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Session 1 | Sequoia B | Dr. Stephanie Stollar
An interactive, hands-on training to gain understanding of specific hand-eye coordination skills that are integral to development of pre-writing and writing skills. Continue Reading Tier 1 Instruction is Risk Reduction
Session 1 | Sequoia A | Rose Buchner
We will explore the importance of explicit instruction of early transcription skills (handwriting, keyboarding, and spelling). Connections with the Writing Rope and the Simple View of Writing will be made, and activities/tools of the trade will be shared. Continue Reading Early Transcription Skills
Session 1 | Annex | Agustín Amaro & Erisan Villafaña Torres
We will have an interactive session with participants related to three essential areas for language learning and literacy of all multilingual learners; interacting in meaningful ways, learning about how English works, and developing foundational literacy skills. Continue Reading Literacy and Multilingual Learners
Session 1 | ERC | Gloria Topolewski
Children’s experiences with being read to plays a critical role in their early language and literacy development. The Dialogic Reading approach is an interactive, developmentally informed approach that engages children by making the most of their natural tendency to learn best from active participation. Continue Reading Dialogic Reading – An Interactive Approach for Read Alouds
Session 2 | Sequoia A | Dr. AmyK Conley
California has passed a mandatory screening law for dyslexia for grades K-2 starting in 2025-2026. This session will discuss possible screeners, interventions, and local needs to meet this mandate. Continue Reading Dyslexia Screening and Interventions
Session 2 | Annex | Yavanna Reynolds
Poetry is an amazing tool as an introduction to more creative styles of writing, while also giving students a way to express their ideas, feelings, and culture in a unique, personal way. My hope is to encourage educators to try incorporating more poetry into their curriculum as a way to provide a welcoming and supportive environment. Continue Reading Poetry and Inclusion: How Poetry Can Help Students Feel Seen, Heard, and Successful as Writers and Lifelong Learners
Session 2 | Redwood | Jen Code
Familiarizing students with environmental topics through meaningful texts and imagery allows them to deepen their connection to the world. Techniques in the classroom for social emotional learning, written expression, art and collaborative discussions will be shared. Continue Reading Building Connections: Environmental Literacy and Social Emotional Learning
Session 3 | Sequoia B | Tara Kajtaniak & Stephanie Strasser
Become an environmental superhero with your students in the ELA classroom and beyond. Incorporate best literacy practices to build background knowledge, vocabulary, and metacognitive skills while shaping environmentally conscious students.
Continue Reading The Union of Environmental Literacy & A Literacy Rich Classroom Environment
Session 3 | Sequoia A | Dr. AmyK Conley
Even very young children benefit from independent reading. Teaching writing craft using independent reading as a mentor text allows choice in reading and direct instruction in writing. Continue Reading Using Independent Reading as Mentor Texts
Session 3 | Annex | Maira Rodriguez
Explore the science behind orthographic mapping and how to effectively teach spelling to all students. This hands on session will have you feeling reading to apply these strategies with any spelling/reading program your district has adopted. Continue Reading Let’s Map It!
Session 3 | ERC | Jan Paulus
This presentation will explore facts and myths about dyslexia as well considering the neuroscience related to the different types of dyslexia. Early indicators of the possibility of dyslexia will be discussed. Continue Reading Dyslexia: What is it? What isn’t it? What to do about it?
Session 4 | Sequoia A | Debra Burstiner
An interactive, hands-on training to gain understanding of specific hand-eye coordination skills that are integral to development of pre-writing and writing skills. Continue Reading Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting Development for Early Literacy
Session 4 | Annex | Karla Tice
Explore the insights of the Science of Reading on Word Recognition in this presentation designed for educators. Delve into the research surrounding struggling readers and gain a comprehensive understanding of how to best support students across diverse grade levels. Continue Reading Decoding Excellence: Fostering Word Recognition Proficiency Across Grade Levels
Session 4 | Redwood | Kristina Darby
We will be looking at research to solidify our understanding of why it is important to write when you are learning to read. How much? How often? And why? These will all be questions we will look to answer during this seminar. Continue Reading Writing for Reading Success
Session 4 | ERC | Heidi Conzelmann
Vocabulary plays an important role in students’ comprehension of complex texts, in their language development, and in their writing. Today, we will engage in activities using morphology and gradience to enrich and expand students’ vocabulary. Continue Reading So Many Words, So Little Time: Expanding Vocabulary to Enhance Writing