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Optional graduate credits are available through the conference.Literacy Strategies for Language Learners | Online (1-4 graduate credits)Undergraduate credit for conference attendance (.5)
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Join us to celebrate K-12 literacy! Increase your impact in the classroom and foster a burning passion for learning.
We are thrilled to have Ellin Oliver Keene, author of many books, including Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning K-8 and Talk About Understanding, provide our keynote address. Ellin will also conduct a workshop from 10:50 to 2:30 on the topic of Understanding What's Essential in K-12 Literacy Content including best practices in instruction to enhance that content. Interested participants will immerse themselves in this activity in lieu of concurrent sessions I, II, and III. Attendance for this activity-based session is limited to 20, so register early and sign up for this option during checkout!
The day’s events also include a breakfast and Swap*Shop, concurrent breakout sessions, a wonderful lunch in Anderson Commons, and a variety of educational exhibitors. Technology demonstrations with a literacy focus will be available throughout the day.
Breakfast and Swap*Shop Details |
We'll kick the day off with a hearty breakfast and fun activity to fuel participant excitement for the day to come. Everyone is asked to bring a copy of their favorite literacy strategy, activity or idea. Attendees will be divided into small groups based on teaching level and context (elementary, secondary, EL, immersion/dual language, teacher preparation, etc.).Over a delicious breakfast, everyone has an opportunity to explain their ideas and discuss them with others at their table. The objective is to "swap", or share your ideas, and "shop", or gather new ideas that can be integrated right away in your classroom! Folders to store ideas and handouts will be provided.
Conference Outcomes |
We hope you join us for an exciting day as we keep the torch burning for quality literacy education. Bring your team and use our group discounts!
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Printable Course Overview | Variable credits 1-4 | $125 per credit
Purpose of the Course |
AMLA-550 focuses on literacy strategies for language learners in various contexts. Multilanguage learners have distinct needs as they develop literacy skills, and their alphabetic and phonological awareness impacts their ability to progress in reading and writing. In this course, students will read and discuss research around language development in learners as it relates to literacy, including phonological awareness and phonological transfer. Students will also investigate and evaluate a variety of approaches for supporting literacy development such as translanguaging, assessment in both the L1 and L2, phonemic awareness and decoding, acquisition of vocabulary, and explicit versus interactive teaching. Ultimately, students will apply the readings, discussions, and conference activities to their own classroom by designing materials to support their own students’ literacy.
Course Goals |
Explore the particular literacy needs of language learners via current research and literature
Reflect on both what can be learned from others at the STAR conference and on their own work.
Create materials that support language learners’ literacy development in a culturally and linguistically sustaining manner.
Course Objectives |
Students will be able to …
Describe the specific needs of language learners as they develop literacy skills at different proficiency levels and ages.
Identify effective strategies for supporting literacy development among language learners
Evaluate the strengths and challenges of a variety of strategies that can be used with language learners to teach literacy
Create original materials for their own classroom based on readings, discussions, and sessions at the STAR Conference.
Course Readings & Assignments | Please see the full course details in the printable version above.
This course is variable credit by participant. The assignments and expectations for students in each credit section will be clearly noted. In Moodle, all assignments will also be flagged according to the credit option.
Ellin Oliver Keene has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, non-profit director, and adjunct professor of reading and writing. For sixteen years she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition. She served as Deputy Director and Director of Literacy and Staff Development for the Cornerstone Project at the University of Pennsylvania for 4 years. Ellin works with schools and districts throughout the country and abroad. Her emphasis is long-term, school-based professional development and strategic planning for literacy learning. She serves as senior advisor at Heinemann, overseeing the Heinemann Fellows initiative and is the editor of the Heinemann Professional Development Catalogue/Journal.
Ellin is author of Engaging Children: Igniting the Drive for Deeper Learning (2018), is co-editor and co-author of The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching (Heinemann, 2015); co-editor of the Not This, but That series (Heinemann, 2013 - 2015); author of Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Understanding (Heinemann, 2012), To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension (Heinemann, 2008), co-author of Comprehension Going Forward (Heinemann, 2011), Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction, 2nd edition (Heinemann, 2007, 1st edition, 1997) and author of Assessing Comprehension Thinking Strategies (Shell Educational Books, 2006) as well as numerous chapters for professional books and journals on the teaching of reading as well as education policy journals.
As part of the conference, we are offering a block of rooms at Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead.
1080 28th Ave SMoorhead, MN 56560
Hotel reservations can be made online below or by phone at 218.284.1000, referencing the 2020 Literacy Conference at Concordia.
Group rate | $99.00 per night
Group rate is available through 5/18/20.
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