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Presenters: Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Teacher, Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel Unifeid, UCI WP
Session: D5 
Room: Boston
Level: All
Strand: CWP UCI
Title: Teaching Internet Literacy as a Genre

Description: Just because a student is a good book reader, does not make that student a good online reader or participant. For this reason, educators must teach specific Internet Literacy skills. This presenter scaffolds how to teach reliable research, reading websites, netiquette, and collaboration online. She targets specific skills so that even the most tech-tentative teacher can provide these vital lessons while enhancing their ELA content.

Presenters: Christine Parker, Retired Teacher, Del Norte County High School, Del Norte USD; and Cheryl Bradley, Teacher, Del Norte County High School, Del Norte USD
Session: D6
Room: Atlanta
Level: 9 to 16
Strand: None
Title: Blending Scholarship with Stagecraft in teaching Shakespeare

Description: Christine Parker, retired English teacher, just finished her MFA in Shakespeare in Performance with a thesis designed to blend scholarship with stagecraft in the tradition of the Master's Program at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA. Christine and Cheryl Bradley, along with drama teacher Debbie Scott, will share lesson ideas in which English or drama students can meet the Advanced Theater standard 1.2 and work as dramaturgs for a classroom or theater production of a Shakespeare play.

Presenters: Randy Cowen, Teacher, Sun Valley Middle School, LAUSD
Session: D7
Room: Miami
Level: 6 to 8
Strand: None
Title: Tennis Lessons Without Tennis: What's wrong with too many school reading programs!

Description: When a student says, "But I don't like to read," they generally mean it. Participants at this session will discover the synergy of a true "free voluntary reading" program in the classroom: How to set it up, energize it, and keep it going. Learn from a National Board certified middle school teacher whose students read a book a week, in class and at home, and love it—raising their grade equivalent reading levels (GE's) at least two years, in one.

Presenters: Tamara Doehring, Former Teacher
Session: D8
Room: New York
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Writing at the CORE: The Efficient Classroom

Description: This dynamic session presented by 2007 Florida English Teacher of the Year, shows how a relevant writing focus makes the best use of time in the secondary classroom. By utilizing the entire writing process, from writer's notebook to workshop to publication, reading and communication skills improve naturally and students are engaged. Participants leave with hundreds of ready-to-use lessons and ideas.

Presenters: Jane Hancock, Co-Director of UCLA WP
Session: D9
Room: St. Louis
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: CWP—UCLA WP
Title: Dancing with Words

Description: Don’t just learn vocabulary to pass the CAHSEE or the CST or the SAT. Learn to love words, to explore them, to dance with them. Find joy in discovering the stories behind the words, their nuances, their histories, their sounds. Audition them to find the right ones for the right tone, the right emotion, the right picture. In this hands-on workshop we will learn the steps to begin the dance.

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Session E – Saturday 3:00 pm



Presenters: Cylin Busby, Cecil Castellucci, and Davida Wills Hurwin
Session: ICW E1
Room: Imperial F
Title: Truth/Fiction/Fiction /Truth

Description: Join Cylin Busby, Cecil Castellucci, and Davida Wills Hurwin as they discuss their latest books and the three different ways true moments in history, both the personal and otherwise, can be told in different ways to make for compelling narratives and springboards for conversation.

Presenters: Jim Burke, Auhor and Teacher
Session: E1 
Room: Atlanta
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Questions as Curriculum: Tapping Curiosity to Motivate and Develop Adolescent Readers, Writers, and Thinkers

Description: Participants in this session will explore the use of questions in developing lessons and teaching those lessons in the English language arts classroom. The presenter will provide classroom-tested materials and examples from his own classroom. Content will demonstrate that it is possible to provide a rich, demanding learning experience for a wide range of learners while still teaching the academic essentials.

Presenters: Mary Adler, Associate Professor, CSU Channel Islands
Session: E10
Room: Houston
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Rediscovering Creative Writing for Adolescents

Description: Explore how fiction writing can be a powerful opportunity for adolescents to build literate and developed selves. In addition to considering how and why adolescents play with writing, we will examine several ways to teach it successfully through all phases of the writing process, especially revision. Examples of student writing will be shared along the way.

Presenters: Lonee Lona, Teacher, Roosevelt High School, LAUSD, UCLA WP
Session: E11
Room: New Orleans
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: CWP—UCLA WP
Title: Making Sense of MLA: Helping Students to Internalize the Process of Documenting Their Research

Description: Many students struggle to learn the purpose of and format for responsibly documenting their research. In this workshop-style session, participants will use a say/mean/matter protocol to help their students make observations, analyze, and draw conclusions about the elements of a completed MLA works cited page. I will then share follow-up activities that enable students to responsibly incorporate their knowledge into their own research papers.

Presenters: Sheryl Grilione, Teacher, Dinuba USD, SJVWP
Session: E12
Room: Washington
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: CWP—SJVWP
Title: My Lit Space

Description: In this session you will learn how to use a social networking site like MySpace instead of the "old book report." My Lit Space is a great way to teach character analysis and/or novel comprehension. Participants will be taught how to access MySpace and use this safely in the classroom. Using technology to teach writing brings the old book report full circle.

Presenters: Yetkin Yildirim, Vice President of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, UT Austin; Tom Gage/ Professor Emeritus in English, Humboldt State University and Lecturer, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Session: E13
Room: Saddlebrook
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Tolerance & Dialogue in the Global Village

Description: What are the implications for classroom instruction in a time of growing tensions among the world's major faiths and value systems natural resources diminish? One answer from Islam is a movement inspired by Fethullah Gulen, referred to by some as a Muslim Gandhi, a writer and educational reformer who was identified in a 2008 global survey as the number-one thinker among the leading one hundred living intellectuals. This Turkish scholar's writings that advance good will and mutual understanding have inspired a network of nondenominational schools that extends from the Philippines to Brooklyn, a "peer-to-peer"-like network that promotes dialogue and tolerance.

Presenters: Marilyn Reynolds, Author and Reading Specialist; and Kathy Riskin Orihuela, Teacher, Monterey Trail High School, Elk Grove USD
Session: E14
Room: Philadelphia
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Literacy for Life: Reaching the Reading Heart, Engaging the Thinking Brain

Description: Get them Reading! This interactive session will include practical techniques for connecting students with books that are meaningful to them. Metacognitive reading strategies necessary to deepen student understanding of their own learning processes, along with ways to ensure student buy-in and accountability will be provided. Evidence of student growth resulting from the use of such techniques will be shared. A comprehensive list of new and tried and true hit books will be supplied.

Presenters: Joshua Anderson, Teacher, Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach USD; and Tristan Matlock, Teacher, Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach USD
Session: E15
Room: Palm Desert
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Winning Writing: Preparing for Timed Tests

Description: Presenters will cover strategies for the writing portion of various high school exams, including the CAHSEE, SAT/ACT, and AP test. Participants will walk away with practical and effective lesson plans for teaching the in-class essay. Topics include prompts, time management, organization, summary vs. analysis, rubrics, grading, and more.

Presenters: Kim Monnie, Teacher/English Language Arts Specialist, Palm Springs USD
Session: E16
Room: La Jolla
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Using a Lesson Study Model in English Language Arts

Description: The Japanese lesson study model has been traditionally viewed as appropriate for the disciplines of math and science. However, its use in English Language Arts is not only appropriate, but allows English teachers to focus on conceptual elements of their discipline in a novel way. Through the process, teachers collaborate to increase their expertise and ultimately increase student learning and understanding.

Presenters: Tina Orsini, Assistant Professor of English, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York; and Tisha Ulmer, English Instructor, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York
Session: E2
Room: Scottsdale
Level: Univ
Strand: Coll
Title: A Multi-Genre Unit: Writing Ourselves to Civic Engagement

Description: In an attempt to help students in developmental English courses at our two year college, we experimented with a multi-genre unit on homelessness hoping to assist students in developing a stronger kinship with language and moving them beyond formulaic writing and thinking. The unit strives to help students engage and transcend the realities of a qualifying English exam, encouraging them to play with ideas and structures and to see how writing can bring awareness of civic engagement: taking action for change.

Presenters: Phil Bowles, Professor of English, Point Loma Nazarene University
Session: E3 
Room: Denver
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: A Child of the Sixties Decides How to Support the Current Civil Rights Movement

Description: This presenter missed his first opportunity to participate in the Civil Rights Movement of his teen years. Now as a citizen, a layperson at church, and a professor at a church-related university, he is immersed in the critical process of navigating the minefield of participation and leadership on LGBT issues. This is his story, with bibliographies and other resource handouts.

Presenters: Deborah Duffy, Teacher, Guajome Park Academy, Vista, CA
Session: E4 
Room: Dallas
Level: 6 to 8
Strand: US
Title: Using many different types of videos to support your curriculum.

Description: In this session, participants will learn how to support their literature curriculum through the use of different types of videos, including Youtube, movie clips, music videos, and iTunes. Participants will receive ideas as well as samples of different clips and videos for specific literature curriculum. Also, participants will actively participate in portions of a unit that uses different types of videos

Presenters: Tammy Stephens, Doctoral Student, Pepperdine University
Session: E5 
Room: Chicago
Level: All
Strand: Tech
Title: How Media is Changing the Way We Learn

Description: Access to technology has allowed us to engage in a range of new media activities including social networking, blogging, gaming, instant messaging, podcasting, creating videos, and sharing them on the web. These new forms of media allow us to communicate and collaborate in new ways. We will look at what the research says in terms of how people learn differently with the use of these new forms of media.

Presenters: Susan Pangelinan, Teacher, Davis Senior High School, Davis Joint USD
Session: E6
Room: Boston
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: Tech
Title: Travel Beyond: Exceed Writing Standards using Technology and Audience Awareness

Description: Help technology savy students exceed writing standards using audience awareness and current electronic modes in literary projects. Excite them with MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Web projects that use workplace software templates while interfacing with literary study. Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath, The Scarlet Letter, and Macbeth, are just a few of the works used to excite students about writing with audience awareness and technology skills.

Presenters: Shifra Teitelbaum, Director, youTHink/Zimmer Children's Museum; and Erica Ramirez, Teacher, Manual Arts High School, LAUSD
Session: E7
Room: Miami
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: Balancing Our Multiple Identities In and Outside of the Classroom

Description: What are the greatest joys and challenges of teaching? What are the different roles that I am juggling in my life? How do I take care of myself? Through this hands-on art activity and discussion (no talent required), participants will reflect on the multiple identities they juggle in their lives, share strategies for maintaining balance, and connect with other educators.

Presenters: Deidre Harrison, Teacher, Roseland University Prep, Roseland SD; Travis Beall, Teacher, Roseland University Prep, Roseland SD; and Donna Thomas, Teacher, Roseland University Prep, Roseland SD
Session: E8
Room: New York
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: US
Title: Turning Around the Statistics on Low-Income and Latino Students

Description: See how one charter school is taking the road less traveled and triumphing against the grim odds facing Latino and low income students in Sonoma County. This session will profile the statistics, programs, and successful results of Roseland University Prep. After viewing video clips of students and teachers in action and participating in a panel discussion, participants will walk away with specific ideas they can implement in their classroom Monday morning.

Presenters: Galen Shotts, Teacher, Henry J. Kaiser High School, Fontana USD
Session: E9
Room: St. Louis
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Teaching Smarter Without Working Harder

Description: When teachers work together they can serve all students and improve learning. The focus will be on how collaboration helps all students achieve the standards in a school population that is low socioeconomically and has large percentages of ELL and Special Education. Ideas of how colleagues can collaborate within the work day will be shared, as well as how to use the standards to focus teaching and learning.

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Session F – Saturday 4:30 pm



Presenters: Ron Koertge and Sonya Sones
Session: ICW F1
Room: Imperial F
Title: The Author as Octopus

Description: How do writers grab their readers and never let them go. We thought we'd talk about first pages, pace, foreshadowing and anything else that helps us keep a reader's interest. Both of us like to answer questions.

Presenters: Shifra Teitelbaum, Director, youTHink/Zimmer Children's Museum
Session: ICW F2
Room: Imperial E
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: The Road Less Traveled: Candid Conversation with Students

Description: The best conversations are when everyone feels heard. Engage in meaningful, honest conversation with students from local high schools. Students will share what they want teachers to know about education and their experiences as students. Participants and youth will talk and listen, learn from each others' perspectives and find common ground to improve schools and education for everyone. Please join us for a stimulating and refreshing session. Student presenters are involved in youTHink leadership programs.

Presenters: Kim Flachmann, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program
Session: F1
Room: Scottsdale
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: An Expository Reading and Writing Program Update

Description: This session will provide information about the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum for use in 9-12. It will especially provide ways for high school and college instructors to collaborate on their work with this curriculum.

Presenters: Jill Hamilton-Bunch, Associate Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University, Bakersfield
Session: F10
Room: New Orleans
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Organizing Thought to Organize Writing: Promoting Independence in Adolescent Writers

Description: This session examines how secondary teachers may aid their students in generating writing, reflecting on their practice, and becoming members of a community of literacy. The presenter will address the writing process from response to literature to finished product.

Presenters: Dieago Uribe, Teacher, T. Roosevelt Elementary, Compton Unified
Session: F11
Room: Washington
Level: All
Strand: None
Title: How long does it take to attain academic English proficiency?

Description: This presentation will describe a study that examined the length of time it took a recent 13-year old Honduran immigrant to attain academic English proficiency as measured by her districts redesignation criteria. Findings indicate that despite favorable social and academic conditions, the subject of the study attained English proficiency after a period of more than 2 years—longer than the 1 year designated by Proposition 227. This presentation will discuss recommendations based upon this study.

Presenters: Kristin Land, Teacher and Puente Project High School Teacher Trainer and Coordinator; and Annette Gonzales, Teacher, Andrew Hill High School, East Side UHSD
Session: F12
Room: Philadelphia
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Remembering What the Old Folks Said...And Why I Can't Forget: Puente's Approach to Community Inspired Writing

Description: Join Puente Project teachers in using community-based writing assignments to create a rigorous yet inspiring curriculum that honors the diversity of California students and explicitly bridges academic learning to students' inherent funds of knowledge. Participants will engage in a community-based writing unit and reflect on the lasting significance of the wise words spoken by the elders in their communities. They will leave with the unit in hand and with new ideas for further community-based writing assignments that draw upon similar methodologies.

Presenters: Stephanie Etcheveria, Program Coordinator, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
Session: F14
Room: Palm Desert
Level: 3 to 5
Strand: None
Title: Imagine this... Building a strong writing foundation

Description: Imagine this: Get your students thinking and writing creatively! The activities that will be explored in this session will help students take a few words and ideas and turn them into quality short stories. Participants will be introduced to techniques that can be done with students to help build a foundation for strong writing skills while encouraging students to think creatively. Some activities include working with works and writing strong verbs. Free resources for participants!

Presenters: Molly Topf, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley; Jessica Tsuji, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley; Corynn Plumb, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley; and Rachael Byron, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley
Session: F15
Room: La Jolla
Level: 9 to 12
Strand: None
Title: Adapting the NY Writing Workshop Model to teach High School Expository Writing

Description: Too often, students forego voice, creativity, and passion when it comes to producing expository writing assignments. In this session, the presenters will model a series of mini-lessons following the general writing workshop style, but adapted to teach expository writing at the secondary level. Participants will leave with teaching points, writing strategies, prompts, and mentor texts aimed at teaching expository structure while still focusing on student choice, creativity, autonomy, and voice.

Presenters: Teresa Dowell, Teacher, Arleta High School, LAUSD, LAWP
Session: F2 
Room: Dallas
Level: 7 to 12
Strand: CWP—LAWP
Title: The Architecture of Writing

Description: Participants will use the metaphor of finding a path (or a kind of writing) to finding the land (memory, reading material, research, or experience) from which to build their writing. Participants will then become architects with unlimited creative potential while working with the fundamentals that make their buildings sound and able to withstand earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. This metaphor celebrates each participant’s unique path in writing and the discoveries revealed in their writing while taking the road less traveled.

Presenters: Liz Harrington, Teacher, Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel Unified, UCI WP; Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Teacher, Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel Unifeid, UCI WP; Roxanne Smathers, Teacher, Las Flores Middle School, Capistrano USD, UCI WP; and Amanda Burns, Teacher, College Park Elementary School, Newport Mesa USD UCI WP
Session: F3 
Room: Chicago
Level: 5 to 12
Strand: Tech
Title: Getting Your Feet Wet: A 21st Century Literacy Sampler

Description: This session will provide an overview of some of the most important skills teachers need to address in the 21st century, including safe and reliable uses of the Internet for research, online collaboration, netiquette, and more. Participants will learn the basics of podcasting, threaded discussion, and blogging.
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