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Saturday, February 5
 

8:00am CST

Dr. Tracy Weeden, President & CEO of Neuhaus
Link to Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/dnLI-BTWwcu0hmym9m-giFNmvIvLfJrKBubovakbVMljphxM6FrT_Tzpev8feKiY.UWd-UiSMHLNhlvQv?startTime=1644069611000


Dr. Tracy Weeden is a seasoned and passionate leader dedicated to advancing literacy and academic excellence for children and adults. With an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Tracy has spent her career creating and building innovative programs, systems, and teams focused on providing enhanced learning opportunities and exceptional outcomes for students.
Tracy is a true visionary when it comes to improving the world through education. Her innovative style of leadership, combined with her compassionate and engaging nature, enables her to successfully manage change and growth across a diverse constituent base including Boards of Trustees, donors, staff, parents, teachers, educational partners, and students.
In her current role as President and CEO of Neuhaus, she provides leadership and support in the areas of financial management, recruitment and development of staff, fundraising initiatives, initiating and furthering relationships with NEC partners, and guidance of professional and public relations.
Prior to joining Neuhaus, Tracy was the Executive Director of Academic Planning with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Intervention Services Group (a division recently acquired from Scholastic Achievement Partners). In this capacity, Dr. Weeden provided executive consulting nationally on the development of systems that helped school districts improve student achievement and address barriers to rigorous, relevant learning. Prior to Scholastic Achievement Partners, she spent more than five years as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tracy Weeden

Dr. Tracy Weeden

President & CEO, Neuhaus
Dr. Tracy Weeden is a seasoned and passionate leader dedicated to advancing literacy and academic excellence for children and adults. With an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Tracy has spent her career creating and building innovative programs, systems, and teams focused on providing... Read More →




Saturday February 5, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

Building the Knowledge: Creating CKLA Knowledge Walls
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yXuDKO_NOi-Xb_-oZyXwmKIGF5KCzAR7/view?usp=sharing


PK-2nd CKLA educators will know the purpose of creating resources that deepen student understanding, understand effective components that anchor learning, and be able to discuss and create resources that anchor learning in units of study. The learning experience will showcase knowledge building walls that include: anchor charts, diagrams, student artifacts, realia, vocabulary, maps, timelines, graphic organizers and more. Let the knowledge building begin!

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Barrs-Manuel

Jamie Barrs-Manuel

Program Director, Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade English Language Arts, Aldine ISD
Jamie Barrs-Manuel is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University.  She has worked as a Reading Specialist and coach for many years, concentrating on students with dyslexia, struggling readers, and teacher development.  She also has extensive experience with curriculum writing... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

Chart the Right Way (Anchor Chart 101)
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KZAsSQv5RUnC--NZwvMVXz9Kedcau-b5/view?usp=sharing


In this session titled, Chart the Right Way (Anchor Chart 101), participants will gain research-based knowledge around the what, when, why, and how of creating effective anchor charts. This year more than ever, educators need to use strategies that will help students keep learning relevant and accessible. This session will highlight why anchor charts, if done the right way, can be great tools to use to offer a visual reference while students are doing guided or independent practice. Participants will leave with an understanding and helpful guidelines to ensure that "The walls are teaching even when you are not.”

Speakers
avatar for Judarrah Hawkins

Judarrah Hawkins

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
Born in Meridian, Connecticut but a Houstonian to the core,  Judarrah Hawkins has devoted 14 years to the education field. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts/Mass Communication degree from Prairie View A&M University, she happily pursued her teaching certification from Lone Star... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Giles

Ashley Giles

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD


Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

Did Your Students Get It? How Do You Know?
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cM0VK3KqEHZOV-nhJxRrNJozs_fXy8s5/view?usp=sharing


Are your students taking ownership of their own learning? Let’s chat on how we can make that happen in your classroom. In this session, you will learn how to connect checks for understanding and accountable talk to foster structured conversations. Learn the benefits of tracking student discourse to make critical instructional moves. You will have the opportunity to create your own check for understanding, content-based sentence stem, and to show how you would track the outcome.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Williams

Crystal Williams

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
Crystal Williams is originally from Albuquerque, NM where she received her BA in Psychology and MA in Elementary Education. She has worked in a variety of educational settings--public, private, and charter--and distilled best practices from her time in the classroom and as a leader... Read More →
avatar for Shareena Daniels

Shareena Daniels

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
Shareena Daniels is originally from Portland, OR  where she received her BA in Education and MA in Elementary Education from the University of Oregon. She has worked as a District Literacy Coach in Aldine ISD for the past 5 years but has been serving in many roles in Aldine for 14... Read More →
avatar for Bernadette Islas

Bernadette Islas

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
Mrs. Islas is a native Houstonian who works for Aldine ISD as a Bilingual District Literacy Coach.  Throughout her 20 years with the district, she has had the privilege to serve in many roles such as classroom teacher, Skills Specialist, Bilingual Dyslexia Specialist, and grade level... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

HOW NOW BROWN COW: Stimulating the Development of Phonological Awareness
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/tCxuuMEroBLtCTUR0I4WKtgYKlzV4GGcceULQU8KkNIWitfY2JF1-M63NA3XBtlu.9h7V_v8eSTVw6c7S?startTime=1644071500000


Research indicates a strong relationship between early phonological/phoneme awareness and later reading success. This presentation will provide participants with activities that support phonological/phonemic awareness and are not intended to replace children's interactions with meaningful language and print, but to be incorporated into classrooms as part of a language rich environment. If you are interested in improving early reading instruction and in reducing reading failure, this is the session for you!

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Guerrero

Gloria Guerrero

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
Gloria Guerrero is a District Literacy Coach in Aldine ISD, inHouston, Texas. She was a classroom teacher for manyyears before becoming a Dyslexia Interventionist and latermoving into her current coaching position. She received a BAin Speech Pathology from the University of Texas... Read More →
avatar for Sabrina Cochran

Sabrina Cochran

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
Sabrina Cochran has 20+ years of experience in education a bachelor’s in early childhood and elementary. She is a lifelong learner with a passion for literacy and language development for all. She currently resides in Texas with her husband and son. She loves spending time with... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

FEATURED SESSION: Beyond the Knowledge Gap: What Does Recent Evidence Say About Knowledge and Reading Comprehension
Limited Capacity seats available


Link to Recording:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/-0DjMHJhWQor2OIKRfkkeE8TWAKUvbb98X5ToNjLwf2xPpXKYp1-e40yRhTb-90C.V3yIhrDbSUr5MX7R?startTime=1644073590000


Scientists have long known that readers who have knowledge of the topic--or more academic knowledge in general--are better comprehenders. But for complex reasons, it's been hard to show that building students' general academic knowledge boosts scores on standardized reading comprehension tests. At the same time, it's been relatively easy to show positive effects in studies of teaching comprehension strategies. In this session, you'll find out why studies of comprehension strategies can be misleading -- and learn about recent studies showing that knowledge-building curricula can have significant positive effects on comprehension.

Education journalist Natalie Wexler focuses on two ideas that have solid evidence behind them but have been mostly overlooked by schools and reformers: immersing children from less-educated families in knowledge about the world, and linking that knowledge to writing instruction. In The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System–and How to Fix It, Natalie focuses on the relationship between our current largely content-free elementary curriculum and the so-called achievement gap. The book will take readers inside schools and classrooms, showing them what the skills-focused approach to literacy instruction looks like, explaining how and why it has become so entrenched and charting possible routes to the knowledge-focused instruction that is our best hope of achieving educational and social equity. Natalie is also the co-author, with Judith C. Hochman, of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades. It provides a clear, step-by-step explanation of how to teach both writing and content at the same time, using the method developed by Dr. Hochman.

Speakers


Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

FEATURED SESSION: James and Diane Murphy - Hope for Adolescent Struggling Readers
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/CG4Hmwo2C9yFtRrtdWkPoibUt4mDhaw8ztsYTvo5r0XLAWxNj0mxkiHv_yaq1PO2.H3nx-WwtRVS4WpQb


In secondary schools in particular, it is often assumed that poor readers either lack intelligence or suffer from some form of permanent disability. We will examine the research on what constitutes effective practice for addressing the progress of students with serious reading problems, particularly at secondary school age. We will also describe evidence regarding more and less effective practices, with an emphasis on what is required for rapid and complete catch-up. The session will build upon published research complemented by illustrative case studies.
 


Speakers
avatar for James and Dianne Murphy

James and Dianne Murphy

Authors, Thinking Reading
Dianne Murphy is a secondary school reading specialist and designer of the research-evidenced intervention Thinking Reading. She spent nine years setting up and running Literacy Centres in NZ and UK secondary schools, for students reading significantly behind. For the last three years... Read More →



Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

Back to the Basics - What is the Science of Reading?
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/Z_sDVxiCDJFN-PyXCo6Wt2_1X41yZaibeJLP8MXeVphql7JYkDzpDOq7Iew_hIvi1qpg82TgBlyjYZW7.yNKWl9DA3pGtUSyi?autoplay=true&startTime=1644072092000


It's time to go back to the basics! Join us for a session that explains to you the "WHY" behind the Science of Teaching Reading. Participants will receive an overview of The Science of Teaching reading! We will dive deeper into the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough's rope. We'll also discuss how the rope "ties" into CKLA. Participants will gain insight into our second year of implementation with a brief review of mClass DIBELS components and how it aligns with the Science of Teaching Reading.

Speakers
avatar for Jasmine Tisby

Jasmine Tisby

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
avatar for K'Nara Coleman

K'Nara Coleman

Assistant Principal, Harris Elementary, Aldine ISD
Ms. K'Nara S. Coleman was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She's a two-time Alumni from Texas Southern University. She has held various positions in Aldine, such as a third-grade teacher, fourth-grade teacher, RTI Interventionist, and District Literacy Coach. Ms. Utley currently... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

Teaching Academic Language in the Present and Future Tense: What Does it Mean to Teach Language in a Culturally-Responsive and Sustaining Framework?
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/96nvPsUKgorf2kLl6yAcuSm3yjHdU00vBR-uOIdMRt0Ie4u55o_72jO7edAoMfMh.y89hLh9N-ani5DiN


In this session, we will discuss the concept of academic language and its role in text comprehension for multilingual learners and their classmates. We will also discuss principles for equitably teaching academic language in ways that enable students to use this language to co-construct thinking and to advocate for themselves and others.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Emily Phillips Galloway

Dr. Emily Phillips Galloway

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Emily Phillips Galloway is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody School of Education. Rooted in her experiences as a former middle school reading specialist, Phillips Galloway’s research explores the relationships between school-relevant language development... Read More →



Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

The Science of the Bilingual Reading Brain
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/BTP-ncJhUjL9V7van3z8qLju-mzFkjktPkpDXee4eDwAksPzNFeK8U7bz9AfmCQX.sOqM6XNOOQfMpCEg


So, what has research revealed about the science of reading for dual language programs that’s been excluded from the reading wars? In this session, participants will reflect on actions that reflect decades of research on the bilingual reading brain.  Participants will also interact with evidence-based shifts needed to implement the Science of Reading in ways that accelerate and more accurately ensure students achieve biliteracy and bilingualism.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Guilamo

Alexandra Guilamo

Chief Equity & Achievement Officer, TaJu Educational Solutions
As a language learner herself, Alexandra Güílamo has spent more than twenty years serving a wide range of language learner programs. Alexandra is a former teacher, academic coach, elementary school principal, and district-level director in highly diverse urban and suburban school... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

Empowering Teachers to Empower Families - Build Your Family Engagement Tool Box
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: 
https://youtu.be/ZCnFH014n_Q 

Waterford.org has tools for teachers, students, and families. In this session, you will learn how to access Waterford's Free Mentor Tools for Teachers, Students, and Families. Waterford Mentor provides hundreds of age-appropriate literacy resources including books, family newsletters, practice pages, and social-emotional activities to provide to students, parents or caregivers, or use in your classroom every day. All of Waterford's family materials are in English and Spanish!


This collaborative session will allow you to connect with other educators and explore ways to enhance family engagement at your site. 


Speakers
avatar for Grace Brown

Grace Brown

Waterford
As an Implementation Specialist, Grace Brown supports implementation fidelity and student achievement in schools and districts in Utah and nationwide. In addition, she is a trusted advisor to her colleagues and works across all departments at Waterford to do what's best for students... Read More →
avatar for Deena Duarte Fell

Deena Duarte Fell

Waterford
Deena Duarte Fell has supported Waterford.org partners, across the country, for over 10 years. Her goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and confident while learning new teaching tools and seamlessly integrating technology into everyday classroom routines. She's passionate about... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

Instructional Strategies to Use in Classrooms Aligned to the Literacy Framework
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/IB23tkR-Wz5CsGPeIjbT5v-uGUZTwm-h9WvyyAIvaaftXQ0x5kHZDFOJftGLa6FS.E7voQ_rM8HjhSv8u


How do we ensure emergent bilingual learners are provided with academically rigorous and culturally relevant opportunities during instructional time? In this session, we will cover instructional strategies to use to align with Aldine's instructional framework, along with covering TELPAS domains to prepare your students to become analytical readers, skillful writers, and effective communicators for success in college, career, and life. Attendees will review four instructional strategies and perform an instructional strategy to support culture, speaking, and writing in your classroom. This session is appropriate for grades K-12, all subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Hirva Raj

Hirva Raj

Regional Sales Manager for Texas, Ellevation
Hirva Raj is the Regional Sales Manager for Texas at Ellevation and currently lives in Houston, TX. With over 16 years of experience working with school districts, Hirva is always focused on being an advocate for student achievement. Hirva is a first-generation EL, received her degree... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

K-2 CKLA (Amplify) Model Lesson
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AILEQ3hdV0c


During this Amplify CKLA Model lesson, K-2 teachers will participate in a model lesson that emphasizes the key elements to effectively planning and delivering lesson segments and components of a CKLA Skills and Knowledge lesson. Teachers will engage with lesson and see a model that demonstrates the thinking behind and the implementation of specicfic lessons in K-2.

Speakers
avatar for Luci Keesee

Luci Keesee

Amplify
Hello! My name is Luci Keesee and I love working for Amplify.  I have about 15 years of teaching experience across 4 different states.  I love using my teaching experience and knowledge of CKLA to help teachers.  Outside of work, I love spending time with my family. We currently... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

9:00am CST

mClass Lectura Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SX4tJTe2bRxMqdCnbQkefrHA3dcmzYVI/view?usp=sharing 


Speakers
avatar for Alestra Menendez

Alestra Menendez

Amplify
¡Hola! I am excited to share with you Amplify’s mCLASS Lectura! I am from San Francisco, CA and have worked with multilingual students and teachers in the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil to support biliteracy. I helped develop a curriculum with a focus on disciplinary literacy in science... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

Astronomical Trade Books
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q5WiHWJBYko8NXUqh5i1Rpo1CKh4Xdzr/view?usp=sharingO_NOi-Xb_-oZyXwmKIGF5KCzAR7/view?usp=sharing


Amplify offers a carefully curated list of authentic texts aligned to each grade level and their corresponding knowledge domains. In this session you will learn how to access the trade book list, engage in an activity centered around the authentic text, and be able to plan a lesson centered around your grade level specific knowledge unit. Let's explore together and have a blast!

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson

Instructional Specialist, Aldine ISD


Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

Knowledge-Building is the New ELAR Test Prep!
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K_HDw2JbPeKVEHiRe4ysVZw_dqKvxgUl/view?usp=sharing


Worried about meeting the rigorous demands of the soon-to-be redesigned Texas state assessment? Join this session to learn how Aldine's implementation of CKLA's knowledge-building curriculum is a new way to test prep for grades 3-5 Texas ELAR assessments!

Speakers
avatar for Tyneisha Hall

Tyneisha Hall

Program Director, 3rd-5th Grade English Language Arts, Aldine ISD
Tyneisha Hall was named Program Director of Elementary Language Arts and Reading for grades 3-5 in Aldine ISD in 2020. Throughout her 19 years in elementary literacy, she has served in a variety of capacities including: classroom teacher, instructional specialist, literacy coach... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

Engaging in Complex Texts
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/oQ7-pyJRUYuwaavAQF1zDv44IrYMc12bvAq22rqM7IkNJzap27gSXBIXnBp53_Mh.T18e-3LqieZ69wxV?startTime=1644076433000


For today’s middle-schoolers, there is a whole new world of distractions: the constant influx of digital information and social media, begging to be consumed now. That’s a lot for English teachers to compete with, as they attempt to teach their students the skills necessary to be college- and career ready. With all that’s going on in middle-schoolers’ lives, what are the best ways to keep them engaged and focused, and to help them develop strong analytical, critical-thinking and problem solving skills? At the heart of high quality instruction students should: dig deeply into texts, analyze details, and grasp both literal and inferential meanings of complex texts. This session will provide meaningful and engaging strategies to support vocabulary instruction, reading comprehension, and critical thinking about complex text.

Speakers
DM

Dr. Melanie Scott

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
avatar for Janeth Cornejo

Janeth Cornejo

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
 Janeth Cornejo, a certified bilingual/ESL teacher with an M.Ed in counseling, is an ELAR District Literacy Coach for middle school and a presenter for the Teaching and Learning Department.  Presentations include working with ELs, supporting new arrival students, and supporting... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

What to Do and What Not to Do to Support Students in Reclaiming Their Reading Selves

Link to Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/uCGWLAXv4WfaXouKQ9ZbffEvWVNB6sUiqJ6lqXoytRo1n5bVeTqMK5E6kwaN-PV-.wvWXOE4dnDT1YdoW?startTime=1644076819000 

How might we provide a “hard reset” that radically overhauls the reader experience for students so they themselves are centered in their learning? How can we best incorporate culturally responsive pedagogies and research based literacy practices to accelerate the capacities of all students – particularly those who find themselves behind (and far behind) in literacy? For many, learning to read can be a struggle. What are the five keys to learning? How does the brain learn how to sound out written words? Why was writing even invented? What are the benefits of reading? How do comics support literacy?

During this rich and engaging session, you'll learn about the affective elements of restoring students' beliefs in their own abilities to learn to read from the authors of Know Better, Do Better, David and Meredith Liben.  

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Liben

Meredith Liben

Authors, Student Achievement Partners
I've worked for a long time to improve the experience of learning to read well for students. Lots of work has been with instructional materials and direct classroom practice. Happy to talk about reading comprehension instruction and what a giant mess we've generally made of it. Passionate... Read More →
avatar for David Liben

David Liben

Author, Student Achievement Partners




Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

FEATURED SESSION: You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: How Leaders Can Strengthen Their Schools' Literacy Instruction the Right Way (...and How They Can Blow It)
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/oAPaP-yYp8wOczphUADJcUAwHBArGL5LA2X-eOAG_GpZN_m4MlgSemVIQ9rrB61y.nIOuwjqvEhBBhmiy


While the education enterprise should be glad that curriculum (High-Quality Instructional Materials/HQIM) is finally being recognized as a key element in improving literacy instruction, the field's leaders must now deal with the challenge of implementation. This session aims to help leaders heading into this mission find the "right-sized boat", sharing (1) a vision of how (and why) curriculum should fit into schools' comprehensive literacy-instruction strategies, (2) cautions for leaders about potential missteps and mis-messages, and (3) recommendations for designing, shaping, and maintaining their schools' literacy strategies.

Speakers


Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online
  Keynote/Panel, Featured Session
  • Biography Eric Kalenze is the author of Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems and What the Academy Taught Us: Transforming Schools from the Bottom Up in a Top-Down Transformation Era, and he regularly contributes pieces about education practice, research, and reform to publications like Education Week, Education Next, and The Hechinger Report, as well as to his blog, A Total Ed Case. Currently, Kalenze consults with schools/districts on their continuous-improvement and professional-development strategies, teaches secondary ELA and serves as the Curriculum and Instruction Lead at Fit Academy charter school in Minnesota's Twin Cities metro, and is the US Ambassador for researchED, an international grassroots organization dedicated to building evidence-supported practices in education.

10:00am CST

Improving Reading and Social Studies Learning Among Secondary English Learners and Their Peers
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/GF7mapm5tvlIZXk5Kny5JKmG0q7RyBvlxrAaPx03-v9DOM5w1oc0srEfwFrjhp0U.n7pCHt2v2zW-IZHD


Despite their significant potential, many English learners have difficulty meeting grade-level expectations in reading and content-area classes. The presenter will describe a few evidence-based literacy practices that can be integrated during social studies instruction. These practices benefit all middle school students but are particularly critical to the development of English learners. Recommendations for teachers and school leaders looking to move the needle for secondary English learners will be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Phillip Capin

Dr. Phillip Capin

Research Assistant Professor for the Department of Special Education, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin
 Philip Capin is a research assistant professor for the Department of Special Education and a researcher for the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Capin's research focuses on improving reading instruction and assessment for children... Read More →



Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

Reigniting Cross-Linguistic Connection - HOW to Plan the Steps that Make Cross-Linguistic Connections So Powerful
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/svSxusq0h4bH0HsG0-mroXwvk07PKGbQlFgixW6Y-AU-uik9JLudGKLoSYfRs9ff.qwG7T9OT-IcHm1Ea


In this session, we will help dual language teachers get back to the why of cross-linguistic connections and what it means for the steps that must be planned for today. We will use sample strategies to explain the key steps that must be included in all cross-linguistic connections for them to stick. We will also model the steps for how to plan for cross-linguistic connections that accelerate students’ transfer of knowledge and abilities in their two languages. We will show lots of visuals and models to help participants create their own anchor charts and samples that focus on these power moves. This is appropriate for all program models.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Guilamo

Alexandra Guilamo

Chief Equity & Achievement Officer, TaJu Educational Solutions
As a language learner herself, Alexandra Güílamo has spent more than twenty years serving a wide range of language learner programs. Alexandra is a former teacher, academic coach, elementary school principal, and district-level director in highly diverse urban and suburban school... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

3-5 Integrated Approach to Writing (Amplify)
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oeV1zOxjaAraJZoWtvcUAGDJSkQN8gI_/view?usp=sharing


Amplify CKLA has an integrated approach to writing instruction. In this session, teachers will understand how the writing process unfolds within a lesson, within a unit, across the year, and across grade levels. Teachers will also identify where additional writing opportunities exist within lessons and within the unit to fully understand exactly what integrated writing looks like within the 3-5 Integrated Strand.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Birner

Lauren Birner

Amplify
I am a Denver, Colorado native and first started teaching in the same district where I attended school as a student. In my time in the classroom, I was a bilingual third-grade teacher, as well as a biliteracy specialist supporting grades kindergarten to fifth. I then worked as an... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

ELAR 6-8 Grade Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://youtu.be/U78nGSNS5v0

Speakers
avatar for Shane Cusumano

Shane Cusumano

Amplify
Hello from Austin, Texas! I joined Amplify in 2014, and have been working on our middle school literacy curriculum ever since. I’ve been so lucky to partner with incredible teachers, coaches, and administrators all over the country to successfully implement our programs. Prior to... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

Empowering Teachers to Empower Families - Build Your Family Engagement Tool Box
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: 
https://youtu.be/3JaT36Z3yMk 

Waterford.org has tools for teachers, students, and families. In this session, you will learn how to access Waterford's Free Mentor Tools for Teachers, Students, and Families. Waterford Mentor provides hundreds of age-appropriate literacy resources including books, family newsletters, practice pages, and social-emotional activities to provide to students, parents or caregivers, or use in your classroom every day. All of Waterford's family materials are in English and Spanish!


This collaborative session will allow you to connect with other educators and explore ways to enhance family engagement at your site. 


Speakers
avatar for Grace Brown

Grace Brown

Waterford
As an Implementation Specialist, Grace Brown supports implementation fidelity and student achievement in schools and districts in Utah and nationwide. In addition, she is a trusted advisor to her colleagues and works across all departments at Waterford to do what's best for students... Read More →
avatar for Deena Duarte Fell

Deena Duarte Fell

Waterford
Deena Duarte Fell has supported Waterford.org partners, across the country, for over 10 years. Her goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and confident while learning new teaching tools and seamlessly integrating technology into everyday classroom routines. She's passionate about... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

K-2 Integrated Approach To Writing (Amplify)
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/fuETd72QJ4PExzYDMxLbTS5p5IANq0DEg6hHdSdhT3C7zUYLBNb0xngBTJM0YhGI.trQVTe8W1ovbhhpB


Amplify CKLA has an integrated approach to writing instruction. In this session, teachers will understand how the writing process unfolds within a lesson, within a unit, across the year, and across grade levels. Teachers will also identify where additional writing opportunities exist within lessons and within the unit to fully understand exactly what integrated writing looks like within the K-2 Skills and Knowledge Strand.

Speakers
avatar for Claudia Margaroli

Claudia Margaroli

Amplify
I live in Charlotte, NC but am originally from Columbus, Ohio. I spent 7 years in the classroom teaching CKLA in both Kindergarten and 1st grade. I also had one fun year of teaching 7th grade in Thailand. The majority of my teaching experience was in Title 1 schools and working with... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

10:00am CST

mClass Lectura Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rq7rPczt7FksOBSIX0EihBGXKiMwHiH-/view?usp=sharing 

Speakers
avatar for Alestra Menendez

Alestra Menendez

Amplify
¡Hola! I am excited to share with you Amplify’s mCLASS Lectura! I am from San Francisco, CA and have worked with multilingual students and teachers in the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil to support biliteracy. I helped develop a curriculum with a focus on disciplinary literacy in science... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Online

11:00am CST

Building the Knowledge: Creating SLA Knowledge Walls
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FlZGnR36xnWT_1H4gp0A5hFHpWwMxZqj/view?usp=sharing 

PK-2nd Frog Street and Benchmark educators will know the purpose of creating resources that deepen student understanding, understand effective components that anchor learning, and be able to discuss and create resources that anchor learning in units of study. The learning experience will showcase knowledge building walls that include: anchor charts, diagrams, student artifacts, realia, vocabulary, maps, timelines, graphic organizers and more. Let the knowledge building begin!

Speakers
avatar for Angela Cala-Mendez

Angela Cala-Mendez

Program Director, Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Spanish Language Arts and Multilingual Curriculum
Ángela Cala Méndez is the Program Director for Multilingual Curriculum for PK-2 in Aldine ISD. Her career in education spans over twenty years in which she has specialized in Bilingual and ESL education. She currently leads the One-Way Dual Language and the Bilingual programs in... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

Improving Reading, Vocabulary, and Science Learning in Secondary Science Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_N_NftJ6YheUJGcRbvOaMqapgt56sRb-V5YSPK9Y8-v4-XDxh2Jor9x7P_TdfGTt.V-VuZ8jyPhAlnQhP


Many secondary students struggle to learn important science content, vocabulary, and language. The presenter will describe evidence-based literacy practices that can be integrated during science instruction to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, and science learning. These practices benefit all middle school students, but are particularly critical to the development of English learners.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Diane August

Dr. Diane August

Co-Principal Investigator, Center for the Success of English Learners (ELs)
Dr. August is Principal at D. August & Associates. Currently, she serves as Co-Principal Investigator at the Center for the Success of English Learners (ELs). The Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, to improve secondary education... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

The Knowledge Bridge: Alignment of Literacy Curricula K-12
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/vIYoYfZK36ZOz2LRzwV2yW4acSVNzKZrkUT9_xImjbuSQMcz6VOAHQ6VZ2SiUHHa.2tVGTXefi3xRAoT0


The year is 2036 and from high schools across Aldine ISD emerges the first graduating class to progress through the K-12 structured literacy program implemented in the 2021-22 school year. In this session, participants will gain a macroview of how units of study from CKLA, Wit & Wisdom and Odell HSLP work together to prepare those students to be critical readers, writers and thinkers. Participants will identify common themes which begin in the CKLA curriculum in grades K-5 and continue through Wit & Wisdom in grades 6-8 as well as Odell Education in high school, and they will learn how these common themes provide students with background knowledge necessary for continued academic success.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Foster-Yankey

Sarah Foster-Yankey

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
avatar for Quiana Williams

Quiana Williams

District Literacy Coach (Goodman ACE), Aldine ISD
Quiana Williams believes that education changes the trajectory of families by enabling them to positively transform their communities through literacy.   Embarking on her seventh year in Aldine ISD, Ms.  Williams supports teachers at Goodman Elementary by upholding the Amplify... Read More →
avatar for Karen Hill

Karen Hill

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
Karen Hill serves as a District Literacy Coach in Aldine ISD. She began her career in education in Aldine in the ‘90s and has worked in various districts in the Houston area, but she chose to return to Aldine in 2020. Her experience includes leading campus and district initiatives... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

Using Improvement Science to Continuously Refine our Literacy Strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13fhnDgSwK7dSaF_y1brlNSdX5QhGN6PA/view?usp=sharing

This session will focus on Aldine's approach to continuously improving our overall literacy strategy and implementation using disciplined inquiry. By partnering with TNTP to focus on how we can use tools from the field of improvement science, Aldine has committed to working together across offices to get better at getting better. This session is designed for all educators interested in academic strategy and process improvement.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Matt Warford

Dr. Matt Warford

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Aldine Independent SD
avatar for Kristen McQuillan

Kristen McQuillan

Project Director, TNTP
avatar for Dr. Demedia Edwards

Dr. Demedia Edwards

Director of Literacy, Aldine ISD
Demedia Edwards has been an educator for 21 years, serving as a campus principal, assistant principal, language arts specialist, dyslexia specialist, and classroom teacher. She currently serves as the Director of Literacy (K-12) for Aldine ISD. Demedia has a Bachelor of Science in... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

FEATURED SESSION: Holly Korbey
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZT6rgbfn5t3WjsKOnFvMj3CzQ7ucJDMJ/view?usp=sharing


Holly Korbey reported on lots of different aspects of learning to read/science of reading, including dyslexia in schools, teachers educating themselves on the SoR, and the cog sci behind building background knowledge. But most recently she wrote a book called Building Better Citizens, a book about what a 21st-century civics education looks like.


Speakers

Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

FEATURED SESSION: Picture Book Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/Dhe0for5kpSVW9r4cXTCBV1wZFbf6QwBP1SS5psbFmLxv4QWvlVt91NxGRFygish.LP6Ja1w_-Mb8BQ2h?startTime=1644080417000  

Speakers
avatar for NoNieqa Ramos

NoNieqa Ramos

Author
The Virginia Center for the Book selected YOUR MAMA as Virginia’s GREAT READ for 2021 to be highlighted by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book at the National Book Festival , and is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. Lerner books released their picture book HAIR STORY illustrated... Read More →
avatar for Cicely Lewis

Cicely Lewis

Media Center Specialist, Meadowcreek High School (Norcross, GA)
Cicely Lewis, a media center specialist at Meadowcreek High School, Norcross, Georgia, (the most diverse secondary institution in the state) started her “Read Woke” programme in 2017 in answer to student questions about the number of black boys being gunned down by police and... Read More →
avatar for Anika Denise Aldamuy

Anika Denise Aldamuy

Author
Award-winning author Anika Aldamuy Denise writes stories that tickle her funny bone, tug her heartstrings, feed her curiosity, and celebrate her multicultural heritage. She is the author of ten picture books including the Pura Belpré-honor winning Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

3-5 CKLA Model Lesson
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KcJX0VUiLVW6qZ0DALlLnZIwZ1r3iEXM/view?usp=sharing


During this Amplify CKLA Model lesson, 3-5 teachers will participate in a model lesson that emphasizes the key elements to effectively planning and delivering lesson segments and components of the CKLA Integrated Strand. Teachers will engage with lesson and see a model that demonstrates the thinking behind and the implementation of specicfic lessons in 3-5.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Gibney

Colin Gibney

Amplify
Colin looks forward to seeing you in his virtual CKLA grade 3-5 lesson modeling sessions! He has a deep understanding of the CKLA program, one that is built on his direct experience with developing background knowledge to boost reading comprehension. Colin’s professional background... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

Amplify Reading: Utilizing the Teacher Dashboard
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/OFCn2deZ8ngv_CDp-oMcVo0ipxrwv7pLYGTPs2Asj527nqEZGj91TA0-CStOAXAO.NpYQjjNKvxoMTi0C


The Teacher Dashboard is the core of the educator experience in Amplify Reading for grades K-5, designed to empower you with data, help you prioritize, keep you focused, and ultimately save you time. This session will highlight the information available for teachers and how to utilize the data to inform instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Amber McCall

Amber McCall

Amplify
Hi! I am excited to work with you! I currently live just outside of Chicago, IL with my husband and dog, but grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I have a passion for language development and spent most of my teaching career supporting bilingual students and teachers as a teacher leader... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

Empowering Teachers to Empower Families - Build Your Family Engagement Tool Box
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18PeMDlmD18UNgIs3qHYHzufWjGvAsIIC/view?usp=sharing


Waterford.org has tools for teachers, students, and families. In this session, you will learn how to access Waterford's Free Mentor Tools for Teachers, Students, and Families. Waterford Mentor provides hundreds of age-appropriate literacy resources including books, family newsletters, practice pages, and social-emotional activities to provide to students, parents or caregivers, or use in your classroom every day. All of Waterford's family materials are in English and Spanish!


This collaborative session will allow you to connect with other educators and explore ways to enhance family engagement at your site. 


Speakers
avatar for Grace Brown

Grace Brown

Waterford
As an Implementation Specialist, Grace Brown supports implementation fidelity and student achievement in schools and districts in Utah and nationwide. In addition, she is a trusted advisor to her colleagues and works across all departments at Waterford to do what's best for students... Read More →
avatar for Deena Duarte Fell

Deena Duarte Fell

Waterford
Deena Duarte Fell has supported Waterford.org partners, across the country, for over 10 years. Her goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and confident while learning new teaching tools and seamlessly integrating technology into everyday classroom routines. She's passionate about... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

K-2 CKLA (Amplify) Model Lesson
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xfZjOWoBe1SHIiQ0g5yNecwq4r0lHw21/view?usp=sharingCzAR7/view?usp=sharing


During this Amplify CKLA Model lesson, K-2 teachers will participate in a model lesson that emphasizes the key elements to effectively planning and delivering lesson segments and components of a CKLA Skills and Knowledge lesson. Teachers will engage with lesson and see a model that demonstrates the thinking behind and the implementation of specicfic lessons in K-2.

Speakers
avatar for Luci Keesee

Luci Keesee

Amplify
Hello! My name is Luci Keesee and I love working for Amplify.  I have about 15 years of teaching experience across 4 different states.  I love using my teaching experience and knowledge of CKLA to help teachers.  Outside of work, I love spending time with my family. We currently... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

The Common Thread: Weaving Writing Throughout Your Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/BUf3pu2XX3vstvT5v-2P7gKc4KECNGCV09vCkGBH5DELNdMS8mOOpgPoeps_qKaUwDVnI1_udQW6OPVS.EV5uNaAd5-cYK0CW


Are you looking for ways to incorporate writing into your lessons? Are you wondering how you can incorporate the ELPS into your lesson? Do you find yourself pulling your hair out when the time comes to collect TELPAS samples? Wouldn’t it be great if students were already accustomed to writing in class? Well join us to discover ways to weave writing throughout your day!

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kennedy

Crystal Kennedy

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
Crystal Kennedy, an avid advocate for both teachers and students, has had a career in education spanning over 20 years. After graduating from Bennett College with her degree in Elementary Education, she began her teaching career in Houston ISD. After 13 years as a classroom teacher... Read More →
avatar for Tamika Moten

Tamika Moten

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
With a heart of service, a love for children, and a passion for reading Tamika Moten is currently a District Literacy Coach in Aldine Independent School District and has worked in the district for over 20 years in several capacities. She has served as a teacher, Response to Intervention... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

11:00am CST

Using Mentor Texts & Sentence Frames to Develop Academic Language
Limited Capacity seats available

Recording Link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uiPX4C-JGf6pcTKLmw6v4wCIrbmC0kpc/view?usp=drive_web


Teachers will learn how to teach students to integrate mentor texts and sentence frames into their own writing as a scaffold while acquiring academic vocabulary. Participants will incorporate sentence frames while writing within a content-based curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Emy Tomita

Emy Tomita

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
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Flor Reyes

Aldine ISD
Ms. Reyes has been a bilingual educator for 6 years. She has taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade in Aldine ISD. She graduated from Lone Star College with an Associate degree in Science and completed a Bachelor's degree in Bilingual Education from the University of Houston - Downtown. Ms... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Online

12:00pm CST

Aldine ISD Panel - Literacy 2.0 (Primary & Elementary)
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/vNqxtifSJqBiniaiSXMzNBWzXYI_QsbqK1vbvujQIRwceovKqITiwwOUdO9DIL2W.qFj3Ee1e7PrUYKYb?startTime=1644084016000 

This panel discussion will outline the literacy journey that Aldine ISD took to develop a literacy vision and framework, implement high-quality instructional materials, and create structures to support systemwide change.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Demedia Edwards

Dr. Demedia Edwards

Director of Literacy, Aldine ISD
Demedia Edwards has been an educator for 21 years, serving as a campus principal, assistant principal, language arts specialist, dyslexia specialist, and classroom teacher. She currently serves as the Director of Literacy (K-12) for Aldine ISD. Demedia has a Bachelor of Science in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Janeth Cornejo

Janeth Cornejo

District Literacy Coach, Aldine ISD
 Janeth Cornejo, a certified bilingual/ESL teacher with an M.Ed in counseling, is an ELAR District Literacy Coach for middle school and a presenter for the Teaching and Learning Department.  Presentations include working with ELs, supporting new arrival students, and supporting... Read More →
avatar for Quiana Williams

Quiana Williams

District Literacy Coach (Goodman ACE), Aldine ISD
Quiana Williams believes that education changes the trajectory of families by enabling them to positively transform their communities through literacy.   Embarking on her seventh year in Aldine ISD, Ms.  Williams supports teachers at Goodman Elementary by upholding the Amplify... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Rodriguez

Patricia Rodriguez

School Assistant Superintendent - Primary & ACE Schools, Aldine ISD
Patricia Rodriguez has proudly served in education for over 20 years. Mrs. Rodriguez has served as a Literacy Coach, Principal, and School Support Officer in H.I.S.D. before joining Aldine. Currently, she is the School Assistant Superintendent for Primary and ACE in Aldine ISD. Although... Read More →
avatar for Georgina Foroi

Georgina Foroi

Principal, Sammons Elementary School, Aldine ISD
Georgina Foroi is the proud Principal at Sammons Elementary in Aldine ISD. She has been in education for 17 years with all of those years being in Aldine. She has served as a para-professional, teacher, Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal and now a Principal, so she has seen first-hand... Read More →
avatar for Terra Thompson

Terra Thompson

Special Education Program Director, Aldine ISD
Terra Thompson, M.Ed., graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters Degree from St. Thomas University in Instructional Leadership. She has over 16 years of experience in education that consists of being a special education... Read More →
avatar for Breanna Jagodzinski

Breanna Jagodzinski

Classroom Teacher, Houston Academy, Aldine ISD
Breanna Jagodzinski is a 6th grade English language arts teacher at Houston Academy within Aldine Independent School District, in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, emphasizing in English language... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Barrs-Manuel

Jamie Barrs-Manuel

Program Director, Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade English Language Arts, Aldine ISD
Jamie Barrs-Manuel is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University.  She has worked as a Reading Specialist and coach for many years, concentrating on students with dyslexia, struggling readers, and teacher development.  She also has extensive experience with curriculum writing... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

Creating an Environment for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xTR6k1uSAoWbG0ExGSdCsILTINIhKQL8/view?usp=sharing 

The first priority for a teacher should be to create an environment for learning in which students know what is expected of them with frequent opportunity to receive feedback that motivates and encourage them, and to receive messages that promote student learning in the most challenging content and processes.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Aldrufeu-Madraza

Ana Aldrufeu-Madraza

Instructional Specialist, Aldine ISD
Ana Aldrufeu-Madrazo, a certified bilingual education teacher with a master in leadership, is a bilingual instructional specialist at Stehlik Elementary and a presenter for the Teaching and Learning Department to support bilingual & ESL teachers on second language acquisition, as... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

Materials Matter: Why High Quality Instructional Materials are Critical to Literacy Development and How to Find the Right Fit for Your System
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ePjoe6n65Ys0O190AF2aivfXwZCQaT8XS_M0lRazBZ2F72lVR6FecVEClEfVSkHO.FP3dzhBthDgOH5AC


Learn about the link between strong literacy instruction and High Quality Instructional Materials. Explore what makes a strong adoptions process, what to look for in a potential support partner, and leave with an outline that will support thinking about how to begin the process of finding the right materials for their systems and students.



Speakers
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Rachel Roberts

Director, TNTP


Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

The Essentials of Transformative Family Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/12xm10Aj07hYGhFTA_qN8l-wzYUV84gOgrRFszFGZpQ4xNGHdSiEu35O-_oY8cA.HsomLGe4mJey-Ky0


As we move forward, how can we transform the way we engage with families? What are the key ingredients? Join us as we identify and explore the essentials to maximizing relationships with our families!
How can we transform the way we engage with families? What are the key ingredients? Join us as we identify and explore the essentials to maximizing relationships with our families! ReadyRosie is distinctive among early childhood family engagement resources in that we are a comprehensive family engagement resource that is content-driven. Our goal is to build capacity in families by giving them research-based activities to promote family bonding and connect home learning to classroom learning. We also seek to do this by building capacity among educators through Professional Development and tools that make it easy for them to make family engagement an instructional strategy. Transformation means that all families are engaged and are supporting learning at home and at school. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mechiel Rozas

Dr. Mechiel Rozas

Early Learning Solutions Specialist, Teaching Strategies LLC


Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

FEATURED SESSION: Robert Pondiscio
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x1wxJ0qtWRt20ONTuKYco-jEWGcyy0IQ/view?usp=sharing


Robert Pondiscio is a senior visiting fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, civic education, and classroom practice. His 2019 book, How the Other Half Learns, based on a year of observations at New York City’s Success Academy network of charter schools, was praised as “morally disturbing” and “unsparingly honest” by the New York Times. After twenty years in journalism, including senior positions at TIME and Business Week, Robert became a fifth-grade teacher at a struggling South Bronx public school in 2002. He subsequently served as vice president for the Core Knowledge Foundation, taught civics at Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of high-performing charter schools based in Harlem, New York, and was a Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs here at Fordham.
Robert’s articles and op-ed columns on education have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Daily News, Education Next, and dozens of other publications. A frequent speaker and expert guest on education issues, he has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, and elsewhere.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Pondiscio

Robert Pondiscio

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute


Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

Young Adult Literature Panel

Link to Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/U2c_1r58ZdL0Z5HdbGPaymqyt8eEAuIJ0e8uiV46ILZT0IXXtCbBtZI6I_YJsWff.nHPSKRKr3Q9oXShP?startTime=1644087705000 

Speakers
avatar for J. Elle

J. Elle

Author
Texas is home. Though southern California is growing on me. I still prefer tacos the Texas way but I'm making it work. Next to writing and reading, cooking is my love language. Food is love. I've been writing since I could hold a pencil. But, it's a bit more legible nowadays. I enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Mathieu

Jennifer Mathieu

Author
Hi! I'm a young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two, but if you speak French you can pronounce it better than that. Sadly, I don’t speak French.) I’m a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with my family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist... Read More →
avatar for Liara Tamani

Liara Tamani

Author
Liara Tamani lives in Houston, Texas. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult novels Calling My Name, a 2018 PEN America Literary Award Finalist and SCBWI Golden Kite Finalist, and All the Things We Never Knew... Read More →


Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

The Role of HQIM in a Literacy Improvement Strategy: Featuring Dr. Lily Laux, Deputy Commissioner of TEA, and Janise Lane, VP of Partner Success from Amplify
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8Z54bFOUjY


What role does high quality instructional materials play in a strategy to improve literacy outcomes?  It's certainly one important component, but curriculum is just one necessary ingredient along with other critical moves a learning organization needs to make to move the needle for students. Come here from multiple view points how they view the role HQIMs factor into changing outcomes for students: the district level, state level, national level, and from the HQIM product perspective.  

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lily Laux

Dr. Lily Laux

Deputy Commissioner School Programs, Texas Education Agency
avatar for Dr. Matt Warford

Dr. Matt Warford

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Aldine Independent SD
avatar for Kristen McQuillan

Kristen McQuillan

Project Director, TNTP
avatar for Janise Lane

Janise Lane

Regional Vice President of Partner Success, Amplify


Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

FEATURED SESSION: The Science and Social Justice of Reading: Weaving Cognitive Evidence and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies Together in Literacy Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/LZwglYjq1MKzA_yZ_27Bu3CQvAT3-sTUfWHY_9H8FtrZbcSETAoaq_Igbdyg5BU5.5u_2Ab6YbWEgsgW9


The Science of Reading provides crucial ingredients for educational equity, and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies are essential to fostering justice in our literacy classrooms and beyond. Yet so often, the literacy discourse seems to treat these ways of thinking about instruction as competing priorities, or silo them in separate conversations. So what does it look like to weave these research bases together in our instruction, with our students? How can the science of reading and culturally sustaining, affirming approaches work in synergy with each other? Join classroom educators and literacy leaders for this important discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Lowenstein

Callie Lowenstein

Program Manager, Learning by Scientific Design Network Cohort 2
avatar for Cecelia Cortes

Cecelia Cortes

Impact Evaluation & Community Partnerships, Manager
avatar for Miah Daughtery

Miah Daughtery

Literacy Director of Content Advocacy and Design, NWEA


Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

The Why and the How of Biliteracy Development for Bilingual Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4M4SrF8eUXXhPM7wxGkFdo735l0hxt3hABEIELXDxmPZAIbEpJTms4_BqfWzQZLV.vZmtKLuGb8khx0zX


Bilingual education classrooms most often follow a language and literacy model where the use of English and Spanish literacy activities always occur separately (Escamilla, Hopewell, Butvilofsky, Sparrow, Soltero-González, Ruiz-Figueroa, Escamilla, 2014; Garcia, Ibarra-Johnson & Seltzer, 2017; Mercuri and Musanti 2018). It is critically important that literacy instruction for emergent bilinguals is built across the two program languages (Escamilla, et al, 2014; Cummins, J. 2016; Horneberger, N. 2005,) and across content areas (Mercuri and Musanti, 2021). In addition, research shows that teachers should leverage students’ full linguistic repertoire to support language development and to foster (bi)literacy (Gort, M. 2015; Mercuri forthcoming)

In this session, first, the presenter defines (bi)literacy.  Second, she demonstrates an instructional approach that leverages the student’s full linguistic repertoire through the planning of interdisciplinary units of inquiry and the strategic use of both program languages to support (bi)literacy development.  Third, she exemplifies the steps involved in the planning process.  Finally, she shares examples of translanguaging practices such as PVR and crosslinguistic connections.  These (bi)literacy practices provide students opportunities for the flexible use of language as they access their full linguistic repertoire and reinforce the development of (bi)literacy across grade levels.   

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Mecuri

Dr. Sandra Mecuri

Educational Consultant
Dr. Mercuri is a nationally recognized Educational Consultant in the area of second language acquisition, dual language education, and curriculum integration for biliteracy development. She has over 28 years of experience in teaching in K-12 schools and at the university level in... Read More →



Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

Amplify Reading Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/oD2y_NCmAWGaCnwVcqoX6oqFyHJeWTrQRjSMZ9b-zfvZsximjAgC9imN2uGwWjKe.DhYCgkjn1ejNkLgj?startTime=1644086218000 (Passcode: ?wk9nhG.)


Trying to meet the requirements of HB3 and HB4545 in your packed K-5 ELA day? Come see how Amplify Reading provides teachers with effortless reading differentiation, and students with engaging games that constantly adapt to meet their foundational and comprehension skill needs. Just 30 minutes a week of playing will accelerate your student reading  growth.

Speakers
avatar for Trace Mahbubani

Trace Mahbubani

Amplify
Hello! I am honored to share with you the amazing personalized, student-driven literacy program, Amplify Reading.  I have served in education for 36 years in a variety of roles including 2nd through 12th grade teacher, counselor, instructional technology facilitator, coach and principal... Read More →
avatar for Roberta Jacobson

Roberta Jacobson

Amplify
Hello from San Antonio, TX!  So excited to be with all of you today to share with you our dynamic, personalized program, Amplify Reading.  Being an educator for 35 years, working in the area of Special Education and with at-risk youth, I understand the value and the long lasting... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

Amplify Reading: Utilizing the Teacher Dashboard
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/T8Z1Rxgjse7Scgmm3CsYRgt6fVhxkO7kqODo1BPJflDnR5YVuZrwQnAxLArmGAdY.Dl-nHbbKnVxfhBno


The Teacher Dashboard is the core of the educator experience in Amplify Reading, designed to empower you with data, help you prioritize, keep you focused, and ultimately save you time. This session will highlight the information available for teachers and how to utilize the data to inform instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Amber McCall

Amber McCall

Amplify
Hi! I am excited to work with you! I currently live just outside of Chicago, IL with my husband and dog, but grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I have a passion for language development and spent most of my teaching career supporting bilingual students and teachers as a teacher leader... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

1:00pm CST

ELAR/SLAR K-5th Grade Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/sNYgbjN97F87amWeGj8ys9fAqq4ciCRXEgl0QOPaWn6202QG9TxRIFxYPy4Ab-Z8.uw0WLYod-bfxgHhM?startTime=1644086871000


Are you a Texas teacher looking to learn more about the Amplify Texas Elementary Literacy Program?  If so, look no further.  During the session, we will provide a high-level overview of the K-2 and 3-5 ELAR and SLAR program components, features, and what is available to you both in digital and print.  If you are a current THL or CRIMSI pilot user, this session can provide you with information helpful to your current implementation straight from Amplify.

Speakers
avatar for Tonie Schwab

Tonie Schwab

Amplify
Hello from Schertz, Texas right outside of the San Antonio area. I have worked as a teacher, bilingual literacy specialist, campus interventionist, and district ELAR leader. Amplify provides me the opportunity to pursue my passion for supporting literacy instruction for all learners... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Online

2:00pm CST

The Essentials of Transformative Family Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/Ek4ZfnhHsxV8W5_I-973x5Y0Ru91mMIZy6Gz7xhiiWJS65s0L9DeW4vl1lbOZmRY.iRgK3_-aoXPXl7ZI


As we move forward, how can we transform the way we engage with families? What are the key ingredients? Join us as we identify and explore the essentials to maximizing relationships with our families!
How can we transform the way we engage with families? What are the key ingredients? Join us as we identify and explore the essentials to maximizing relationships with our families! ReadyRosie is distinctive among early childhood family engagement resources in that we are a comprehensive family engagement resource that is content-driven. Our goal is to build capacity in families by giving them research-based activities to promote family bonding and connect home learning to classroom learning. We also seek to do this by building capacity among educators through Professional Development and tools that make it easy for them to make family engagement an instructional strategy. Transformation means that all families are engaged and are supporting learning at home and at school. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mechiel Rozas

Dr. Mechiel Rozas

Early Learning Solutions Specialist, Teaching Strategies LLC


Saturday February 5, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Online

2:00pm CST

Amplifying Students' Language and (Bi)Literacy Practices in the Content Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ktTTUkTi7HKlFnFN3ZqrGnFlStQu3QI0ac98ygE3bvqkWNcbcb3Un3h5gLUN0glo.uey6V76fKiVWyBhb


Dr. Mercuri is a nationally recognized Educational Consultant in the area of second language acquisition, dual language education, and curriculum integration for biliteracy development. She has over 28 years of experience in teaching in K-12 schools and at the university level in Argentina and the United States. At the university level, Dr. Mercuri taught courses in bilingual education and biliteracy. She is currently working on research on the development of academic language across the content areas, language transfer and the effect of long-term professional development on bilingual and ESL teachers’ instructional practices. Dr. Mercuri provides professional development for teachers and administrators as well as for parents. She presents at national and international conferences on issues of second language acquisition and bilingualism, dual language education, translanguaging pedagogy and ESL strategies.
Dr. Mercuri has published articles in the TESOL Quarterly, Talking Points, EJLTS, JMER, TESOL Connections, MEXTESOL, and the NABE journal as well as the Spanish professional journals The Colombian Journal of Bilingual Education: GIST and the Revista Edicación y Pedagogía and more than ten chapter books. Dr. Mercuri is the author of the book titled Supporting Literacy Through Science: The Challenge of Teaching Science in a Time of Accountability.   She has also co-authored the book Dual Language Essentials for teachers and administrators with Drs. Yvonne and David Freeman and Research-based Strategies for English Language Learners with Denise Rea.  She is currently working on a Spanish book on methodologies for teaching content and bi-literacy in the bilingual and dual-language classroom to be published by Caslon.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Mecuri

Dr. Sandra Mecuri

Educational Consultant
Dr. Mercuri is a nationally recognized Educational Consultant in the area of second language acquisition, dual language education, and curriculum integration for biliteracy development. She has over 28 years of experience in teaching in K-12 schools and at the university level in... Read More →



Saturday February 5, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Online

2:00pm CST

Amplify Reading Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sLeinqBUQRr7GGXts6b2fo55candUfhW/view?usp=sharingwmKIGF5KCzAR7/view?usp=sharing


Trying to meet the requirements of HB3 and HB4545 in your packed K-5 ELA day? Come see how Amplify Reading provides teachers with effortless reading differentiation, and students with engaging games that constantly adapt to meet their foundational and comprehension skill needs. Just 30 minutes a week of playing will accelerate your student reading  growth.

Speakers
avatar for Roberta Jacobson

Roberta Jacobson

Amplify
Hello from San Antonio, TX!  So excited to be with all of you today to share with you our dynamic, personalized program, Amplify Reading.  Being an educator for 35 years, working in the area of Special Education and with at-risk youth, I understand the value and the long lasting... Read More →
avatar for Trace Mahbubani

Trace Mahbubani

Amplify
Hello! I am honored to share with you the amazing personalized, student-driven literacy program, Amplify Reading.  I have served in education for 36 years in a variety of roles including 2nd through 12th grade teacher, counselor, instructional technology facilitator, coach and principal... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Online

2:00pm CST

ELAR/SLAR K-5th Grade Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KdKqf3sjPKXCNpaNMKXr_hT3AH-W5HSv/view?usp=sharing


Are you a Texas teacher looking to learn more about the Amplify Texas Elementary Literacy Program?  If so, look no further.  During the session, we will provide a high-level overview of the K-2 and 3-5 ELAR and SLAR program components, features, and what is available to you both in digital and print.  If you are a current THL or CRIMSI pilot user, this session can provide you with information helpful to your current implementation straight from Amplify.

Speakers
avatar for Tonie Schwab

Tonie Schwab

Amplify
Hello from Schertz, Texas right outside of the San Antonio area. I have worked as a teacher, bilingual literacy specialist, campus interventionist, and district ELAR leader. Amplify provides me the opportunity to pursue my passion for supporting literacy instruction for all learners... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Online

2:00pm CST

Empowering Teachers to Empower Families - Build Your Family Engagement Tool Box
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/dCS7ka-zY4Hxyq3PpDWTAvUgXbQqFqbZSylZAArU4tJs2JM7lYNvwEhcawla9x4y.lf7JPp748DvTTmiF


Waterford.org has tools for teachers, students, and families. In this session, you will learn how to access Waterford's Free Mentor Tools for Teachers, Students, and Families. Waterford Mentor provides hundreds of age-appropriate literacy resources including books, family newsletters, practice pages, and social-emotional activities to provide to students, parents or caregivers, or use in your classroom every day. All of Waterford's family materials are in English and Spanish!


This collaborative session will allow you to connect with other educators and explore ways to enhance family engagement at your site. 


Speakers
avatar for Grace Brown

Grace Brown

Waterford
As an Implementation Specialist, Grace Brown supports implementation fidelity and student achievement in schools and districts in Utah and nationwide. In addition, she is a trusted advisor to her colleagues and works across all departments at Waterford to do what's best for students... Read More →
avatar for Deena Duarte Fell

Deena Duarte Fell

Waterford
Deena Duarte Fell has supported Waterford.org partners, across the country, for over 10 years. Her goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and confident while learning new teaching tools and seamlessly integrating technology into everyday classroom routines. She's passionate about... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Online

2:00pm CST

Middle of the Year mCLASS Data: Next Steps for Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16TUzvhYehMAbrse0cLVAvTaDUR8d8-o9/view?usp=sharing


In this session, teachers will focus on accessing current and previous benchmark data through classroom reports on the mCLASS platform. These reports allow for analyzing class-wide data, gaining insight into changes from beginning to middle of the year, and looking at measure level data for individual students. Teachers will also learn how to dive deeper into specific student responses that show error patterns on the different assessment measures. Please join us and take the next steps with your mCLASS data.

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Online

2:00pm CST

Literacy Small Groups & Centers
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ayNoM2qosYbOaITAWXe8MCSySu1TBbT5QG1ZuKQEMM9j_GgE9r7lxwL5HUeT3hMV.r291HrtFE-B2gNe1


This course stresses the importance of recognizing and adapting to the individual developmental readiness for writing in young children. The course will feature age-appropriate modeled, shared, and independent writing strategies focused on functional and compositional writing. Participants will engage in activities and strategies to nurture children’s writing and expand their skills.

Speakers
avatar for Mónica Córdoba

Mónica Córdoba

Professional Learning Consultant-Bilingual Specialist, Frog Street

Sponsors

Saturday February 5, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Online

2:00pm CST

Closing Session - Dr. Wiley Blevins,
Link to Recording: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/JwnuVFTKYbx3OJHfgTZEtZugxT2wo-0_e3lPiHsVAf7EsubmFqdhzFZRCH73xskJ.Q8MjC-e1eY--pj7P?startTime=1644091354000 

Wiley Blevins has taught elementary school in both the United States and South America. A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has written over 15 books for teachers including Phonics from A to ZBuilding FluencyTeaching Students to Read Nonfiction, and most recently, A Fresh Look at Phonics, (Corwin Literacy 2016). He has authored elementary reading programs, conducted research on topics ranging from fluency to using decodable text, and regularly trains teachers throughout the U.S. and Asia. His current interests include using adaptive technology and working with districts to correct instructional and material deficits. Wiley lives in New York City and also writes children’s books.

Speakers


Saturday February 5, 2022 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST
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