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PreCon Sessions

Registration $75.00 | Sessions are 2 hours. 

Practical Applications: Writing AI Prompts for Everyday Classroom Use

  • Description: Gain practical skills in writing AI prompts for a variety of classroom activities, including read-alouds, writing exercises, and project-based learning. Participants will practice creating and testing prompts to see how AI tools can be seamlessly integrated into their teaching.

  • Speaker: Dr. Delilah Gonzalez 

Lights, Camera, Action! Empowering Future-Ready Learners through Creative Digital Storytelling Endeavors 

 

  • 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 digital story design, demonstrating strategies for inspiring even reluctant learners to create meaningful and memorable stories brought to life. 

  • Speaker: Katie Alaniz, EdD

AI for Story Selection: Curating Engaging and Appropriate Read-Aloud Texts

  • Description: Discover AI tools that can help you select the best stories for read-aloud sessions. This session will show how to use AI to find texts that are engaging, age-appropriate, and aligned with your literacy goals.

  • Speaker: Brooke Webster

Debunking Myths: Understanding What AI Can and Cannot Do in Education

  • Description: This session aims to clarify common misconceptions about AI in education. Participants will learn about the actual capabilities and limitations of AI tools and technologies, helping to dispel unfounded fears and build a realistic understanding of AI's role in the classroom.

  • Speaker: Dr. Shannon Parish  

 

The Human Touch: How AI Supports, Not Replaces, Teachers

  • Description: This session will tackle the fear that AI might replace teachers. Participants will explore how AI can serve as a valuable tool to support and enhance teaching practices, allowing teachers to focus more on personalized instruction and student engagement.

  • Speaker: Dr. Karen Lee

Addressing Technophobia: Building Confidence in Using AI Tools

  • Description: Designed to help teachers overcome their fears of using AI technology, this session will provide hands-on experience with user-friendly AI tools. Participants will gain confidence in integrating AI into their teaching practices through guided practice and supportive resources.

  • Speaker: Dr. Amanda Collins

Personalizing Learning: Writing AI Prompts for Differentiated Instruction

  • Description: Explore how to write prompts that cater to diverse learning needs. This session will demonstrate how to create AI prompts that adjust for different reading levels, learning styles, and interests, helping to provide personalized learning experiences for all students.

  • Speaker: Dr. Emily Nguyen

 

Building AI Literacy: Preparing Students for the Future

  • Description: Learn how to incorporate AI literacy into your curriculum to prepare students for a future where AI is ubiquitous. This session will provide practical strategies for teaching students about AI concepts and applications.

  • Speaker: Dr. Michael Green

Data-Driven Decision Making: Leveraging AI for Literacy Assessment

  • Description: Explore how AI can be used to analyze literacy assessment data and inform instructional decisions. This session will highlight tools and techniques for data-driven teaching.

  • Speaker: Dr. Laura White

AI and Equity: Ensuring Fairness in Literacy Education

  • Description: Discuss the ethical considerations and potential biases associated with AI in education. Learn how to implement AI solutions that promote equity and inclusion in literacy instruction.

  • Speaker: Dr. Emily Brown


 

The Future of Literacy: AI Trends and Predictions

  • Description: Discover the emerging trends in AI that are poised to transform literacy education. This session will cover advancements in natural language processing, AI-driven content creation, and predictive analytics.

  • Speaker: Dr. John Broussard

Interactive Read-Alouds with AI: Engaging Students in Literacy

  • Description: Learn how to incorporate AI to create interactive and engaging read-aloud sessions. This session will demonstrate practical ways to use AI to ask comprehension questions, provide instant feedback, and adapt stories to student interests and reading levels.

  • Speaker: Brooke Webster 

Lights, Camera, Action! Empowering Future-Ready Learners through Creative Digital Storytelling Endeavors in PK

 

  • 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 digital story design, demonstrating strategies for inspiring even reluctant learners to create meaningful and memorable stories brought to life. 

  • Speaker: Katie Alaniz, EdD

 

The Science of Reading for Emerging Bilinguals: Strategies and Best Practices

Description: In this comprehensive session, educators will delve into the science of reading with a focus on supporting emerging bilinguals. As our classrooms become increasingly diverse, it is essential to understand how to effectively teach reading to students who are developing proficiency in both their native language and English. This session will provide evidence-based strategies, insights from recent research, and practical approaches for fostering literacy among bilingual learners.

Participants will explore the unique challenges and opportunities that bilingual students face in their reading development. The session will cover key concepts such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, tailored to the needs of emerging bilinguals. Educators will learn how to leverage students' linguistic strengths, support their language acquisition, and create an inclusive, culturally responsive literacy environment.

Key topics include:

  • Understanding the cognitive and linguistic processes involved in reading for bilingual students

  • Effective instructional strategies for teaching phonemic awareness and phonics to bilingual learners

  • Enhancing vocabulary and comprehension through culturally relevant texts and activities

  • Assessing and monitoring reading progress in bilingual students

  • Utilizing technology and AI tools to support bilingual literacy development

  • Creating a classroom environment that values and supports linguistic diversity

By the end of this session, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to apply the science of reading to support emerging bilinguals. They will leave with practical tools and strategies to enhance their literacy instruction, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to become confident and proficient readers.

Speaker: Faby Miller

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