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Welcome to the 2019 Alaska Cross Content Conference at West High School in Anchorage, AK, October 25th and 26th with follow up activities at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday, October 27th.

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Integrating Literacy Across Content Areas [clear filter]
Friday, October 25
 

2:30pm

Fearless Writing Project: Exploring Student Voice through Creative Writing
Fearless Writing Project allowed student to find their voice through the genre of creative writing. Through the study of poetry students explored the choices of poets and authorial choices themselves by imitating the choices of great writers as they developed their own voice through exploring the craft of writing (i.e. figurative language, word choice, and critical thinking skills). Because of the population of student that were involved in the program the selection of mentor text used was very intentional.

Speakers
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Natalie Moten

ELL Instructional Lead Teacher, Anchorage School District


Friday October 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Literacy Fundamentals for Middle and High School Teachers
Middle and high school classroom teachers are responsible for helping students learn academic content within their discipline, as well as discipline-specific ways to communicate, read, and write.  Drawing upon the International Literacy Association's Standards 2017, this session will provide an overview of literacy fundamentals that support the work of middle and high school teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Sharp

Laurie Sharp

Board Member, International Literacy Association
I have 15 years of broad experiences in PreK–12 public schools and higher education as a classroom teacher and teacher educator. I am passionate about advocating for high-quality literacy teaching and learning among learners of all levels. As an ILA Board Member, I am honored to... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5

2:30pm

Using Primary Sources to Create Reader's Theater in Social Studies and History
Create Reader's Theater from primary sources aligned with your Social Studies and History curriculum. This strategy increases both historical understanding of primary sources and literacy. Participants will create a Reader's Theater Script during the session.

Speakers
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Karen Beranek

Science and Social Studies Facilitator, Bering Strait School District



Friday October 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 6

3:45pm

Featured Speaker Clare Landrigan: Using Mentor Texts to Scaffold Writers
The right book at the right time can make all of the difference in our writing instruction. Mentor texts serve as an additional teacher in the room when we model how to use them to lift the quality of writing and support new learning. When students can choose authors and texts as their own mentors, we also foster creativity, voice, and agency. Join me in exploring ways to use mentor texts with students to scaffold learning how to write different genres; apply new instructional standards; and connect curriculum from year to year.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Landrigan

Clare Landrigan

I am a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. I lead a private staff development business and spend my days partnering with school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy. I believe that effective professional development includes side by side teaching... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
West High Library Main Area

3:45pm

Featured Speaker Katherine McKnight: Literacy Across the Curriculum: Concrete Strategies for Adolescent Student Success
Today’s students are worldly, wired and widely exposed to a host of trans-media influences. So how does a modern-day educator meet the mandates of a standards-based curriculum while providing dynamic, student-centered instruction that amplifies literacy across the curriculum? Come discover concrete strategies adolescent student success with proven tools that are firmly rooted in decades of research about language, learning, teaching, and assessment across the disciplines. All in all, instead of trying to force the curriculum into our students’ live, effective teaching first considers our students, and then places their lives into the center of the curriculum. A session sure to provide ample solutions to real classroom challenges.  This session is based on my recent book, Literacy & Learning Centers: Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy Tools for Grades 4-12.  

Speakers
avatar for KATHERINE  MCKNIGHT

KATHERINE MCKNIGHT

Engaging Learners
I am looking forward to presenting at the Alaska Cross Content Conference! I am a national expert in adolescent literacy and disciplinary literacy. and I teach and collaborate in classrooms all over the United States and internationally . As an author of 18 books and educator for... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room W10
 
Saturday, October 26
 

11:00am

Featured Speaker Clare Landrigan: Who’s in Your Library? Creating Classroom Libraries That Reflect the Passions, Interests, and Identities of Our Readers
A classroom library is the heart and soul of a classroom community. When we organize and reorganize our books into collections that reflect the students in front of us, we let them know that they are the centers of their reading lives. Better yet, when we involve them in the process of curating the book collection in the classroom library, we help them develop the habits and dispositions of a reader. Assessment, instruction, community, book love, and fun all rolled into a classroom library.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Landrigan

Clare Landrigan

I am a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. I lead a private staff development business and spend my days partnering with school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy. I believe that effective professional development includes side by side teaching... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:00am

Featured Speaker Katherine McKnight: Affect Impacts Effective Literacy Skill Development
The ability to read, write and speak with proficiency is essential for student success. Students who struggle in school may not possess accurate literacy tools or self-regulation strategies for college and career readiness. This inspiring presentation will showcase how an integrated school-wide literacy and self-regulation plan resulted in at least 15% student growth in one academic year and how you can lead your school to a similar outcome. Research suggests that academic improvement can occur when a self-regulatory model is integrated with strategic literacy instruction that fosters self-efficacy and independence.

Speakers
avatar for KATHERINE  MCKNIGHT

KATHERINE MCKNIGHT

Engaging Learners
I am looking forward to presenting at the Alaska Cross Content Conference! I am a national expert in adolescent literacy and disciplinary literacy. and I teach and collaborate in classrooms all over the United States and internationally . As an author of 18 books and educator for... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 8

3:00pm

Featured Speaker Clare Landrigan: Using Poetry to Expand Content Knowledge and Structure Informational Text
Poetry is a structure that writers can use in any unit of study. This session will make the case for including poetry in content area and nonfiction literacy units of study. In reading, it is a great way to build one’s schema in a content area and to synthesize the big idea in an area of research. In writing, poetry offers choice in terms of how a writer wants to convey information. We will explore poetry mentor texts and craft moves to teach your students. Join me in exploring how to incorporate poetry in your informational reading and writing units of study.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Landrigan

Clare Landrigan

I am a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. I lead a private staff development business and spend my days partnering with school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy. I believe that effective professional development includes side by side teaching... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Annex

4:15pm

Building ELL student literacy through instructional coaching of classroom teachers
This is a facilitated roundtable, a symposium-style collaborative session. Helping mainstream teachers of ELs facilitate literacy acquisition brings questions: How is building literacy of ELs different? What are the research-supported models of EL coaching? and more. This session is of special interest to EL coaches and anyone involved in the professional development of mainstream teachers working with English learners.

Speakers
avatar for Svetlana Nuss

Svetlana Nuss

ELL Specialist, ELL Instructional Coach, UAF, FNSBSD
Connect with me at svnuss@alaska.eduEducation is my natural habitat. I work with teachers of ELs in an Alaskan school district and teach Russian at the University of Alaska, but often feel like I never graduated: I love learning and – in the right mind – will never stop. I deeply... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 21