7:15 -8:00


8:00 – 8:30

Keynote by Sue Wilder

8:30 – 9:30

Session A

9:30 – 10:30

Session B

10:30 – 11:30

Lunch and Book Signing

11:30 – 12:15

Session C

12:15 – 1:15

Keynote Bob Probst & Kyleen Beers

1:30 – 3:00

Q & A with Keynote Speakers

3:00 – 3:30

Session A, 9:30-10:30:


Texts, Tasks, and Products: What to do AFTER you've unwrapped the CCRS, Natasha M. Flowers and Jennifer McLaughlin, (CCRS) (Elementary) Room 102

This session provides teachers with practical steps for developing learning tasks, creating text stacks, and developing products that demonstrate the student's understanding and ability to apply the standard.

Teaching Thinking Skills to Promote Reading Comprehension, Ingrid Abner (ETS) (Secondary) Room 104

This session provides teachers with practical, yet rigorous thinking skills, lessons, and strategies that are applicable to every student, no matter the grade level or subject.

Strategies for Teaching Argumentative Writing in All Content Areas, Kristie Williams, Rod Leonard, and Jerone Wiggins, (CAL) (Secondary) Room 106

This session gives teachers a variety of ways to teach argumentative writing in all content areas.

Book Banning and Fahrenheit 451: Incorporating Nonfiction and Research in a Novel Study, Lacey Johnson and Anna Hartzog (CAL) (Secondary) Room 121

This session shares a lesson that centers on having students read about and research book banning in order to increase their understanding of Fahrenheit 451 (or other books centered on censorship).

Updating Voices from the Past, Wendie Joy Burbridge (ETS) (Secondary) Room 124

This session provides a more creative way to use primary sources to write historical fiction/multi-genre stories.

Character Education through Role-Play and Fun, Sonya Adams (ETS) (Secondary) Room 125

This session shows teachers how to implement Character Education in their weekly curriculum.

Differentiated Instruction, Anne Kreider and Tia Rutledge (ETS) (Secondary) Room 126

This session shares with the audience the yearlong implementation of differentiated instruction in the classroom.

Exploring Common Themes in Young Adult Literature, Randy Hall, Lauren Johnson, Madeline Ferguson, and Megan Cripps (CAL) (Secondary) Room 227

This session introduces the audience to four young adult novels with the potential to be analyzed in the classroom.

Riding the Technology Train, Soaring Across Content Areas, Barbara Jane Ellenburg and Dominique Prince (Tech)(Elementary) Room 420

This session shares what drives our technology instruction and ways to integrate technology into everyday teaching practice.

Cultural Historical Action Theory and Teacher Education: Strategies for Developing Teacher Researchers in Urban Schools, Aria Razfar (ETS)(Post-Secondary) Room 422

This session presents how teachers used discourse analysis to theorize concepts of third space and funds of knowledge to integrate literacy, math, and science.

Session B, 10:30-11:30:

Capturing and Teaching "The Dream" through Children's Literature, Dr. Jeremiah Clabough, Dr. Sue Seay, and Nefetari Yancie (CAL) (K-12) Room 102

This session focuses on using children's literature about The Civil Rights Movement as a catalyst for four perspective-writing activities.

From 0% - 100%: The Journey of an Urban Middle School's Implementation of RTI and ACCRS, Linda Blocker and Jameka Thomas (CCRS) (K-12) Room 104

This session engages the audience in a yearlong implementation of RTI and ACCRS standards by providing a framework for schools.

Going Beyond the Basics: Using Close Reading, Collaborative Conversations, and Visual Vocabulary to Enhance Student Learning in the Content Areas, Dr. Shonterrius Lawson-Fountain (CAL) (3-12) Room 106

This session presents participants with strategic teaching strategies that promote active literacy as they assist students in building their content area literacies.

Google Docs: A Tool for Students and Teachers, Anne Chandler Shuleva and Ashley Pierce (Tech)(K-12) Room 124

This session demonstrates the many resources available in Google Docs, including forms, presentations, and documents.

Show and Tell: Give the Details in Writing, Lisa Stewart and Marvin Carter II (ETS) (3-12) Room 125

This session demonstrates how teachers can craft a common core lesson that integrates technology, writing, and real life relevance across the content areas.

Differentiated Instruction Focused on Research and Writing in the High School Classroom, Terry Harbison and Lara Morris (ETS) (Secondary) Room 126

This session shows the use of differentiated instruction to teach research and/or writing in a mixed ability high school classroom.

Who Am I? Crisis of Identity in Young Adult Literature, Kate Parsley, Sarah Burch, Holly Watson, Elizabeth Tompkins (CAL) (Secondary) Room 227

This session provides beginning teachers' perspectives on the question of adolescent identity in four young adult novels.

Project Based Learning Across the Curriculum, Shellie Goree (ETS) (Elementary) Room 420

This session shares engaging student projects that integrate subjects and involve 21st century literacy skills.

Setting the Stage for Writing, Wanda Ward (CCRS) (K-2), Room 121

This session gives K-2 learners the appropriate foundation in writing which can be built upon in order to become excellent writers for life.

Opinion Writing in Elementary School, South Hampton Teachers (ETS) (Elementary), Room 422

This session demonstrates how to utilize opinion writing in the elementary classroom.

Session C, 12:15-1:15:

Engaging At-Risk Students in Writing Using Real or Imagined Experiences, LaDonna Rudolph (ETS) (Elementary) Room 102

This session provides elementary teachers with research-based strategies to address the English Language Literacy CCRS standards for narrative writing.

Red Mountain Writing Project Inside and Out, Kenya Hall Room 104

Learn more about the UAB Red Mountain Writing Project!

Appenings that Work at the Heart of Learning, Dr. Shonterrius Lawson-Fountain (Tech)(K-12) Room 106

This session introduces and demonstrates how the chosen Apple Apps and educational sites can be integrated during the learning continuum to enhance students learning and application of that learning.

Student/Teacher Data Tracking of ACCR Standards, Ashley Edmonds (CCRS)(K-12) Room 121

This session demonstrates the use of Teacher and Student Data Tracking to make learning more effective and to help students dive deeper into learning.

Increasing Student Achievement, Candace Spivey and Kristyn Robinson (ETS) (K-12) Room 124

This session teaches teachers effective ways to improve their students' achievement.

Bumpus Goes to Birmingham: Integrating a Historical Fiction Novel with Non-Fiction and the History of Birmingham, Mary James and Christy Hall (ETS)(3-12) Room 125

Demonstrate how to integrate a fiction novel study with a non-fiction text and technology usage.

Differentiated Instruction in the Middle School Classroom, William Summers, Drew Jenkins, and Jenny Spier (ETS) (Secondary), Room 126

This session discusses differentiated instruction in the middle school classroom.

Love and Loss in Young Adult Literature, David Hornbuckle, Matthew Sullivan, Caroline Lunsford, Alyssia Partridge (CAL) (Secondary) Room 227

This session presents four critical lenses for discussing themes of love and loss in several young adult novels.

Manifest Destiny through Art and Propaganda, Bob Haynes (CCRS) (Secondary) Room 420

This session introduces the concept of Manifest Destiny through art and primary source documents and how this is related to western expansion from the 1830s to 1840s.

Using Technology in the Classroom , Ben Davis (Tech) (Secondary) Room 422

This session uses the latest technology in the ELA classroom. Come ready to learn!

Conference Strands:

Effective Teaching Strategies (ETS), Content Area Literacy (CAL), College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), and Technology (Tech)