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FANTASYLAND HOTEL, EDMONTON, AB  •  November 1-3, 2018

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Literacy [clear filter]
Friday, November 2
 

10:45am MDT

Fall in Love with Phonemic Awareness
In this session, participants will discover the key instructional practices needed to solve the biggest reading problems early. Set the stage for lifelong success in reading!

Did you know that more than 25% of our nation's children are demonstrating significant difficulties in learning to read? Often, one of the underlying factors is lack of Phonemic Awareness. There are many reasons to fall in Love with Phonemic Awareness; #1 being setting the stage for lifelong success in reading. Discovering key instructional practices needed to solve the biggest reading problems early is the intent of this interactive and motivational workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Learning Network Education Services


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
Ballroom A

10:45am MDT

How Can Teachers Foster a Love of Reading?
Teachers have always known the value of reading aloud to their students. During this time, we not only bond with students, inform or explain, entertain, arouse curiosity, and inspire, but we also build vocabulary, help the child to associate reading with pleasure, create background knowledge, and provide a reading role model. The Canadian Kids and Family Reading Report suggests parents understand the importance of reading and its lasting effects on children. But, the study shows that the frequency of reading at home drops off after age 5, and continues to decline with age. Still, children of all ages and genders cited wanting to include reading at home as a regular activity. As teachers, we can work with parents to encourage reading aloud at home right into the teen years.  42% of children surveyed said they also wished they could do more independent reading at school. Few children read for an hour or more during independent reading time and more than half (52%) read for less than 20 minutes. 
In this session, teachers will learn more about the research around family reading in Canada, and will discover ways to support parents and caregivers with reading at home. Participants will explore these issues: What can be done to extend reading aloud beyond the primary years? How can parents and teachers make reading more pleasurable? How can we ensure that students have more time to read independently? How can we empower students in making choices for their own reading? How does reading and language development help students become successful, 21st century citizens? 

Speakers
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Wendy Legaarden

Scholastic Education
Wendy Legaarden has worked as a classroom teacher,administrator, and literacy consultant for over 35 years. Wendy believes that a balancedapproach to literacy instruction is the best way to offer a full range of authentic experiences thataddress students’ literacy learning needs... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
Ballroom B

10:45am MDT

So Many Letters! So Many Phonics Rules, So Many Sight Words! How to Use Brain Science as a Road Map to "Fast-Track" Letter Sound & Phonics Skill Mastery
Did you know that the brain has a “backdoor” for learning that can be easily hacked into? Good magicians know this and take full advantage of it, as can great teachers! Discover how to target instruction to the social-emotional learning networks and transform hard letter sound and phonics skills into child's play! Harness the power of what’s “used together becoming fused together” in the brain, and activate backdoor learning channels that provide beginning learners with "warp-speed" access to the tools they need to read and write! Uncover learning loopholes rooted in today’s brain science and take away multi-sensory ”brain-changing” teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Marenem, Inc.
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in elementary classrooms across the US, and... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
Ballroom E

1:15pm MDT

Oral Language - Kindergarten to Grade 3
Oral language is foundational for students’ success in reading and writing. Carefully planned oral language experiences can enrich and expand young learners’ skills. This interactive session will highlight powerful strategies and playful materials that: promote oral participation, conversations, and discussions; enhance vocabulary acquisition, and expand students’ communication skills.  

Speakers
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Elva Jones

Scholastic Education
Elva Jones is a retired Reading Specialist who worked for many years in ESPB. Shehas trained teachers in all areas of language arts. In her last five years before retirement, she worked intensively with teachers in grades K–6, teaching and coaching them in using the best practices... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom B

1:15pm MDT

So Many Letters, So Many Phonics Rules, So Many Sight Words! How to Use Brain Science as a Road Map to "Fast Track" Letter Sound & Phonics Skill Mastery (repeat session)
Did you know that the brain has a “backdoor” for learning that can be easily hacked into? Good magicians know this and take full advantage of it, as can great teachers! Discover how to target instruction to the social-emotional learning networks and transform hard letter sound and phonics skills into child's play! Harness the power of what’s “used together becoming fused together” in the brain, and activate backdoor learning channels that provide beginning learners with "warp-speed" access to the tools they need to read and write! Uncover learning loopholes rooted in today’s brain science and take away multi-sensory ”brain-changing” teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Marenem, Inc.
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in elementary classrooms across the US, and... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom E

1:15pm MDT

The Foundations of Literacy: What do I need to consider when building my literacy program with a focus on reading? (Part A)
Are you new to kindergarten or division I? Have you asked yourself: How do I know that my students are building a strong literacy foundation? This session will look at the BIG 6 foundational pieces in early reading instruction: concepts of print, phonological awareness, word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. These 6 pieces make up the critical elements of a literacy program leading to the development of strong readers and writers.  We will work together to understand each of these foundational pieces, discuss best practices that support the development of these skills, and examine the continuum of learning for each.  You will take away an enhanced understanding of the type of activities that need to be incorporated into every literacy program, with some great activities that can be used Monday morning.

Speakers
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Miriam Ramzy

PhD Candidate in Language and Literacy, University of Calgary
Miriam Ramzy is a PhD Candidate with the Werklund School of Education, in Literacyand Learning. The focus of her education, teaching practice, and professionaldevelopment endeavours, has been on early learning and literacy education. Herdoctoral work focuses on early literacy learning... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom D

1:15pm MDT

Word Study at Its Best
In this session, participants will practice numerous ways to manipulate and play with words. Participants will increase their resource book with some of the best word study activities out there.

Word Study is based on Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary. Once students realize how words work, they are on the way to becoming fully literate individuals. To become proficient in words, students need multiple opportunities to examine and play with words in different contexts.  In this Word Study session, participants will practice numerous ways to manipulate and play with words with the goal of increasing student's understanding and appreciation of the purpose of words.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Learning Network Education Services


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom A

3:00pm MDT

The Foundations of Literacy: What do I need to consider when building my literacy program with a focus on writing? (Part B)
Recent EDI data show that more of our students are entering school without the prerequisite skills needed for early literacy learning. What does this mean for Kindergarten and Grade One writing instruction? This session begins by exploring best practices that support pre-literacy and pre-writing understandings, including the role of cutting, painting, directionality, and fine-motor control.  We will then look at the BIG 5 foundational components necessary in early writing instruction: handwriting, phonics, planning, simple text structures, and vocabulary. Building a better understanding of each of these foundational pieces, we will examine how each component develops on the learning continuum.  Finally, we will explore best practices that support the development of each of these areas. Participants will leave with an enhanced understanding of how to support the writing development of their diverse learners: from those students who have barely held a pencil to those who are ready to start their first book!  

Speakers
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Miriam Ramzy

PhD Candidate in Language and Literacy, University of Calgary
Miriam Ramzy is a PhD Candidate with the Werklund School of Education, in Literacyand Learning. The focus of her education, teaching practice, and professionaldevelopment endeavours, has been on early learning and literacy education. Herdoctoral work focuses on early literacy learning... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm MDT
Ballroom D
 
Saturday, November 3
 

10:45am MDT

Books to Inspire
In this session we will share new as well as ‘tried and true’ books that will provide a rich context for curiosity and discovery.

Speakers
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Lori Bosworth

Teacher
Together Lisa and Lori have a combined teaching experience of over 45 years!  They have worked with students at every level in Kindergarten through Grade 7. They both share a passion for instilling a love of reading and learning for all!
avatar for Lisa Hauk-Meeker

Lisa Hauk-Meeker

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
Ballroom E

10:45am MDT

Using Best Practices to Teach Writing
Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students who struggle with learning disorders, executive function challenges and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. This session will outline a six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum. The speaker will also walk participants through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan. This structured writing procedure helps students develop the foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. It is based upon metacognitive strategies and the four best practices for teaching elementary education highlighted by a meta-analysis conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012). 

Speakers
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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 November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
Room 12