ILA West 2018

Literacy: A Pathway to Equity

March 16–17, 2018
San Diego, CA

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Early Literacy Educators Strand

What happens in the early years of a child's school life greatly affects the later years. This is especially true for early literacy learning. If children are to reach their learning potentials, equitable instruction must become a standard of practice. Sessions within this strand will demonstrate ideas and examples illustrating how to make equitable learning a reality for every child in grades pre-K–3. Participants will leave with a tool kit of instructional practices on topics like balanced literacy, assessment for instruction, supporting English learners, and equity instruction in children's literature.

Aida Cervantes Allen-Rotell

Aida Cervantes Allen-Rotell

Amy Seely Flint

Amy Seely Flint

Lisa Trevino Forehand

Lisa Trevino Forehand

Jan Hasbrouck

Jan Hasbrouck

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Monica Kleekamp

Monica Kleekamp

Tasha Tropp Laman

Tasha Tropp Laman

Diane Lapp

Diane Lapp

Hilda Martinez

Hilda Martinez

Lori Oczkus

Lori Oczkus

Noreen Naseem Rodriguez

Noreen Naseem Rodriguez

Nancy Valdez-Gainer

Nancy Valdez-Gainer

Selena E. Van Horn

Selena E. Van Horn

Hallie Yopp

Hallie Yopp

Ruth Yopp

Ruth Yopp

Angie Zapata

Angie Zapata


Sessions

Humanizing Approaches to Sharing Diverse Literature in Early Childhood Classrooms
Angie Zapata, Noreen Naseem Rodriguez, Selena E. Van Horn, Nancy Valdez-Gainer, Amy Seely Flint, Tasha Tropp Laman, Monica Kleekamp
Research points to the importance of young children's access to high-quality diverse literature as a mirror into their own lives and a window into worlds very different than their own. During this two-hour session, presenters will share literacy-focused approaches to sharing African American, Latinx, Asian American, LGBTQ, and inclusive children's picture books that affirm these communities. In addition to hearing from presenters, attendees will participate in small-group discussions and leave both inspired and informed with new titles, principles, and practices to take back to their schools.

Using Data to Plan Instruction and Achieve Equity in Early Literacy
Jan Hasbrouck
Many educators believe we are collecting too much data. However, we need information to help us identify students with instructional needs as early as possible, diagnose what specific assistance they need, and monitor the effectiveness of our instruction so modifications can be made if needed. The better we are in collecting and using data, the more effective we can be in meeting the needs of every student. This session will provide a framework for collecting and using data that answers key questions to guide instruction—and doing that effectively and efficiently.

Close Reading = Close Thinking in the Early Years
Diane Lapp, Kelly Johnson
At all grade levels, teachers design and implement close reading opportunities for students to ensure they have the skills to read increasingly complex texts. But how is that possible in the early grades when students are just learning to read? This session will address this question and more: What exactly should close reading instruction involve in grades K–2? How can close reading complement teaching the early foundational skills? How does close reading fit into an early balanced reading program? Through demonstrated lesson examples, you'll learn specifics of how to use formative assessment data to design scaffolded learning experiences for students to support their growing independence when engaging with complex texts.

Celebrating Student Differences Promotes Early Learning Equity
Aida Cervantes Allen-Rotell, Lisa Trevino Forehand, Hilda Martinez, Diane Lapp, first-grade children
Although children come to school with differences to be celebrated, there are grade-level standards and literacy proficiencies they all need to achieve and develop. This session will illustrate how each child can make achievement gains in a balanced literacy program that provides purposeful, data-driven, scaffolded instruction. A guided reading lesson demonstration with first-grade students will be modeled.

Wrestling With Words and Big Ideas in Text
Hallie Yopp, Ruth Yopp
All voices count in this comprehension and word study strategy that engages readers in using, thinking about, and working with words to collaboratively interpret text.

Guided Writing—The Missing Middle Piece: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results!
Lori Oczkus
Learn the powerful effect scaffolded writing instruction can have on your students. Guided writing is the "missing middle piece" that supports students during that fledgling phase between modeled/shared writing and their solo work. Discover practical lessons to easily transform dull, lifeless writing into colorful organized pieces full of voice. Proven ways to reach struggling, reluctant writers will be included throughout the session, and you'll leave with dozens of proven and exciting ideas to use immediately to improve your students' writing using mentor texts, modeling, impromptu dramatizations, and cooperative group writing.


How can I submit a proposal to speak at this event?

We are not accepting presentation proposals for ILA West 2018.

 

Sponsors

Gold

McGraw Hill Education

 

Bronze

Corwin Literacy

 

 

California Reading Association