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Level: Univ
Strand: None
Title: Writing Teacher Burnout

Description: Writing teachers can experience burnout at some point in their careers. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss how to realize when one is burned out and how to cope with it in a constructive manner. Participants should come prepared to discuss their experiences and offer their suggestions.

Presenters: Kathleen Dudden Rowlands, Associate Professor, CSU Northridge, and Director, CSN WP
Session: B7
Room: Miami
Level: 6 to 12
Strand: CWP—CSN WP
Title: Mapping Back Roads to On Demand Writing

Description: What are the essay requirements of the CAHSEE, the SAT, the Cal State’s Early Placement Test, and the UC’s Analytical Writing Placement Examination? Beginning in middle school, what might teachers teach students about on-demand writing? In this session, participants will analyze typical essay prompts, determine the literacy demands made by each, and discuss sample instructional materials designed to develop student proficiencies in this genre. Ample time for discussion will be embedded throughout the session.

Presenters: Joel Albritton, Teacher, Sylmar High School, LAUSD; and Thomas Adams, Teacher, Sylmar High School, LAUSD
Session: B8
Room: New York
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: A Model for Differentiating Critical Thinking-in-Writing

Description: Explore ways to elicit student responses in discussions and papers that bring joy back to learning and teaching. Practice using proven tools that enhance rigor and eliminate student perceptions of teacher-as-entertainer and source of inert knowledge. In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to integrate inquiry-based discussion, Depth and Complexity, and Toulmin argumentation to improve the quality of students' interaction and the value of all their reading and writing experiences.

Presenters: Laura Peet, English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield and Bakersfield College
Session: B9
Room: St. Louis
Level: Univ
Strand: Coll
Title: Grammar Games

Description: Grammar, although an important part of English, is always difficult to teach while keeping students engaged. These easy grammar games will help students grasp grammatical concepts while also having fun.

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Session C – Friday 4:00 pm



Presenters: Ben Esch, Cara Haycak , Sally Nemeth , C. Leigh Purtill, Allen Zadoff
Session: ICW C1
Room: Imperial F
Title: Unlikely Heroes

Description: A Vietnamese orphan, a 306-pound boy, an ample actress, a shoplifter and a dwarf—teen heroes of today come in all shapes, sizes, and dispositions. Join a panel of Los Angeles young adult authors to discuss writing protagonists that shock, surprise, and redefine the idea of the heroic in modern YA literature.

Presenters: Tasha Johnson, School Services Coordinator, youTHink
Session: C1
Room: Denver
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Exploring Contemporary Issues and Social Responsibility Through Art

Description: Poverty, violence, racism—what do we (and our students) know about these and other pressing social issues? What can we do about them? Experience youTHink, an innovative, hands-on program that uses the power of art to foster critical thinking, engage diverse learners, and serve as a tool for social change. Participants will explore applications of this approach to their curricula and learn how to bring youTHink to their schools at no charge.

Presenters: Mark Muranyi, Teacher, Rising Stars Academy, Los Angeles
Session: C10
Room: New Orleans
Level: All
Strand: US
Title: Having a productive learning environment: priceless!

Description: Educators lose between 5-9 hours each week of instructional time due to low-level behaviors. The ability to regain these hours exists. Participants will learn expert strategies and techniques that will eliminate lost time and allow them to do what they truly love to do—teach and motivate students. They will learn how to deal with frustrations and maintain self-control, positively impact the classroom environment, teach expected everyday behaviors, and diffuse low level misbehavior.

Presenters: Joel Freedman, Teacher, King Drew Medical Magnet, LAUSD, UCLA WP; Lonee Lona, Teacher, Roosevelt High School, LAUSD, UCLA WP; and Deborah Lowe, Teacher, Roosevelt High School, LAUSD, UCLA WP
Session: C11
Room: Washington
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: CWP—UCLA WP/GLBT
Title: We Can Do More: Sustaining and Enhancing Efforts to Integrate LGBT Voices into Secondary English Curricula

Description: Join us in deepening attention to LGBT issues by taking small safe steps to make your curriculum more inclusive. We'll introduce participants to "Gay Straight Alliances Speak Out," our new online student writing anthology, and experiment with writing prompts that generated the pieces. We'll end by focusing on a short text involving a transgender character and consider the writing approaches that enabled us to integrate it into our curricula.

Presenters: Michael Glaser, High School Instructor, MDUSD; College instructor, Chapman University
Session: C12
Room: Philadelphia
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Making Poetry Come Alive, Standards Based Strategies for Teaching Poetry at the High School Level

Description: This presentation offers a series of carefully planned units on teaching poetry at the secondary level. I developed this material over 15 years in high school and college classes. Each aspect of the genre is addressed and teaching strategies taught. I provide "low-prep" teaching materials for participants to use in their classrooms.

Presenters: Miles Myers
Session: C13
Room: Long Beach
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: How to Pubilsh in California English and Beyond

Description: Come meet California English consultant Miles Myers and learn about submitting your writing for publication. The session will provide ideas for articles, tips about preparing manuscripts, and suggestions of ways in which you can make writing a natural part of your professional day.

Presenters: Jason Basom
Session: C14
Room: Palm Desert
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Basic Literacy Skills Come Alive with Drama!

Description: Discover fun, easy, and effective drama games and techniques for the English classroom that bring alive literacy skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. Learn how drama is a wonderful teaching tool for reaching the multiple intelligences, English Language content standards, and ELL students. No experience or talent needed; these are games for everyone! Don't miss this engaging hands-on workshop led by a Bravo Award Winner for Outstanding Arts Educator of California.

Presenters: Mary Carrig, Teacher/Actress/Director, Los Angeles
Session: C15
Room: La Jolla
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Inside Shakespeare – A live, interactive session for middle and high school teachers

Description: Presenter Mary Carrig brings this live, interactive session to middle and high school teachers seeking to enrich their students with bold methods to discover Shakespeare. Based on her acting training, participants will learn creative and empowering ways to energize and enlighten their students, achieve greater understanding of the structure of the verse, and learn to make connections to contemporary society. Your view of Shakespeare will never be the same!

Presenters: Lynne Kelsey, Teacher, Westlake High School, Conejo Valley Unified
Session: C16
Room: Imperial E
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: The Road Less Costly: Doing More with Less in Tough Times

Description: Crowded classrooms. Limited supplies. The economic situation in California has hit everyone hard, and let's be realistic; it's going to get worse before it gets better. Let your presenter, a.k.a. the Frugal Teacher, help you stretch those precious resources. Participants will come away with ideas on how to prepare prudently, maximize materials, and save space.

Presenters: Lisa Waner, Teacher/Currilculum Coordinator, Big Bear High School, Bear Valley USD; and Michael Harrison, Teacher, Big Bear High School, Bear Valley USD
Session: C17
Room: Saddlebrook
Level: 6 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Perfect Paragraphs: Making Excellence a Habit

Description: The participants will learn to use perfect paragraphs to motivate students to pay attention to the quality of their writing. These paragraphs can address any writing objective easily and powerfully across the curriculum. The presenter will also demonstrate a way to easily and accurately assess student writing in the areas of fluency, maturity, and mechanics.

Presenters: Katherine A. Rowe, Teacher, Selma High School, Sdelma USD, SJVWP
Session: C2
Room: Dallas
Level: 6 to 12
Strand: CWP—SJVWP
Title: Using Experiential Learning to Jump Into Writing

Description: In this session, we will explore an effective process for helping English Learners and all students "jump" into writing, develop academic vocabulary, improve analytical skills, and deepen understanding through writing and extension opportunities. Participants will collaborate in hands-on activities designed to promote student interaction. Experiential learning strategies presented will reveal how discovery is an efficient vehicle for supporting diverse learners in all grade levels and content areas.

Presenters: Carole LeCren, Teacher, La Jolla High School, San Diego USD, Program Designer Extraordinnaire, CATE :-)
Session: C3
Room: Chicago
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: Tech
Title: Teaching Non-Fiction Using NPR (National Public Radio) and Audio Interviews

Description: What do oysters, the history of Negro baseball, and Ellen Page have in common? They are all topics of interviews on National Public Radio. Use technology and interviews to teach students the elements of non-fiction writing. Participants will experience three NPR radio interviews that the presenter has used with seniors, who then produce their own audio interviews. Examples, transcripts, and how to use the technology will be presented during the session.

Presenters: Brett Schmoll, English and History Instructor, CSU Bakersfield, SCWriP
Session: C4 
Room: Boston
Level: All
Strand: Coll/ CWP—SCWriP
Title: Strengthening the College-High School Connection

Description: This presentation will focus on a letter exchange between Cal State Bakersfield English Composition students and students from four Kern County High schools. In this letter exchange program, college and high school students relate to each other in intellectually productive ways.

Presenters: Maria Rankin-Brown, Associate Professor, Pacific Union College; and Morris Brown, Jr., Assistant Professor, CSU Chico
Session: C5
Room: Atlanta
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Making Literary Terms more Relevant and Memorable through the Use of Popular Culture

Description: In this session, the presenters will show how to incorporate and use elements of popular culture (such as manga, vampire books, and spoken word poetry) to examine societal beliefs, expectations, and trends as applied to composition and literature courses. They have found that doing so makes both writing and analysis of literature more relevant and memorable to students, which leads to active learning taking place.

Presenters: Robyn A. Hill, Associate Professor, National University
Session: C6
Room: Miami
Level: 6 to 8
Strand: None
Title: The Scrapyard Detectives: Using Comics to Promote Diversity and Tolerance

Description: The Scrapyard Detectives is a free, high quality educational comic book series that has been proven successful in presenting an appreciation of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and diversity through compelling artwork and engaging stories by prominent writers. The session will include information on the series and its creator, major thematic aspects, additional teacher resources, and strategies for using these books in the classroom with students (ages 8-15) to promote critical thinking about issues of tolerance.

Presenters: Patty Moore, Teacher, Muscatel Middle School, Rosemead School District
Session: C7
Room: New York
Level: 6 to 8
Strand: None
Title: Writing from the Heart

Description: After 34 years of teaching, this presenter will provide you with three very special writing lessons that will both bring out the best in you and the best in the students. This presenter will share these writing lessons with her audience in an effort to Pay it Forward to new up and coming teachers and make sure these lessons continue for years to come.

Presenters: Jane Hancock, Co-Director of UCLA WP
Session: C8
Room: St. Louis
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: CWP—UCLA WP
Title: Journals and Logs, the Road to Fluency

Description: Students write constantly in college, and they need to build the stamina to do it. Let’s show them ways to get their thoughts on paper fluently and fearlessly, emphasizing exploration first, then structure and correctness, through commonplace books, daily logs, and fictional journals.

Presenters: Kevin Flinn, Teacher, Marymount High School
Session: C9
Room: Houston
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Tangled Up in Blue: Teaching Bob Dylan

Description: This session will focus on teaching the early works of Bob Dylan—as poetry, songs, and snapshots of a generation. Dealing primarily with Dylan as a contemporary of the Beats, the session will provide writing prompts and activities to integrate Dylan's material into an English curriculum.

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Session D – Saturday 10:00 am



Presenters: Cherry Cheva, Amy Goldman Kass, Blake Nelson, Andrew Smith, Sonya Sones, and Carol Tanzman
Session: ICW D1
Room: Imperial F
Title: No Vamps, No Werewolves, No Zombies, Oh My!

Description: What are writers of books about good old-fashioned humans to do these days? Plenty! Hear a panel of Los Angeles YA authors talk about the engaging characters in their books.

Presenters: Sheridan Blau, Distinguished Lecturer of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College Columbia, and Professor Emeritus of English and Education, UC Santa Barbara
Session: D1
Room: Denver
Level: 6 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Performative Literacy: Teaching Students to Read Difficult Texts

Description: This hands-on presentation will offer a theoretical framework and practical classroom strategies for helping all students become engaged, thoughtful, and critical readers of challenging literary and non-literary texts.

Presenters: Forest Blackwelder, Teacher, Summit High School, Fontan USD; and Kimberly Ragan, Teacher, Summit High School, Fontan USD
Session: D10
Room: Houston
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Shakespeare Alive!

Description: This presentation will provide a structure for an in-depth analysis and application of Shakespeare as a playwright. Participants will receive a blueprint for an interactive unit on Shakespeare. Presenters will provide strategies for campus and community-wide involvement.

Presenters: Carla Carrarini, Teacher, Will J Reid Continuation Senior High School, Long Beach Unified
Session: D11
Room: New Orleans
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: US
Title: The Peanut Butter Papers: Meeting Unprepared Writers Where They Are

Description: This session will focus on bringing the most reluctant writers into print using simple-to-understand, practically painless methods! Three of the genres found on CAHSEE will be covered: expository, persuasive, and letters. Participants will have the student experience, examine student work, and take home formulas, graphic organizers, and other materials for immediate use as resources in their own classrooms.

Presenters: Jessica Grimes, Associate Professor, Taft College; Kamala Carlson, Professor of Reading, Taft College
Session: D12
Room: Washington
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Vocabulary Strategies: Paving the Road to Enriched Comprehension

Description: Foundational students confront many challenges; among these are gaps in vocabulary knowledge that affect students' reading and writing proficiency. This session pinpoints vocabulary strategies that augment students' ability to understand and synthesize concepts from reading to writing. Research suggests that multiple exposures through reading, discussing, and writing deepens stiudents' understanding of content-specific and text-based vocabulary that will prepare them for the transition from pre-collegiate to college-level courses.

Presenters: Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Teacher, Willmington Middle School, LAUSD, LAWP; and Agnes Pitlik, Literacy Coach, Willmington Middle School, LAUSD
Session: D13
Room: Philadelphia
Level: All
Strand: CWP— LAWP
Title: Text Tagging: Annotating Text to Connect Meaning

Description: How can you get your students to read and construct meaning from text? If your goal is to get them to slow down and develop their critical analysis skills, then teach your students text tagging and annotating text! This hands-on session will demonstrate how students, especially English learners and students with special needs, benefit from C.U.B.S. and use it to prepare for discussion and writing.

Presenters: Roy Rogers, Teacher
Session: D14
Room: Saddlebrook
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Tracing The Minority Experience Through Music and Poetry

Description: Minorities are often times misrepresented in the media. Sometimes they are underrepresented in the classroom. This interactive session will demonstrate how participants can increase their student engagement and participation through the incorporation of media in their lesson plans. The California State Standards will never be the same. Participants will be provided with lessons and projects to enhance student comprehension, critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as the appreciation of the language and texts of both print and non-print through the use of media.

Presenters: John Hundley, Instructor, UC Merced
Session: D15
Room: Palm Desert
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Let's Talk About Revision

Description: What are some productive ways to respond to student writing? What considerations should we keep in mind when we comment on student papers? There are no easy answers. We'll have to learn by doing. In this interactive session, participants will consider issues of when, where, and how as they respond to samples of student and participant writing.

Presenters: Kelly Baker, Teacher, Waite Middle School, Norwalk La Mirada USD
Session: D16
Room: La Jolla
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Teachers Talk Too Much

Description: Want students to be more engaged? Want students to think more critically? Let Socratic Seminars be your guide. Based on the book Socratic Circles by Matt Copeland, learn about the technique of Socratic Seminar and how it is used to engage students in rich conversation about what they are learning. In this session you will learn about facilitating, grading, and preparing for a Socratic Circle. Participants will also engage in the practice of Socratic Circle.

Presenters: Prad Kansara, Author-Educator, Flashpoint Interactive Shakespeare; and Bharti Kansara, Author-Educator, Flashpoint Interactive Shakespeare
Session: D2
Room: Dallas
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Teaching Shakespeare Interactively – why Labor when you can Inspire?

Description: This session will raise consciousness on how far passive use of textbooks limit students. It will demonstrate how interactive learning inspires everyone to unlock the Bard's rich characters and imagery and stimulates critical thinking, creative expression, and collaboration. Participants will experience how interacting with the verse and each other engages the mind and doubles the growth of standard ELA skills in precious weeks of Shakespeare class. Participants will receive a gift to teach Shakespeare class interactively.

Presenters: Brooke Hughes, English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield; and Randi Brummett De Leon, English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield
Session: D3
Room: Chicago
Level: Univ
Strand: Tech/Coll
Title: Course Redesign: Using Technology to Create a More Effective Learning Environment

Description: The session will delve into what course redesign is and how to start a course redesign if interested. The presenters will be discussing specifically how CSU, Bakersfield, implemented a course redesign in all developmental composition classes. They will address their journey from picking out the right model, problem-solving, and looking to the future.

Presenters: Pete, Barraza, Teacher, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica Malibu USD; and Jenna Gasparino, Teacher, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica Malibu USD
Session: D4
Room: Scottsdale
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Experiencing California Literature

Description: Participants at this session will be introduced to the California Literary Experience, a course that provides students with opportunities to live out the works of John Steinbeck and other CA writers. Ultimately, classroom standards-based education moves into the field, allowing for the core literature, supplementary materials, discussions, writing, and students' own critical evaluations to culminate in an experiential examination of the many dreams, realities, and paradoxes that define the culture of our state.
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