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ILA 2019

ILA’s annual conference is a truly transformative experience that not only inspires attendees but also empowers them to translate their inspiration into action in their classrooms, break rooms, conference rooms, boardrooms, and chambers of government after the conference is over.

We’re excited to see you at ILA! Check out our workshops and professional sessions (info below). And stop by booth 233 for more information on our literacy programs.

New Orleans, LA October 10 - October 13

Click on the dates below for details about our presentations.

  • October 11
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Room 289

    Five Leadership Practices That Drive Success in K–2 Literacy

    What are the key leadership practices that drive success in K–2 literacy? We have the data to answer that question, and an understanding of what those practices look like in real-life classrooms. K–2 literacy success requires concrete and committed school- and district-wide action, and it is also demonstrably achievable, even in high-need schools. Drawing from a decade of research in tracking early literacy pathways, this session provides an overview of five leadership practices observed in a diverse array of schools that have achieved outsized results and growth in early literacy.

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Room 296

    Implementing Argumentation: Building Ideas in Science While Developing Academic Language and Literacy

    Find out how scientific argumentation, experienced through an engaging and compelling science context, supports middle school students in developing oral and written language while they are constructing new understandings of science content. Teachers will participate in an exemplar sequence that includes gathering evidence and engaging in discussions to help formulate arguments. Participants will reflect on how to create a culture of scientific argumentation in their own classrooms, as they work across content areas to support the next generation of evidence-based, critical thinking citizens.

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Room 275

    ELA Principles of Engagement for Literacy Success

    Successful literacy instruction depends on engagement. Fortunately, we now have new, proven strategies for turning a “teaching moment” into an  engagement moment. This session will present these updated approaches to differentiation, assessment, and feedback‑engagement’s building blocks‑and show how bringing them into your classroom can help change the future of literacy.

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Room 288

    Disciplinary Literacy: Strategies for Simultaneously Developing Science Understanding and Language and Literacy

    What does it mean to read, write and talk like a scientist? Explore the convergence between science and English language arts standards and what it takes for students to access and develop complex science ideas through literacy. Experience model lessons from a K–5 literacy-rich science curriculum developed by science and literacy experts at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Participants will reflect on the specific teaching strategies for fostering deep science learning while students simultaneously develop disciplinary literacy in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and vocabulary.

  • October 12
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Room 398-399

    The Latest Trends and Advancements in Dyslexia Screening

    What does new dyslexia screening legislation mean for you, and, given the latest research in early literacy and assessment, what are the best ways to identify and support readers who may be at risk? This session will answer those questions, with experts from the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching and Learning—the authors of DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy)— exploring the latest advances and requirements that go beyond universal screening and help educators screen for the early warning signs of dyslexia risk.

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Room 275

    The Missing Link in Reading Comprehension

    The latest research in early literacy shows there is a critical process that occurs during reading comprehension. Although often overlooked, a focus on this process in the classroom can yield real improvement in overall comprehension. Learn more about this key component at this special workshop: what it is, why it’s important, and how to teach these important new skills.

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Room 275

    A Multisensory Approach to Foundational Skills: Firing Up Those Neurons

    Learning to read is not a natural process. Instruction in Foundational Skills is imperative, an essential element for equitable educational experiences. This interactive workshop explores rich multisensory learning experiences that engage students, activating all parts of the brain for deep learning. Caution: Be prepared to be an active participant!

Featured Speaker

Megan Goss Megan Goss is the Middle School Literacy Lead for The Learning Design Group. She is a former elementary teacher and earned a PhD in Education in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley. Megan was a lead author for the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® unitsGravity and Magnetism, Variation and Adaptation, Digestion and Body Systems, Weather and Water, Models of Matter, Chemical Changes, and Aquatic Ecosystems. She has also authored several student books.

Featured Speaker

Susan Lambert Susan Lambert is vice president of Amplify CKLA, and is a former principal, curriculum director, and teacher.

Featured Speaker

Deb Sabin Deb Sabin leads Amplify’s curriculum development teams for ELA as the Chief Academic Officer. Previously, she was Director of Instruction and Training for The Writer’s Express. She’s been an ELA teacher in a variety of classrooms from alternative high schools, to elite prep schools, to international dual language programs.

Featured Speaker

Krista Curran Krista is the senior vice president and general manager of assessment and intervention solutions at Amplify. Krista oversees product development, research and analytics and customer experience teams. Previously she ran the account management team, which partners with large districts on solution implementation. Krista has over 20 years of experience in educational assessment. Prior to Amplify, Krista served as a director with Educational Testing Service (ETS), where she was responsible for international partner management, research, development and operations of large-scale international assessment programs, which assess the English-language abilities of nonnative speakers of English. Krista has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Penn State University and completed some graduate coursework in Policy Research and Measurement from the University of Pennsylvania.

Featured Speaker

Andrew Benesh As Director of Educational Partnerships, Andrew leads a team who works closely with district leaders, principals, and teachers on effectively utilizing Amplify curriculum and early literacy offerings. This includes helping educators set goals, analyze aggregate and student level data, develop next steps, and evaluate progress on established goals. Prior to joining Amplify, Andrew was a classroom teacher and elementary school principal. As a principal, Andrew served as instructional and operational leader for a 750 student Pre-K through 6th grade school. His experiences in public schools have provided Andrew with a clear understanding of how to best support the educators he works with through Amplify. Andrew holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M in Finance and a M.Ed. from Texas Woman’s University.

Featured Speaker

Gina Biancarosa Gina Biancarosa is the Ann Swindells Chair in Education and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Oregon (UO). Biancarosa also serves as the Director of PhD program in Quantitative Research Methods and conducts her research at the Center on Teaching and Learning.

Featured Speaker

Anne Lucas As a product manager for Amplify’s supplemental programs, Anne’s mission is to create digital reading programs that not only help students learn critical reading skills, but simultaneously save teachers time and extend their reach in the classroom. As a former teacher and administrator, Anne understands firsthand that classroom time is both precious and sacred, and that any digital tool that is brought into a classroom must be an effective one. She enjoys working with teachers and students of all grade levels, though she began her career as a Kindergarten teacher, so it will always hold a special place in her heart.

Amplify CKLA

Core curriculum

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Amplify ELA

Core curriculum

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Amplify Reading K–8

Supplemental

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mCLASS

Assessments

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