Spring Conference


Vermont Council on Reading

2017 Spring Conference with:  Chris Lehman

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sheraton Burlington Hotel, South Burlington, VT

Schedule for the Day

8:00 – 8:45  Registration/Continental Breakfast/Book Exhibits

8:45 – 9:00  Welcome and General Information

9:00 – 10:30  Keynote – Chris Lehman

10:30 – 11:00  Book Exhibit Break

11:00 -12:30  Breakout Sessions

12:30 -1:30  Luncheon/Award Presentation/Raffle

1:30 – 3:00  Keynote – Chris Lehman

Breakout Sessions
1. An Informal Conversation with Chris Lehman
2. Teaching Robust Vocabulary Janna Osman, Vice President for Advanced Studies at the Stern Center  

Vocabulary is critical to reading comprehension and allows writers to use more “complex and exact ways of talking about the world” (Stahl, 1999). Struggling readers and writers often have vocabulary deficits which require robust and explicit vocabulary instruction. This session will review Isabel Back, Margaret McKeown, and Linda Kucan’s research on Tier I, II, and III vocabulary. Come ready to play with words!
3. Developing Higher Order Thinking Literacy Skills with Video, grades 6-12 Michael RobbGrieco, Director of Curriculum and Technology, Windham Southwest SU

Adolescent learners (6-12) use higher order thinking skills to apply their knowledge, analyze techniques, evaluate representations, and create their own messages in popular culture texts outside of school for hours everyday. However, many struggle to use these literacy skills in academic work. They need you, secondary literacy teachers, to help build a two-way bridge between their informal literacies and academic literacy. In this workshop, teachers will engage in media literacy approaches to video analysis and discussion, which allow students to build bridges between their informal communication practices and academic success in textual analysis, evaluation, and creation. When the connection is made explicit between traditional deep reading and “reading” video, struggling readers benefit from bypassing decoding issues to practice often-neglected higher order thinking skills. Average and advanced readers benefit from this connection as they gain practice in applying their success with traditional literacy to video and other media in their lives outside of school. Teachers attending this workshop will learn techniques for framing questions for video analysis and for facilitating discussion of video as a transferable literacy practice. We will apply these techniques through hands-on practice with using video annotation and comment threads in YouTube Creator Studio, a feature available to anyone with a free Google account. Attendees must bring an Internet-ready device. Attendees are encouraged to prepare for the workshop by establishing a YouTube channel (1 min), gathering links to a few short videos that you may use in class (which you will annotate with framing questions), and explore YouTube creator studio (esp. annotation features).
4. Poetry: Inspiration and Mentor Texts for K-5 Beth Moore, Literacy Coach, CESU-MMMUSD, Coauthor of the Units of Study for Teaching Reading and Units of Study for Writing series and Two Writing Teachers Coauthor   

Just in time for National Poetry Month, this engaging workshop will inspire you to bring poetry into your writing workshop. You’ll practice tried-and-true strategies for sparking poetry ideas for all ages, and study engaging mentor texts that bring beauty and meaning to your daily teaching. The workshop will include hands on practice of strategies that you can take back to your classroom the next day. Whether you are new to writing workshop, or have many years of workshop teaching experience, you are sure to leave with a few new ideas.
5. Rethink, Reimagine, Reinvent: Using 21st Century Adolescent Literacy Skills to Transform Student Learning Across Disciplines Alysia Backman, Literacy Coach S. Burlington High School and Lisa Driver, Literacy Coordinator, Georgia Middle School  

In our ever changing and dynamic world, how do we rethink teaching literacy skills to meet the needs of our adolescent learners across the disciplines? In this workshop, participants begin to reimagine how adolescent literacy skills intersect with 21st century skills to enhance students’ abilities to construct knowledge within the disciplines. Participants will engage in practical and innovative activities that will help them reinvent literacy practices in the classroom.
6.  Developing Powerful Writers  Karen Devereux, Literacy Coach and Interventionist, Barton Graded School

Self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) is a writing strategies instruction approach that has been proven to help students, especially those who struggle to become better writers.  In this session you will get an overview of SRSD and hear how it has been used to improve the writing and

reading comprehension of students in the elementary grades, all while positively impacting their motivation and attitudes toward writing! Whether you are interested in improving your instruction of narrative, informational or opinion writing, come learn where you can find the research supporting SRSD, free SRSD resources and information on ways to learn more.
7. Creating a Word Conscious Classroom Eizabeth Siracusa, Fourth Grade Teacher, Thomas Fleming School

As literacy teachers it is our mission for students to become more conscious of the words around them. So, how do we create an environment in the classroom to allow our readers and writers to become more aware and engaged in new vocabulary learning each and every day? In this workshop, participants will learn how to incorporate Tier II vocabulary word learning into their morning meeting, interactive read alouds, and reading and writing workshops. They will learn how to help support children to increase their vocabulary acquisition and transfer new words learned into their conversations about literature. Elizabeth, the author of the blog, Vocabulicious, will demonstrate how this work can be incorporated into existing workshop models for a low investment, but with a high return rate. After conducting intensive research, she has learned ways to make sure new words you teach really stick! Participants will leave with new ideas for vocabulary activities and games they can bring back to their classroom and use instantly. This workshop will be beneficial for upper elementary teachers, special educators and librarians  (grades 3-6)
8. Building Literacy Classrooms of Agency, Independence & Joy  Christine Hertz, Shelburne Community School, co-author Mindset for Learning

It is every literacy teacher’s goal for their students to become “lifelong readers and writers.” The question, then, is how do we cultivate conditions in the classroom to allow that vision of an engaged, joyful reader and writer to become reality, while still meeting rigorous benchmarks and standards? In this strand, participants will learn how to lean on mindset traits such as persistence, empathy, optimism, resilience and flexibility to help support children as they take on new work with joy and challenges with determination in reading and writing workshops.

2017 Vermont Council on Reading Spring Conference Registration 

Registration Option 1:

Register on-line with a credit card HERE!

Registration Option 2:

Mail your check or purchase order with this form:  2017-vcr-spring-conference_flyer-final to:

Dr. Juliet Halladay, Past President, Vermont Council on Reading

Education Department, 530 Waterman Building

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT 05405

Reduced rooms available at the Sheraton – follow this link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/vermontcouncilonreading2017  or call 1-800-325-3535 and mention Vermont Council on Reading Room Block.