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Middle School/Junior High educators [clear filter]
Sunday, April 28
 

1:40pm CDT

The Magic of Middle Grade: Inspiring Young Readers and Writers
Fantasy novels and other forms of genre fiction can be a great source of inspiration for young readers and writers. An author of middle grade fantasy novels will discuss how to spark students’ imaginations, strategies to make fantasy more accessible for first-time readers, and ways to encourage young students to find inspiration and develop their own writing.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Ott

Alexandra Ott

Alexandra Ott is the author of two fantasy novels for young readers: Rules for Thieves and its sequel The Shadow Thieves, both published by Aladdin/Simon and Schuster. Her next book, Seekers of the Wild Realm, is forthcoming in 2020. She is also a freelance editor and holds a B.A... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm CDT
Salon F

1:40pm CDT

STEM Education: Let's D.O. it!
This session outlines the K-12 Outreach programs of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State. Included are strategies for searching for nonfiction books in science and medicine, encouraging reading of nonfiction texts, STEM resources, and search techniques.
This session would address RISE Goal 2, "Create Community Collaboration".

Speakers
avatar for Sloane Kelley

Sloane Kelley

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Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm CDT
Salon E

2:40pm CDT

Curation? Already done for you!
We like to say find your resources in 3 clicks instead of spending 3 hours searching the internet. ZUNI Learning Tree, an Arkansas based EdTech Company has been curating resources for years. But we do more than just curate. We collaborate with our teachers and provide tools for educators to collaborate, inform, and inspire each other, students, and families. You will find resources for R.I.S.E, math, NGSS, STEM, Social Studies, Coding, Professional Learning Communities, PBIS, Holidays and more. This year we launched the new student interface. In one click students can access free games, videos, and interactive tools for all areas. ZUNI for Kids is a HUGE hit! Join us and leave with your free trial login and learn about cool tools without spending hours trying to find them.

Speakers
avatar for Tina McCord

Tina McCord

Tina McCord is the founder and CEO of ZUNI.  She had 15 years of experience in business prior to entering the field of education.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  Tina holds certifications in K-8 general education and K-12 special education. Her... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm CDT
Ambassador B
 
Monday, April 29
 

9:55am CDT

Smart Phones and Smart Instruction
Connect learning to the REAL-world with Smart phones! The invention of the cell phone brought changes to interaction with the world and spending choices—and instruction! This exploration of the smartphone evolution using research and informational text will segue into other “smart” topics that bring inquiry for improving education and literacy. Attendees will receive FREE informational text articles and access to FREE online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannette Bennett

Jeannette Bennett

Senior Economic Education Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Memphis Branch
Jeannette Bennett is a Senior Economic Education Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She is national award winner for the teaching of economics and was designated as a Master Economics Teacher. She has served as a school administrator, curriculum consultant and has... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am CDT
Ambassador B

10:55am CDT

How to teach coding for 2-6th grade in 10 minutes.
Would you like all of your students to learn about coding but aren't quite sure how. I will show you how easy it is to have your students involved in coding in less than 10 minutes with ZUNI Learning Tree. One student said, "I missed participating in the hour of code at my school but with ZUNI I can still learn to code."

Speakers
avatar for Tina McCord

Tina McCord

Tina McCord is the founder and CEO of ZUNI.  She had 15 years of experience in business prior to entering the field of education.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  Tina holds certifications in K-8 general education and K-12 special education. Her... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am CDT
Salon F

10:55am CDT

Neurodiverse books in the classroon
Discussing books about neurodiversity in schools builds empathy and raises critical questions about identity and difference. Neurodiverse kids need to see themselves on the page, and all kids need to think about the neurodiversity movement as it relates to other diversity movements. Are there analogies with sexuality and race? If so, how far do these analogies go? And can there be empathy across a neurolgical divide? Is it possible to imagine perceiving the world from another point of view? These are fundamental questions about the nature and limits of empathy that resonate deeply for all high school students regardless of their neurological make-up. Reading and discussing neurodiverse books brings these questions into sharper focus.

All high-school students, indeed all humans, have experienced moments when their way of seeing or understanding a situation has been very different from that of the people around them. We have all been isolated in our own perceptions. Can books that explore this feeling give neurotypical students empathy with those who have autism, or other syndromes, like Downs' or Tourette's? And can neurodivergent kids find the understanding and comfort level they need to connect if they choose to?

It is important when selecting books with neurodiverse characters to think about complex representations and to avoid stereotypes. Autism, for example, should be one aspect of a character, not necessarily the defining one. And it should not be portrayed as a disability in need of a cure, but rather as a way to be in the world, even if aspects of it can be painful. Perhaps the analogies with sexuality or race are imperfect because neurodiverse people are on such broad spectrums. Neurodiverse book resonate with al teen readers, both neurodiverse and neurotypical, but only when they are fully imagined and not reductive.

Speakers
avatar for Hilary Reyl

Hilary Reyl

Hilary Reyl has spent several years working and studying in France. She has a PhD in French literature from NYU, She now lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her adult novel LESSONS IN FRENCH, was an editor’s pick on Oprah.com. KIDS LIKE US, a neurodiverse... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am CDT
Salon G

2:00pm CDT

Build a Culture of Reading through Author Partnerships
Learn how your classroom or library can partner with authors from across the country to get kids excited about reading and writing. Connecting directly with authors has many benefits. Students see the face behind the story. Asking questions and hearing responses from authors demystifies the writing process and opens up a world of possibilities for students. Once students visit with an author, whether virtually or in-person, they will feel a deeper connection to that author’s work and will be more likely to expand that interest in reading to other titles. The benefits are endless, and connecting with authors is easier than many educators think. The truth is that authors are just as excited as educators to connect with students. In this presentation, Scholastic author Kim Ventrella will share ideas on how to get started. (Addresses R.I.S.E. Goal 3: Build a culture of reading.)

Speakers
avatar for Kim Ventrella

Kim Ventrella

KIM VENTRELLA is the author of the middle grade novels Skeleton Tree (2017) and Bone Hollow (2019, Scholastic Press), and she is a contributor to the upcoming New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark anthology (2020, HarperCollins). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Salon G

2:00pm CDT

Curated Collections of Presidential Primary Sources – Exploring the Clinton Digital Library
Exploring the Clinton Digital Library can be like drinking from a fire hose – it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Let Education Specialist Kathleen Pate walk you through the search process and show you the Digital Library Exhibits – curated collections of presidential materials presented with a coherent narrative. Topics include “Commemorating Courage: 40th Anniversary of Desegregation of Central High” and “‘Days Like This’: President Clinton’s Public Diplomacy in Northern Ireland.” In addition, she’ll provide information about other on-line resources available through the Presidential Libraries and the National Archives; onsite student programs and teacher workshops offered at the Clinton Presidential Library; and new opportunities for classroom outreach.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Pate

Kathleen Pate

Education Specialist, Clinton Presidential Library
The Clinton Presidential Library is one of fourteen presidential libraries under the National Archives and Records Administration. Let's chat about the importance of civic literacy, the digitized primary source materials available through NARA and the Clinton Digital Library, and... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Ambassador B

3:00pm CDT

Booktalks For Everyone
Participants will be presented booktalks on recently published books. Participants will receive a bibliography of the books presented. This session meets R.I.S.E. Goal 3: Building a culture of reading by promoting recently published books.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Whittingham

Jeff Whittingham

Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Jeff Whittingham is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to UCA, he taught middle grades for thirteen years. His scholarly interest include writing instruction, children's literature, and educational technology.


Monday April 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Salon G
 
Tuesday, April 30
 

8:30am CDT

Curate a Community of Readers with the Arkansas Diamond and Charlie May Simon Book Awards
The 2019/2020 Arkansas Diamond and Charlie May Simon Book Award titles have been chosen, and we are excited to share them with you! Let us introduce these outstanding books to you through book talks and curated lists of resources that are sure to help you build a culture of reading in your building.

Speakers
avatar for Margie Nanak

Margie Nanak

Library Media Specialist, Pine Bluff School District
Margie Nanak – Margie Nanak has been a Library Media Specialist in the Pine Bluff School District for 21 years, and is currently at 34th Avenue Elementary School. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and represents the Arkansas Literacy Association on the Charlie May Simon... Read More →
avatar for Shelly Porter

Shelly Porter

Teacher Librarian, West Fork Elementary School
Shelly Porter grew up in Western Kansas and became a Northwest Arkansas transplant in 2001. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith in 2006 and her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2016. Shelly has participated in summer institutes... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am CDT
Salon G