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Cultivating a Culture of Literacy

ESC Region 12 is excited to offer K-12 ELAR teachers, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders an opportunity to acquire tools, resources, and connections that will reinforce the process of cultivating a culture of literacy on your campuses, in your classrooms, and for your students. 

In addition to the keynote and break-outs, attendees will have access to a variety of opportunities, including:

  • Lexia Learning will be sponsoring the luncheon for the 2019 Literacy Conference. 

  • Conference speakers and/or exhibitors will include Lexia Learning, Corwin, Heinemann, Barnes & Noble, Dinah Zikes, Tupperware, Werling Nexus, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and more!


  • Quality door prizes will be distributed throughout the Conference. 

Register Today!

Session #148412

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fee: $150* 

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*2018-2019 Enhanced Curriculum Co-op members may attend for a reduced fee of $85. 

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Email Larissa Mezynski if you have questions about registration, or other conference details. 

KeynoteDouglas Fisher, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of IRA’s Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE’s Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. Doug is a credentialed English teacher and administrator in California. Read more about Dr. Fisher!

  • Educators have been in search of “what works” for decades. Our collective search for better ways to reach students and ensure that they develop knowledge and skills has resulted in thousands and thousands of books, hundreds of thousands of research articles, and countless websites. The truth is nearly all things teachers do work when we ask what improves student achievement. But only a few things work at ensuring that students gain a full year’s worth of growth for a year of enrollment in school, and we think it’s time we focused on what works, what doesn’t work, and what can’t hurt. To do this, we turned to John Hattie and his Visible Learning (Hattie, 2009) research for help. With him, we wrote Visible Learning for Literacy (Fisher, Frey Hattie, 2016). As this work makes clear, students must develop surface-level knowledge if they are ever going to go deep. And we know that deep learning can facilitate transfer, which has been a goal shared by educators for as long as there have been teachers. Participants will:

    • Learn how to apply the principles of Visible Learning research to the literacy classroom
    • Understand the three phases of learning—surface, deep and transfer—and the unique importance of each
    • Learn which literacy practices have the greatest impact on student growth (and which have the least) to maximize and strategize teaching time
    • Understand how to use the right approach at the right time, so you can more intentionally design classroom experiences that hit the surface, deep and transfer phases of learning
  • Teachers can model for students a variety of activities and behaviors from how to interact with peers to how to write an essay. At the core, modeling is a time when you highlight areas that you predict will be difficult for students, and show them how you resolve comprehension problems. This full or half-day session will explain 5 types or purposes for modeling along with methods for effective modeling. In doing so, you model the habits of an active reader when confronted with challenging text. Participants will:

    • Define modeling and understand the 5 purposes /types of modeling:
      • Model That Which Is Difficult For Students
      • Model Ways to Resolve Problems
      • Model How You Interact With Text
      • Model Through Think-Alouds
      • Model Through Interactive Shared Readings
    • Identify a modeling approach for each of the five
    • Utilize purpose to gain student participation
  • In scaffolded reading instruction, small groups of students with similar learning needs are grouped together for a short time to received specific instruction from the teacher using text that will require instruction and support. This workshop will examine key elements of scaffolded reading and cover in depth the practices and principles that guide effective scaffolded reading instruction. Participants will learn:

    • The differences between scaffolded reading and close reading
    • To understand principles and practices of scaffolded reading
    • To identify and implement elements of scaffolded reading
  • Do you have students that struggle to see themselves as readers because they can't read the words yet? Do you struggle to know what to do to nudge those students along the literacy continuum? Using approaches from the book, I Am Reading by Kathy Collins and Matt Glover, this session will share strategies to encourage these readers to engage deeply with texts and develop positive reader identities.  Participants will be inspired with ideas for ways to identify and support the reading work of young children before they are reading conventionally. 

    Presenter: Rachel Page

  • In this fast-paced session, learn how to effectively use Dinah Zike’s three-dimensional interactive graphic organizers and create strong links to literacy and increase general classroom success. Build your own three-dimensional graphic organizers to use with K-5 students of all ability levels. We’ll consider whole class, small group, and individual activities to encourage meaningful student response to literature. Materials provided.

    Presenter: Rhonda Meyer

  • Help students develop a unique and creative way to respond to literature they have read! Session participants will learn how to help students become part of their favorite story or book using green screen technologies and the Doink app. Attendees will participate hands-on to create their own example project during the session.

    Presenter: Jessica Torres

  • The integration of reading and writing strategies helps students make the leap from knowing to understanding. Explore strategies, tools, and practices to help you make the most of your literacy block. 

    Presenter: Brittany Thomas

  • As a literacy leader, are you overwhelmed by flurry of activities during the elementary literacy block?  It can be difficult to identify the tasks that best support student growth. This session for administrators and coaches will examine the components of explicit, systematic instruction in word study and vocabulary.  Participants will explore the features of effective instruction, practice using checklists to guide classroom observations, and leave with resources to support teachers.  

    Presenter: Tracy Harper

  • Infographics are useful for critical thinking and literacy models. Session participants will learn how students can make infographics on Canva to iterate a subject in new ways, as well as build their research and information vetting skills! Best of all, they can do it while being creative.

    Presenter: Jessica Torres

  • Are you struggling with pacing and differentiation? Do you find yourself stuck looking for solid resources to help engage your learners? During this session, I will show you how I incorporate tending topics like Signposts, NEWSELA, and Google Classroom to keep my students working at their levels while providing rigor to increase reading and writing skills. 

    Presenter: Andrea Snow

  • What does feedback look like in your classroom?  Is it more than just returning graded papers or saying, "Good Job?"   Feedback, if given correctly, can be a powerful influence on the learning cycle.  In this session, based on Anita Archer's highly researched Explicit Instruction, we will explore practical ways of providing effective feedback which leads to student growth.

    Presenter: Denise Gilbert

  • The skill of reading requires constant use or a child's ability will regress. With this in mind, students who move to secondary as strugglers may find themselves reading less and less because of their lack of confidence and time. In this session, we will focus on some concrete ways to work with secondary students to get them back on track and comprehending what they read.

    Presenter: Denise Bell

  • "Foldables divide data (or concepts, ideas, skills) and make them visual or graphic with a kinesthetic integration." - Dinah Zike

    Come learn how to use Dinah Zike's three-dimensional graphic organizers called Foldables, to cement learning in students by providing a creative, hands-on, kinesthetic way to record and process concepts and vocabulary.  Foldables are a wonderful way to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all learning styles.  

    In this session participants will - 

    Learn the 5 basic folds along with many others
    Discuss using Foldables to differentiate instruction
    Discover the value of Notebooking with Foldables

    Presenter: Konnette Koen

  • The world is a big place full of diverse and exciting people.  Come check out ways that you can use books and digital resources to provide windows and mirrors to embrace a multicultural perspective. 

    Presenter: Amberly Walker

  • Collaboration is a means to an end, not the end itself! Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are  much more than a meeting! They are an ongoing process in which educators share the vision that formal education is not simply to ensure that students are taught, but to ensure that they learn. They also operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators. If educators meet with peers on a regular basis only to return to business as usual, they are not functioning as a PLC. This session will focus on putting the “Learning” back into PLC to cultivate a culture for literacy on your campus.

    Presenters: Christa Miller and Shay Garland

Share your content knowledge and instructional expertise with other literacy educators as we cultivate a culture of literacy across the Region! 


The vision of the Literacy Conference is to equip literacy teachers and leaders in fostering a vibrant culture of literacy for their students and campuses, including:

  • Best instructional practices
  • Research-based strategies
  • High-leverage resources
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