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Saturday

ILA Next kicks off with a power-packed Main Stage Session, featuring keynotes from ILA President of the Board Stephen G. Peters, Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator Dan Santat, and Push Through Organization founderJasmyn Wright, and a special presentation from Made for Learning: How the Conditions of Learning Guide Teaching Decisions authors Debra Crouch and Brian Cambourne.

Saturday

Students in today's classrooms are unique individuals. They are also simultaneously members of multiple communities. During this session, educational leader Ernest Morrell will speak on how culturally responsive instruction, both as a curriculum and a pedagogical approach, embraces these identities and works to positively enhance student voice and engagement.

Session participants will leave with

  • Knowledge of the background and challenges in today's classrooms that can be answered with the core principles of culturally responsive instruction
  • An understanding of how cultural misunderstandings and intolerance, as well as underrepresentation, is detrimental to learning
  • A sampling of culturally responsive instruction and engagement strategies that teachers and administrators can implement to positively impact student growth and morale

Saturday

Kids need a lot. What we can accomplish in remote/hybrid learning feels different from what we used to accomplish. No one is really sure of what to do with this reality given that standards and expectations have not changed in any explicit way. The back-to-school rhythms of assessment and community building have been disrupted.  Although the pressure to return to business as usual feels intense, in this session, educators will explore the possibilities in taking pause, scaling back to the roots of teaching and learning, and exploring how joyful learning communities are cultivated by allowing kids to take the lead.


Tuesday

Time may be the most precious commodity in the classroom. From covering all the necessary curriculum and imparting life skills to attending meetings and answering emails, educators are faced with real challenges and there never seems to be enough time to do it all. Although teachers don't have the power to create more minutes in the school day, they do have the power to be effective and efficient with the time given. In this workshop, we will examine our use of time in the classroom in order to make more space for literacy. We will then preview innovative activities designed to optimize instructional time, engage students, and provide literacy-rich transitions. Together, we will outline literacy-rich activities that optimize transitional times and minimize lost instructional minutes—in face-to-face and online formats.


Tuesday
Join us in our workshop as we share how to use the Notice and Note Signposts for fiction and nonfiction as a way to empower readers. Participants who have not yet used the Signposts will receive a brief overview, while participants skilled with the Signposts will learn new ways to use them. We'll discuss both fiction and nonfiction and provide examples that are appropriate for face-to-face or distanced instruction. We'll move into complex texts as well as visit how picture books provide a good introduction for students. Join us as we share how to help students discover the power of a literate life.
Tuesday
Fluency in reading has been found, through scientific research, to be a critical competency for successful reading. Despite its importance, many teachers do not feel completely comfortable in their knowledge and instruction of fluency, and many students fail to achieve proficiency in this skill. In this workshop, Timothy Rasinski will provide theoretical and research background and definition to fluency. He will share effective and engaging strategies for teaching this essential reading component that will move students toward better comprehension and greater proficiency in reading.
Tuesday
Current debates about "technology addiction" and "excessive screen time" place educators in a bind. On the one hand, educational expectations demand that we teach with technology, while on the other hand, we know we must attend to our students' emotional and intellectual development. In this workshop, we will explore empathetic, intentional approaches that help students protect their privacy, maximize their attention, pop their filter bubbles, and understand the ways knowledge is created and circulated in a digital world. With practical teaching tips and suggested text sets to spur dialogue, we will develop our own alert, intentional stance, discovering ways in which we can teach with digital diligence.
Thursday

Office Hours are interactive, small-group gatherings that provide the perfect complement to the in-depth PD you'll enjoy from the Pathway Workshop series. Each Thursday you can connect with moderators, select speakers and fellow attendees not only to discuss what you're learning week to week but also to ask questions and share additional resources and ideas. 

Moderated by Kris McGee


Thursday

Office Hours are interactive, small-group gatherings that provide the perfect complement to the in-depth PD you'll enjoy from the Pathway Workshop series. Each Thursday you can connect with moderators, select speakers and fellow attendees not only to discuss what you're learning week to week but also to ask questions and share additional resources and ideas. 

Moderated by Tish Rezac and JJ Dugdale


Thursday

Office Hours are interactive, small-group gatherings that provide the perfect complement to the in-depth PD you'll enjoy from the Pathway Workshop series. Each Thursday you can connect with moderators, select speakers and fellow attendees not only to discuss what you're learning week to week but also to ask questions and share additional resources and ideas. 

Moderated by Kenneth Kunz