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2024 READmarkably Lit - Conference Online Schedule  

Conference Day 1: Feb. 24th

8:30-9:00 AM                    Logon -  

9:00-10:00 AM                    Conference Welcome

10:00-10:30 AM                   Morning Break

10:30-11:45 AM                   Conference Continues

11:45 AM−12:45 PM            Lunch Break

12:45-2:00 PM                     Conference Continues

2:00-2:20 PM                       Afternoon Break

2:20-3:20 PM                       Conference Concludes

Help Desk: 832-600-7244  Mr. Kevin
Each Session will have a link for you to access the session virtually. 

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10:30am – 11:45am

Lights, Camera, Action! Igniting Innovation through Collaborative Digital Storytelling

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Presenter: Dr. Katie Alaniz

Description: The art of digital storytelling holds tremendous potential to capture the imagination of today's learners, regardless of age or preferred learning style. In the session, we will explore proven methods for collaborative digital story design, demonstrating strategies for inspiring even reluctant writers to create meaningful and memorable stories brought to life.

Multi-Language Learners

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Presenter: Rosa Garcia 

Description: Explore impactful strategies and methods designed to foster language development and cultural proficiency among multilingual learners in early learning and care environments. Acquire valuable insights on crafting inclusive atmospheres that embrace linguistic diversity and foster robust language fundamentals for every child.

Tick Tock Tic Time to Engage Students in Creative Literacy Work Stations

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Presenter: Dr. Delilah Gonzales 

Description: This workshop provides foundational strategies for leading an effective reading block that utilizes literacy stations to foster independence learning.

Shake, Rattle and Roll:  Phonics Instruction for Beginner Readers

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Presenter: Brooke Webster 

Description: This presentation will provide skills used to help beginning readers understand how letters are linked to sounds (phonemes) to form letter-sound correspondences and spelling patterns. The activities were chosen specifically geared towards the urban learning setting, where retaining stamina and engagement are a continuous struggle.

Using Children’s Literature to Promote Translanguaging with Emergent Bilinguals

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Presenter: Sandra L Osorio

Description: Emergent bilinguals enter the classroom with a wealth of cultural and linguistic resources. One of the most common and important practices in an early childhood classroom is reading aloud. Through sharing a book as a read aloud, the teacher serves as a role model of fluent, expressive reading, and demonstrates the ways in which an effective reader becomes engaged in a text. Whether in a monolingual classroom setting or a multilingual setting, when working with emergent bilinguals it is important all of a students’ linguistic resources are welcomed into the classroom. One way to do so is through the use of translanguaging pedagogy.

The Little Old Women Who Lived In a Shoe, Knew So Many Words and Didn’t Know What to Do- Building Academic Vocabulary

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Presenter: Dr. Ingrid Haynes 

Description: One of the major shifts reflected in today’s standards has been the integration of more complex vocabulary. These more challenging words used within directions, questions, and prompts require that classroom instruction focus on more than just the content and concepts of each subject. Teachers must also decode the sophisticated discourse that appears in the after-reading tasks.​

This workshop will expand participants’ understanding of vocabulary development and the instructional techniques that are effective in helping students expand their meaning vocabularies. Participants will learn how to assess students’ vocabulary knowledge and select words from a text that are most useful for instruction, including those with high frequency Greek and Latin word parts. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore online resources for vocabulary development and assess their own current vocabulary teaching strategies. Packed with practical tips and resources, this session will appeal to educators who are interested in learning new ways to extend their students’ knowledge of words.

Active Learning Strategies and Dynamic Assessment in Early Literacy: Research and Best Practices

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Presenters: Francisco Usero Gonzalez , PhD

 Description: The educational system's concern for the deficit levels of reading comprehension levels among students is alarming in today's schools. The proposed intervention is based on the “playful-creative” active learning methodology that combines all its efforts in offering a didactic tool to improve and evaluate reading comprehension at early levels, focused on phonological awareness. During this presentation, teachers and participants will learn active strategies and approaches to early literacy skill development through adult mediation with manipulatives and hands-on activities.

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Lunch

11:45 1m - 12:45 pm Lunch- Online Entertainment

Name that TV Theme Song 

 Wear your crazy hat to lunch!!

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12:45pm – 3:30pm

Multi-Language Learners

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Presenter: Dr. Ortiz, Dr. Walker and Dr. E. Rodriquez 

Description: Delve into effective strategies and approaches for nurturing the language development and cultural competence of multilingual learners in early learning and care settings. Gain insights into creating inclusive environments that celebrate linguistic diversity and promote strong language foundations for all children.

 

Lights, Camera, Action! Igniting Innovation through Collaborative Digital Storytelling

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Presenter: Dr. Katie Alaniz

Description: The art of digital storytelling holds tremendous potential to capture the imagination of today's learners, regardless of age or preferred learning style. In the session, we will explore proven methods for collaborative digital story design, demonstrating strategies for inspiring even reluctant writers to create meaningful and memorable stories brought to life.

 

Multi-Language Learners

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Presenter: Amy Wingat
Description: Explore impactful strategies and methods designed to foster language development and cultural proficiency among multilingual learners in early learning and care environments. Acquire valuable insights on crafting inclusive atmospheres that embrace linguistic diversity and foster robust language fundamentals for every child.

 

Inclusive Practices

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Description: Respond to the needs of children in all levels of ability, including participants in this session. Discover inclusive teaching methods that create an environment where every child, including those in attendance, can thrive. Gain a deeper understanding of all children, including those with exceptional needs, and discover how these practices lay the foundation for lifelong learning and success for the participants and the children they support.

In this engaging exploration, participants will discover the transformative potential of integrating play into educational settings to nurture cultures of inquiry. Join us as we delve into innovative strategies that harness the power of play to ignite curiosity, foster critical thinking, and cultivate collaborative learning environments.

 

Creating Cultures of Inquiry Through Play

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Presenter: Dr. E. Smith

Description: During this session, participants will immerse themselves in dynamic discussions and practical demonstrations showcasing how play can serve as a catalyst for inquiry-based learning. We will examine specific techniques and approaches to infuse play into the educational experience, encouraging a shift towards more interactive and exploratory learning environments.

Be part of a community of educators, administrators, and enthusiasts dedicated to redefining the role of play in education. Explore how the intentional integration of play can create vibrant cultures of inquiry, where curiosity flourishes and learners are inspired to ask questions, seek answers, and develop a lifelong passion for exploration. Join us in unlocking the potential of play as a powerful tool for cultivating inquisitive minds and fostering a love for continuous learning.

 

 

Fostering Family Connections / Fomentando vínculos con las familias

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Presenter: Dr. Hope  Luster

Description: Explore the dynamic landscape of family engagement in our session, "Fostering Family Connections / Fomentando vínculos con las familias." This interactive workshop is designed to empower educators with effective strategies for building meaningful connections with families.

 

Join us as we delve into practical approaches to strengthen the partnership between educators and families. Discover ways to enhance communication, involve parents in the learning process, and create a supportive home-to-school connection. Participants will gain valuable insights into cultural sensitivity and effective two-way communication that can bridge the gap between the classroom and the home environment.

 

Este taller interactivo está diseñado para empoderar a los educadores con estrategias efectivas para construir conexiones significativas con las familias.

 

By the end of this session, you will leave equipped with practical tools to create an inclusive and collaborative educational community that values and nurtures the essential role families play in a child's learning journey. Únete a nosotros y fortalece los vínculos que enriquecen la experiencia educativa para todos.

 

Phonological Awareness-Oral Language Development

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Presenter: Nyya Netters 

Description: This session will encourage evidence-based language and literacy strategies to promote emergent literacy. Faculty will participate with engaging strategies to encourage students to recognize the sound structure of language.

 

Building Comprehension Starts in the Early Childhood Classroom

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Presenter: Dr. Ingrid Haynes

Description: This session will introduce Instructional strategies which assist learners with their ability to understand, remember, and communicate meaning from text.

 

DAP Phonics Instruction

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Description: This session will promote developmentally approach practices for Intentional and explicit hands on engaging instructional strategies which builds the relationship between letters and sounds through research-based pedagogies.

 

Emergent Literacy: Small Group Activities Make and Take

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Presenter: Dr. Delilah Gonzales 

Description: Dive into an engaging session where participants will delve into a diverse array of small group activities specifically designed to enhance emergent literacy skills. These lessons focus on crucial aspects such as phonological awareness, letter knowledge, and book reading, addressing the foundational skills essential for supporting all learners.

Take away ready-made activities and materials that can be seamlessly integrated into your classrooms. Join us as we equip you with practical tools to immediately enhance literacy development in your learning environments.

 

"Mindfulness:

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Un Camino Hacia el Autocuidado" aims to empower PreK educators with tools to integrate mindfulness seamlessly into daily routines, fostering a positive and supportive atmosphere. Learn how mindfulness practices can contribute to the well-being of both educators and young learners, enhancing self-awareness, focus, and overall classroom harmony.

Join us for an enriching exploration of mindfulness in the PreK setting, and discover how cultivating awareness can pave the way for enhanced self-care and a more mindful learning environment.

 

Developmentally Appropriate Inclusion Practices for Early Childhood

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Presenter: Dr. Danielle Corbie-Archey

Description: Learn indicators of high-quality early childhood inclusion and what it takes to make a positive impact on young children with disabilities and their families. This session will provide an overview of evidence-based practices identified by our field and research which builds your awareness of the best early childhood special education practices.

 

Let Us Play! Learning through Play in Early Childhood

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Presenter: Brooke Webster, M.Ed.

Description: Play-based activities provide the opportunity for young children to discover and make sense of their world, expand their ideas, and practice and learn new concepts and skills. The benefits of learning through play go beyond social and emotional development. In this session, we will discuss some of the theories supporting learning through play and the benefits of structured and unstructured play in preschool. We will share ideas for teaching and assessing early literacy skills such as letter recognition, oral language development, writing, and story retelling.

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