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Preconference Institutes

Friday, July 14, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Take your professional development to the next level at the ILA 2017 Conference & Exhibits by registering for a Preconference Institute. These interactive, full-day courses allow educators to take a deep dive into literacy topics of interest with leaders in the field. Join us for the day or stay and attend the full Conference & Exhibits.

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Please note: Preconference Institutes require an additional fee and are not included in the cost of registration for the Conference & Exhibits.

Institute 01
Blending Inquiry and Literacy: Engaging Students While Improving Literacy and Learning in Grades 6–12

Inquiry engages middle and high school students and deepens learning. Learn practical strategies for embedding inquiry and literacy consistently throughout the curriculum as well as how to design and implement larger inquiry projects while coaching literacy development along the way.

Institute 02
Differentiation in the Primary Classroom: Greater Success Through Prioritizing Skills

Are you or your staff overwhelmed by the seemingly endless stream of standards, expectations, and curricula? This hands-on workshop offers a streamlined approach to literacy standards and activities. Through videos, paired exercises, lecture, and discussion, learn which standards to prioritize, when, and with whom.

Institute 03
Equity in Early Literacy Learning: Practices for Reaching All Primary Students

Children who have exposure to and engagement with early language practices outperform those who do not. This institute will address the need for equitable access to early literacy learning for all learners and provide examples of practice that accommodates academically, culturally, and linguistically diverse learning for students ages 3–8 (pre-K–grade 3).

Institute 04
Exploring the Role of Talk in Constructing and Expanding Meaning

Teaching students to engage with text and with each other results in classrooms alive with talk. What is the relationship between talk and meaning making? This institute will engage participants in an exploration of the depth and breadth of comprehension that develops when learners are engaged in a variety of richly dialogic reading situations.

Institute 05
Literacy and Learning Disabilities: Practical Strategies for Struggling Learners

In every classroom, educators are faced with teaching basic literacy skills to students who struggle to master them at the same rate as their peers. This institute will focus on practical applications and accommodations, including assistive technology, to help students grappling with dyslexia, dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), and Visual Processing Disorder (VPD) be successful at school.

Institute 06
Principals: Their Leadership for Literacy Instruction Matters

Enhancing the literacy capacity of school programs and the faculty who lead them requires administrators to lead the efforts. This interactive institute is designed to provide elementary principals with evidence-based knowledge and skills to become true literacy leaders—and to raise both student achievement and student involvement.

Institute 07
Research Institute: Developing Conceptual Knowledge Through Oral and Written Language

Designed to allow attendees to interact with researchers as they present the practical applications of their findings, the theory-to-practice focus of the day will include keynote speakers, formal and informal breakout sessions, and informal discussions. Attendees will leave with a clear sense of how to apply the presented research within their schools and classrooms.

Institute 08
Supporting English Learners in Every Classroom

Discover new ways to support English learners through workshops and presentations that will cover equity, multimodal literacies, technology literacy, cultural competency, and student voice. Using Applied Design Thinking methods, presenters will demonstrate how to identify resource gaps and opportunities as well as formulate and implement solutions.

Institute 09
Word Study That Makes a Real Difference: Reenvisioning Traditional Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction

Discover new word study activities and routines that teach students to be self-directed and to transfer learning in word study to reading and writing. You'll walk away with resources and ideas for teaching reflective practices, transforming spelling instruction to teach reading, word study in interventions, word study with emergent bilinguals, academic vocabulary, and activities with families.

Institute 10
Writing Unplugged: Teaching With Digital Tools

In this age of 21st century technology, a new type of writing and storytelling has emerged. Digital storytelling combines art, writing, and storytelling to create a multidimensional text that tells a story and draws the reader in—taking student writing to a new level. Explore this new writing form through hands-on experiences using tech tools for one-device or mixed-device classrooms.

Presenters, dates, times, and topics are subject to change.