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Create a Culture of Literacy at ILA 2019!

Institute Day

Thursday, October 10, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

Take your professional development to the next level at the ILA 2019 Conference by registering for an institute. These interactive, full-day courses allow educators to take a deep dive into literacy topics with leaders in the field. Join us for the day or stay and extend your learning at Core Conference.

Please note: Institute Day requires an additional fee and is not included in the cost of registration for Core Conference.

Institute 01: Balanced Literacy: Reading and Writing Instruction in Elementary Classrooms
Is your literacy instruction balanced? What would need to change to ensure a balanced experience for students? Let's explore balanced literacy in terms of skills, text types, instructional groupings, and reading and writing. Let's plan instruction that meets students' needs and ensures that they learn to read and write at highly skilled levels. And let's have fun doing it.
Presenters: Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey

Institute 02: Changing Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction: Implementing Word Study in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts
Learn to implement word study in your teaching, coaching, or administrative assignment and experience. Presenters and group leaders will meet with you to plan word study, with strands based on experience and interest. Materials will be shared electronically, and session hands-on materials will be made available by the presenters. Breakouts include sessions on getting started (assessment and basic principles), incorporating word study across the school day, building community/family engagement, and extending your practice beyond the basics for teachers, coaches, and administrators.
Presenters: Donald Bear, Latisha Hayes, Kevin Flanigan, Marcia Invernizzi, Francine Johnson, Kristin Gehsmann, Regina Smith, Lori Helman, Dari Kiernan, Sarah Negrate, Michelle Picard, Molly Ness, Karen Carpenter, David Smith, Dianna Townsend

Institute 03: Finding Joy, Purpose, and Clarity in Our Teaching: Responsive Teaching in Any Instructional Context
Students have varied experiences, identities, languages, and interests. One-size-fits-all instruction doesn't work; sound instruction requires relationships, feedback, and agency. Happiness is a vital component of learning environments that cultivate success. In this interactive institute, participants will experience practical and hands-on ways to view their students through an admiring lens and to build on their strengths. All of this will be highlighted with an emphasis on happiness practices that help all members of the classroom community experience the joy of reading and learning.
Presenters: Gravity Goldberg, Renee Houser, Jan Burkins, Kim Yaris, Kari Yates, Christina Nosek, Cornelius Minor, Katherine Egan Cunningham, Kristin Rainville

Institute 04: ILA 2019 Research Institute: Research Into Practice
In this institute, extraordinary literacy experts, contemporary topics, research, theory, and practice all combine to make the most amazing Research Institute yet. The program's all-keynote format provides participants with opportunities to learn about various facets of literacy and interact with top literacy research experts.
Presenters: Maureen McLaughlin, P. David Pearson, Nell Duke, Douglas Fisher, Diane Lapp, Jacquelynn A. Malloy, Barbara A. Marinak, Cynthia Shanahan, Timothy Shanahan, Jennifer Danridge Turner, Denise Johnson, Hallie Yopp Slowik

Institute 05: It's Never Too Early and Never Too Late: Leading P–12 Literacy in High-Need Schools
The purpose of this institute is to explore the challenges of having students perform at advanced levels of literacy in high-need schools. Attention will be given to students in grades P–12. Using recent research in Chicago, this session will explore how ethnicity, poverty, and student turnover all contribute differently to conceptualizations of literacy practices that adversely impact students' reading achievement and knowledge development. This institute will attend to the theory and practice of improving K–2 and high school literacy programs and pedagogy in underresourced neighborhoods to advance students' literacy development despite some of the existing challenges. Finally, this institute will explore how Chicago became one of the nation's highest-gaining school districts in grade 3–8 achievement, and what lessons can be derived for how P–2 and high school literacy can be further developed. Central to each dimension of the institute will be the role that district and school leadership play in achieving strong literacy outcomes for students in underresourced schools.
Presenters: Steve Tozer, Jane Fleming, Alfred Tatum, Michael Abello, Sherly Chavarria, Kevin Gallick

Institute 06: Jump Into the Early Literacy Trenches: Focus on Your Students, Leave With a Plan!
This institute will address the need for utilizing evidence-based best practices and strategies that motivate early readers and writers in pre-K through third grade, while offering a practical work session for participants to dive into their needs for planning alongside peers and literacy experts.
Presenters: Kenneth Kunz, Lesley Mandel Morrow, Diane Lapp, Sharon O'Neal, Debbie Diller, Juli-Anne Benjamin, Christina Marie Cassano, Susan Dougherty, Nell Duke, Melanie Kuhn, Natalia Kucirkova, Kathleen Ann Paciga, Lisa O'Brien, Rachel Lella, Heather Casey, Maureen Hall, Kelly Johnson, Fran McVeigh, Molly Ness, Dana A. Robertson, Colleen E. Whittingham, Emily Brown Hoffman, Lauren Breckenridge Padesky

Institute 07: Learning Is a Connection Project: Social-Emotional Literacy Through Project-Based Learning
How can we grow compassionate, creative, literate citizens who will improve our world? Learn how to develop foundational literacy skills through supporting students' social-emotional needs and providing authentic opportunities for applied learning. Dive deep into the research that supports an enriched literacy approach and learn hands-on, interdisciplinary strategies anchored in rich text that draw from project-based learning. Connect with passionate educators in a professional learning community and take away research-based strategies that will have an immediate impact on your students.
Presenters: Debbi Arseneaux, Liz Remington, Leslie Connelly, Fran McDonough

Institute 08: Spark a Culture of Literacy: Build Positive Adolescent Reading Identities Through Relevance, Equity, and Access
Literacy leaders strive to build literacy communities based on excitement and joy, yet teachers and literacy leaders face disinterested, distracted, and dormant adolescent readers in an instructional environment often directed by testing and regimented curriculum. Engage with rising and established literacy leaders to learn tips and protocols for building positive reading identities among adolescent students, teaching relevant strategies, and creating middle and high school classrooms driven by equity, opportunity, and cultural access. Leave inspired, recharged, and ready to be a game changer.
Presenters: Julianne Scullen, Cornelius Minor, Donalyn Miller, Carol Jago, Julia Torres, Minjung Pai, Terry McHugh

Institute 09: Unpacking ILA's Standards 2017: Roles and Responsibilities of Literacy Leaders
In this institute, ILA's Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017 are used as a framework for discussing major shifts in effective literacy instruction in grades pre-K–12. Specifically, what are effective teaching and learning strategies that promote student literacy learning? Further, the key roles of literacy leaders, including reading/literacy specialists, coaches, principals, and teacher leaders, with an emphasis on how they can better collaborate with their colleagues, will be described. There will be opportunities for participants to make connections to their own contexts.
Presenters: Rita Bean, Allison Swan Dagen, Jill Castek, Virginia Goatley, Lori Helman, Jacy Ippolito, Jennifer Jones, Sarah McCarthey, Sarah Woulfin, Sharon Walpole

Institute 10: We've Got Problems, and We've Got Work to Do: Roles, Tools, and Approaches for Engaging in Anti-Racist Practices in Schools and Classrooms
Given what's going on in the world today, it's not enough for teachers to decorate classrooms with posters of inclusive platitudes or boast that their classrooms are welcoming, "safe" spaces. Research shows that educators, like everyone else, carry hidden racial biases, and it's vital that we examine our curricula, methods, materials, and environments in order to recognize, identify, and work to overcome these biases. This interactive institute is for educators who want to reflect, rethink, and revise their practice in an effort to be anti-racist and culturally responsive teachers and colleagues.
Presenters: Kathy Collins, Shawna Coppola, Matthew Kay, Aeriale Johnson

Names in bold are the primary presenters.

Please note: Presenters, dates, times, and topics are subject to change.