Kwame Alexander joins PLL for a day to explore motivation, engagement, and choice for students. As part of this day, Katherine Paterson and Laban Carrick Hill, and Elise Guyette will join Kwame on a panel to answer questions from participants and each other about how the power of literature and stories enrich students’ understanding of the diversity of our citizenry, and the role literacy plays in building engaged, critical thinkers. In the afternoon, teachers can select from a menu of breakout sessions offered by Vermont’s own educators and literacy experts. This is sure to be one of the best professional learning sessions of the year!!
DATE: December 7, 2017
PRESENTER: Kwame Alexander, Keynote
LOCATION: The Essex Resort and Spa
COST: $175 or $450 for a team of 3 (Continental breakfast and lunch included)
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 25 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children. His newest release, SOLO, a young-adult novel in verse co-authored with Mary Rand Hess is a New York Times bestseller. He is also the first recipient of the Pat Conroy Legacy Award, which recognizes writers whose books have had a lasting impact on their literary community. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his writing and publishing program. Kwame also travels the world planting seeds of literary love and co-founded LEAPforGhana.org, an International literacy program. He lives in Virginia. Visit him at kwamealexander.com
During his lively keynote address, Kwame will discuss how to teachers can work to get young people excited about language and literature. He will share his story and teach educators the necessary steps and leaps needed to engage their students in the writerly life.
- Sometimes you’ve got to let kids choose the rides
- Help all children find their voice — and shine
- The role of pleasure in learning isn’t incidental, it’s essential
- Poetry is the gateway to the richest, most powerful reading and writing experiences imaginable—for kids of all ages
- All it takes is one “YES” — don’t let the NOs in life define you
Rethink, Reimagine, and Reinvent Adolescent Literacy! with Lisa Driver
Set the stage with innovative practices that will cultivate literacy in your classroom. In this workshop, participants will be challenged to rethink teaching adolescent literacy skills. The focus will be to reimagine how adolescent literacy skills intersect with 21st century skills. Participants will engage in practical and innovative activities that will help them reinvent literacy practices in the classroom.
Boys, Books and Writing with Cyndi Piro
This mini strand will present books and explore strategies to encourage written responses using different genres of literature. We will focus on topics that engage boys in the process of reading and writing. Grades 1-3
For the Joy of Writing! Fostering Writing Engagement Through “Low-Stakes” Writing with Rebecca Cardone
In Ralph Fletcher’s book, Joy Write, he asserts “low-stakes writing is important because it builds muscles that strengthen other kinds of writing.” According to Fletcher, K-6 teachers have a “rare opportunity to instill positive attitudes towards writing and reading.” He asks, “are we taking advantage of that sweet spot, or are we squandering the opportunity?” In this session, participants will learn about and try out different types of low-stakes writing, as well explore the answer to that question for themselves.
Literacy Engagement and Equity in a PBL World with Audrey Richardson
21st Century literacy skills start with student engagement and as students bring various levels of engagement to the classroom, educators are called to use new methods to motivate student learning. In this session, we will discuss successful strategies that engage all learners and also help create equity in a PBL classroom.
Fostering Conversations about Identity, Bias, and Privilege using YA Literature with Kathleen Brinegar & Alysia Backman
Participants in this workshop will engage in dialogue around cultural responsive teaching as a framework for engaging adolescents in exploring issues around identity, bias, and privilege. Participants will actively engage in classroom-ready strategies using literature and other short texts that foster challenging, but relevant, conversations centered on equity as a means for exploring who we are and how that positions us to understand and connect with others.