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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Texas Council of Teachers

of English Language Arts

52nd Annual Conference

January 20-22, 2017

Worthington Renaissance

Fort Worth Hotel

Ft. Worth, Texas

tctela.org

Reflections

SEEING LIFE THROUGH LITERATURE


Literacy is for Life

INSPIRE A LIFETIME OF LEARNING Reach all learners right where they are

through intentional instruction that engages and inspires. Together, we can use

the science of learning to boost student achievement in crucial literacy skills.

Because literacy opens doors and changes lives for all Texans.

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WELCOME

Welcome to the 2017 Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts conference! The TCTELA Board is

excited that you are joining us in Fort Worth this weekend as TCTELA begins its 53rd year. We have worked

to put together an invigorating lineup of workshops and breakout sessions to help you reflect and see life

through literature.

Before the sessions start, we encourage you to take some time to browse the online schedule and make a

plan so that you can get the most benefit from the conference. We start bright and early Friday morning and

go through Sunday midday, so you have lots of time to engage in the learning, networking, and socializing

TCTELA has planned for you.

Kim

Pinkerton

TCTELA PRESIDENT

Those plans include a number of nationally known speakers. Take the time to kindle your passion for reading

with Colby Sharp and John Schumacher on Friday morning and then hear from young adult author Neal

Shusterman at the Friday luncheon. If you are looking for updates from TEA, check out their workshop on

Friday morning. Friday afternoon, 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples will keep the learning

going. Saturday, make sure you take the time to learn from nationally known literacy expert Penny Kittle as

well as award-winning author, Sharon Draper. Then Sunday morning, you have the opportunity to learn from

nationally known literacy experts Matt Glover or Jeff Wilhelm. Before checking out those two workshops,

though, make sure you plan to attend our first-ever author breakfast! We have several trade book authors

lined up to visit with TCTELA participants that morning, and we are excited about the event!

Besides these wonderful sessions, we have a diverse lineup of breakout sessions scheduled for you. Our team

worked to ensure that you have a nice mix of sessions from which to choose including sessions aimed at

teachers of all grade levels, focusing on reading, writing, technology, and a host of other topics. The breakout

session speakers we selected have lots to offer and will continue to help you reflect.

Allie McCarron and the entire Local Arrangements Committee have done a fantastic job of putting together

an outstanding conference for 2017. Take some time to thank them when you see them around the

Worthington Renaissance Hotel.

Margaret

Hale

TCTELA PRESIDENT-ELECT

As you wind down at the end of each day, find some time to enjoy yourself in and around Fort Worth.

Sundance Square has lots to offer, and if you want to venture out a little farther afield, our Local

Arrangements Committee likely has some recommendations.

Again, we welcome you to the 2017 conference, and we look forward to reflecting with you over the course of

the weekend.

Sincerely,

KIM PINKERTON AND MARGARET HALE

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ENGLISH IN TEXAS CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

English in Texas-Spring/Summer 2017

Theme: Reflections: Seeing Life Through Literature

Manuscript Deadline: April 1, 2017

Column Deadline: May 1, 2017

Call for Submissions:

The 2017 TCTELA conference theme is “Reflections: Seeing Life Through Literature.” Over the past several years, the presence of nonfiction in our

classrooms has risen swiftly, brought forward by several things including standards-based discussions centered around the College and Career

Readiness standards, Common Core State Standards at the national level, and even the TEKS standards for English/Language Arts here in Texas.

Bookshelves in our classrooms are more diversified, including engaging works of biography and informational text. The shift has been positive

for our students because they need to learn how to be savvy consumers of information. However, we want to tread carefully to ensure we are not

bulking up on information at the expense of literary fiction.

Castano and Kid, in their article entitled “Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind,” reported that based on a study they conducted,

people who read literary fiction, not nonfiction or popular fiction, showed quantifiable higher levels of theory of mind, otherwise known as

empathetic capacity. Literature is a reflection of life; it helps us see who we are, who we can become, and it helps us to see people around us.

How do you use literary fiction in your classroom? How have your students grown through its use? How have you grown? What are some of the

most powerful pieces of literary fiction that you have found? What makes them so powerful? What are some of the best ways you have found to

engage your students with this type of literature?

We encourage you to think about these questions, and we invite interested individuals to submit manuscripts, conceptual, pedagogical, researchbased,

and theoretical, as related to this topic of “Reflections: Seeing Life Through Literature.” Please refer to the English in Texas website for

manuscript submission guidelines. Do not hesitate to contact the editorial team at EnglishinTexas@uh.edu should you have any questions.

Furthermore, we invite interested individuals to submit ideas for our Spring/Summer columns, “Putting It All Together” and “The Tech-Savvy

Teacher” as related to the theme of “Reflections: Seeing Life Through Literature.” The below descriptions detail each column as well as provide

information for contacting the column editor regarding your column idea. Please query the column editor BEFORE submitting your full column.

The columns to be published in the Spring/Summer Issue:

Putting It All Together: This column focuses on opportunities teachers provide to integrate reading, writing, listening and speaking. What are some

successes you’ve had in integrating reading, writing, listening and speaking? What resources have you consulted? How do your students respond

to integrated lessons as opposed to isolated lessons? To submit a column for publication consideration, please contact the editorial team at

EnglishinTexas@uh.edu.

The Tech-Savvy Teacher: This column focuses on ways to incorporate technology into your daily teaching. What are some technology tools you’ve

found useful? How do these tools inform your instruction? How do students respond to these tools? What is required to use these tools? To submit

a column for publication consideration, please contact the editorial team at EnglishinTexas@uh.edu.

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WELCOME

From all of us on the Local Arrangements Committee, welcome to Fort Worth and to TCTELA 2017. It’s our job to make sure that

your conference experience is engaging, invigorating, and inspiring for the coming semester, so look for a brightly colored apron

if you need a helping hand. You’ll also see us facilitating sessions, helping at registration, or wandering the exhibit halls, keeping it

low-key so you can have a wonderful time.

We’re so lucky in 2017 to have our conference in the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, only a couple of short blocks away from

great shopping and eats at Sundance Square. Not sure where to start? Download “Sundance Square” in the Google Play or Apple

App store for local events, venues, a GPS-style map, and more. Don’t forget to bring your “Worth Saving” handout and badge for

local deals and discounts!

Be sure to stop by our outreach booth to learn about how you can help the John Peter Smith Health Network in the Fort Worth

area; they are accepting your donations of children’s books for their local clinics. Also, if you’re looking for a place to relax before

your next concurrent session, cozy up in the book nook area across from Starbucks to greet friends and read together.

Allie

McCarron

LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Special thanks to the local area businesses and authors who have contributed donations for our speaker gifts and door prizes, as

well as Kristy Hawthorne, our hotel event planner, for making real magic happen for our conference this year. We’d also like to

thank the TCTELA board, in addition to our Executive Director, Amy Blakely, for all their help and support during the past year.

And to all of you joining us as we reflect on how literature affects our lives, how we can help our students learn to love literacy,

and how we can lead our peers towards successful teaching practices…

…thank you for the hard work and energy you pour into each day, for the sake of our students’ future.

Yours in educational excellence,

The TCTELA Local Arrangements Team

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

FRIDAY - JANUARY 20, 2017

8:00am - 5:15pm Registration / Exhibits open Post Oak Foyer

9:00am - 11:15am Cool, Loud, and Everywhere: Being a Reading Ambassador Brazos

9:00am - 10:00am Texas Education Agency English Language Arts and Reading Update Pecos

10:15am - 11:15am Texas Education Agency Update on STAAR Assessments Pecos

11:30am - 12:45pm

Edmund J. Farrell Lifetime Service Award Presentation and Luncheon with Neal

Shusterman

Rio Grande

12:45pm - 1:15pm Book Signing with Neal Shusterman Grand Ballroom Foyer

1:15pm - 2:30pm General Session with Shanna Peeples Grand Ballroom

3:00pm - 4:00pm

CONCURRENT SESSION A

Backing into the Classics with Our Students: 21 st -Century Style

Ch-ch-changes: Reflecting on Where YA Started and Where It’s Going

I’ve Got Them Reading: Now What? — Let’s Talk Teaching in Secondary Readers

and Writers Workshop

¡Andale ya! Juggling Grammar Instruction in Two Languages with ELLs

From Biscuit to Junie B. Jones: Supporting Transitional Readers in K-3

Writing Across the Curricula at The Oakridge School

Literacy Leaders: Guiding Others from Idea to Reality

Authentic Writing

Brazos I

Pecos I

Brazos II

Pecos II

Post Oak

West Fork

Trinity Central

Elm Fork

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

FRIDAY - JANUARY 20, 2017 (Cont.)

4:15pm - 5:15pm

CONCURRENT SESSION B

Engage Beyond the Page

REFLECTIONS: Inside, Outside, and Beyond the Text

Historian’s Workshop: A Writing Workshop for World Cultures

The Fiction of Real Life: Using Nonfiction Texts to Support the Student of Literary

Texts

Math Language Learners

Looking for Change? You Can Make a Difference!

AP Success for Underrepresented Students: Strategies for Scaffolding Instruction

Arguments and Bias: Cultivating Critical Readers, Writers, and Citizens

Commitee Meetings

Brazos I

Pecos I

Brazos II

Pecos II

Post Oak

West Fork

Trinity Central

Elm Fork

Red Oak

5:30pm - 6:30pm Membership Celebration Hacienda

7:00pm - 8:00pm TCTELA Board Meeting Live Oak IV

SATURDAY - JANUARY 21, 2017

8:00am - 3:00pm Registration / Exhibits open Post Oak Foyer

8:30am - 10:00am Mercedes Bonner Award Presentation and General Session with Penny Kittle Grand Ballroom

10:00am - 10:30am Book Signing with Penny Kittle Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:30am - 11:30am

CONCURRENT SESSION C

Journals: Growing Your Writing Naturally!

Getting Off the Hamster Wheel: Reading and Writing in a Changing World

Empowering Students to Choose Close Reading

Re-imagining Research: Practical Approaches to Research that Prioritize Advocacy

and Engagement

Using Found Poetry to Discover Meaning

Conferring Essentials

Using Self-Selection to Motivate Readers

ROUNDTABLES IN PRACTICE

Brazos I

Pecos I

Brazos II

Pecos II

Post Oak

West Fork

Elm Fork

Trinity Central

Read Aloud Power! Addressing Social Issues and Empathy with Adolescent

Readers

Tween Voices: Living Life Through Readers and Writers Workshops

Building a Bridge with Technology in Intermediate English Language Arts

Keeping The Outsiders Fresh 50 Years Later

Developing Meaningful Student Talk Through Higher-Level Questioning

Strategies

Are Longer Conferences Better Conferences? An Examination of Brief Writing

Conferences in Two High School Classrooms

11:45am - 1:00pm Teacher of the Year Awards Presentation and luncheon with Sharon Draper Rio Grande

1:00pm - 1:30pm Book Signing with Sharon Draper Grand Ballroom Foyer

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (cont.)

SATURDAY - JANUARY 21, 2017 (Cont.)

1:30pm - 2:30pm

CONCURRENT SESSION D

1:30pm - 3:45pm

2:45pm - 3:45pm

2:45pm - 5:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

A Long and Winding Road to Effective Assessment in a Classroom of Choice and

Creativity

Owning the Humanities: Gamification in the English Classroom

Center-gizing the Middle School Literacy Classroom with Collaborative Learning

Stations

Death to the Picture Walk

From Scribbles to Writing Scrabble: Growing All Writers

Making Everything Blend in the Middle School Workshop Classroom

Committee for Learners with Special Needs Teacher Network Development

WORKSHOP: Balancing the Reading Diet: Independent Reading, Book Clubs, and

Core Texts in the Secondary Classroom

CONCURRENT SESSION E

Found in Translation: Book Trailers as a Literacy Tool

Connecting Writing to Authentic Audiences

Cosplay: Is it in Your Classroom? Ways to Foster Students of This Popular Sub-

Culture

Reading Is Thinking

Move It! Shake It! Learn It! Teaching Reading with Sound and Movement

The Power of One

WORKSHOP: Reflection Becomes Story: Weaving Memories, Mint Julep, and

Moonlight

CONCURRENT SESSION F

Social Justice History: Reimagining Understandings Through Literature and Local

Heroes

The Power of Remediation Through Writing: Advocating for Student Production

Over Consumption

Community Is the Curriculum: How to Get Students to Write Across Campuses

Using Metacognitive Strategies to Facilitate the Composition Development of

Elementary Writers

Can’t Keep My Books to Myself!: Building A Community of Student Readers Through

Writing and Voice

Rhetorical Analysis for the Academic Student

An Analysis of Authors, Content and Genres of Hispanic-Related Selections in

Adopted 8th Grade Literature Anthologies in Texas 2001-2011

Pecos I

Brazos II

Pecos II

Post Oak

West Fork

Trinity Central

Elm Fork

Brazos I

Pecos I

Brazos II

Post Oak

West Fork

Trinity Central

Elm Fork

Pecos II

Brazos I

Pecos I

Brazos II

Post Oak

West Fork

Trinity Central

Elm Fork

5:30pm - 7:00pm Meet-n-Greet Hacienda

7:30pm - 8:30pm Poetry Slam Worthington

8:30pm - 9:00pm Book Signing with Joaquin Zihuatanejo Worthington Foyer

SUNDAY - JANUARY 22, 2017

7:00am - 9:30am Registration open Post Oak Foyer

7:30am - 8:45am Sunday Author Breakfast Rio Grande

9:00am - 12:00pm

WORKSHOPS

The Importance of Vision: Using Mentor Texts Throughout Writing Workshop

Diving Deep Into Nonfiction: Using Readers Rules of Notice

Brazos

Pecos

12:00pm - 12:30pm Book Signing with Matt Glover and Jeff Wilhelm Grand Ballroom Foyer

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TCTELA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KIM PINKERTON

President

Texas A&M University-

Commerce

MARGARET HALE

President-elect

University of Houston

CINDY BENGE

Past President

Aldine ISD

KATRINA GONZALES

Executive Secretary

Schleicher County ISD

DIANE MILLER

VP of Membership and Affiliates

University of Houston-

Downtown

KAREN GREEN

Recording Secretary

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

TRACY KRIESE

NCTE Liaison Representative

Eanes ISD

KAY SHURTLEFF

Electronic Communications

Manager

ESC Region 10

KRISTEN STAPP EDITOR,

Editor, Texas Voices

Fort Bend ISD

KELLY TUMY

VP-elect of Membership and Affiliates

Harris County Department of

Education

Committee chairs and

attendees interested

in joining a committee

will be meeting from

BETINA BROOKS

English in Texas, Editor

Sam Houston State University

MELINDA MILLER

English in Texas, Editor

Sam Houston State University

HANNAH GERBER

English in Texas, Editor

Sam Houston State University

NANCY VOTTELER

English in Texas, Editor

Sam Houston State University

4:15-5:15 on Friday,

January 20 in Red Oak.

Not Shown:

VICTOR MALO

English in Texas, Editor

University of North Carolina

Wilmington

2017-2020

MARGARET HALE

Editor, English in Texas

University of Houston

HEALTHER PULE

Editor, English in Texas

DAWN WESTFALL

Editor, English in Texas

University of Houston

GLEN RUSSELL

Editor, English in Texas

Alvin ISD

EVE ZEHAVI

Editor, English in Texas

University of Houston

RONI DEAN-BURREN

Editor, English in Texas

University of Houston

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

ALLIE MCCARRON

Adolescent Literacy

Committee

Harmony Public Schools

SYLVIA TROXELL

Special Needs Learner

Committee

Eanes ISD

DEANNA WATKINS

Multicultural Awareness

Committee

ESC Region XV

DONNA BROWN

Technology Committee

Clear Creek ISD

ALLIE MCCARRON

Conference Committee

Harmony Public Schools

ANGIE KISSIRE

Legislative Action Committee

Sonora ISD

AMELIA HEWITT

Early Childhood Committee

University of Houston-

Downtown

SUE HURT

Birdville ISD

Bilingual English and Second

Language Awareness

JANISE MCINTYRE

Pre-Service Teacher

Committee

Midwestern State University

DEBORAH PEREZ

State of the Profession

Committee

Humble ISD

Local Arrangements Committee

ALLIE MCCARRON

Harmony Public School,

Local Arrangements Committee chair

HOLLY GENOVA Lewisville ISD,

Local Arrangements Committee co-chair

RHONDA LEMIEUX Northwest ISD,

Local Arrangements Committee co-chair

JOANNA DEHN Young Women’s

Leadership Academy

Entertainment Committee chair

TASHA PALMER Dallas ISD,

Hospitality Committee chair

POLLY VAUGHAN Lewisville ISD,

Donations Committee chair

HEATHER BAKER Northwest ISD,

Signs Committee chair

SHARON GOLDBLATT Plano ISD,

Publicity Committee chair

STAFF SUPPORT:

DOROTHY COLBERT

PATSY LITTEREST

JESSICA HECK

JENNIFER CHRISTMAN

HILARY MARTIN

STUDENT

VOLUNTEERS

University of Houston-

Downtown

ELSY ARTEAGA

ABIGAIL DAIGLE

HEATHER ECHOLS

JOVAN FREEMAN

NATALIE MAHMOUD

MERARI MARIN

JANELLE MOLES

STEPHANIE RIVA

YVONNE SALAZAR

KRISTEN SHUCK

ALLYSON SIMMONS

CHATERICA WILSON

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FRIDAY WORKSHOPS

9:00am - 11:15am

BRAZOS

COOL, LOUD, AND EVERYWHERE: BEING A

READING AMBASSADOR

Colby Sharp and John Schumacher

Colby Sharp and John Schumacher (aka Mr.

Schu) are nationally known for their expertise

in children’s literature and for igniting a passion

to read. They will share their experiences in

promoting a culture of reading among students,

staff, and parents.

9:00am - 10:00am

PECOS

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY ENGLISH

LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING UPDATE

Karin Miller, Curriculum Standards and Student

Support Division, Texas Education Agency

This Texas Education Agency session will include

the most up-to-date information regarding Texas

English language arts and reading education from

kindergarten through high school. Participants

attending the session will be provided with the

latest developments including those pertaining to

graduation requirements and resources available

on the Texas Gateway. Details about the State

Board of Education’s revision of the Texas Essential

Knowledge and Skills for English and Spanish

language arts and reading will also be included.

10:15am - 11:15am

PECOS

TEA UPDATE ON STAAR ASSESSMENTS

Brad Vasil, Director of Reading, Writing, and Social

Studies - Student Assessment Division

Brad Vasil is the Director of the Reading, Writing,

and Social Studies assessments for the Texas

Education Agency. This is his first year at Texas

Education Agency. Previously he worked for the

Arizona Department of Education and before that,

he taught high school English for nine years.

The latest information regarding the STAAR

Reading, Writing, and End-of-Course assessments.

Also, information regarding the Writing Pilot

Program will be shared.

COLBY SHARP

KARIN MILLER

BRAD VASIL

JOHN SCHUMACHER

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EDMUND J. FARRELL LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD

Victoria Young

In our current atmosphere of high-stakes assessment, the proliferation of test-preparation

materials and frequent benchmark tests threaten to suffocate authentic literacy instruction. In

Texas, English language arts and reading (ELAR) teachers are fortunate to have Victoria Young

as a colleague and an advocate.

Victoria began her career in education teaching English composition and literature as a

graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After receiving her M.A. in English, she

spent three years teaching middle school and eight years teaching high school. In July 1988,

she and her husband Tom moved to Austin, where she accepted a position in the Student

Assessment Division at the Texas Education Agency. Over the course of her 27-year tenure at

TEA, Victoria eventually rose to the position of Director of Reading, Writing, and Social Studies

Assessments. In this capacity, she was directly responsible both for managing the content

development of these assessments and for overseeing all activities related to the scoring of

approximately four million essays and short answer reading responses each year. Instead of

pushing faceless mandates without context, she offered us a transparent window into the

scoring intent and development processes. Moreover, she provided this invaluable insight

within the context of authentic, powerful literacy instruction. During her years at the TEA,

Victoria Young worked tirelessly to advocate for our growing readers and writers in Texas.

For the past two years, Texas’ ELAR teachers have continued to benefit from Victoria’s wisdom,

passion, and expertise. Even in retirement, she maintains her interest in enhancing educators’

understanding of the ways in which instruction and assessment interact. In her partnership with

TCTELA, she has diligently supported the ELAR TEKS revision process through testifying to the

SBOE, analyzing the drafts, and serving as the moderator of the TCTELA TEKS Forums. When the

SBOE agenda item was delayed for hours one afternoon, Victoria stayed with us into the night,

determined to offer her testimony on behalf of the TCTELA membership.

Throughout her career, Victoria has focused her efforts on designing state assessments that

contribute to a fuller understanding of student achievement and instructional programs:

assessments that better measure what students know and can do and that provide more

meaningful information about how instructional programs might be improved to help all

students become better readers and writers. She continues to be particularly interested in

the ways in which coherent, vertically-aligned reading and writing programs and authentic

instructional practices can increase the academic success of all students both in the classroom

and on state assessments such as STAAR.

It is for this continued service to our profession that TCTELA is proud to honor Victoria Young

with the Dr. Edmund J. Farrell Lifetime Service Award. This award recognizes Dr. Farrell’s

profound impact on the profession of English/language arts education, commitment to

excellence in the teaching of English, and continued dedication to service and support of the

mission and purpose of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. Victoria Young

is the consummate example of the excellence and dedication that Dr. Farrell models for our

TCTELA membership.

11:30am - 12:45pm

RIO GRANDE

EDMUND J FARRELL LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE

FRIDAY LUNCHEON

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FRIDAY LUNCHEON

11:30am - 12:45pm

Neal Shusterman

RIO GRANDE

Neal Shusterman, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Challenger Deep, grew up in

Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior

years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where

he made his mark on the UCI swim team and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of

graduating, he had his first book deal and was hired to write a movie script. In the years since,

Shusterman has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer.

Currently he is developing an original TV series with his son Jarrod.

His website is www.storyman.com.

ENGAGE IN

TODAY

TCTELA’s new initiative, PD2Teach, aims to

support teachers in the implementation of the

new ELAR/SLAR TEKS after they are approved

by the State Board of Education.

TCTELA Literacy

Education Day

February 22, 2017 • Texas State Capitol

The 85th Texas Legislature convenes in January, and bill

filing has begun.

Which bills should the education committees hear?

How will specific bills impact our schools?

Your testimony — and that of your students!

— is important!

For more information on how you can

participate, contact TCTELA Legislative

Action Chair Angie Kissire

angie.kissire@sonoraisd.net

tctela.org/advocacy

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FRIDAY GENERAL SESSION

1:15pm - 2:30pm

A Discussion With Shanna Peeples

GRAND BALLROOM

Shanna Peeples, the 2015 USA National Teacher of the Year, took the road less travelled on

the way to her classroom. She worked as a disc jockey, medical assistant, and journalist before

teaching, as she says, chose her.

Shanna, a former English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, taught Advanced

Placement students, English language learners who speak a total of 27 languages, and struggling

students in both day school and the school’s evening credit recovery program. Viet Tran, one

of her former students, said of his teacher, “[Ms. Peeples] seems to have an innate ability to

understand where her students come from, their personal stories and cultural history, and makes

that a part of how she advocates for them.”

Beginning this school year, Shanna is the ELA curriculum specialist for her district where she will

help grow and develop teachers.

A former reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, Shanna won awards for reporting on health issues,

schools, and music criticism. She continues to write professionally as a blogger for the Huffington

Post, and as a contributor to education publications.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from West Texas A&M University and earned a

master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a 2016 National

Education Association Global Learning Fellow, a member of the Global Teacher Prize Academy,

recipient of the Texas A&M University Outstanding Educator Award, and the Texas State Teachers

Association’s Instructional Advocacy Award.

Book

Signings

Book Signings will take place in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.

Author books are for sale through Monkey and Dog Books, Heinemann and QEP Bookstores in Bur Oak.

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Neal Shusterman

12:45pm - 1:15pm

Penny Kittle

10:00am - 10:30am

Sharon Draper

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Joaquin Zihuatanejo

8:30pm - 9:00pm

Immediately following

Poetry Slam

Matt Glover & Jeff Wilhelm

12:00pm - 12:30pm

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2017 TCTELA ELECTIONS

Ballots will be available through your app during the Friday General Session from 1:15pm - 2:30pm.

Attendees that do not download the app can obtain a paper ballot in the Grand Ballroom.

Diane Miller

PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATE - UNCONTESTED

University of Houston-Downtown

Although education continues to evolve and bend with the winds of

government and of trends, certain constants exist. Students of all ages should

encounter and embrace classroom successes, soaking up encouragement

and enrichment according to individual learning styles, personalities, and

experiences. Through academic accomplishments, students gain a strength

of self-image that drives their lifelong quests for solid values and societal

responsibility. For my former students, striving seventh and eighth graders

and college-bound eleventh graders, my hope was that they would grow as

readers and experience school as a place of success instead of struggle, texts

as partners rather than enemies. For my current students, pre-service teachers,

my expectation is that they will enter this profession with passion, realism,

competence, humor, respect, and flexibility.

Shona Rose

VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT FOR MEMBERSHIP AND AFFILIATES

CANDIDATE - UNCONTESTED

Education Service Center, Region 18

To paraphrase Vygotsky, “Meaning dictates form.” Serving TCTELA’s needs

requires my responsive action to Dr. Hale’s vision to build on the legacy of

previous educators who advocate for our profession with the Texas legislature

and State Board of Education and continued contributions to the field through

publication, advocacy efforts, as well as our conference and professional

development offerings. Recruitment, maintenance of membership, and

connectedness with affiliates creates a strong conduit of communication

and partnership to sustain TCTELA’s meaning. As Vice President-Elect, I seek

to serve in the form by providing an opportunity to impact and extend our

collective impact through affiliates who lead literacy education, as well as by

investing in the individuals across our state who serve our students.

No matter the age of the students, the power of literacy is especially critical

to those students who are cutting new educational paths for themselves AND

their families. To my students, those pre-service teachers who are working

and anticipating to someday have students of their own, I relentlessly offer

my heart for exciting English language arts and reading instruction coupled

with a solid foundation in the current research-based teaching methods.

To the TCTELA membership, I have been privileged to work as your Vice

President, endeavoring to get your voices heard in Austin and beyond. I

would be honored to offer my combination of practitioner-based passion and

researcher-oriented perspective as your President-Elect.

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2017 TCTELA ELECTIONS

Allie

McCarron

RECORDING SECRETARY

CANDIDATE

Harmony Public Schools

Literacy in all its forms—reading,

writing, speaking and listening—must

be taught in context, meaning that

educators in the field need not only

refer to the classic novels and modes

of delivery, but remain with the times

by folding in current events, students’

interests, and instructional technology

as appropriate to maintain a wellrounded,

21 st -century classroom.

Furthermore, cooperation and

inclusion of the arts, humanities, and

sciences ensures that students will

leave our rooms in May with a broader

view of the connected world. We must

use existing texts and other vehicles

of communication as mentors for our

Amanda

Palmer

RECORDING SECRETARY

CANDIDATE

Katy ISD

The Digital Age has forever altered the

field of education requiring English

teachers to learn new concepts and

adjust practices while maintaining

high standards. Teachers are charged

with using innovative approaches to

ensure all students become readers,

writers, and thinkers capable of

moving the world forward. It is our

responsibility as an organization

to support teachers, provide an

avenue for their voices, and create

opportunities to collaborate and

improve the craft of language arts

instruction.

Karin Perry

RECORDING SECRETARY

CANDIDATE

Sam Houston State University

I believe in professional organization

membership and involvement.

Educators need to take advantage

of their peers’ knowledge in order to

become a well-rounded teacher and

provide the best education possible

for students. I look forward to serving

ELAR teachers and plan to spread the

word to increase the number of school

librarians involved in TCTELA.

Collaboration between teachers and

librarians is essential for student

achievement. It makes sense for

teachers and librarians to work

together in our state organization to

increase professional learning and

build partnerships between these two

very important school roles.

Stephen

Winton

RECORDING SECRETARY

CANDIDATE

Houston ISD

have served as a literacy educator for

12 years as a middle and high school

English language arts teacher and in

various administrative roles. I hope

to serve on the board of TCTELA to

help facilitate best-practice literacy

instruction to support our students’

growth as readers and writers. Further,

I would like to join TCTELA’s work

in advocating positive change in

educational policy for teachers and

students.

own, as well as create an environment

where students feel safe to both

emulate the masters and create their

own works.

As a part of TCTELA, I am dedicated

to increasing the network of teachers

supported by our collaborative

efforts, as well as helping to reach our

vision to become a unified voice of

leadership for teachers and students

of literacy.

2017 | TCTELA Annual Conference & Exposition 13


FRIDAY CONCURRENT SESSION A

3:00pm - 4:00pm

BRAZOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

GENERAL

TOPICS:

AP, CR, ELL, GT, L, P, MC, NP, RC, T

BACKING INTO THE CLASSICS WITH OUR STUDENTS: 21ST-CENTURY STYLE

Jocelyn A. Chadwick, NCTE

This immersive and interactive session with participants’ involvement will take two canonical works and

explore how teachers—elementary through college—can reimagine canonical literature. We will explore

its import to today’s students and lifelong literacy, leveraging tools most familiar to them: music, video,

television, and technology.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

PECOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, HS, C

TOPICS:

L/P

CH-CH-CHANGES: REFLECTING ON WHERE YA STARTED AND WHERE IT’S GOING

Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University

This presentation will focus on the changing trends of young adult literature (YA) and discuss the possibilities

of what’s to come. Recently released and forthcoming titles will be shared.

SESSION CODES

AUDIENCE

PRE-K Pre-Kindergarten

E Elementary

M Middle School

H High School

C College

G General Audience

3:00pm - 4:00pm

BRAZOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

RC, ELL, GT, W, AP

I’VE GOT THEM READING: NOW WHAT?—

LET’S TALK TEACHING IN SECONDARY

READERS AND WRITERS WORKSHOP

Amy Rasmussen, Lewisville ISD

Holly Genova, Lewisville ISD

Explore best practices that illustrate why choice

works to advance all readers and writers. We’ll

talk planning units, teaching minilessons, utilizing

writer’s notebooks, conferring with conviction—in

short, how to craft meaningful engagement with

authentic accountability. Leave understanding the

research-supported philosophy of workshop and its

practical application in your classroom.

TOPICS

AP Pre-AP/AP/Honors

CR College Readiness

ELL ELL/Bilingual Education

EM Emergent Literacy

GT Gifted & Talented *

L/P Literature/Poetry

MC Multicultural Education

NP New to the Profession

RC Reading Comprehension

T Technology

W Writing

F Purposeful Fluency Practice

AVI Authentic Vocabulary Instruction

PTLE Preservice Teacher Literacy Ecuation

3:00pm - 4:00pm

PECOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M

TOPICS:

MC, NP, ELL, W, T

¡ANDALE YA! JUGGLING GRAMMAR

INSTRUCTION IN TWO LANGUAGES WITH

ELLS

Maureen Ucles, Spring Branch ISD

Noemi Leon-Garcia, Spring Branch ISD

How do you teach all the grammar rules in English

and Spanish in a fourth grade bilingual classroom

in one year? No problem! Come and see our

juggling act. Learn how we taught grammar in a

fourth grade bilingual classroom by using student

writing, Grammar Keepers, and Everyday Editing.

¡Vamanos ya!

* See the GT Professional Development

Form for all GT approved sessions.

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FRIDAY CONCURRENT SESSION A (cont.)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

POST OAK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E

TOPICS:

RC

FROM BISCUIT TO JUNIE B. JONES: SUPPORTING TRANSITIONAL READERS IN K-3

Katrena Leininger, Denton ISD

Becky Voight, Denton ISD

Come explore what it means to be a transitional reader and how, as teachers, we can explicitly teach and

support our transitional readers beyond decoding and minimal comprehension.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

WEST FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

W, T

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULA AT THE OAKRIDGE SCHOOL

Jared Colley, The Oakridge School

Claire Reddig, The Oakridge School

All teachers can write; therefore, all teachers can teach it. Writing is a transdisciplinary skill, much like

computer literacy or critical thinking. However, most institutions treat it as curricular content that belongs to

the English department. Learn how one school continues to expand the project of writing across the curricula

by discussing strategies of what’s worked and what hasn’t.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

NP

LITERACY LEADERS: GUIDING OTHERS FROM IDEA TO REALITY

Diana Sarao, Katy ISD

Come learn how an idea became a vision, how the vision became a plan, and how the plan became a reality,

while seeking and responding to feedback at every step. Get inspired to tackle your next professional project!

Remember, “A dream without a plan is just a wish” (Paterson).

3:00pm - 4:00pm

ELM FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M

TOPICS:

W, T

AUTHENTIC WRITING

Tim Martindell, The Village School

Learn ways to deepen student writing quickly by utilizing Bernabei’s Kernel Essay structures followed by

Carroll’s Depth Charging. The presenter will share concrete strategies and examples that both engage

students in authentic writing and give students the power to write with cohesion.

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Many Thanks

To Our Sponsors

2017 | TCTELA Annual Conference & Exposition 15


FRIDAY CONCURRENT SESSION B

4:15pm - 5:15pm

BRAZOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

ELL, L/P, MC, NP, T, W

ENGAGE BEYOND THE PAGE

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Author

Katrina Gonzales, Schleicher County ISD

Author involvement in the ELAR classroom piques students’ interest in reading and fosters creativity in

writing. Through author visits, physical and virtual, Katrina Gonzales has transformed her classroom into a

vibrant community of professional mentors and student learners.

Explore the potential that author involvement has on the ELAR classroom and the impact this practice can

have upon your students. Award-winning author, filmmaker, and youth activist, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and

Eldorado High School educator, Katrina Gonzales will co-present this session.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

PECOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

GT, PTLE, L/P

REFLECTIONS: INSIDE, OUTSIDE, AND BEYOND THE TEXT

Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University

Donalyn Miller, Scholastic Book Fair Liaison

When we read, we do more than reflect on the text itself: We reflect on our life, our experiences, and

the other things we bring to the text. Likewise, when we have finished reading, we reflect on these same

elements. This session will discuss the importance of the reader as well as the text. The presenters will

provide strategies and activities for before, during, and after reading.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

BRAZOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M

TOPICS:

RC, AVI, W

HISTORIAN’S WORKSHOP: A WRITING WORKSHOP FOR WORLD CULTURES

Glen Russell, Alvin ISD

Caitlin Cunningham, Alvin ISD

Brittany Elliott, Alvin ISD

Irma Garcia, Alvin ISD

Rebecca Jasinski, Alvin ISD

Everybody knows that students need to be doing more content-area reading and writing, but the challenge

always lies in implementation. This session will describe how one district is using a writing workshop in

collaboration with social studies teachers and curriculum to develop great writers and young historians.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

PECOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

H

TOPICS:

CR, W, AP, L/P

THE FICTION OF REAL LIFE: USING NONFICTION TEXTS TO SUPPORT THE STUDY OF LITERARY

TEXTS

John Golden, Portland Public Schools

Tracy Scholz, Alief ISD

All teachers have had experiences of teaching a piece of fiction when students want to explore an idea from

it in the real world. This presentation will focus on creating clusters of nonfiction texts including narratives,

exposition, and visuals for students to practice synthesizing texts to create their own arguments.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

POST OAK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

RC

MATH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Algrenon Nelson, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tara Yeoman, Ahead of the Class Educational Services

Apply the process of learning a second language to acquiring the language of mathematics in the general

classroom. Participants encounter a series of well-orchestrated reading, writing, listening, and speaking

structures that allow all students to progress from a beginning level of proficiency with the mathematics

language to an advanced level of proficiency by high school graduation.

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FRIDAY CONCURRENT SESSION B (cont.)

4:15pm - 5:15pm

WEST FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

GENERAL

TOPICS:

MC, CR, NP, ELL, T

LOOKING FOR CHANGE? YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Tracy Kriese, Eanes ISD

Angie Kissire, Sonora ISD

Join the Legislative Action Committee of TCTELA in this interactive session where we will cover such topics as the

current ELAR TEKS revision process, the big picture regarding student assessment and teacher evaluation, and the

opportunities to participate at both the state and national levels in discussions about issues that impact our classrooms.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

H

TOPICS:

AP

AP SUCCESS FOR UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS: STRATEGIES FOR SCAFFOLDING

INSTRUCTION

Tonita Lang, Grand Prairie ISD

Participants will learn strategies for scaffolding instruction for underrepresented students in AP courses. Strategies for

studying, reading, and writing will be discussed as well as ways to address the learning styles of underserved students.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

ELM FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

W, T

ARGUMENTS AND BIAS: CULTIVATING CRITICAL READERS, WRITERS, AND CITIZENS

Rebecca Smith, Keller ISD

Amanda Brewer, Denton ISD

The presenters will share ideas, readings, and writing opportunities that will serve students as they become

literate and critical citizens. In today’s world of constant input, it’s important that students know how to

navigate and make determinations about those sources so they can stay true to themselves and grow as

people.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

RED OAK

COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND ATTENDEES INTERESTED

IN JOINING A COMMITTEE ARE INVITED TO

ATTEND

ADOLESCENT LITERACY COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To support effective reform in adolescent literacy and to contribute to the reconceptualization

of classroom practice, staff development, and assessment as outlined in NCTE’s policy research brief on

adolescent literacy reform.

Chair: Allie McCarron, Harmony Public Schools

LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To raise awareness of legislative actions and events of specific concerns to English language arts

educators and to work through the TCTELA board to promote and address issues of concern to appropriate

agencies and entities.

Chair: Angie Kissire, Sonora ISD

STATE OF THE PROFESSION COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To support the use of high quality, locally designed programs to promote teacher knowledge and

expertise; to provide resources for flexible, ongoing professional development, including mentoring, that meet

the needs of the individual teachers to ensure effective literacy and teaching; to promote awareness of areas

and issues relating to ongoing research and advancements in the state of the teaching English language arts.

Chair: Debbie Perez, Humble ISD

SPECIAL NEEDS LEARNER COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To promote a collaborative educational community that takes into account the improvement of

literacy development for all students.

Chair: Silvia Troxell, Eanes ISD

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FRIDAY CONCURRENT SESSION B (cont.)

4:15pm - 5:15pm

RED OAK

COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND ATTENDEES INTERESTED

IN JOINING A COMMITTEE ARE INVITED TO

ATTEND

EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To support the early childhood community of teachers, students, and parents and to foster and promote

involvement of early childhood teachers in TCTELA affairs.

Chair: Amelia Hewitt, University of Houston

MULTICULTURAL AWARENESS COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To raise awareness of multicultural events, books, speakers, authors, and trends to support

TCTELA’s effort to promote cultural diversity and integrate multicultural perspectives.

Chair: Deanna Watkins, ESC, Region XV

BILINGUAL ENGLISH AND SECOND LANGUAGE AWARENESS COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To raise awareness of issues and special concerns related to bilingual and ESL learners and to

promote a collaborative educational community that seeks and promotes excellence in the teaching of

bilingual and second language learners.

Chair: Sue Hurt, Birdville ISD

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To respond in a timely manner to the needs of English language arts educators concerning the use

of technology in the classroom and to promote awareness regarding a pedagogical approach to the use of

technology in the classroom; to promote a collaboration between English language arts and other disciplines,

with an emphasis on technological and scientific writing.

Chair: Donna Brown, Clear Creek ISD

PRESERVICE TEACHER COMMITTEE (AD HOC)

FUNCTION: To involve preservice teachers in professional and leadership development through TCTELA prior

to entering the classroom.

Chair: Janise McIntyre, Midwestern State University

SATURDAY GENERAL SESSION

8:30am - 10:00am

Penny Kittle

BOOK LOVE: CREATING READING LIVES THAT LAST

GRAND BALLROOM

Creating a school culture that supports the power and pleasure of reading depends upon knowledge and passion. We need a

better balance between leading readers and following them in the tradition of Donald Graves. We can help students increase

the complexity of texts they can independently read while increasing their stamina, their independence, and their joy.

As a professional development coordinator for the Conway, New Hampshire, School District, Penny Kittle acts as a K-12

literacy coach and directs new-teacher mentoring. In addition, she teaches writing at Conway’s Kennett High School and in

the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. Penny is the author and coauthor of numerous books

with Heinemann including Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Children Want to

Write (coauthored with Thomas Newkirk); Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, which won

the 2009 James N. Britton Award from NCTE; The Greatest Catch; and Public Teaching. Penny coauthored two books with

Donald H. Graves—Inside Writing and Quick Writes. As an in-demand Heinemann Professional Development Provider, Penny

delivers PD workshops, webinars, and on-site seminars and consulting services nationwide.

Penny Kittle has been named the 2015 Exemplary Leader from the Conference on English Leadership for NCTE. In 2009,

Penny received NCTE’s prestigious Britton Award for Write Beside Them.

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MERCEDES BONNER AWARD

Jocelyn Chadwick

In November, the TCTELA Board gathered in Atlanta, Georgia at the NCTE conference. We

shared our learning and our visions for the future of our organization. We also reviewed award

nominations. When we reread the description of the Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award, one

person came to mind: Jocelyn Chadwick.

This award recognizes a TCTELA member who has “actively and tirelessly supported our

professional community.” How fitting! Time and time again throughout the conference, we

had observed Jocelyn reminding us that we had a voice that needed to be heard, that teachers

should rediscover our agency, and that, as she wrote in the English Journal, “all students are

entitled to effective, engaging, and relevant literacy learning.” Even though … or even so …

Jocelyn is taking on the presidential responsibilities at NCTE, she has rejoined her first affiliate,

TCTELA, in a celebration of her Texas roots, having started her teaching career at Irving High

School amongst those she calls “grammar mavens” who molded her early years in the field.

From high school teaching to doctoral work to scholarship and consulting, Jocelyn has never

minimized or distanced herself from her true professional calling. One need only to speak

with her for a few minutes before hearing her proclaim “I am an English teacher!” Her work

as a Twain scholar is renowned, yes, but it is also grounded in her regular work in the English

classrooms across America. In her book The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Huckleberry Finn,

Chadwick writes, “As educators, we focus on maintaining the self-esteem of all students…

and because we advocate continuing to included Huckleberry Finn in the classroom, we must

answer objections and concerns honestly and directly or else fail in our endeavor to keep this

and similar works in high school and college classrooms…The challenge to face these sensitive

issues offers us all a great opportunity to realize our highest potential as a thoughtfully

integrated culture.” More recently, in a tribute to Maya Angelou that was published in The

Washington Post, Chadwick wrote, “I have been an English teacher for more than 30 years, from

high school to university, teaching in Texas for many of them. Again and again, I have found

that students connect with writers with whom they identify. Most often effective instruction

occurs with good storytelling.”

It her passion for story, for teachers, and for students that drives her boundless energy and

passion. Her latest work, Teaching Literature in the Context of Literacy Instruction, coauthored

with John Grassie, explores the relevance of the canon, contemporary authors, and

informational texts to our 21 st -century students. Jocelyn, “actively and tirelessly,” demands that

students and teachers honor their voices.

THE MERCEDES BONNER AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE SATURDAY

GENERAL SESSION FROM 8:30am - 10:00am.

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SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION C

10:30am - 11:30am

BRAZOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

NP, ELL, GT, W, PTLE, L/P, AVI, PURPOSEFUL FLUENCY

PRACTICE

JOURNALS: GROWING YOUR WRITING NATURALLY!

Shirley Gerdes, Gretchen Bernabei Collaborative

Chris Goode, The Master’s School

The presenters will share unique ways to utilize journals that will engage students toward higher levels of

writing. Participants will gain specific strategies that develop vocabulary, revision, perpetuate flow, focus

writing, critical thinking, and fluency, all while providing a safe venue for students’ free expression.

10:30am - 11:30am

PECOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H

TOPICS:

CR, RC, W

GETTING OFF THE HAMSTER WHEEL: READING AND WRITING IN A CHANGING WORLD

Ann David, University of the Incarnate Word

Katrina Jansky, Texas State University

It’s an era of uncertainty: new TEKS, STAAR in limbo, 1-to-1, new curricula. What’s a teacher to do? Get

students reading and writing, because then students are learning to read and write. Participants will learn

how to maintain core literacy practices that support student learning and success, no matter the test or TEKS.

10:30am - 11:30am

BRAZOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

CR, RC, L/P

EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO CHOOSE CLOSE READING

Glen Russell, Alvin ISD

Despite its importance, students see close reading as a tedious, frustrating task. This presenter will describe a

recent research study that attempted to improve student attitudes by offering them text choice in their close

reading. Information on design, implementation, results, and a question-and-answer period will make this

session both practical and applicable.

10:30am - 11:30am

PECOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

H, C

TOPICS:

CR, W

RE-IMAGINING RESEARCH: PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO RESEARCH THAT PRIORITIZE

ADVOCACY AND ENGAGEMENT

Seth Rutledge, Prosper ISD

This presentation identifies common struggles with the traditional approach to research and provides

examples of strategies that move students away from the traditional task of reporting on a topic into

advocates within an inquiry focused framework. Examples provided are easily incorporated into any

curriculum and are student-focused.

10:30am - 11:30am

POST OAK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

CR, RC, ELL, GT, AP, L/P

USING FOUND POETRY TO DISCOVER MEANING

Kasey Turner, Galena Park ISD

Dollie Rodriguez, Galena Park ISD

Amy Calzoncin, Galena Park ISD

By using found poetry techniques in selected passages, students will make predictions about meaning, theme,

character, tone, and other important elements before reading a novel.

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SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION C (cont.)

10:30am - 11:30am

WEST FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H, E

TOPICS:

W, T

CONFERRING ESSENTIALS

Libby Bell, Katy ISD

Allyson Walker, Katy ISD

Nina Andeson, Katy ISD

Feedback helps build classroom communities, promotes student growth, and encourages student autonomy.

Two classroom teachers will share ways they tie student conferences to TEKS as well as how they manage

student work, provide timely feedback, and monitor student mastery. Additionally, they will explain how they

keep and use conferring notes and integrate student-driven technology.

10:30am - 11:30am

ELM FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M

TOPICS:

RC, W

USING SELF-SELECTION TO MOTIVATE READERS

Karen Green, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

According to the proposed ELAR TEKS, students are expected to develop and refine foundational skills by

reading self-selected texts independently for a sustained period. The presenter will demonstrate how using

self-selected texts contributes to creating critical thinkers and readers with an increased motivation to read.

10:30am - 11:30am

ROUNDTABLE

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M

TOPICS:

MC, RC, L/P

READ ALOUD POWER! ADDRESSING SOCIAL ISSUES AND EMPATHY WITH ADOLESCENT

READERS

Amanda Phillips, Life School of Dallas

Participants will be given insight and lesson instruction on choosing quality mentor texts to address

developmentally appropriate social issues to support teaching empathy, tolerance, and cultural diversity to

adolescent readers. This presentation will offer an interactive experience in looking at read aloud texts as

well as guidance on how to implement these great titles in the classroom.

10:30am - 11:30am

ROUNDTABLE

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M

TOPICS:

W, L/P

TWEEN VOICES: LIVING LIFE THROUGH READERS AND WRITERS WORKSHOPS

Buffy Edenkrans, Plano ISD

Learn how to switch off your voice and listen to your students. Attendees will learn practical solutions for

developing an effective Readers Workshop that ignites all students’ interest in reading while supporting

district curriculum. The presenter will share lesson examples to provide opportunities for students to develop

their voice in independent writing as well as tips to allow the fluidity of student input to produce a stronger

experience and greater impact on their personal and academic growth. Get creative ideas to flipping

the switch from the teacher determining and giving information to the students being allowed to guide

instruction.

10:30am - 11:30am

ROUNDTABLE

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M

TOPICS:

T, ELL, AP

BUILDING A BRIDGE WITH TECHNOLOGY IN INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Donna Brown, Clear Creek ISD

Alyssa Toomes, Clear Creek ISD

Amanda Vasquez, Clear Creek ISD

Join grade-level discussions and gather multiple digital resources with ELA teachers who are bridging literacy

skills with technology in their own ELA classrooms. Bring ideas, questions, and wonderings to take part in the

collaboration. Topics on adolescent literacy using a digital framework will be discussed.

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SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION C (cont.)

10:30am - 11:30am

ROUNDTABLE

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

MC

TOPICS:

M, RC, W, L/P

KEEPING THE OUTSIDERS FRESH 50 YEARS LATER

Meredith Tolson, University of Houston

Published 50 years ago, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton remains a staple for middle school teachers. Despite its

age, the book remains culturally relevant. This interactive session will give teachers strategies that engage a

wide variety of learners and connect to themes occurring in the world.

10:30am - 11:30am

ROUNDTABLE

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

H

TOPICS:

RC, GT, ELL

DEVELOPING MEANINGFUL STUDENT TALK THROUGH HIGHER-LEVEL QUESTIONING

STRATEGIES

Carolyn DuBos, Katy ISD

Margo Van de Ahe, Katy ISD

Focused questioning strategies maximize student discussion and encourage learners’ metacognition, taking it

beyond the surface level. The methods that will be presented in this session for developing “student talk” help

create a foundation for struggling learners and ELLs, scaffold systematic inquiry, and enhance discussion via

differentiated stems. Student transfer of critical thinking skills is an added benefit.

10:30am - 11:30am

ROUNDTABLE

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

G

TOPICS:

W

ARE LONGER CONFERENCES BETTER CONFERENCES? AN EXAMINATION OF BRIEF WRITING

CONFERENCES IN TWO HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS

Annamary Consalvo, The University of Texas at Tyler

This session focuses on the duration, interactions, quality, and outcomes of writing conferences that were

typically less than one minute long, undertaken by two high school teachers with their diverse students

across a school year. The presenter will share conference videos, student interviews, and writing conference

artifacts.

SATURDAY LUNCHEON

11:45am - 1:00pm

Sharon Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator, as well as an accomplished writer of over 30 award-winning books for

adolescents and teachers, including Copper Sun, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, the highly acclaimed Jericho

and Hazelwood trilogies, and Out of My Mind, which remains on the New York Times bestseller list. She served as

the National Teacher of the Year, has been honored at the White House six times, and was selected by the US State

Department to be a literary ambassador to the children of Africa as well as China. In 2015, she was honored by the

American Library Association as the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime literary achievement. Her

newest novel is Stella by Starlight.

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2017 TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

ELEMENTARY TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Laura Hamilton, ALDINE ISD

With a deep love and passion for her fifth grade students, Laura Hamilton works tirelessly to establish an

environment of trust, learning, and high expectations in her classroom, and the result has been the high

achievement of her students. Although initially reluctant to take on leadership responsibilities, she eventually

accepted a role working on her district’s curriculum and almost singlehandedly took on the task of writing fifth and

sixth grade benchmark assessments that mirrored the rigor of STAAR. She has also become a regular provider of

staff development at the district level, always ready to support the teachers of Aldine ISD. Her exceptional service

resulted in her being named Aldine ISD Teacher of the Year and Region IV Teacher of the Year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Traci Teaff, SCHLEICHER COUNTY ISD

Traci Teaff steps out of her comfort zone and boldly innovates her classroom in order to help students develop a

variety of critical thinking skills. In recent years, Traci has transformed her teaching and her classroom, developing

student questioning through Socratic seminars, student research skills through her “Wonder Wall,” and extending

reading and writing capacity through real-world application of research process and reading informational text.

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Nicole Benke, KATY ISD

2017 High School Teacher of the Year Nicole Benke changes lives. An educator with her experience could work

anywhere, yet she chooses to spend her days on our most challenged high school campus where teachers battle

huge outside distractions, such as gangs, full time jobs and demanding family obligations, for the attention of our

struggling teenagers. It’s hard, yet rewarding work that comes with a healthy dose of heartbreak as teachers are

forced to watch students, for whom they deeply care, suffer the injustices of race and poverty. With 22 years of

experience, a master’s degree in education and having reached National Board Certified Teacher status, there is

no doubt Benke is a strong, master teacher. Equally a lover of literature and learning, Benke refers to her students

as scholars and pushes them as such. She is passionate in her quest to create critical readers and writers who will

leave her class ready to question our world and make it better. Nicole Benke’s relentless belief in her scholars and

drive to show each young person the value of a literate life is a bright spot in a world that is often bleak for many of

our learners. She embodies all that TCTELA values and tirelessly advocates for teachers and the students we serve.

THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE SATURDAY LUNCHEON IN

RIO GRANDE FROM 11:45am - 1:00pm.

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SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION D

1:30pm - 3:45pm

BRAZOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

RC

BALANCING THE READING DIET: INDEPENDENT READING, BOOK CLUBS, AND CORE TEXTS IN

THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM

Penny Kittle

Reading habits do not emerge by accident but through careful and purposeful modeling and instruction.

We must meet children’s social and learning needs as we support their lives as readers. These needs are

intertwined and interdependent and have more to do with reading success than school-centered standards

do. We will consider classroom conditions grounded in the key principles for motivation: relevance,

engagement, and success. We will see how teachers can help readers construct identities of power and

opportunity as well as how students challenge themselves as readers and act with agency in the classroom

through meaningful talk and writing in book clubs, in their independent reading, and in core texts.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

PECOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

RC, ELL, W, PTLE

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD TO EFFECTIVE ASSESSMENT IN A CLASSROOM OF CHOICE AND

CREATIVITY

Kelly Oliver, Katy ISD

Barbara Miller, Katy ISD

As longtime colleagues and friends, we have searched for ways to support choice and creativity in student

learning and authentic feedback. Come share our journey from traditional classroom instruction and

assessment to standards-based learning and grading. Participants will explore the benefits of grading skills

rather than traditional assignments.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

BRAZOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H, C

TOPICS:

RC, RC, W, T, L/P

OWNING THE HUMANITIES: GAMIFICATION IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM

Jared Colley, The Oakridge School

Gamification redefines how we deliver curriculum and engage students by giving the learner more choice

and autonomy as well as safe opportunities to fail. This session focuses on examining how one teacher

gamified a unit on Macbeth and will offer practical strategies and examples for implementing a studentcentered,

gamified curriculum in a high school literature class.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

PECOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M

TOPICS:

RC, AVI, L/P

CENTER-GIZING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LITERACY CLASSROOM WITH COLLABORATIVE

STATIONS

Debbie Perez, Humble ISD

Amber Widmier, Humble ISD

Jennifer Woodall, Humble ISD

Collaborative learning stations are small areas within the classroom where students explore literacy activities

that reinforce the skills taught within the whole-group or small-group setting. In this session, participants

explore ways to bring excitement to these stations through interactive reading activities that keep middle

school students moving, grooving, and doing. You won’t want to miss this center-gy!

1:30pm - 2:30pm

POST OAK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

PRE-K, E

TOPICS:

RC

DEATH TO THE PICTURE WALK

Victoria Vanzura, Luling ISD

Is the Picture Walk strategy really the best way to teach prediction skills to young readers? Perhaps not.

Participants will explore peritext features of modern picturebooks to experience the great potential for

meaning making they have to offer as an alternative to the traditional teaching strategy of Picture Walks.

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SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION D (cont.)

1:30pm - 2:30pm

WEST FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

PRE-K, E

TOPICS:

MC, NP, AVI, W, PTLE

FROM SCRIBBLES TO WRITING SCRABBLE: GROWING ALL WRITERS

Megan Frankenberg, Richardson ISD

Heather Pineda, Richardson ISD

Ginny Hogg, Richardson ISD

All students can be successful writers. Participants will learn strategies to GROW even the most reluctant

writers. Resources will highlight the importance of using mentor texts to grow vocabulary and build confident

writers. Teachers will learn how to incorporate research-based writing tasks that are engaging, manipulative,

and interactive.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

RC, NP, RC, W, PTLE, AP, L/P

MAKING EVERYTHING BLEND IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOP CLASSROOM

Susan Collier, Klein ISD

With limited time in a typical class period, it is imperative that workshop classrooms practice integrated

instruction. Participants will learn strategies for integrating Readers and Writers Workshop through the use of

common texts as well as explore strategies for helping our students to read like writers.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

ELM FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

MC, N, NP, PRE

COMMITTEE FOR LEARNERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHER NETWORK DEVELOPMENT

Sylvia Troxell, Eanes ISD

The Committee for Learners with Special Needs will provide roundtable discussions that will include sharing

out at the end of the session from teachers interested in participating in an informal network of mentor and

mentee teachers. The purpose of the network is to share ideas, teaching strategies, and experiences in an

effort to support special education teachers who are teaching in self-contained and collaborative settings as

well as to support general education teachers.

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SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION E

2:45pm - 3:45pm

PECOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

ELL, L/P, MC, NP, T, W

FOUND IN TRANSLATION: BOOK TRAILERS AS A LITERACY TOOL

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Author

Unlock the power of book trailers in promoting literacy in the classroom. Students will learn how to use and

create book trailers to translate a work of literature into a compressed visual recreation in motion. Watch as

the facilitator, award-winning author, filmmaker and youth activist, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, works with actual

students from the surrounding area to transform and energize their thinking about books.

2:45pm - 3:45pm

BRAZOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H, C

TOPICS:

CR, W, T, L/P

CONNECTING WRITING TO AUTHENTIC AUDIENCES

Jared Colley, The Oakridge School

Claire Reddig, The Oakridge School

Real-world writing rarely happens in isolation. When we write at work, online, or at home, we often write for a

community. To make the practice more meaningful, students need an authentic audience beyond the teacher.

Learn how both middle school and high school teachers made writing more purposeful by connecting student

voice to audiences beyond the classroom.

2:45pm - 5:00pm

PECOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE :

M, H

TOPICS:

GT, ELL, L/P, NP

REFLECTION BECOMES STORY: WEAVING MEMORIES, MINT JULEPS, AND MOONLIGHT

Sharon Draper

Sharon Draper, award-winning author and educator, will present a delightful mixture of courage, compassion,

and community through family memories, folk tales, and culture, as she discusses her New York Times

bestselling novels, Stella by Starlight and Out of My Mind. She will remind us of the power of history and

literature, and the ability of words to weave a spell. Her other middle grade and YA novels will also be

discussed. Specific classroom suggestions will be offered.

2:45pm - 3:45pm

POST OAK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

MC, NP, GT

COSPLAY: IS IT IN YOUR CLASSROOM? WAYS TO FOSTER STUDENTS OF THIS POPULAR

SUB-CULTURE

Amanda Losiewicz, University of North Texas

Alfred Hernandez, University of North Texas

April Walker, University of North Texas

Bill Visco, University of North Texas

This session will elaborate on findings of the sub-culture of Cosplay (the acting or dressing up as a character

from a movie or book). It elaborates on its significance in education and connects Cosplay to the concept of

Process Drama to enable educators to foster a unique learning style.

2:45pm - 3:45pm

WEST FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

GT, AP, RC, EL

READING IS THINKING

Valerie Taylor, Eanes ISD

Cheryl Scullin, Eanes ISD

Reading is thinking. As students encounter more difficult material in every content area, we need to teach

them strategies for analyzing, evaluating, discussing, and responding. In this session, attendees will learn to

boost student learning potential with strategic approaches to critical reading. We will go beyond textbooks

to texts that are authentic, interesting, and applicable to young people’s daily lives, and you will leave with a

student-proof repertoire of specific thinking skills.

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SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION E (cont.)

2:45pm - 3:45pm

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, OTHER: EARLY LITERACY SPECIALISTS, PRINCIPALS

TOPICS:

NP, ELL, EL

MOVE IT! SHAKE IT! LEARN IT!—TEACHING READING WITH SOUND AND MOVEMENT

Karen Durrick, McKinney ISD

Julie Pyne, Homeschool Director

All early literacy educators know there are multiple programs teaching the alphabetic principle. Early literacy

teachers and decision makers, come and discover the kinesthetic/environmental sound approach. Learn how

to have your students get up off the floor and experience early literacy in a whole new way.

2:45pm - 3:45pm

ELM FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

MC, CR, RC, AVI, ELL, W, PTLE, L/P

THE POWER OF ONE

Suzanne Langston, The Curly Classroom

Lori Johnson, Mesquite ISD

One is all it takes. With one, you can spark interest, read deeply, make inferences, and write thoughtfully. With

one, you can simplify, streamline, and implement quality instruction strategically. The Power of One brings

a single text to the forefront of your lessons so that students can apply different skills within the safety of a

single, manageable text.

SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION F

4:00pm - 5:00pm

BRAZOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H, C, OTHER: GRADES 4 AND 5

TOPICS:

MC, RC, AVI, GT, W, PTLE, L/P

SOCIAL JUSTICE HISTORY: REIMAGINING UNDERSTANDINGS THROUGH LITERATURE AND

LOCAL HEROES

Sharon O’Neal, Texas State University

Laura Lee Stroud, Meridian Charter

This session will share how literature, local heroes, and film encouraged middle grade students to examine

social justice through a critical lens. Resource lists of award-winning texts, films, and websites will be shared.

Remarks will address how these resources might be embraced in future middle grade lessons.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

BRAZOS II

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H, C

TOPICS:

CR, W, T, L/P

COMMUNITY IS THE CURRICULUM: HOW TO GET STUDENTS TO WRITE ACROSS CAMPUSES

Jared Colley, The Oakridge School

Gary Nied, Cistercian Preparatory School

Joel Garza, Greenhill School

How do we get students to write with purpose for an audience of peers while challenging them to investigate

difficult texts as well? These goals are often not easily united. Learn how three teachers developed a tradition

where students from different campuses read the same text and came together to present work, both in

person and online.

4:00pm - 5:00PM

ELM FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M

TOPICS:

MC, L/P

AN ANALYSIS OF AUTHORS, CONTENT, AND GENRES OF HISPANIC-RELATED SELECTIONS IN

ADOPTED EIGHTH GRADE LITERATURE ANTHOLOGIES IN TEXAS 2001-2011

Jessica Tovar-Hilbert, University of Houston

This study examined the authors, content, and genres of Hispanic-related selections in the adopted

grade 8 literature anthologies by measuring the percentage of Hispanic authored/themed texts among

the anthologies, including identification of the most commonly anthologized texts, the ethnic groups

represented, and description of the editorial and physical treatment of the texts.

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SATURDAY CONCURRENT SESSION F (cont.)

4:00pm - 5:00pm

PECOS I

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

M, H

TOPICS:

RC, ELL, W

THE POWER OF REMEDIATION THROUGH WRITING: ADVOCATING FOR STUDENT

PRODUCTION OVER CONSUMPTION

Holly Genova, Lewisville ISD

Audrey Wilson-Youngblood, Keller ISD

Sean Hood, Lewisville ISD

Rhonda Lemieux, Northwest ISD

Tasha Palmer, Dallas ISD

Conversations throughout the North Texas area led to teachers advocating for change in the traditional

remediation process. Emerging from this network are lessons that meet the needs of struggling writers that

are especially successful with ELLs, students from areas of high poverty, and those who struggle to pass

standardized tests.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

POST OAK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E

TOPICS:

W

USING METACOGNITIVE STRATEGIES TO FACILITATE THE COMPOSITION DEVELOPMENT OF

ELEMENTARY WRITERS

Karen Sue Bradley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Jack Bradley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Focusing on providing a model of the finished product is not enough to promote composition development in

elementary students. This session will demonstrate how explicit teaching of metacognitive strategies can facilitate

writing growth. Specific examples will be given as to how to teach students to monitor their own writing.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

WEST FORK

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

E, M, H, C

TOPICS:

CR, RC, W, AP, L/P, PURPOSEFUL FLUENCY PRACTICE

CAN’T KEEP MY BOOKS TO MYSELF!: BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF STUDENT READERS

THROUGH WRITING AND VOICE

Abby Rayburn, Education Service Center Region 20

A peek into the inner workings of a student reader community, this session will help participants visualize

a setting where students are actively engaged in book talks, know how to write and deliver a hot-off-thepresses

book review and recommendation, and use skills built through integrated reading and writing

workshop practices to find their unique voices. A classroom model and student samples of this process will

provide concrete structures for participants to implement this idea on their own campuses.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

TRINITY CENTRAL

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

H

TOPICS:

CR, RC, W

RHETORICAL ANALYSIS FOR THE ACADEMIC STUDENT

Angela Schroeder, Katy ISD

Tracy Wade, Katy ISD

Students are increasingly asked to perform analysis tasks. Participants will learn how to build on what

students already know to move them toward writing a rhetorical analysis essay. Participants will also learn

how to scaffold students’ learning about rhetorical analysis tasks with various nonfiction texts.

7:30pm - 8:30pm

WORTHINGTON

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

G

TOPICS:

P

POETRY SLAM WITH JOAQUIN ZIHUATANEJO

In the spirit of the poetry slam movement where our featured poet Joaquín Zihuatanejo got his start, tonight’s

event will be equal parts reading and performance. Tonight page will meet stage in the truest sense of the

words. While some poets you will experience will be reading from the page, others will be performing from

memory. Whether the poet has a page in her hands or not tonight the poets you will see and hear will strive

to breathe life into the poems with voice and nuance. And in the spirit of Marc Smith, Bob Holman, Clebo

Rainey and all the slam poet legends we invite the audience to remember they are a part of the show. If you

are moved to tears or laughter, feel free to feel. And there will be no polite golf claps after the poets perform

tonight. Tonight there will be thunderous applause as we raise our voices for poetry.

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SUNDAY AUTHOR BREAKFAST

7:30am - 8:45am

RIO GRANDE

This year’s Annual Conference & Exhibition will offer attendees something new and exciting. You will have the opportunity to have breakfast with some of your

favorite authors. This is a special opportunity to learn from the authors about writing, teaching, and life in general. Leave with one of the author’s books and have the

opportunity to get an autograph. Get there early, though, as space is limited.

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

9:00am - 12:00pm

BRAZOS

THE IMPORTANCE OF VISION:

USING MENTOR TEXTS

THROUGHOUT WRITING

WORKSHOP

Matt Glover

Children are better able to compose

powerful writing when they have a

clear vision for what they are making

and are immersed in a stack of real

world texts. Using authentic published pieces of writing and authentic student

writing samples we will consider strategies for using mentor texts at four specific

time in writing workshop including:

• Using a stack of texts to project units of study

• Immersing students in a stack at the beginning of a unit

• As the starting point for mini lessons

• As a tool for teaching during writing conferences

In addition, we will examine the important role of reading like a writer to

support students in noticing techniques authors use in their own writing.

9:00am - 12:00pm

PECOS

DIVING DEEP INTO NONFICTION:

USING READERS RULES OF NOTICE

Jeff Wilhelm

This interactive workshop will explore

how to motivate and assist students to

more expertly read nonfiction texts.

Using the Peter Rabinowitz’s notion

of “readers rules of notice” can help

students to notice topics of nonfiction

reading, key details, text structure, and how these textual “codes” work together

to create meaning and effect. Attention will be given to strategies like using

visual texts as models, thinking aloud, writing in miniature, and reading like

a writer/writing like a reader. This workshop helps to fill a big gap in how

nonfiction texts are taught by being specific about what expert readers notice

and how they interpret what they notice when they read specific kinds of

nonfiction texts with specific kinds of text structures.

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GIFTED AND TALENTED STRAND SUMMARY

Texas Board of Education Certification Verification

TEXAS COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

TCTELA is an approved CPE Provider: ID 500444

52nd Annual Conference

January 20-22, 2017

Austin, Texas

Participants have an opportunity to earn one or two GT credits based on the length of the concurrent session. The online app or

conference program provide a complete listing of the session descriptions. GT credit forms will be stamped at the end of each session.

Kay Shurtleff, GT Consultant, ESC Region 10

DATE SESSION TIME TITLE STAMP

Friday

January 20

Saturday

January 21

Saturday

January 21

Saturday

January 21

Saturday

January 21

Saturday

January 21

Saturday

January 21

Saturday

January 21

Saturday

January 21

Saturday

January 21

4:15pm - 5:15pm

10:30am - 11:30am

10:30am - 11:30am

10:30am - 11:30am

1:30pm - 3:45pm

2:45pm - 5:00pm

2:45pm - 3:45pm

2:45pm - 3:45pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

REFLECTIONS: Inside, Outside, and Beyond the Text

Donalyn Miller, Scholastic Book Fair

Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University

Re-Imagining Research: Practical Approaches to Research That Prioritize

Advocacy and Engagement

Seth Rutledge, Prosper ISD

Using Found Poetry to Discover Meaning

Kasey Turner, Galena Park ISD

Dollie Rodriguez, Galenda Park ISD

Amy Calzoncin, Galena Park ISD

Developing Meaningful Student Talk Through Higher-Level Questioning

Strategies

Carolyn DuBos, Katy ISD

Margo Van de Ahe, Katy ISD

Balancing the Reading Diet: Independent Reading, Book Clubs, and Core

Texts in the Secondary Classroom

Penny Kittle

Reflection Becomes Story: Weaving Memories, Mint Juleps, and Moonlight

Sharon Draper

Cosplay: Is It In Your Classroom? Ways to Foster Students of This Popular

Sub-Culture

Amanda Losiewicz, University of North Texas

Alfred Hernandez, University of North Texas

April Walker, University of North Texas

William Visco, University of North Texas

Reading Is Thinking

Valerie Taylor, Eanes ISD

Cheryl Scullin, Eanes ISD

Social Justice History: Reimagining Understandings Through Literature

and Local Heroes

Sharon O’Neal, Texas State University

Laura Lee Stroud, Meridian Charter

Using Metacognitive Strategies to Facilitate the Composition

Development of Elementary Writers

Karen Sue Bradley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Jack Bradley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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TEXAS BOARD OF EDUCATION CERTIFICATION VERIFICATION FORM

TCTELA is an approved CPE Provider

PROVIDER ID 500444

TEXAS COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

January 20-22, 2017

This is to certify that _________________________________________

has attended each checked session. Sessions are equivalent to one,

two, or three hours of continuing education.

Kim Pinkerton

FRIDAY, MORNING WORKSHOP (2 HOUR CPE)

___ Cool, Loud, and Everywhere: Being a Reading Ambassador

TEA SESSIONS (1 HOUR CPE)

Friday, 9:00am - 10:00am

___ Texas Education Agency English Language Arts and Reading Update

Friday, 10:00am - 11:00am

___ Texas Education Agency Update on STAAR Assessments

FRIDAY - LUNCHEON AND GENERAL SESSION (1 HOUR CPE)

___ Professional Development Luncheon with Neal Shusterman

___ General Session with Shanna Peeples

CONCURRENT SESSION A (1 HOUR CPE)

Friday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

___ Backing Into the Classics with Our Students: 21st Century Style

___ Ch-ch-changes: Reflecting on Where YA Started and Where It’s Going

___ I’ve Got Them Reading: Now What? — Let’s Talk Teaching in Secondary

Readers and Writers Workshop

___ ¡Andale ya! Juggling Grammar Instruction in Two Languages with ELLs

___ From Biscuit to Junie B. Jones: Supporting Transitional Readers in K-3

___ Writing Across the Curricula at The Oakridge School

___ Literacy Leaders: Guiding Others from Idea to Reality

___ Authentic Writing

CONCURRENT SESSION B (1 HOUR CPE)

Friday, 4:15pm - 5:15pm

___ Engage Beyond the Page

___ REFLECTIONS: Inside, Outside, and Beyond the Text

___ Historian’s Workshop: A Writing Workshop for World Cultures

___ The Fiction of Real Life: Using Nonfiction Texts to Support the Student of

Literary Texts

___ Math Language Learners

___ Looking for Change? You Can Make a Difference!

___ AP Success for Underrepresented Students: Strategies for Scaffolding

Instruction

___ Arguments and Bias: Cultivating Critical Readers, Writers, and Citizens

SATURDAY - GENERAL SESSION (1 HOUR CPE)

___ General Session with Penny Kittle

CONCURRENT SESSION C (1 HOUR CPE)

Saturday, 10:30am - 11:30am

___ Journals: Growing Your Writing Naturally!

___ Getting Off the Hamster Wheel: Reading and Writing in a Changing World

___ Empowering Students to Choose Close Reading

___ Re-imagining Research: Practical Approaches to Research that Prioritize

Advocacy and Engagement

Concurrent Session C contiuned

___ Using Found Poetry to Discover Meaning

___ Conferring Essentials

___ Using Self-Selection to Motivate Readers

___ Roundtables in Practice

SATURDAY - LUNCHEON (1 HOUR CPE)

___ Professional Development Luncheon with Sharon Draper

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (2 HOUR CPE)

Saturday 1:30pm - 3:45pm

___ Balancing the Reading Diet: Independent Reading, Book Clubs, and Core

Texts in the Secondary Classroom

Saturday 2:45pm - 5:00pm

___ Reflection Becomes Story: Weaving Memories, Mint Julep, and Moonlight

CONCURRENT SESSION D (1 HOUR CPE)

Saturday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

___ A Long and Winding Road to Effective Assessment in a Classroom of Choice

and Creativity

___ Owning the Humanities: Gamification in the English Classroom

___ Center-gizing the Middle School Literacy Classroom with Collaborative

Learning Stations

___ Death to the Picture Walk

___ From Scribbles to Writing Scrabble: Growing ALL Writers

___ Making Everything Blend in the Middle School Workshop Classroom

___ Committee for Learners with Special Needs Teacher Network Development

CONCURRENT SESSION E (1 HOUR CPE)

Saturday, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

___ Found in Translation: Book Trailers as a Literacy Tool

___ Connecting Writing to Authentic Audiences

___ Cosplay: Is it in Your Classroom? Ways to Foster Students of This Popular

Sub-Culture

___ Reading Is Thinking

___ Move It! Shake It! Learn It! Teaching Reading with Sound and Movement

___ The Power of One

CONCURRENT SESSION F (1 HOUR CPE)

Saturday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

___ Social Justice History: Reimagining Understandings Through Literature and

Local Heroes

___ The Power of Remediation Through Writing: Advocating for Student

Production over Consumption

___ Community Is the Curriculum: How to Get Students to Write Across

Campuses

___ Using Metacognitive Strategies to Facilitate the Composition Development

of Elementary Writers

___ Rhetorical Analysis for the Academic Student

___ Kinesthetic Storyboarding: Writing Intervention Support for Developing

Writers

___ An Analysis of Authors, Content and Genres of Hispanic-Related Selections

in Adopted 8th Grade Literature Anthologies in Texas 2001-2011

EVENING EVENT (1 HOUR CPE)

Saturday, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

___ Poetry Slam

WORKSHOP (3 HOURS CPE)

Sunday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

___ The Importance of Vision: Using Mentor Texts Throughout Writing Workshop

___ Diving Deep Into Nonfiction: Using Readers Rules of Notice

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INDEX

EXHIBITORS

APPLIED PRACTICE, LTD

www.appliedpractice.com

Applied Practice publishes supplemental

curriculum that enables teachers to integrate

student preparation for standardized tests with

their core curriculum for grades 6-12.

BEDFORD, FREEMAN & WORTH HIGH SCHOOL

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INDEX

SPEAKERS

Anderson, Nina .................................21

Arteaga, Elsy ..................................... 7

Bell, Libby ......................................21

Benge, Cindy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Benke, Nicole ...................................23

Blakely, Amy ..................................... 5

Bradley, Karen Sue ..............................28

Bradley, Jack ...................................28

Brewer, Amanda ................................17

Brooks, Benita ................................... 7

Brown, Donna .............................7, 18, 21

Calzoncin, Amy .................................20

Chadwick, Jocelyn ...........................13, 19

Charlton-Trujillo, e.E. ....................16, 24, 26

Christman, Jennifer .............................. 7

Colbert, Dorothy ................................. 7

Colley, Jared ..........................15, 22, 24, 27

Collier, Susan ...................................25

Consalvo, Annamary ............................22

Cunningham, Caitlin ............................16

Daigle, Abigail ................................... 7

David, Ann ......................................20

Dean-Burren, Roni ............................... 7

Dehn, Joanna .................................... 7

Draper, Sharon ..........................11, 22, 25

DuBos, Carolyn .................................22

Durrick, Karen ..................................27

Echols, Heather .................................. 7

Edenkrans, Buffy ................................21

Elliott, Brittany .................................16

Frankenberg, Megan ............................25

Freeman, Jovan .................................. 7

Garcia, Irma ....................................16

Garza, Joel .....................................27

Genova, Holly .............................7, 14, 28

Gerber, Hannah .................................57

Gerdes, Shirley ..................................20

Glover, Matt .................................11, 29

Goldblatt, Sharon ................................ 7

Golden, John ...................................16

Gonzales, Katrina .............................7, 16

Goode, Chris ....................................20

Green, Karen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 21

Hale, Margaret ................................1, 7

Hamilton, Laura ................................23

Heck, Jessica .................................... 7

Hernandez, Alfred ..............................25

Hewitt, Amelia ................................7, 18

Hogg, Ginny ....................................25

Hood, Sean .....................................28

Sue Hurt ......................................7, 18

Jansky, Katrina ..................................18

Jasinski, Rebecca ...............................20

Johnson, Lori ...................................27

Kissire, Angie .................................7, 17

Kittle, Penny ...............................9, 11, 24

Kriese, Tracy ..................................7, 17

Lang, Tonita ....................................17

Langston, Suzanne ..............................27

Leininger, Katrena ..............................15

Lemieux, Rhonda .............................7, 28

Leon-Garcia, Noemi .............................14

Lesesne, Teri .................................12, 16

Litterst, Patsy .................................... 7

Losiewicz, Amanda .............................25

McCarron, Allie ......................4, 7, 13, 17, 16

McIntyre, Janise ..............................7, 18

Mahmoud, Natalie ............................... 7

Malo, Victor ..................................... 7

Marin, Merari .................................... 7

Martin, Hilary .................................... 7

Martindell, Tim .................................15

Miller, Barbara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Miller, Diane ..................................7, 12

Miller, Donalyn .................................16

Miller, Karin ..................................... 8

Miller, Melinda .................................. 7

Moles, Janell .................................... 7

Nelson, Algrenon ...............................16

Nied, Gary ......................................27

O’Neal, Sharon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Oliver, Kelly ....................................24

Palmer, Amanda ................................13

Palmer, Tasha ................................7, 28

Peeples, Shanna ................................11

Perez, Debbie ..............................7, 17, 24

Perry, Karin .....................................13

Phillips, Amanda ................................21

Pineda, Heather ................................25

Pinkerton, Kim .................................1, 7

Pule, Heather .................................... 7

Pyne, Julie ......................................27

Rasmussen, Amy ................................14

Rayburn, Abby ..................................28

Reddig, Claire ...............................15, 25

Riva, Stephanie .................................. 7

Rodriguez, Dollie ...............................20

Rose, Shona ....................................12

Russell, Glen ...............................7, 16, 20

Rutledge, Seth ..................................20

Salazar, Yvonne .................................. 7

Sarao, Diana ....................................15

Scholz, Tracy ...................................16

Schroeder, Angela ..............................28

Scullin, Cheryl ..................................25

Sharp, Colby ..................................... 8

Shumacher, John ................................ 8

Shuck, Kristen .................................... 7

Shurtleff, Kay .................................... 7

Shusterman, Neal ............................10, 11

Simmons, Allyson ................................ 7

Smith, Rebecca .................................17

Stapp, Kristen .................................... 7

Stroud, Laura Lee ...............................27

Taylor, Valerie ..................................25

Teaff, Traci .....................................23

Tolson, Meredith ................................22

Toomes, Alyssa .................................21

Tovar-Hilbert, Jessica ...........................27

Troxell, Sylvia ..............................7, 17, 25

Tumy, Kelly ...................................... 7

Turner, Kasey ...................................20

Van der Ahi, Margo .............................22

Vanzura, Victoria ...............................24

Vasil, Brad ....................................... 8

Vasquez, Amanda ...............................21

Vaughan, Polly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Visco, Bill .......................................25

Voight, Becky ...................................15

Votteler, Nancy .................................. 7

Wade, Tracy ....................................28

Walker, Allyson .................................21

Walker, April. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Watkins, Deanna ..............................7, 18

Westfall, Dawn .................................. 7

Widmier, Amber ................................24

Wilhelm, Jeff .................................9, 29

Wilson, Chaterica ................................ 7

Wilson-Youngblood, Audrey .....................28

Winton, Stephen ................................13

Woodall, Jennifer ...............................24

Yeoman, Tara ...................................16

Young, Victoria .................................. 9

Zehavi, Eve ...................................... 7

Zihuatanejo, Joaquin ........................11, 28

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