DATE: October 23, 2017
LOCATION: The Essex Resort and Spa
COST: $175 or $450/team of 3. Includes continental breakfast and lunch
Join us for PLL’s inaugural event! We kick of our new organization with a day of wonderful discussions around texts, starting off with Vermont READS Book of the Year author Jacqueline Woodson. Afterwards, teachers and educators can select from a menu of break out strands led by amazing Vermont educators. A closing reception will launch and celebrate Partnerships for Literacy&Learning.
Jacqueline Woodson discusses her lifelong journey as a writer with humor and poise, revealing her own writing process and where she finds inspiration. As she reads passages from her diverse body of work, this rousing, interactive talk motivates Woodson’s audiences—from students to educators to book lovers—to read, write, revise, and read some more.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. She is also the author of New York Times bestselling novel Another Brooklyn (Harper/Amistad), which was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist and Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years. In 2015, Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. www.jacquelinewoodson.com
Break Out Sessions (Participants select 2)
Novels: Read-alouds that Build Community and Teach Essential Skills – Hilary Kissell
This session will explore the power of language-rich, complex novels used as read-alouds to build and strengthen classroom community and teach critical reading skills as students grapple with longer, more complicated texts. Gr 3-5
The 8 Practices of a Great Reader – Melinda Robinson
What are the 8 Practices of a Great Reader? I have put together my 8 Practices and this breakout session will discuss and debate these practices. We will explore what impact there would be on a classroom if we focused on these practices. We will look at lessons and routines that would help to build a better reader. Gr 2-8
Knee to Knee, Eye to Eye: Discourse in the Classroom – Gayle Moskowitz
In this session, we will view a student led book discussion and analyze it for next steps in both comprehension and discussion moves. We will also review the process that took place to get this group to an independent level. Gr K-12
21st Century Text and the Adolescent Reader – Maggie Eaton
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of making complex, meaningful text engaging and relevant to 21st century adolescent readers. Emphasis will be on participant reflection, collaboration and identifying successful classroom strategies. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet.
Strategies and Books that Build a Boy Friendly Learning Environment – Cyndi Piro
This workshop will present books and strategies to encourage literacy engagement geared mostly around boys. Participants will get ideas for improving literacy practices that will engage boys in reading and writing. Gr. 1-3
Utilizing Reading Conferences to Individualize Instruction and Make Texts Meaningful – Jennifer Childress
Differentiating reading workshop starts with individual conferences, but sometimes those conferences can feel overwhelming and hard to manage. This workshop will examine elements of a well balanced reading conference including choosing strong teaching points, asking more demanding questions, managing data, and moving students along the learning continuum in a personalized method. Gr. 4-12
Looking into & Reflecting on Brown Girl Dreaming – Katherine Quimby Johnson