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Saturday, October 5

8:30am PDT

Big 5 Ideas of Reading Strategies to Help Those Who Struggle with Reading (K–3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Students with disabilities tend to have difficulty in several areas of reading. Research has shown that students struggle with the foundation of text or letter sounds; while others struggle with their fluency skills or their reading comprehension skills. Students who struggle with reading have a deficit in one or more areas of the reading instruction components. Research has shown it is critical for students to learn how to read early in their schooling. Carrie Forster will present on the five basic reading skills including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. In the presentation, she will explain each reading component area (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension), along with skills and strategies that will benefit students who struggle with reading. Educators who have a strong understanding of the essential areas of reading, in addition to utilizing research-based reading strategies, will help improve reading skills for students with disabilities.


Saturday October 5, 2019 8:30am - 9:40am PDT
Plaza 4

8:30am PDT

Language Arts in the Middle (4–9)
Limited Capacity full

Semantics, both a joy and a curse. It can muddle the foundations of strong language instruction. Are you using Balanced Literacy, Comprehensive Literacy, Optimal Learning Model, DEAR, SEAR, LLI, Guided Reading, CAFE, Literacy Place, Culkin's Writing, Writers Workshops, 6 traits, FOMO? Do you not even know what these acronyms stand for? Let's weed through all the semantics and discover a framework for strong language instruction that will be engaging for students, yourself, and transferable beyond Language Arts classes.


Saturday October 5, 2019 8:30am - 9:40am PDT
Garden Court 1

9:55am PDT

Using Best Practices to Teach Writing in the Elementary Classroom: Launch Pads and Safety Nets (1–6)
Limited Capacity filling up

Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students and especially those who struggle with learning disorders, executive skill deficits and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. A six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum will be outlined in this session. A structured writing procedure helps students develop foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. Participants will also be walked through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan. The process highlighted addresses best practices for teaching elementary students writing as identified by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012). It simultaneously enhances metacognition, a critical skill to support both reading comprehension and writing. Disclaimer: Elements of the Tell me! program, developed by the Centre for Literacy, will be used in this presentation.


Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →

Saturday October 5, 2019 9:55am - 11:05am PDT
Plaza 3

11:20am PDT

Building Your Classroom Library (K–5)
Limited Capacity seats available

Building your classroom library as a beginning teacher can be daunting! Let me give you some tips on how to create a literacy rich community on a budget. I will also be sharing some great books with you that are excellent choices for the elementary classroom.


Saturday October 5, 2019 11:20am - 12:30pm PDT
Plaza 2