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Program Strands

Session A – Friday 10:00 am, 


Session B – Friday 2:30 pm, 
Session C – Friday 4:00 pm, 
Session D – Saturday 10:00 am, 
Session E – Saturday 3:00 pm, 
Session F – Saturday 4:30 pm, 
Session G – Sunday 9:30 am. 

ICW sessions are In Conversation With an array of authors.



Session A – Friday 10:00 am

Presenters: Frank Beddor and PJ Haarsma 
Session: ICW A1
Room: Imperial F
Title: Something Funny Happened on the Way to Getting Published

Description: Join in on an intimate talk between two friends who experienced very different paths on the way to becoming successful authors. Both are now considered leaders in the use of new media to attract reluctant readers and have teamed together to expand their worlds. Enjoy an entertaining multi-media presentation by these exciting authors as they invite you to explore their wondrous universe with them.

Presenters: Jason Basom
Session: A1
Room: Denver
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Classroom Drama Performances Made Easy!

Description: Come learn how to unlock the creative spark of your students through fun and easy drama games and techniques from a Bravo Award Winner for Outstanding Arts Educator of California. Participants will experience physical and vocal exercises to bring text alive and simple methods to create a painless and memorable classroom performance. Learn how to make tableaux and animate them for instant dramatizations. This workshop is for all levels of experience and will be especially useful for readers’ theater, Shakespeare, story dramatization, dramatic literature, and poetry.

Presenters: Bradi Powell, Teacher, Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach SD
Session: A10
Room: Houston
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Literature and Modern Warfare

Description: This session will provide a standards-based thematic unit plan for teaching about war through memoir, poetry, fiction, film, and current events. It focuses not on the politics of war, but instead on the human causes and costs. Topics include violence, loss of innocence, selective service, war crimes, post traumatic stress disorder, propaganda, recruiting practices, and social justice. Participants will leave the session with everything they need to teach this unit, including texts, lesson plans, and assessments.

Presenters: Marina Aminy, Professor, Saddleback College
Session: A11 
Room: New Orleans 
Level: 9 to 16 
Strand: Coll 
Title: The Next Step: Bridging the Gaps in Reading and Writing Instruction in High Schools and Colleges

Description: The presenter, a former secondary-level English teacher and current English professor, will detail key differences in the types of writing and reading instruction that exist at the high school level and in first-year college composition courses. The session will offer a review of these differences and suggest some recommendations for bridging the gaps between the levels in order to maximize student preparedness and success.

Presenters: Donna Calloway, Teacher, Consultant
Session: A12
Room: Washington
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: US
Title: Engaging Underprepared Learners

Description: In this session participants will learn a variety of active participation strategies for engaging underprepared learners. Participants will gain a deeper understanding about the difficulties of underprepared learners and specific activities that help these learners connect in the classroom.

Presenters: Maureen Rippee, Teacher
Session: A13
Room: Philadelphia
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Revision: The Road Less Traveled

Description: This session will provide an introduction for a very successful, research-based, multiple intelligences strategy that scaffolds a myriad of ways to model revision for students to help them discover their own writing process and style. Examples of prompts and student writing for The Great GatsbyThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the senior essay will be selected to introduce attendees to the workshop protocol, each station, the process, and research discoveries.

Presenters: Bob Pacilio, Teacher, Mt. Carmel High School, Poway USD
Session: A14
Room: Saddlebrook
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: My American Pie and Catcher in the Rye

Description: Imagine a lesson relevant to teenagers and linked to standards! Bob Pacilio, San Diego County's Teacher of the Year, demonstrates his lessons based on Don McLean's classic song "American Pie," providing student work for teachers. Combined with Holden Caulfield's angst, Pacilio reminds teachers that children have their own heartfelt lessons of life—their slices of "American Pie."

Presenters: John Creger, Teacher, American High School, Fremont USD 
Session: A15
Room: Palm Desert
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Manage With Class! Classroom Management to Honor Learning, Respect Learners—and Re-energize You

Description: Do your students come to class respectful and ready to learn? Did your teaching program equip you with all tools you need to manage today’s classroom challenges? No matter how purpose-filled your teaching and student-friendly your curriculum, your lessons quickly unravel without effective management strategies. This strategy-packed session introduces a non-behaviorist approach to classroom management proven over 30 years to reclaim most of the five to nine hours we lose weekly to low-level misbehavior. The results? A rewarding journey to new learning focus, renewed teaching energy.

Presenters: Lori Cohen, Teacher, The Bay School of San Francisco
Session: A16
Room: La Jolla
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Punctuating Our Experiences: Using Varied Uses of Punctuation to Elicit Voice in Memoir Writing

Description: The presenter of this session focuses on how teaching students a range of punctuation (dash, comma, semi-colon, parentheses, colon, ellipsis) helps with the rhetorical elements of memoir writing and elicits student voices. Participants will learn an alternative way for teaching sentence variety as well. Participants will analyze excerpts from professional memoir, review student work samples, and practice some of their own sentences with a range of punctuation.

Presenters: Juliet Herman, Teacher, Newbury Park High School, Conejo Valley USD, CSN WP; and Robin Lilly, Teacher, Newbury Park High School, Conejo Valley USD, CSN WP
Session: A2
Room: Dallas
Level: 6 to 12
Strand: CWP—CSN WP
Title: Putting students on the road to academic writing: applying genre theory to crafting effective writing assignments

Description: The assign-complain cycle can be broken when students are made aware of the genres of academic discourse. This interactive session will help participants learn how to craft assignments that lead students through the layers of expectations to produce effective writing. Participants will leave with concrete examples that can be applied in their own classrooms.

Presenters: Anthony Pennay, Teacher, SCVI Charter School; and Ilona Pennay, Teacher, Sierra Vista Junior High School, William S. Hart District
Session: A3
Room: Chicago
Level: 6 to 8
Strand: Tech
Title: Teach-nology: Taking the Road Less Traveled and Using the Internet to Promote Literacy

Description: The modern student is extremely techno-savvy. Students spend hours per week accessing everything from blogs to social networking sites to YouTube. In this session, the presenters will discuss strategies for channeling this natural technological interest into literacy instruction. First, we will explore using blogging and websites to develop reading comprehension and analysis skills. Then, we'll investigate technological strategies to improve writing, including blogging, vlogging, and podcasting.

Presenters: Miles Myers, Adela Arriaga, David Pearson, and Sandra Murphy
Session: A4
Room: Scottsdale
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: The New K-12 Standards: What content, How measured, and Why necessary?

Description: On September 21, 2009, the nation’s Governors proposed a new set of Common Core Standards for K-12 English Language Arts, and it is expected that that these new standards will become the framework for a new set of K-12 English standards in California. A three person panel will address three questions: (1) What is the new content in these proposed K-12 standards, (2) What are the proposed new measures of K-12 ELA achievement (if any),(3) What can teachers do to avoid what goes wrong in standards movements? Those who attend the session will receive copies of the proposed Common Core Standards for K-12 English Language Arts.

Presenters: Roy Rogers, Teacher
Session: A5
Room: Boston
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: I Can Write

Description: This interactive session will explore one teacher's efforts to develop writing and thinking in high school students who have not previously met with academic success, drawing upon the lived "text" of everyday experience and developing habits of self-consciousness about their own and their peers' thinking and writing. These strategies have quickly increased the success rates of ELD and low-performing students on standardized tests, including the CAHSEE, SAT, and ACT. Copies of the curriculum with student models will be provided.

Presenters: Kelly Camak, Teacher, Gateway to College Early College High School, RUSD
Session: A6
Room: Atlanta
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Making the Connection: Using Thematic Units to Promote Higher Level Thinking

Description: Participants will be provided an idea and examples of how real world, interdisciplinary thematic units create project-based assessments that challenge students to use higher level thinking skills. Incorporating multiple disciplines creates more relevant curriculum for students, and using themes helps emphasize how the concepts students are learning are relevant to their lives. The thematic concept examples will focus on civic and character attributes and their expansion of a purposeful education beyond simple literary concepts.

Presenters: Bathina Jyothi, Assistant Professor of Literacy, CSU Fresno
Session: A7
Room: Miami
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: US
Title: Voices of the Children Left Behind

Description: The presenter will demonstrate proven strategies for increasing literacy, engagement, and motivation among traditionally underprepared adolescent students through the use of personal narrative in the classroom. The learning life map as an introductory writing and speaking activity and publishing student work as a motivating tool will be explained and demonstrated to participants.

Presenters: Elyce, L. Silva, Teacher, Manteca USD, GVWP
Session: A8
Room: New York
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: CWP—LAWP
Title: Summary and Beyond: Using Creative Summaries to Bridge the Reading and Writing Gap

Description: Summary is one of the key skills needed by students for reading comprehension as well as successfully responding to text-based writing prompts. In this session the presenter will offer unique summary options that enable students to understand text in a more concrete way. A template for summary writing based on They Say/I Say by Graff, Birkenstein, and Durst will also be introduced and incorporated as a lead into text-based academic writing.

Presenters: Diana Combs, Teacher, Monta Vista High School, Fremont UHSD; and Matt Brashears, Teacher, Monta Vista High School, Fremont UHSD
Session: A9
Room: St. Louis
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Change the Wor(l)d: Global Human Rights Through the Student Lens

Description: Welcome to the 21st Century classroom, where students power-up for class, create for authentic audiences, and impact their community. Presenters will share their experience leading students through a research-based study of contemporary non-fiction to the creation of video documentaries. Participants will leave with materials, strategies for reading film, and tips for technology on a budget. Looking to engage your students in collaborating with purpose? Join us in changing the word on world human rights.

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Session B – Friday 2:30 pm



Presenters: T.A. Barron, Susan Casey, Carolyn Cohagan, Eileen Rosenbloom, Carol Snow, Tracy Trivas, and Mark London Williams
Session: ICW B1
Room: Imperial F
Level: 
Strand: 
Title: Invented Worlds

Description: Much of today’s YA literature pushes the limits of what is real and possible. Join five Los Angeles YA authors as they discuss using out-of the-box ideas, mixing realism with paranormal elements and modern inventions to tell stories.

Presenters: Courtney Evans, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; Tasha Beaudoin, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; Krista Sharp, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; Marci Ruiz, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; Mindi Cottriel, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; and Jeanene Ames, Teacher, Rialto High School, Rialto USD
Session: B1
Room: Denver
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Teaching Transitions: The Move from a Traditional English Classroom to the PLC Strand Model

Description: This session will explore the wiles of moving from a traditional professional setting to that of the "Professional Learning Community." Participants will hear the journey of six teachers and how this team is working together to achieve beyond. Topics covered include setting the tone for planning together in a world of standards-based instruction, dealing with dissenters, and planning a standards-based curriculum with non-standards-based teachers. Participants should plan to walk away with an idea to implement on Monday.

Presenters: Jan Stallones and Chris Jacobson
Session: B10
Room: Houston
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: CAHSEE to College - Bridging the Writing Gaps, Year Two

Description: The Corona Norco USD is in the second year of a writing initiative focused on raising CAHSEE-proficient writing to the level of sophistication expected from students entering colleges and universities. Participants will receive an overview of the California writing gap, the strategies CNUSD used to significantly raise basic proficiency in writing across genres, and a detailed explanation of the CAHSEE to College strategies. Models of student writing and teacher reflections on the process will be available for participants to review after the session.

Presenters: Margot Kinberg, Associate Professor, National University
Session: B11
Room: New Orleans
Level: Univ
Strand: Coll
Title: The Mystery Novel as a Social Mirror

Description: Mystery novels reflect the culture and society of their authors, subjects, and readers. As such, they can be useful tools for exploring history, society, culture, and language, as well as literature. This session presents the mystery novel as a tool for helping students explore social issues such as culture, class, race, and language. Example novels and projects are offered, and participants will have the opportunity to develop ideas for integrating the genre into their own curricula.

Presenters: Erika Daniels, Assistant Professor, CSU San Marcos
Session: B12
Room: Washington
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Reading/Writing Reciprocity

Description: The reading and writing processes are often discussed and taught as requiring two discrepant sets of strategies. When we think about reading and writing as reciprocal and teach students what the strategies look like in both tasks, we can be more efficient in our teaching, and our students can be more purposeful in their learning. This session will discuss how reading and writing inform each other. Participants will brainstorm strategies for classroom use.

Presenters: Cynthia Thorburn, National Consultant, Glencoe-McGraw Hill; and Natalie Barber, National Consultant, Glencoe-McGraw Hill
Session: B13
Room: Philadelphia
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Strategies for EL and Struggling Learners

Description: In this session, teachers will learn about research-based instructional strategies, modified to meet the needs of our EL and struggling learners: graphic organizers, cooperative learning, summarizing, and note-taking. Teachers will learn the research that supports the use of these strategies and experience using each strategy with content.

Presenters: Angus Dunstan, Professor, CSU Sacramento
Session: B14
Room: Saddlebrook
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Writing about Literature what should it look like?

Description: The main way students show us their understanding of a literary text is by writing about it. This is especially true at the higher levels of student achievement (AP classes, for example), but it begins very early. We use their writing skills to measure their reading skills. But where are our models for writing about literature? In this session we will look at some examples of writing about literature—from professional literary criticism to novice journal entries in an attempt to determine the most appropriate models for our own students writing.

Presenters: Brad Ruff, Teacher, Avid Region 8 Coordinator, Kern County/ English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield
Session: B15
Room: Palm Desert
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: AVID Curriculum in High School and College

Description: Cornell notes, learning logs, graphic organizers, and many additional reading and writing strategies used in middle/junior high school and high school AVID classes help to prepare students for the rigors of college/university courses. These strategies can also be integrated into college classes to afford students the cognitive toolkit they need to improve their literacy skills and be successful at all levels of their educational experience.

Presenters: Anne Keller, Teacher, Miraleste Intermediate School, Palos Verdes Peninsula USD; and Chelsey Meek, teacher, Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Palos Verdes Peninsula USD
Session: B16
Room: La Jolla
Level: 6 to 8
Strand: None
Title: Creating A District-Wide Reading and Writing Assessment

Description: This session will take the participants on a journey explaining how a group of disgruntled middle school teachers decided to rid themselves of an antiquated, district-wide standardized writing assessment, only to end up creating their own. Presenter will discuss the impact of rhetorical reading on student writing, a variety of writing assessment tools, and the value of teacher-driven professional development.

Presenters: Liz McAninch
Session: B17
Room: Imperial E
Strand: GLBT

Presenters: Jennifer Pust, Teacher, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, UCLA WP
Session: B2
Room: Dallas
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: CWP—UCLA WP
Title: The Importance of Being Funny

Description: Finally...a unit in which no one dies or is left broken-hearted! Through The Importance of Being Earnest, selections from The Onion, editorial cartoons, and satiric images, students see how humor effects change in society. The unit culminates with a creative project in which students make satires of their own. The presenter will model activities, and participants will be able to immediately implement this fun and educational unit. It's time to make mastering the standards fun again.

Presenters: Myra LeBendig, Teacher, Foshay Learning Center, LAUSD; Miles Myers, Senior Researcher, Institute for Standards, Curricula, and Assessments; Charlotte Higuchi, and Day Higuchi
Session: B3 
Room: Chicago
Level: All
Strand: Tech
Title: Lesson Design Study Case Study: Student Website on a Genetic Scientist

Description: Participants will see how an interdisciplinary team of teachers—science, technology, history, English—use the lesson design study process to create a unit that enabled students to research a major discovery in genetics and its historical significance and create a website design that enhanced that information, all without plagiarizing. Handout: Teacher-developed unit with assessments.

Presenters: Daniel Reynolds, Teacher, Mt. Diablo USD
Session: B4 
Room: Scottsdale
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Teaching Fight Club

Description: I am Jack's CATE session. Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 novel is intense, engaging, and highly literate. Saying you'll teach Fight Club raises blood pressure in some colleagues, pulses with some students, and smiles from those who've read it. Session will cover what makes Fight Club teachable (with lesson ideas provided), and will examine the struggles, responsibilities, and incredible educational rewards involved when teachers include this or other challenging and challenged books less traveled in our curriculum.

Presenters: Miroslava Vukelich, Retired Teacher, Inglewood USD
Session: B5
Room: Boston
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Teaching Directly the 4% of Learners' Grammatical Conventions Awakens their Dormant Reading/Writing Potential

Description: In a hands-on manner, this session will demonstrate how learners' reading/writing skills can be awakened in a fun-filled and fast way. This presentation will discuss a strategy that helps learners learn what they don't know and what they ought to know; this strategy is applicable to all instructional levels. Finally, the presenter will share with participants personal stories she uses to lessen learners' levels of anxiety.

Presenters: Maria Rankin-Brown, and Morris Brown, Jr.
Session: B6
Room: Atlanta
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