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    Standards 2017 Cochairs Share Their Can’t-Miss Sessions at ILA 2018 (Continued)

    By Alina O'Donnell
     | Jun 22, 2018

    Standards-Related Sessions ContinuedSeveral sessions at the ILA 2018 Conference, taking place in Austin, TX, July 20–23, tie to Standards 2017 in terms of its topics or roles. In this three-part blog series, Standards 2017 project cochairs Rita M. Bean, University of Pittsburgh, PA, and Diane E. Kern, University of Rhode Island, identify sessions you don’t want to miss:

    Add these Saturday offerings to your schedule*:

    • Meet the Standards 2017 Lead Writers for a Q & A: At this presentation, members of the revision committee will provide an overview of Standards 2017, explain how the revision effort was conducted, highlight important new changes, and answer questions.
    • Conversations From the Field on Impact of Literacy Learning: In a generative panel discussion format, literacy leaders (principals, coaches, teachers, and teacher educators) will address the roles of Foundational Knowledge and Curriculum and Instruction (Standards 2017 topics) in building teacher writing capacity and positively impacting student outcomes.
    • ILA 2017 Standards: Preparing Effective Classroom Literacy Teachers: Presenters (Standards 2017 cochairs and members of the writing team) will discuss the new standards and their potential for influencing teacher preparation. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with presenters.
    • Bridging Theory and Practice Through Service Learning in an Early Literacy Classroom: This session will walk the audience through a semester-long journey of literacy tutoring in an urban public school by students taking early literacy teaching methods course. The students kept blogs to reflect on their teaching and learning, which will guide a discussion around Professional Learning and Leadership (a Standards 2017 topic).
    • Disturbing the Universe: Creating a New Normal in the High School English Classroom: Led by a high school classroom teacher (a Standards 2017 role), this session will explore a different model of English class, a model centered on authentic engagement of all students. Attendees will leave energized with activities, student-centered reading and writing structures, and book ideas to help align their Curriculum and Instruction (a Standards 2017 topic) with their individual students or with the classroom community.
    • Virtual Literacy Coaching: Tools and Possibilities: Designed for literacy coaches (a Standards 2017 role), this session will explore Practicum/Clinical Experiences (a Standards 2017 topic) for candidates, including ideas about virtual literacy coaching with technology and digital tools. Participants will explore how to invite coaches into a coaching partnership, give lesson feedback through video tools and interactive documents, create coaching tool kits, and provide personalized professional development to teachers. Attendees should bring a mobile device and plan to engage with multiple digital tools that can enhance their literacy coaching.
    • ILA Certificate of Distinction for Literacy Professional Preparation: The ILA Certificate of Distinction (CoD) is awarded to undergraduate and graduate programs that meet specific levels of excellence tied to Standards 2017. The initial focus will be on programs preparing reading/literacy specialists. After an overview of the application and review process, there will be opportunities for Q & A.
    • Teaching Speaking: Developing the Most Important Language Art: Merging Foundational Knowledge and Curriculum and Instruction (Standards 2017 topics), this session will deliver a practical, multiple-trait framework for understanding and teaching the skills involved in oral communication. Attendees will leave with effective lessons, activities, and rubrics.

    Don’t miss Bean and Kern’s workshop, ILA/CAEP Reading/Literacy Specialist Program Writers and Reviewers. Alongside researchers, teacher educators, and CAEP representatives, they’ll provide an overview of standards and the key changes; review model assessments, rubrics, and scoring guides; and share the most recent developments from CAEP. Attendees are encouraged to bring sample assessments and questions. Individual 30-minute consultations will be available.

    *Please note
    : Both Institute Day and the ILA/CAEP Workshop require an additional fee and are not included in the cost of registration for Core Conference.

    Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017 
    is available here.

    Alina O'Donnell is the communications strategist at ILA and the editor of Literacy Daily.

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    Standards 2017 Cochairs Share Their Can’t-Miss Sessions at ILA 2018

    By Alina O'Donnell
     | Jun 14, 2018
    Standards-related sessions

    Last month, ILA unveiled Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017 (Standards 2017), the first-ever set of national standards guiding the preparation of literacy professionals. Developed by literacy experts across the United States, Standards 2017 establishes criteria for literacy professional preparation programs across the country anddescribes what candidates for the literacy profession should know and be able to do in professional settings.

    Several sessions at the ILA 2018 Conference, taking place in Austin, TX, July 20–23, tie to Standards 2017 in terms of its topics or roles. In this three-part blog series, Standards 2017 project cochairs Rita M. Bean, University of Pittsburgh, PA, and Diane E. Kern, University of Rhode Island, identify sessions you don’t want to miss:

    Add these Friday offerings to your schedule*:

    Don’t miss Bean and Kern’s workshop, ILA/CAEP Reading/Literacy Specialist Program Writers and Reviewers. Alongside researchers, teacher educators, and CAEP representatives, they’ll provide an overview of standards and the key changes; review model assessments, rubrics, and scoring guides; and share the most recent developments from CAEP. Attendees are encouraged to bring sample assessments and questions. Individual 30-minute consultations will be available.

    *Please note: Both Institute Day and the ILA/CAEP Workshop require an additional fee and are not included in the cost of registration for Core Conference.

    Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017
    is available here.

    Alina O'Donnell is the communications strategist at ILA and the editor of Literacy Daily.

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    Five Reasons You Should Attend Institute Day at ILA 2018

    By Alina O'Donnell
     | Jun 13, 2018

    Institute DayEach year, the ILA conference kicks off with a slate of preconference institutes. Available for one-day standalone registration or as an addition to Core Conference, Institute Day provides the perfect option for educators who want to take a deep dive into a specific topic of interest. With 10 unique offerings geared toward varying experience, roles, and levels, there’s truly something for everyone.

    Here are five things you’ll miss if you skip Institute Day at ILA 2018:

    Read more about available institutes in the iPlanner, and register here.

    Alina O’Donnell is the communications strategist at ILA and the editor of Literacy Daily.

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    Get to Know the ILA 2018 Equity in Education Program Panelists

    By Alina O'Donnell
     | Jun 07, 2018
    Eliza Byard

    National Pride Month is celebrated every June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots—the unofficial beginning of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. It’s a time to take stock of accomplishments, celebrate progress, and promote acceptance.

    But it’s also a time to recognize the work that remains to be done toward LGBTQ equity, including the education space.

    That’s the focus of this year’s Equity in Education Program at the ILA 2018 Conference, which takes place July 20–23 in Austin, TX.

    The program begins with Literacy and Our LGBTQ Students: Starting and Sustaining Schoolwide Transformation, which features a short keynote by Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The nation’s largest advocacy group focused entirely on K–12 education, GLSEN uses curricula, books and other campus-wide programs and initiatives to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive schools for all.

    Byard will also lead a conversation on literacy’s role in ensuring educational equity for our LGBTQ students. Panelists are Kris De Pedro, assistant professor at the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University; Amy Fabrikant, staff developer at the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility; Courtney Farrell, founder of the Journey Project; Jessica Lifschitz, Heinemann Scholar and fourth-grade teacher; Kate Roberts, author and literacy consultant; and Tim’m West, managing director of the LGBTQ Community Initiative at Teach for America. 

    Here are seven things you should know about them.

    • They’re not all teachers. Supporting LGBTQ students is the responsibility of everyone in the school community. That’s why this year’s panel includes a cross-sector of researchers, advocates, authors, literacy coaches, staff developers, and more.
    • They’re not all LGBTQ-identifying. Fabrikant wrote When Kayla Was Kayla about her own experiences with the daily challenges faced by transgender students in elementary school while Farrell was inspired by her work as a literacy specialist and by her own transgender child’s transition in 2016. Panelists will bring their unique identities and experiences to explore LGBTQ challenges in literacy education from a variety of vantage points.
    • They’re digital dynamos. This year’s panelists are skilled in the art of media activism—they blog, give TED Talks, host podcasts and Twitter chats, and use other digital tools to give voice to the movement and foster supportive online communities.
    • They bring an intersectional lens. As the head of Teach for America’s LGBTQ+ Community Initiative, West said he’s working to advance a more intersectional movement for educational equity. Panelists will explore the complex puzzle of race, gender, sexuality, and social justice and their interplay in the literacy classroom.
    • They’re making headlines. From presenting to a roundtable forum hosted at the White House to honoring the LGBTQ advocacy work of top celebrities, they’re helping to change the way politics and culture interact with the LGBTQ community.
    • They’re data-driven. De Pedro has spent the last decade researching urban educational policy, school reform, and the development of supportive and inclusive school and campus environments while Stachowiak’s research focuses on social justice education, equity literacy, literacy curriculum development, and gender studies. The conversation will weave anecdotal evidence with research-based insights.  
    • They’re authors. Roberts’ latest book, A Novel Approach, asks how we can teach whole class novels while still holding onto student-centered practices like readers workshop. She is also the coauthor of Falling in Love with Close Reading (with Christopher Lehman), DIY Literacy (with Maggie Beattie Roberts), and she co-wrote two Units of Study books on Literary Essay. 
    • They’re not afraid to say the wrong thing. Lifschitz said the panel will be a space where attendees can speak candidly and challenge their own biases and microaggressions without fear of being attacked. “We want it to be more than just a conversation where everyone just sits and nods their heads,” she said. “We want to push people into an area of discomfort.”

    The program will continue on Sunday, July 22, when ninth-grade ELA instructor Cody Miller will lead a provocative conversation with some of today's hottest authors on the transformative power of LGBTQ texts.

    Visit the iPlanner to learn more. Register for the ILA 2018 Conference at ilaconference.org.

    Alina O’Donnell is the communications strategist at ILA and the editor of Literacy Daily
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    ILA 2018 Research Institute: Our All-Keynote Format Is Back!

    By Maureen McLaughlin
     | Jun 06, 2018

    Research InstituteBack for its fifth year, the International Literacy Association (ILA) 2018 Research Institute is better than ever.

    Nationally renowned researchers, innovative topics, practical connections to teaching, and the return of our all-keynote format await participants on Institute Day at the ILA 2018 Conference, July 20, in Austin, TX. Organized by the Literacy Research Panel, research into practice is the foundation of the ILA 2018 Research Institute: Best Practices in the Teaching of Reading.

    This year’s topics range from early literacy to adolescent and disciplinary literacies, from student motivation and engagement to visible learning, and from STEM and the English language arts to the critical importance of small-group instruction.

    All presentations will contribute to participants’ deeper understanding of multiple facets of literacy and, in particular, to their knowledge of reading comprehension.

    Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn from and work with leading experts in the field. This year’s line-up of presenters includes Douglas Fisher, Nell Duke, John Guthrie, Jacy Ippolito, Evan Ortlieb, Ernest Morrell, Ray Reutzel, Denise Johnson, and P. David Pearson, who will deliver a special presentation titled “Literacy Research for Trying Times.”

    Bridging research, theory, and practice, the course is designed to encourage collaboration among researchers, educators, teacher educators, reading specialists, literacy coaches, special educators, and other literacy roles. Attendees will learn about the latest research findings and discuss how to translate those concepts into classroom pedagogy.

    The ILA 2018 Research Institute is one of 10 courses offered at Institute Day, an exciting way to kick off ILA’s annual conference. Please join us for what promises to be another focused, fast-tracked day of learning.

    Maureen McLaughlin is a past president of the International Reading Association (now the International Literacy Association) and a department chair and professor of reading education at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She will present at the ILA 2018 Research Institute at the ILA 2018 Conference, July 20–23, in Austin, TX. Visit ilaconference.org to learn more and register.

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