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Friday, October 16
 

9:00am EDT

Virginia English Language Arts Supervisors Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

This meeting is for the English and Language Arts supervisors from around the state of Virginia. It is by invitation only.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy Robertson

Tracy Robertson

English Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education
Tracy Robertson serves as the K-12 English Language Arts Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Education. Prior to the current position, Tracy was the High School English Specialist at the Department. With more than 35 years in education in all levels, she has extensive teaching... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 9:00am - 11:50am EDT
Ball Room
  Meeting

9:00am EDT

Conference Registration (Mandatory) (Friday)
Come to the registration table to receive your registration folder, name badge, meal tickets, and for any other logistical needs you may have.

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Foyer
  Logistics

11:00am EDT

An Assessment of Composition Approaches We Have Known - and Not Always Loved! What now?
Limited Capacity seats available

We plan to describe and assess past approaches to teaching Freshman Composition with the aim of combining the best of all into a newly designed English 101 course. 


Friday October 16, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Capitol
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Without cultural literacy that the school curriculum teaches ,students will be at a disadvantage in social situations and conversations when they venture into the real world. Cultural literacy, therefore, equips the students with a shared form of knowledge that is imperative for all literate people.

Presenters
RK

Rosalie Kiah

Professor of English


Friday October 16, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Elizabethan
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

Examining Strategies and Patterns for Essay Development in the University Writing Course
Limited Capacity seats available

During the 50 minute session, at least 4 patterns of developments will be presented. Best practices for completing writing prompts will be illustrated in the classroom and how to locate examples on the Internet. The lesson will include guidance for each type of writing process. Finally, a student models will be provided for each pattern.


Friday October 16, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Georgian
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

Reinvigorating the Bunny: The Basic Skills of Writing Successful Freshman Composition Papers
Limited Capacity seats available

This session, based on a paper and on current research, will revisit and explore the four basic components involved in writing an essay by using organization, development, sentence structure, and grammatical errors that first-year college students will need to be successful in a variety of fields and academic disciplines.

Presenters

Friday October 16, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Raleigh
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

Writing to Build Resilience: Four Case Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

The session will share results from a semester-long intervention which used writing to foster resilience in at-risk students. The session will review current research, narrative case studies, and student work samples. Discussion and Q&A will follow.

Presenters
avatar for Carroll Hill

Carroll Hill

English teacher, Kate Collins Middle School
I am a middle school English teacher interested in how writing can help students reimagine their futures. I recently completed teacher-action-research designed to help students use writing to cultivate academic and social resilience.


Friday October 16, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Drake
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

VATE's Welcome to First-Time Conference Attendees and New VATE Members
Limited Capacity seats available

VATE would like to welcome both first-time conference attendees as well as brand new members. Come hear about the conference and organization. Meet at the registration table at1 11:00. Attendees will be eligible for special raffle prizes!

Presenters
avatar for Tori Otsot

Tori Otsot

Teacher, York County School Division


Friday October 16, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Foyer

11:00am EDT

Book Store (Friday)
Shop at the bookstore! Buy books from our featured authors to get signed, or just add to your personal or classroom collection.


Friday October 16, 2015 11:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Foyer
  Book Store

12:00pm EDT

Conference Welcome and Opening YA Author Gigi Amateau
Host
Keynote Speakers
avatar for Gigi Amateau--AUTHOR

Gigi Amateau--AUTHOR

I'm looking forward to meeting Virginia's amazing teachers of English! Thank you all so much for inviting me to join you at your 2015 conference. A bit about my writing: I've written seven books for kids, all published with Candlewick Press. Check out my website for more info... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Ball Room
  Speaker

1:00pm EDT

Back to the Real Basics--Authentic Learning in English Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, Stephanie Nelson will talk about how she still uses methods that include active learning, critical thinking, and authentic, real world learning in her classroom, while addressing the State SOLs. Kathy, her former professor, will talk about how English Education Programs must meet the needs of teachers while holding on to tried methods of teaching that enhance student learning.

Presenters
avatar for Kathryn H Kelly

Kathryn H Kelly

PROFESSOR, RADFORD UNIVERSITY
avatar for Stephanie Nelson

Stephanie Nelson

English 6-7, Check Elementary School


Friday October 16, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Elizabethan
  Breakout

1:00pm EDT

My Kids are Done…Now What?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session provides ideas for extension and enrichment activities to keep early finishers learning.

Presenters
avatar for Tori Otsot

Tori Otsot

Teacher, York County School Division


Friday October 16, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Capitol
  Breakout

1:00pm EDT

Pictures from the Past: Pulitzer Prize Photographs as Primary Sources
Limited Capacity seats available

A teacher and a school library media specialist report on their experiences, challenges, and results in a collaborative project in which students were asked to investigate Pulitzer Prize winning feature photography and utilize them as primary sources.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Duffey

Jessica Duffey

Librarian, Amelia County Public Schools
avatar for Daniel Trump

Daniel Trump

English Teacher, Amelia County Public Schools


Friday October 16, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Drake
  Breakout

1:00pm EDT

Teaching English 101: Using Mentor Texts to Guide Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will introduce you to effective strategies for using mentor texts to stimulate more student engagement and achievement by merging critical reading, writing, and vocabulary in a more authentic and accessible way via the integration of meaningful technology with rich texts.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Nogueras

Jill Nogueras

Henrico County Public Schools
Jill Nogueras is in her 13th year teaching secondary English and serves as the literacy coach for Henrico County Public Schools. She has taught everything from Reading to AP Language and Composition. Jill writes reading curriculum and has served on the SOL Item and Test Review Committee... Read More →
avatar for Emily Stains

Emily Stains

Teacher/Reading Specialist/Department Leader, Varina High School
Emily Stains is in her 11th year of teaching high school English and has taught grades 9-12 (collaborative, honors, and AP Literature). Emily's passion is empowering teachers and students to pursue their best selves and unlock their greatest potential using data-driven instruction... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Georgian
  Breakout

1:00pm EDT

Using August Wilson's Plays to Develop Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Playwright August Wilson stated, “In the language of the day I will say eternal things.” In ten plays chronicling 20th-century African American life, Wilson accomplished that intent.  Studying Wilson’s unforgettable characters, powerful plots, and rich dialogue, teachers can empower students themselves to express with voice and pen truths about their own lives and worlds.

Presenters
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WaNelle Anderson

Assistant Professor, Norfolk State University


Friday October 16, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Raleigh
  Breakout

2:00pm EDT

Can We Talk about Urban Street Fiction for Youth?
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation shares the findings of a qualitative content analysis of the representations of urban in several young adult novels labeled urban street fiction. Scholars have recognized the potential of urban street fiction to capture reluctant readers. Thus, we will have an open discussion about urban street fiction and how English teachers might use selected novels in middle and high school classes.

Presenters
avatar for Sabrina Carnesi

Sabrina Carnesi

Doctoral Student & NNPS Librarian, Old Dominion, United States of America
I am in my second year as a doctoral student at ODU. I am also the school librarian at Crittenden Middle School in Newport News, VA. I have be a K12 educator for 3 decades.
KH

KaaVonia Hinton

Old Dominion, United States of America


Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Drake
  Breakout

2:00pm EDT

Digital Literacy 101: Using Holocaust Survivor Video Testimony in the Classroom with IWitness
Limited Capacity seats available

In IWitness, an application developed by the USC Shoah Foundation, the voices of the past—genocide survivors—will provide educators and students with the ability to stream, search, develop video projects, and share them within the IWitness community. IWitness will assist our students in creating the future by building digital literacy skills and responsible digital citizenship.

Presenters
LP

Laura Pritchard Dobrin

English and History Teacher, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy


Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Georgian
  Breakout

2:00pm EDT

Image and Imagination: Using House on Mango Street and Movement for Personal Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

In this movement and writing workshop, the instructor will read three vignettes from the House on Mango Street to inspire movement and writing. The presenter will also read aloud ideas, themes, and movements from the book to inspire movement and writing. We will focus on the theme of identity and culture in personal writing. The movement reflects everyday activities.

Presenters
MB

Mary Beth Cancienne

Professor, James Madison University
Dr. Cancienne is a Professor of English Education in the Middle and Secondary Education Department in the College of Education. She teaches courses in high school English methods and accompanying high school practicum, Curriculum and Co-curriculum, Foundations of American Education... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Raleigh
  Breakout

2:00pm EDT

Student Selected Reading Assessment: Life After a Reading Log
Limited Capacity seats available

English teachers love reading, but we are tasked with the question of sparking that love in our students. Then, once we have peaked their interest, how do we assess that time spent in class reading? In this session, you will receive some practical activities to take to your own classroom of readers.

Presenters
avatar for Maggie Hosmer

Maggie Hosmer

Maggie Hosmer is a high school English teacher for the York County School Division. She currently is teaching Advanced and on level English 10. She also has taught English 11.


Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Elizabethan
  Breakout

2:00pm EDT

Teacher Preparation 101: Basics and Best Practices for the 21st Century
Limited Capacity seats available

English Education students across the state will share their experiences in their teacher education programs that prepare them to teach English in classrooms of the 21st century. They will discuss the basics of their programs, such as course work and field experiences as well as “best practices” they have learned to engage students in their literacy learning while addressing the state SOLs.

Host
avatar for Kathryn H Kelly

Kathryn H Kelly

PROFESSOR, RADFORD UNIVERSITY

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Darr

Samantha Darr

Samantha has always held a deep appreciation for reading, and realized her love of teaching as she went through high school. With knowledge of current technology, Samantha wishes to combine more classic styles of teaching with modern day tools. Samantha wants to teach so that she... Read More →
avatar for Paige Illig

Paige Illig

Senior English education major, from Ashburn, Virginia. She is a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha and a brother of Phi Sigma Pi. She has wanted to teach since she was in preschool, she even used to make her friends be her "students" both in school and at home. Her love for English came... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Leigh

Kathleen Leigh

Student, Bridgewater College
I am a senior English major working towards my secondary education certification and an ELL endorsement. I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and I attend Bridgewater College.
avatar for Jessica Pullis

Jessica Pullis

Graduate Student, James Madison University
I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Ed Concentration) from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in pre-professional Secondary Ed and Theatre. I am also pursuing an add-on endorsement in Gifted Education... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Purcell

Hannah Purcell

Student, Liberty University
I am a Senior at Liberty University, finishing a degree in English with a Teacher Licensure. I have a passion for impacting the lives of my future students through the field of English education. In the spring, I will enter into my semester of student teaching and last semester as... Read More →
avatar for Whitley Thompson

Whitley Thompson

Student, Liberty University
Whitley Thompson is a senior at Liberty University. She is majoring in English with a Teacher Licensure and plans on pursuing her masters in School Counseling. She believes that English is the best subject to mold and impact student's lives positively. Growing up as an army kid, she... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Capitol
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Do You Want to Build a Snowman (With Your Librarian?)
Limited Capacity seats available

Foster collaboration with your librarian to engage your students while covering SOLs. We will go over different collaborative activities and strategies to make working together a breeze. This presentation will be interactive and is intended for middle school and high school teachers. Take aways include: collaborative lesson plan template, and collaborative lessons.

Presenters
avatar for Judy Deichman

Judy Deichman

Teacher Librarian, Nottoway Middle School
Librarian in Nottoway for the past 8 years....the best job ever!AASL Treasurer....second best job ever!AASL National Library Standards Implementation Task Force....third best job ever!Mother of 5!!!......Hands down overall winner!
avatar for Allison Jones

Allison Jones

Nottoway Middle School
I have been teaching English 7 for the past seven years at Nottoway Middle School. I am a Lead Teacher, a NJHS sponsor, and department chair. My husband and I love to spend time with our animals (2 dogs, 3 cats, and a guinea pig,) and our families.


Friday October 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Capitol
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Engaging the Apathetic Student
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will be introduced to my research on student apathy, the origins of student apathy, the students' definition of busy work, and methods of preventing and/or combatting student apathy. Following a quick presentation, teachers will be led through exercises or view videos that will show them creative exercises in action.

Presenters
avatar for Heather Curran

Heather Curran

English Teacher, Clover Hill High School
I have been teaching for twenty years; last year, I completed a research study on student apathy that completely changed my perspective on teaching. I have taught seventh through twelfth grade English, different levels ranging from below average to Advanced Placement. My students... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Georgian
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Rethinking the 'Basic Rules' of Academic Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

Which traditional rules for writing really matter in your classroom, and why? In this session you'll be invited to examine your convictions about teaching the conventions of academic writing as I suggest reconsidering certain rigid "rules" that we have to admit are myths. Warm-up discussion, followed by presentation and wrap-up discussion.

Presenters
CV

Carol V. Johnson

Associate Professor of English, Virginia Wesleyan College
Carol V. Johnson is Associate Professor of English at Virginia Wesleyan College, where she developed the writing center and teaches courses in writing, the teaching of grammar and writing, and linguistics. She earned her doctorate in composition and TESOL from Illinois State Univ... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Drake
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Throwing a Wrench at Mechanics - Bringing the Basics to Life
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will have teachers excited to bring grammar instruction to life in the reading and writing workshop. We will show you how to make grammar make sense by integrating it with the reading and writing that your students do every day. Teachers will leave with templates and ideas for creating hands on grammar instruction that addresses punctuation, clarity, unity, and style.

Presenters
avatar for Jan Collins

Jan Collins

Literacy Specialist, Chesterfield County Public Schools
I have a passion for all things literacy! As a reading specialist, I teach our most at-risk students. I am responsible for Applications of Reading courses and remediation in general.
avatar for Rebecca Hodell

Rebecca Hodell

Teacher, Chesterfield County Public Schools
I am an NBCT and a seventeen year veteran teacher. I teach high school students of every level. In my school, I develop the curriculum for our at-risk students. I am passionate about all students gaining the literacy skills they will need for any walk of life and about sharing... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Elizabethan
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Young Adult Lit in the Class
Limited Capacity seats available

Young adult literature has never been more popular. Find out how to incorporate it into your classroom! Participants will leave with lessons for selected titles and the information of how to incorporate student choice of reading into their department's reading lists.

Presenters
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Becca LaVoie

English Teacher, Madison County High School
I have taught middle school and high school English for seven years. I am currently working on my master's degree to become certified as a library media specialist.


Friday October 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Raleigh
  Breakout

4:00pm EDT

Vendor Musical Tables Trivia
Limited Capacity seats available

Come meet and mingle with the conference vendors, while playing "musical tables" and answering Edgar Allan Poe trivia.

Host
Friday October 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Foyer
  Activity

4:00pm EDT

Poetry Society of Virigina Program
Limited Capacity seats available

This program features four experienced, award-winning poets who will share a sampling of their poetry as well as brief discussions of relevant topics related to poetry in the classroom. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sampling of poetry they have written. Attendees will be invited to sign-up for a visit to their schools by an experienced poet.

Presenters
DK

Derek Kannemeyer

Derek Kannemeyer was born in Cape Town, raised in London, and educated at the University of London and University of Virginia. He recently retired from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond where he taught Creative Writing and French for the last 34 years. He has published his poetry... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Statewide Partners Program Presenter, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda was appointed Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2006-2008, by Governor Timothy M. Kaine. She is the co-editor of three anthologies and author of seven poetry books: The Embrace, Seasons of Sharing, Contrary Visions, Gathering Light, Death Comes Riding, Greatest Hits... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Richardson

Nathan Richardson

Nathan M. Richardson is a poet, author, and literary consultant who has received national and international recognition for his work. He is the author of the following collections: Likeness of Being, You Are the Subject, and the poetry CD Nathan Live at Langley. Nathan’s most popular... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Edward Lull

Edward Lull

Edward W. Lull, born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Upstate New York. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955, his first career was in the Navy, serving primarily in submarines. He earned an MS from The George Washington University in 1969. In his second career, he held... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ball Room
  Speaker

5:00pm EDT

Off-site Dinners with Preservice Teachers
Connect with a group of pre-service teachers that are our "Richmond City Experts." Sign-up to meet them at a restaurant around the city, based on what kind of food you are interested in. Sign-up sheets will be posted by the registration tables.

Friday October 16, 2015 5:00pm - 7:15pm EDT
Off-Site

7:30pm EDT

Off-site Tour of the Virigina Museum of Fine Arts
Join us off-site of the conference center at the states's art museum: the VMFA. Take a 30-minute tour of the permanent exhibits and collections. Arrive early to enjoy wine or food at the museum's regular happy hour. This is not a VATE-only event.

Friday October 16, 2015 7:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Off-Site
 
Saturday, October 17
 

7:30am EDT

Conference Registration (Mandatory) (Saturday)
Come to the registration table to receive your registration folder, name badge, meal tickets, and for any other logistical needs you may have.

Saturday October 17, 2015 7:30am - 3:00pm EDT
Foyer
  Logistics

8:00am EDT

Continental Breakfast
With your meal ticket, come join everyone for a continental breakfast.

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am EDT
Ball Room
  Meal

8:00am EDT

Book Store (Saturday)
Shop at the bookstore! Buy books from our featured authors to get signed, or just add to your personal or classroom collection.


Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Foyer
  Book Store

8:30am EDT

Book and School Supplies Donation Presentation
Partnering with the newly-chartered River City Junior Women's Club of Richmond, VATE will present local school representatives with the collected books and school supplies.

Presenters
avatar for Tori Otsot

Tori Otsot

Teacher, York County School Division


Saturday October 17, 2015 8:30am - 8:45am EDT
Ball Room
  Presentation

9:00am EDT

Tracy Robertson's English SOL Insights
Host
Keynote Speakers
avatar for Tracy Robertson

Tracy Robertson

English Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education
Tracy Robertson serves as the K-12 English Language Arts Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Education. Prior to the current position, Tracy was the High School English Specialist at the Department. With more than 35 years in education in all levels, she has extensive teaching... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Ball Room
  Speaker

10:00am EDT

Managing the Grading Load: Assessing for Mastery
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will distinguish between grading for compliance and grading for mastery, and examine why formative and summative assessment and the role each plays in driving instruction and determining grades that reflect what a student knows, can do, and understands over time. Furthermore, participants will tackle and discuss the role of homework, late work, re-dos and the zero.

Presenters

Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Capitol
  Breakout

10:00am EDT

Narrative as Foundation: Remove Narrative Bricks and the Structure Will Fall!
Limited Capacity seats available

Narratives play an important role in our learning; they are embedded in expository and persuasive texts at every level of literacy development. This interactive session focuses on (re)discovering narrative in the nonfiction we read and planning for weaving narrative into expository and persuasive writing.

Presenters
DG

Dee Grimm

English Teacher, Turner Ashby High School
avatar for Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin

Assistant Professor of Education, Bridgewater College
I teach Introduction to Education and Educational Psychology, and supervise the student teaching experience at Bridgewater College. I am licensed to teach English in Virginia, grades 9-12 and I began my teaching career in Rockingham County.
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Alice Trupe

Associate Professor of English, Bridgewater College
Alice Trupe directs the writing center at Bridgewater College and teaches writing courses and YA literature. In addition to training writing tutors and facilitating faculty colleagues' use of writing in writing-intensive courses, she teaches a course in teaching writing to teacher... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Elizabethan

10:00am EDT

Reading Multimedia Texts: Strategies for Integrating and Teaching Multimedia
Limited Capacity seats available

We will explore multimedia texts for literacy instruction and engage in a model lesson to analyze a multimedia text by generating text-dependent questions. Participants will take away an expanded resource list of multimedia and a lesson plan for teaching text-dependent questions to critique, analyze and evaluation multimedia texts.

Presenters
avatar for Kerrigan Mahoney

Kerrigan Mahoney

The College of William and Mary
A graduate of Hamilton College and the University of Bridgeport, Kerrigan Mahoney taught AP English Language, English 9, and American Literature at Cromwell High School (Cromwell, CT) before moving to Virginia. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Educational Technology... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Raleigh
  Breakout

10:00am EDT

Reverse Engineering our Language: Discovering Meaning Through Structures
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop session is intended to provide approaches toward developing critical literacy skills in students, so that they can develop a "tinkering mentality" with words and embedded structures in our language. This taps into grammatical structures and usage-based systems that we as users of the English language manipulate to develop meaning and understanding while communicating.

Presenters

Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Drake
  Breakout

10:00am EDT

Use Your Voice: Oral Communication Skills for Middle School Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Oral communication and its use in the middle school classroom will be enhanced. Focus will be given on how to get students to open up and learn to become eloquent public speakers.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer McCluney

Jennifer McCluney

6th Grade English Teacher, Porter Traditional School
I am an avid reader, writer and communicator. Having spent time working in politics and the private sector before becoming an educator,I have a very unique viewpoint of teaching. The motto that I live by is "Each One, Reach One."


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Georgian
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

Electronic Portfolios: Transparent Reflective Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Electronic portfolios to encourage reflection on academic work can be used in many different classrooms. The presenters will show how preservice teachers show growth over a course of study within a literacy program. Attendees will be able to discuss ways to implement an electronic portfolio program in their schools.

Host
avatar for Katie Dredger

Katie Dredger

Academic Unit Head, James Madison University
Katie Shepherd Dredger, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of education and the Academic Unit Head in the Middle, Secondary, and Math Education Department in the College of Education at James Madison University and former chair of the Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Paige Normand

Paige Normand

Digital Communication Consulting Coordinator, James Madison University
I run DigiComm, a free peer tutoring service in the JMU Learning Centers. My team of highly trained and talented tutors help students and faculty across campus become confident digital content creators. From professional portfolio to digital storytelling, we love sharing our favorite... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Georgian
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

Literacy Explosion 101: Reinvigorating Students’ Enthusiasm about their Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will tell you everything you need to know about VATE's state-wide K-12 competition. You will see samples, hear ways to integrate it into your curriculum, and know how to enter.

Presenters
avatar for Chuck Miller

Chuck Miller

7th grade language arts teacher, J.T Henley Middle School
Middle School (40 years experience at current school) VATE (retired from executive board, but served on it for 28 years) The website associated with my profile includes information/materials associated with my presentation.


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Capitol
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

More than a Ham and Cheese Sandwich: Cooking a 3 Course Feast with the Literacy Narrative Argument
Limited Capacity seats available

The presenter will discuss the benefits of helping students think beyond the sandwich model, or the five-paragraph essay, by shaping the literacy narrative as an argumentative text rather than an expository one. A handout will be provided to participants with the lecture outline as well as a sample assignment description.

Presenters
avatar for Elise Green

Elise Green

Lecturer of English, Longwood University
Elise Green is a Lecturer of Rhetoric and Composition at Longwood University where she teaches first-year and advanced composition. Her background is in elementary education, Victorian literature, and college composition, and her research interests include writing about writing, rhetorical... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Elizabethan
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

Teaching Common Novels in Uncommon Ways
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will explore various strategies to engage students in higher level thinking through the teaching of common novels. Participants will glean resources and ideas from the presenters while also sharing with other participants in this learning community.

Presenters
avatar for Dale Jenkins

Dale Jenkins

Advanced Instructor, Virginia Tech
Dale Jenkins has taught writing at the college level for more than two decades. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism & Psychology, Jenkins completed a Master's in Counseling in 1991 and finished a Master's degree in English at Virginia Tech in 2016.
avatar for William Williams

William Williams

Associate Professor, Concord University
I taught high school English in Georgia and Alaska. Currently I teach Reading, Research, Foundations, and English Education courses. I also taught in the English Education and Literacy programs at Virginia Tech. Creativity is expected from my students, as I will juggle, unicycle... Read More →
avatar for Angela Williams

Angela Williams

I have been a classroom teacher for the past twenty-four years in inner-city Atlanta Public Schools, in a remote, Yupik Eskimo village in Alaska, and in southwest Virginia. I am currently enjoying my ninth year as a fourth-grade teacher in Montgomery County. I have recently completed... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Raleigh
  Breakout

11:00am EDT

Word Wisdom: Vocabulary Teaching Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on vocabulary teaching strategies, lesson ideas, and resources to help k12 teachers create lessons that improve critical reading skills. Teachers will be given ideas that include vocabulary games, activities, foldables, and technology teaching tools.

Presenters
avatar for Karen Santos Rogers

Karen Santos Rogers

Associate Professor, Bridgewater College
Rethinking your device: Interactive technology tools to engage and support all learners


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Drake
  Breakout

12:00pm EDT

Buffet Lunch
Enjoy a buffet lunch using your meal ticket.

Saturday October 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Ball Room
  Meal

12:45pm EDT

Award-Winning Author Kathy Erskine
Listen to award-winning author, Kathy Erskine, speak about her works.

Host
Keynote Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Erskine

Kathryn Erskine

Kathryn Erskine is a Netherlands-born American writer of children's literature. She won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her novel, Mockingbird.


Saturday October 17, 2015 12:45pm - 1:50pm EDT
Ball Room
  Speaker

2:00pm EDT

'Teach Like T.V.' Finding new paths to reach your students and how to plan across content areas easily.
Limited Capacity seats available

Television and Media have a lot to offer our own personal teaching methodologies. We will look at instructional delivery, Project Based Learning, relevance in learning, and working outside of our content area. We are going to talk, laugh, reflect, and leave feeling better about our awesome profession!

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Drake
  Breakout

2:00pm EDT

Build Literacy Skills with Primary Sources from The Library of Congress!
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching literacy skills with primary sources is a powerful approach to engaging students,increasing their understanding of context and promoting inquiry. Primary sources enhance instruction with real-life relevance that makes learning vivid. In this interactive session, participants will take part in a model exercise and explore the unparalleled digital resources of The Library of Congress.

Presenters
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Sherry Levitt

Sherry Levitt, Executive Director, Teaching with Primary Sources, Northern Virginia. From 2005-2010, she served FCPS as the High School English Specialist, working with teachers and Language Arts curricula. Prior to her central office position, she was English Department chair at... Read More →
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Cynthia Szwajkowski

Cynthia Szwajkowski, Assistant Director, Teaching with Primary Sources, Northern Virginia. Dr. Szwajkowski, who holds a Ph.D. in History has been with TPSNVA since 2011. She is a former Teaching American History Grant administrator, West Springfield High School department chair... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Georgian
  Breakout

2:00pm EDT

Paper? Paper? We don't need no stinkin paper!
Limited Capacity seats available

Is it really possible to go paperless or almost-paperless? This session will discuss strategies, tools and techniques for reducing or eliminating paper from your classroom, with a particular focus on grading and student feedback. We will also have time to discuss the pros/cons of eliminating paper and to share ideas.

Presenters
avatar for Brian Nagel

Brian Nagel

English Teacher/Literacy Coordinator, Albemarle High School


Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Elizabethan
  Breakout

2:00pm EDT

Tone vs. Mood- It's NOT So Basic
Limited Capacity seats available

Tone and mood are not the same. We will start with super engaging movie trailers with a twist that will help students differentiate between tone and mood using specific vocabulary. After, we transition to applying the same ideas with literature. Participants will leave with tools that they can use the next day!

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Steadele

Amanda Steadele

Journalism & English 10 Teacher, Great Bridge High School


Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Raleigh
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Edcamp 101: Everything You Need to Know to about Attending and Hosting
This session will introduce you to the innovative and ground-breaking new method for professional development. You will learn about the official EdCamp model and its benefits for you and participants. Attendees will also learn how to organize and host one in your own county or school. VATE’s next EdCamp will be advertised and promoted, along with ways that you can be involved with it.

Board Members
avatar for Angela Cannady

Angela Cannady

English Teahcer, George Wythe High School
VATE Registration Educamp February 20, 2016

Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Capitol
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Joint Operations and Joint Forces: The Benefits and Best Practices of Effective Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's work together! This presentation will discuss the best practices of collaboration among the content and grade level subjects. We will examine the importance of sharing and rotating roles and how to share ideas in an effective manner. Attendees will learn the benefits of collaboration in writing assessments, lesson planning, SOL review, and content research.

Presenters
avatar for Kristen Strickland, MA

Kristen Strickland, MA

Teacher, Oscar Smith Middle School
Kristen Strickland is an eighth grade English teacher at Oscar Smith Middle School in Chesapeake, VA. She is a team leader and content leader for her grade level. She loves teaching but might love the summers a little more. During which, she spends two weeks in the Florida Keys kayaking... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Georgian
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Multi-Cultural YAL and Teaching for Social Justice (More Complicated Than It Seems)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session examines the complexities and strategies involved in teaching multicultural YAL. Presenters will share experiences related to teaching multicultural texts to pre-service teachers and HS students, showcase recommended texts, authors and teaching strategies, and invite participant conversation relating to teaching YAL as a means of teaching for social justice.

Presenters
avatar for Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin

Assistant Professor of Education, Bridgewater College
I teach Introduction to Education and Educational Psychology, and supervise the student teaching experience at Bridgewater College. I am licensed to teach English in Virginia, grades 9-12 and I began my teaching career in Rockingham County.


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Drake
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

Real World Readers: Twelfth Grade Readers Collaborate with College Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Preservice teachers and high school students will answer questions about a digital collaboration in which high school students collaborated with college students. These collaborations included video-chats about current, award-winning young adult literature, a Shakespearean ning, academic writing response, and creative project sharing.

Host
avatar for Katie Dredger

Katie Dredger

Academic Unit Head, James Madison University
Katie Shepherd Dredger, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of education and the Academic Unit Head in the Middle, Secondary, and Math Education Department in the College of Education at James Madison University and former chair of the Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Kristen Fallon

Kristen Fallon

Presently, I am a graduate student at James Madison University pursuing my Master's in Teaching. I work as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities and Involvement, where I supervise a programming organization called Madison4U. After graduation, I hope to find work... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Raleigh
  Breakout

3:00pm EDT

The Mash Up of Books
Limited Capacity seats available

Lit Circles meets Book Clubs. Using fiction and non-fiction texts teachers will be exposed to the modeling of strategies and then participate in group meetings. This practice will demonstrate how students will work toward mastery of small-group interactions, context clues, deeper comprehension of text, summary and analytical writing along with research skills.

Presenters
avatar for Cheryl Golden

Cheryl Golden

Teacher, LCPS
I have been teaching for over 19 years with the last 15 at Seneca Ridge MS. I have had the honor of becoming National Board Certified and I serve on the Va Association of Teachers of English state board. I love working with middle school students and delivering PD for teachers... Read More →
avatar for Mandi Graybill

Mandi Graybill

Teacher, LCPS
It is my second year teaching Language Arts to 6th graders at SRMS in LCPS. We have a great time dissecting books, learning concepts, writing with purpose and creativity, and endlessly collaborating to make lasting impressions. My goal is to encourage the students to be good citizens... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Elizabethan
  Breakout

4:00pm EDT

College Level Round Table Discussions and Wrap-up
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your Member-at-Large and collete professors, supervisors, and coaches from around the state to discuss issues that affect your level. Collaborate with members for between-conference opportunities. Complete a conference survey to provide VATE feedback to make future conferences better.

Presenters
avatar for Ross Collin

Ross Collin

Virginia Commonwealth University
I work at Virginia Commonwealth University as an assistant professor of English education. I taught high school in West Chicago, Illinois, so besides talking about English, I'm interested in talking about the Cubs' playoff chances.


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Drake
  Meeting

4:00pm EDT

Conference Focus Group and Recruitment
Limited Capacity seats available

Interested in getting to be more involved in VATE? Want to provide feedback to make the organization and conference better? Willing to answer questions about how VATE can better serve you? Please come to this focus group for any and all of those facets. All levels and attendees welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Chuck Miller

Chuck Miller

7th grade language arts teacher, J.T Henley Middle School
Middle School (40 years experience at current school) VATE (retired from executive board, but served on it for 28 years) The website associated with my profile includes information/materials associated with my presentation.
avatar for Tori Otsot

Tori Otsot

Teacher, York County School Division


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Capitol
  Meeting

4:00pm EDT

Elementary Level Round Table Discussions and Wrap-up
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your Member-at-Large and elementary teachers, supervisors, and coaches from around the state to discuss issues that affect your level. Collaborate with members for between-conference opportunities. Complete a conference survey to provide VATE feedback to make future conferences better.

Presenters

Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Georgian
  Meeting

4:00pm EDT

High Level Round Table Discussions and Wrap-up
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your Member-at-Large and secondary teachers, supervisors, and coaches from around the state to discuss issues that affect your level. Collaborate with members for between-conference opportunities. Complete a conference survey to provide VATE feedback to make future conferences better.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Trump

Daniel Trump

English Teacher, Amelia County Public Schools


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Raleigh
  Meeting

4:00pm EDT

Middle Level Round Table Discussions and Wrap-up
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your Member-at-Large and middle teachers, supervisors, and coaches from around the state to discuss issues that affect your level. Collaborate with members for between-conference opportunities. Complete a conference survey to provide VATE feedback to make future conferences better.

Presenters
avatar for Angela Ellsworth Fair

Angela Ellsworth Fair

English/Writing Lead Teacher, Newport News Public Schools
I am a 20 year educator that enjoys working with the middle aged child. I work with both the general education and special needs population of students(to included but limited to the gifted and talented to the intellectual disabled). English is my passion and writing is my love... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Elizabethan
  Meeting

4:00pm EDT

VCEE Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

The Viriginia Council of English Education (VCEE) will hold a meeting at this time. This only pertains to current VCEE members.

Presenters
avatar for Kathryn H Kelly

Kathryn H Kelly

PROFESSOR, RADFORD UNIVERSITY


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Drake
  Meeting

6:00pm EDT

Hors D'oeuvres and Open Bar Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

With your prepaid meal ticket, enjoy a open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres before watching and participating in the Edgar Allan Poe program.

Saturday October 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Ball Room

7:00pm EDT

Edgar Allan Poe Museum: Interactive Program
Limited Capacity seats available

With your prepaid meal ticket, stay for this partially interactive presention put on by the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. This program is onsite, even though the physical museum is just minutes up the road, in Poe's former house.

Host
Keynote Speakers
avatar for Chris Semtner

Chris Semtner

The Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Chris Semtner has written several books on Edgar Allan Poe and appeared on BBC 4’s Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death, and Women and the Military Channel’s History: Facts vs. Fiction. The New York Times called his Library of Virginia exhibit... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Ball Room
 
Sunday, October 18
 

8:00am EDT

VATE Board Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday October 18, 2015 8:00am - 10:00am EDT
Board Room

10:00am EDT

Buffet Brunch
Limited Capacity seats available

With your prepaid meal ticket, enjoy a buffet breakfast before listening to speaker Charlotte Matthews.

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Capitol

10:30am EDT

Author and Speaker Charlotte Matthews
Limited Capacity seats available

Listen to award-winning author, Charlotte Matthews, speak about her works.

Host
Keynote Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Matthews

Charlotte Matthews

Poetry, writing, creative nonfiction.


Sunday October 18, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Capitol
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