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ILA West 2018

Literacy: A Pathway to Equity

March 16–17, 2018
San Diego, CA

Thanks for attending ILA West 2018!

Check out some event highlights here.

Teachers and Coaches Strand

Literacy can change lives and open a world of possibilities for students. As we examine inequity across the United States, we know that education, and literacy skills in particular, can begin to level the playing fields. In the strand for teachers and coaches, we explore close reading, visible learning for literacy, quality instruction for English learners, vocabulary instruction, and many more topics that can ensure that all students, even our most vulnerable, become literate. Each breakout session provides participants with ideas that they can implement immediately as well as evidence that they can use to defend the practices.

Sandra Alberti

Sandra Alberti

Gwynne Ellen Ash

Gwynne Ellen Ash

Cathy Collier

Cathy Collier

Jana Echevarria

Jana Echevarria

Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey

Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor

Lori Oczkus

Lori Oczkus

Pilar Ramos

Pilar Ramos

MaryEllen Vogt

MaryEllen Vogt


Strand Sessions

Getting Everyone Reading Complex Texts: Why It's Critical, How It's Do-Able
Sandra Alberti
Although we realize that we want to hold all students to high standards that put them on the pathway to college and career readiness, bringing complex text into literacy instruction is much easier said than done. During this session, we will examine the research behind accessing text complexity for all students. Participants will be given the opportunity to apply the concepts of text complexity to analyze and plan supports around a text. We will share strategies to support students in this work.

Providing Equity for English Learners Through Embedded Professional Learning for Teachers
MaryEllen Vogt, Jana Echevarria
We will describe how equity for English learners can be attained when teachers engage in professional learning about SIOP that is embedded, inquiry-based, and collaborative.

Word Generation: Strategies for Academic Vocabulary Acquisition
Pilar Ramos
Research says academic word learning is a critical element of boosting reading comprehension, leveling the playing field, and closing the opportunity gap. In this workshop, participants will learn concrete strategies for supporting the development of academic language using research-based materials that are available to all online. Through videos, model lessons, and collaboration, educators will come away with a host of tools and resources to implement tomorrow.

Social Justice Does Not Just Live in Our Content, It Lives in Our Methods: Pursuing Justice by Solving Problems of Practice
Cornelius Minor
We know the research. Girls are underrepresented in science and technology. Children of color continue to be suspended at exponential rates compared to their white peers. Poor children are more likely to attend schools with fewer resources. These outcomes are sexist. They are racist. They are classist. School, as an institution, continues to perpetuate them. People often ask, "How can schools be sexist or racist or classist if I'm not?" Systems of oppression continue to work against children—despite our best intentions.

This presentation will explore how grading practices, classroom routines, teaching methodologies, discipline codes and other school structures can perpetuate the kinds of exclusion that keep poor children, girls, LGBTQIA+ children, disabled children and children of color from fully accessing and benefiting from a school curriculum. We will study how inquiry/action research can be a tool that practitioners use to dismantle these structures and to change them to truly benefit all learners.

Reciprocal Teaching: New Insights and Powerful Lessons for Results
Lori Oczkus
Boost literacy and yield dramatic results with the ultimate proven classroom "talk" and comprehension technique: reciprocal teaching. Take the power of the "Fab Four" comprehension strategies—predict, question, clarify, and summarize—to the next level with dozens of engaging new ideas for fiction and informational texts. This low-prep, high-yield strategy also makes charting a natural. Lessons to use tomorrow plus ways to share with parents will be shared.

Assessment-Capable Learners
Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey
We all know that collective efficacy is the new number one influence on students' learning. And there is good reason for that. In part, efficacious teachers ensure that their students are assessment capable, which means that students understand their current level of performance and compare that with the desired level of learning. Learn how to create assessment-capable visible learners who understand their educational goals, have the tools they need for the journey, and monitor their own progress. We'll also explore how student self-assessment acts as a springboard for markedly higher levels of achievement.

Taking the Threefold Path: Effective Vocabulary Instruction for Equity
Gwynne Ellen Ash
Layered on top of our everyday Anglo-Saxon English are words of Latin and Greek origin. These words share roots and affixes with other similar words. Their shared morphology allows students to use known word parts to decipher the meaning of previously unknown words. In this session, participants will learn not only what roots and affixes might be appropriate to teach but also how to include definitional and contextual strategies into their vocabulary instruction to support students in their literacy development.

Give Them Tools, Not Excuses: Writing in the Early Grades
Cathy Collier
Teaching writing in the early grades can be exciting AND independent. We just have to give our students the tools to make them successful.

Visible Learning for Literacy
Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey
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, not everything works. 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. And we've turned to Hattie's Visible Learning (2009) for help. As he noted, students must develop surface-level learning 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. In this interactive session, we focus on specific approaches that work at the surface level of learning and note that they are different from strategies that work at the deep and transfer levels. Importantly, we will clarify which approaches work at which phase of learning.

What We Read in Books, We Read in The World: The Role of Strategy Instruction, Demonstration, Practice and Transfer in Connecting Literacy to Social Justice
Cornelius Minor
People often say that books make us better people or that writing can change the world. This session will take a very close look at our role as educators in ensuring that this happens. Just like we cannot leave the teaching of literacy skills to chance, we cannot simply hope for a better world. We teach for one. In this session, we will work to name the skills, plan the lessons, gather the resources, and practice the methods that help children to learn and practice critical thinking skills in the literacy classroom and then to transfer those skills to their lived experience in the world.


How can I submit a proposal to speak at this event?

We are not accepting presentation proposals for ILA West 2018.

 

Sponsors

Gold

McGraw Hill Education

 

Bronze

Corwin Literacy

 

 

California Reading Association