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Thursday, February 23
 

9:00am

Bear Necessities of Writing
Are you looking for ways to enhance your student’s writing? Are you being challenged by students who hate to write? The Bear Necessities of Writing program invites students to become risk takers in the writing process, motivating and encouraging them to use a variety of learning styles to build their writing skills. The Bear Necessities of Writing is a hands-on program that now includes the use of

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avatar for Debbie Quick

Debbie Quick

Literacy Consultant, Quick Educational Consulting
74 Erin Ridge Drive


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
913B Red Deer College

9:00am

Fall in LOVE with Phonemic Awareness
Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, think about and work with the individual sounds in spoken words. Children who have a strong sense of phonemic awareness skills are likely to have an easier time learning to read and spell! Solve the biggest reading problems with Phonemic awareness and help set the stage for lifelong success in reading! IDEAL AUDIENCE- K-1 teachers

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avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Upstairs Learning Commons

9:00am

Writing Fiction to Save the World
Fiction can be a powerful tool to help students address the issues that concern them. Author and teacher James Davidge will take participants through a series of writing exercises that encourage using our imagination in socially responsible manners.

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avatar for James Davidge

James Davidge

James Davidge was born in Edmonton, Alberta and studied education at the University of Calgary. His first novel, Driftwood Ellesmere, was published in 2006 by Bayeux Arts. He has since released the four remaining novels that complete the Driftwood Saga, a series about a young girl... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
1437 Red Deer College

9:00am

Teachers as Story Catchers In the Studio Classroom – Making Literacy Learning Visible
Do you want to jazz up your literacy instruction, and engage your students while reading and writing? This session is for you. Paula and Sheryl will take the participants on a journey through the Studio Classroom. They will share processes, and a myriad of literacy strategies while using mentor texts. Teachers will be fully equipped with a wide variety of toolbox methods to engage students at a

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
1503 Red Deer College

10:45am

Are You Cut Out To Teach FLUENCY?
Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately and quickly. Fluent readers read aloud effortlessly and with expression. Their reading sounds natural, as if they are speaking. Readers who have not yet developed fluency read slowly, word by word. Their oral reading is choppy and plodding. In this interactive session, explore 20+ creative and fun ways to teach students to read fluently!

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avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Upstairs Learning Commons

10:45am

The Power of Story
When literacy efforts focus solely on pieces of the reading and writing process, it’s like trying to teach kids to play hockey through skating drills. To be human is to tell story and to tell story is what makes us human. Author Sigmund Brouwer shows where story gets power, why story is so effective, and how harnessing this power is one of the best ways to increase literacy in a technology world.

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SB

Sigmund Brouwer

Author, Rock and Roll Literacy
With over four million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of books for children and adults. He visits over 200 schools a year across Canada and the United States to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
1408 Red Deer College

10:45am

Writing Graphic Novel Manuscripts
Have you ever thought about getting your students to make comics but you don't know much about the form? Using examples from both his own work and recognized masters, James will introduce the key vocabulary and techniques involved with writing a script for comic books. James will also explore deeper theories involved with pacing, layout and recognizing a comic book's "psychological space".

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avatar for James Davidge

James Davidge

James Davidge was born in Edmonton, Alberta and studied education at the University of Calgary. His first novel, Driftwood Ellesmere, was published in 2006 by Bayeux Arts. He has since released the four remaining novels that complete the Driftwood Saga, a series about a young girl... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
1328 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Bring the Battle of Vimy Ridge Into Elementary Classrooms with Age-Appropriate Resources
April 9-12, 2017 will mark 100 years since Canadian troops accomplished the impossible at Vimy Ridge and in so doing, established a national identity. The horrors of this war make it difficult to present this battle to younger students in an appropriate way. Author Sigmund Brouwer tours teaching resources suitable for elementary students, including the significant First Nations war efforts.

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SB

Sigmund Brouwer

Author, Rock and Roll Literacy
With over four million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of books for children and adults. He visits over 200 schools a year across Canada and the United States to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1408 Red Deer College

12:30pm

From Keats to Beats: Exploring Poetry from Iambic to Instagramic
Poetry can be a tough sell to students who would rather be on Instagram or listening to the top 40. But what if they didn’t have to choose between the two? What if instagram poets and chart-topping hits were studied alongside sonnets and haikus? What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about the limitless styles there are to choose from?

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avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in over a dozen cities around the province... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1503 Red Deer College

12:30pm

How To Teach VOCABULARY Better Than Anyone Else
Vocabulary refers to the words we must know to communicate effectively. In general, it can be described as oral vocabulary or reading vocabulary. Oral vocabulary refers to words that we use in speaking or recognize in listening. Children learn the meanings of most words indirectly, but some vocabulary needs to be taught directly. Get kids addicted to vocabulary with some excellent strategies to

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avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Upstairs Learning Commons

2:15pm

From Keats to Beats: Exploring Poetry from Iambic to Instagramic
Poetry can be a tough sell to students who would rather be on Instagram or listening to the top 40. But what if they didn’t have to choose between the two? What if instagram poets and chart-toppers were studied alongside sonnets and haikus? What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about how many styles to choose from? Create a unit as diverse as your students.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in over a dozen cities around the province... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2404 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Running Records… So now what???
Running records are a STANDARDIZED FORM OF ASSESSMENT particularly useful for teachers in their everyday instructional classroom. Running records provide an opportunity to observe, record, and interpret reading behaviours with ongoing daily assessment of reading skills and strategies. Learn how to complete a detailed running record, but more importantly how to analyze miscues and teach reading!

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avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2901A Red Deer College

2:15pm

Students who Struggle with Reading
Are you wondering what will work for your struggling students? Snapword Flashcards can help! Students will easily learn 600 sight words, visualize for recall, learn related body movement, increase reading, and expand reading fluency. Whether you have a kindergartener who is falling behind or an older child who is working too hard on reading, the right-brained teaching resources and tips will help your child be successful!

The answer for children who struggle lies in teaching children using materials that are uniquely designed using right-brained elements such as visuals, body movement, and stories.

The resources are designed specifically for children who need visuals and movement to learn: English as Second language, learning disabilities, visual and kinesthetic learners, those labeled with dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s, auditory processing disorder, right-brained learners and ADHD. These resources can easily be used successfully by Teachers, Educational Assistants, and Parents.


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avatar for Carrie Forster

Carrie Forster

Grade 3 Teacher, Calgary Catholic School District
175 Windford Drive SW


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2501 Red Deer College