text being used in class as a pre or re-read, words that they come across in their independent reading and words linked to spelling patterns being used. You won't need to wait for a separate program to get started! Participants will be able to implement syllabication strategies into general education classrooms, Tier II small group instruction and Tier III intensive, individualized instruction. 

AUDIENCE:
3-5 educators and specialists who work with literacy development and have some knowledge of syllable types.

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Online
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The Speech and Spelling Connection

Nancy L. Lyons, M.S. CCC/SLP, provides speech and language services to K-12 students within the home and private practice settings.

DESCRIPTION:  A strong correlation exists between a child's speech development and production and their ability to detect and correctly utilize sounds in words when spelling. We will discuss  means of determining whether your student may be having difficulty with these skills because of underlying speech or language delays and implement working strategies to improve your student's spelling competence.

AUDIENCE:  K-5, parents, practitioners.

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Online
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2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Session 3
2:45 - 3:45 PM

Instructor: Breakout Presenters
DateTimeLocation
10/17/2020 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Online
Attendance Hours 
Effective and Engaging Summer Learning Opportunities

Lisa Oehring and Sam Willson are first and second grade teachers for the Public Schools of Petoskey, Summer Coordinators and Interventionists and Literacy Coaches.


DESCRIPTION:  This session will walk participants through the planning, implementing and evaluating phases of the Public Schools of Petoskey Summer Support Offerings.  The presenters will share from the perspectives  of coordinators and interventionists.

AUDIENCE:  K-5 practioners

 

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Online
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Morphology: It Is All Greek To Me

 

Nancy Williams has spent 25+ years working in reading instruction. The last 15+ years have been specifically studying and training others in working with students with Dyslexia. As the parent of a dyslexic learner, she has seen first hand the challenges these struggling readers face. She is passionate to train others in best practice instruction that allows all students to improve language skills.

 

DESCRIPTION:  The English language is a structured and predictable language for students to understand, but as educators, we have to know and understand the structure in order to teach students. About 75% of our language is based in Latin and Greek roots which carry meaning, such as struct is Latin meaning to build. This session will focus on ways to teach these roots to students allowing them not to just memorize or decode words, but to look for roots and understand meaning in words. This knowledge doesn't teach them a small list of words, but allows them to understand an endless number of words with roots they recognize.

 

AUDIENCE:  Grades 3-5, anyone who wants to better understand how to improve comprehension skills in students will benefit from this session.

 

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Online
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Ready, Set, Read: The importance of Phonological Awareness in Tiers 1, 2, 3

Tina Jordan is a curriculum and instruction manager with SLD Read who holds an M.A. in English with a B.A. in Secondary Ed.  She has worked with all grades kindergarten through college in her roles as tutor, teacher, and curriculum and instruction manager.  Over the past few years, she has trained hundreds of teachers in Southwest Michigan how to teach reading based on neuroscience.

 

DESCRIPTION: Countless research studies have shown that reading problems can be prevented if all students are trained in letter-sound skills and phonological awareness starting in kindergarten. This session will address Essential Literacy Practice 4: activities that build phonological awareness. Topics include the role that PA plays in automatic word recognition, assessment tools, and whole-group and small-group activities to build PA skills in all students.

 

AUDIENCE: K-2 educators and specialists who work with literacy development

 

Instructor: Breakout Presenter
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10/17/2020 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Online
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