2018 Conference Schedule

 

Wednesday, October 24

Conference Registration available from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

 

Thursday, October 25

 

Time

Event

Location

8:00 - 9:00

Registration

Breakfast

Matterhorn Ballroom

Breakfast buffet provided for conference attendees

9:00-10:00

 

Opening Keynote

Matterhorn Ballroom

Writing--and Reading--About the Uglies - Gary Schmidt

Surrounded as we are--and as our children are--by a media conglomerate that revels in the display of the lurid, the violent, the obscene, a media that is moved, at times, to warn us of the disturbing quality of the images they are about to show, but which shows no reluctance at all to show them, how do we write for a young audience? It would be a lie to say that the world is all lovely and beautiful and songbirds nest in every tree, but should we flinch before saying it is all ugly? We'll look at how writers for young readers wrestle with this question, and what solutions there might be.

10:00-10:30

 

Book Signing/ Break

Gary Schmidt

10:30 - 11:30

Session 1

General Session

 Matterhorn Ballroom

The Best Children's Books of the Year - Jen Terry, James Jones, Rita Christensen, and Gene Nelson

11:45-12:30

Session 2

Uri

Addressing the Suicide Epidemic in ELA Classrooms - Tom Smith

Suicide is the leading cause of death for teens in Utah. Come join us as we discuss some of the facts and myths about suicide and share some strategies for teaching in ways to combat this epidemic. 

Grindelwald

Buildings, Landscapes and other Planetary Spaces - Kathi Appelt

Bring a pen or pencil and piece of pad of paper, and let’s work our way toward finding hidden stories in real (or imagined) places. 

Davos

Practical Reading Motivation Strategies - Cami Perrier, Bethany Hancock, Libby Tenney, Jenni Whitlock, and Misty Killpack

Want to improve read aloud?  Need technology ideas for students to use?  Wonder how you can reward reading without using candy?  By utilizing seven motivational reading strategies, you can increase reading engagement in your classroom.  Come and listen to some practical ways to motivate your elementary students to become readers

Interlaken

GIVE A Book: Best Books for Gifting - Keri Measom and RaDawn Anderson

Join the energetic soul sisters, RaDawn and Keri, as they share their favorite books for gifting.  (Think babies, weddings, birthdays, specific milestones, congratulations, retirement, Christmas, holidays, etc.)!  Fast and furious, they will share as many books as possible in 50 minutes.

12:30 - 1:00

Lunch

Matterhorn Ballroom

 Lunch buffet provided for conference attendees

1:00 - 2:00

Keynote

Matterhorn Ballroom

Helping each child become proficient in literacy: What we know now that makes this a reality - Dr. Ray Reutzel, Dr. Parker Fawson, and Dr. John Smith

Drs. Reutzel, Fawson, and Smith have spent their careers supporting teachers to better understand how children become proficient in literacy. Each has observed the impact of a teacher who possesses deeper declarative and procedural literacy knowledge on children’s reading and writing proficiency. Many of these experiences originate in Utah classrooms where all three presenters have spent most of their professional careers. In this session, Drs. Reutzel, Fawson, and Smith will employ a conversational format and style, including responding to questions from conference attendees, to share why they are optimistic about the possibilities to improve each students’ literacy learning and why that matters. 

2:00 - 2:15

Break

 

2:15 - 3:00

Session 3

Uri

On Target Reading Strategies - Selene Carlson and Sarah Ward

Spend an hour with us exploring many of the 300 strategies in Jennifer Serravallo’s “The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers”.  The strategies shared will surely help you hit a bulls-eye with your reading instruction.  You will learn about strategies you can easily implement into your small group and whole group literacy instruction.

 

Grindelwald

Visual Storytelling Techniques to communicate to children -  Will Terry

Images help children learn to read by filling holes in reading comprehension and promoting prediction in story arcs. Curiosity for visually dominant learners is often sparked by illustrations. The role of the illustrator is to balance the information communicated through the images and text so that both rely on each other so students want to read both. Great illustrations go beyond the text illuminating more of the story.

Davos

Amazing Audiobooks - Joella Bagshaw

Does listening to audiobooks really count as reading?  What makes an award-winning audiobook?  How can audiobooks help promote reading and tempt reluctant readers?  In this session, learn about what makes a good – or bad- audio recording and how you can use audio books to help struggling or reluctant readers learn how to love books.

Interlaken

Wild Robot Escapes! And Other Robot Adventures - Suzy Cox and Jenni Whitlock

How can I motivate my students to read and, more importantly, to be excited about what they have read?  In this presentation, we will demonstrate how principles of reading motivation were used with a fourth grade class through the integration of robotics.  Come and see the amazing potential of fourth graders as they helped Roz the Robot escape the city and built their own helping robots.

3:00 - 3:15

Break

 

3:15 - 3:30

Presentation

Matterhorn Ballroom

Literacy Champion Award Presentation

3:30-4:30

Keynote

Matterhorn Ballroom

WALK THE WALK: Authors and Teachers, Hand in Hand - Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park will talk about her books in the classroom, and how teachers are always her most important colleagues in the work to reach young readers.

4:30 - 5:00

Book Signing

Linda Sue Park

5:00 - 6:30

Special Event

$5

Make-and-Take: Create Book Art - Grindelwald

What can you do with books that are torn, spoiled, and damaged beyond repair? Learn to recycle books in creative, amazing ways. Join us as we construct folded-page creations, wreaths, or 3-dimensional designs. Seating is limited, so check with the registration desk for openings. Watch for more information.

6:30 - 8:00

Special Event

Free to conference attendees

Literary Escape Room

Work together in figuring out book clues to open the lockbox. 

6:30 - 8:30

Special Event 

Additional Cost

Dinner With the Authors

Limited to 28 people (must be attending the whole conference) SOLD OUT

Get up close and personal at the "Dinner with the Authors" event Thursday evening.   In this exclusive event, attendees will dine and visit at tables with the conference authors and illustrators.

 

8:30 - 9:00

 

Special Event

Free to conference attendees

Zermatt Gazebo

Storytelling under the Stars with Deb Escalante



Friday, October 26

 

 

8:00-8:30

Breakfast

Matterhorn Ballroom

Breakfast buffet provided for conference attendees

8:30-9:30

 

Keynote

 Matterhorn Ballroom

From reluctant reader to Children's book illustrator - or - I thought I might be the janitor of my school but I became a children's book illustrator - Will Terry

(Sponsored by Gene and Lori Nelson Family Foundation)

9:30-10:00

Book Signing/Break

 Will Terry

10:00-10:45

Session 4

Uri

Facing Extinction: Motivating Secondary Students to Read More in Order to Save Their Lives - Joseph Anson

Have older, formerly-motivated readers losing steam as they plow through junior high or high school?  Come discover a few strategies to motivate reluctant readers, recharge tired stuck-in-a-rut-reading-Holes-for-the-umpteenth-time readers.

 

Grindelwald

Real-time Revision: Tips & Tricks for Classroom UseLinda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park will demonstrate several of her own revision techniques, which can be used by students to improve their writing. This session will be run as a hands-on workshop: Participants should bring a short piece of their own writing (minimum 3-5 paragraphs, no maximum), and a laptop (or tablet + keyboard) on which to practice the techniques in 'real time

Davos

Reading Aloud in the 21st Century: Still Important? - Gene Nelson

Reading aloud to children was once seen as a staple of childhood experience. Does it still carry the same impetus and importance? This session will examine science and art of reading aloud and provide a bibliography of great read aloud titles.

Interlaken

Retelling with Technology - Dr. Krista Ruggles

This interactive session will explore how technology can be used to support students’ ability to retell stories in a format that is not only engaging, but builds deeper comprehension.  Participants will be introduced to and practice using multiple technology tools that can be used in their classrooms to support retelling.

 

10:45- 11:00

Break

 

11:00-11:45

Session 5

Uri

 

 

Reading More Than Words - Makenzie Selland

In this session, teachers will consider broad definitions of the words “text”, “reading”, and “writing” that move beyond the written word.  After exploring a variety of non-traditional texts together, session participants will learn ways to teach with these types of texts, and brainstorm ways to expand their curriculum to include them.

Grindelwald

And now, for some historical perspective ... Gary Schmidt

Recently, the ALA has criticized the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, citing elements that are unacceptable by the standards of 2018. In this breakout, we'll look at the ways in which children's books since the 1930s have handled issues of social justice in America, and think about how the history of our field might give some context to the ways that we evaluate children's literature, old and new, today.

Davos

Check It Out! Get Kids Hooked on Books - Rita Christensen, Molly Cluff, Shauna Mudinger, Mark Pulham, and Diane Stay

A dynamic collaboration between Public Librarians and Media Specialists will be discussed.  Attendees will come away with new ideas on how they can partner and share assets to motivate children to read and learn through blended-learning methods that can range from old-school information booths to new-school dynamic videos.

Interlaken

 Integrating Literacy and a Love of Reading into STEM Classrooms and Curricula - Elaine Vickers

Learn how a STEM/reading partnership can foster engaged, enjoyable (non-scientific) reading, build classroom rapport, and stretch students’ knowledge of STEM concepts – with minimal impact on instructional time.  Multiple approaches and ideas for STEM/reading integration will be discussed.

11:45-12:00

Break

 

12:00- 12:45

Session 6

Uri

The Impact of Student Created Book Trailers on Reading Motivation - Jared Crossley

How can we get students more engaged by reading?  Jared Crossley examines the impact that students created book trailers have on overall reading engagement.  This session includes the process of how you can help students learn how to create book trailers and how this impacts their excitement for reading.

 

Grindelwald

Enhancing Literacy Instruction with Children’s SongsJohn Smith

Songs and activities will be presented for integrating music throughout the literacy curriculum.

Davos

Reader's Advisory - Using Lists and Questions to Match Kids to Books - Cindy Mitchell

Learn some simple techniques to help narrow down book recommendations for students, plus find lists and blogs to grow your personal book expertise and meet some new, great books.

Interlaken

Some of my Best Friends are Books:  Using Mentors (People and Books) to Encourage a Love For WritingNancy Peterson

We can help children see themselves as authors by using great mentors (texts and people) who illustrate the possibilities!  Children are usually less motivated to write than they are to read.  Can we blame them?  Writing looks like hard work, and not very fun either!  This session aims to help adults encourage a love for writing in children through the elementary years, and empowering them to see themselves as writers.  Using mentors involves bonding, and the whole world can use a lot more of that…starting with each one of us.  Ideas, demonstration & book lists too!

 

12:45-1:15

Lunch

Matterhorn Ballroom

Lunch buffet provided for conference attendees

1:15-2:15

Closing Keynote

 Matterhorn Ballroom

You Are My Story's Home - Kathi Appelt

There’s an old saying that “home is where the heart is.” But what does that even mean, especially in today’s very transient world, when so many are in search of all the things that home represents—safety, status, love? When Kathi Appelt was a child, her family began unraveling. As soon as each school year ended, her mother packed her and her two sisters up and moved. Sometimes the move was far, sometimes it was just up the street. Since then, she has realized that the search for home has become a central thread throughout her stories. Now, she has some things to say about Home and Story, and the transformational power of sharing both. 

2:15-2:45

Book Signing

 Kathi Appelt

 

 

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