Speakers


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KATE ROBERTS

Kate Roberts is a national literacy consultant, top-selling author, and popular keynote speaker. She taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in 2005, where she worked as a Lead Staff Developer for 11 years. Kate is the co-author (with Christopher Lehman) of the popular Falling in Love with Close Reading, and of DIY Literacy (with Maggie Beattie Roberts), along with two Heinemann Unit of Study books on Literary Essay. Her work with students across the country has led to her belief that all kids can be insightful, academic thinkers when the work is demystified, broken down and made engaging. To this end, Kate has worked nationally and internationally to help teachers, schools, and districts develop and implement strong teaching practices and curriculum. Her blog, indent, is a touchstone for hundreds of teachers and she uses social media, particularly Twitter (@teachkate), to help build community and solve problems among her educator peers.


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MAGGIE BEATTIE ROBERTS

Maggie Beattie Roberts began her teaching career in the heart of Chicago and then pursued graduate studies as a Literacy Specialist at Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked as a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for nearly ten years, where she led research and development in digital and media literacy, as well as differentiated methods of teaching. Maggie is currently a national literacy consultant, author and frequent presenter at national conferences. She is committed to helping teachers tap into the power of their own deep engagement in reading and writing, and leads school-wide staff development around the country. She is co-author of the popular new book, DIY Literacy (with Kate Roberts), and authored several Heinemann Unit of Study books on the teaching of writing.


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COLLEEN CRUZ

In addition to writing the recently published The Unstoppable Writing Teacher, I am the author of several other titles for teachers, including Independent Writing and A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers, as well as the author of the young adult novel Border Crossing, a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Finalist. I was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where I am a Senior Lead Staff Developer. I currently support schools, teachers and their students nationally and internationally as a literacy consultant.

When I’m not writing or teaching I am reading, traveling, or attempting to sleep. I live with my partner, and our two young children in Brooklyn, New York.


Schedule


ReGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

7:30 — 8:30


WELCOME & KEYNOTE

8:30 — 9:45


session 1

10 — 11

Text Familiarity - From Frog & Toad to The Giver: How Fiction Increases in Complexity
Kate Roberts

In this workshop, participants will explore the different ways fiction increases in complexity. This progression of text complexity will offer participants a variety ways to reach and teach their students when reading fiction. Participants will leave this session with practical information they can teach anytime they work with fiction in their classrooms.


Methods - Conversations with Kids: Powerful Ways to Confer with Readers and Move Them Forward
Maggie Beattie Roberts

In this session, participants will study a variety of ways to lead powerful conferences with their students. Participants will aim to teach the reader, not just the book. Ranging from reading practices to text characteristics to reading skills, participants will study a range of ways to boost students’ reading to their next level. This session will also dive into the methods of powerful conferring.


Because Writers are Readers: Using Writing Skills to Lift Hard-to Teach Reading Skills
Colleen Cruz

Teachers are used to studying reading and writing reciprocity beginning with reading work. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to discover ways that writing can catapult students into deeper reading comprehension when explicitly taught how to make those connections. Specific strategies, texts and methods will be offered as well as an opportunity to study student work samples and experience lessons first-hand.


session 2

11:15 — 12:15

Text Familiarity - Elements of Nonfiction: Examining the Complexity of Nonfiction
Kate Roberts

In this workshop, participants will explore the different ways nonfiction increases in complexity. This progression of text complexity will offer participants a variety ways to reach and teach their students when reading nonfiction. Participants will leave this session with practical information they can teach anytime they work with nonfiction in their classrooms.


Methods –  High-Leverage Methods for Powerful and Effective Whole Class Teaching
Maggie Beattie Roberts

In this session, participants will study a range of high-leverage methods for powerful and effective whole class teaching. Teachers will explore a variety of teaching methods from mini-lessons to instructional read aloud, from dramatic storytelling to mini-lectures, from shared reading to shared writing. This workshops aims to pair different teaching methods with desired outcomes for learning to maximize the effectiveness of whole class teaching.


Mentor Texts: Sometimes Stealing Can Be Good
Colleen Cruz

In this session, participants will be reminded of the power of mentorship when it comes to inspiring writers and raising the quality of their writing. The workshop will begin by discussing the long history of mentor texts and practical ways to teach students how to independently access them to as to inspire and improve writing. Participants will then get an opportunity to explore several new mentor texts, as well as find hidden treasure in familiar texts. Additionally, participants will develop a protocol for finding mentor texts of their own.


LUNCH WITH LIGHTSAIL

12:30 — 1:30


session 3

1:45 — 2:45

Supporting Readers: What Primary Teachers Know that Can Support Older Readers
Kate Roberts

In this workshop, participants will focus on older students who may encounter difficulty while reading. By tapping into what primary teachers know about the lower levels of text complexity, participants will explore ways to unlock reading difficulties their students encounter. This session is a crash course in lower levels of text complexity.


Reaching All of Our Kids: Small Group Instruction
Maggie Beattie Roberts 

In this session, participants will learn multiple ways to pull and teach effective small groups of students. Leaning on a variety of teaching methods, participants will discuss and practice different ways to coach students in small group settings. This session guides teachers to lean on data in efficient ways to orchestrate the most effective groups of students.


Writing about Reading: Crafting Authentic Responses that Don't Kill the Love of Reading
Colleen Cruz

Many educators struggle with balancing a thriving reading classrooms where students read with volume, comprehension and pleasure while simultaneously balancing the demands of rigor and accountability. Many of us have turned to asking students to write frequently about their reading in order to meet all of those demands. However, we often find the work backfires. In this session, participants will explore ways to make student written responses authentic and energizing. Participants will explore a variety of tools, texts, methods and strategies for making writing about reading not only palatable but something students are clamoring to do.


closing

2:45 — 3:30

 

NYC

OCT 20, 2017  |  8:30AM - 3:30PM
ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

 

CHI

NOV 3, 2017  |  8:30AM - 3:30PM
NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY