Conference

2017 Conference Schedule

Influencing Futures through Literacy        *Schedule subject to change

CIRR National Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Conference Schedule:   THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

7:30 am Registration / Buffet Breakfast (Grand York Foyer and Grand York A)
8:45 am Welcome (Grand York A)

Conference Opening

9:00 am KEYNOTE (Grand York A)

Seeing Vulnerable Learners as ‘with promise’ rather than ‘at risk’

Lori Jamison

10:15 am Break & Exhibitors
10:45 am Conversation with Lori Jamison (Grand York A)

Lori Jamison and Conversation Facilitator (TBD)

ALL

How to Fall in Love with Teaching Reading in K-1 (Richmond C&D)

Shari Schwartz

ALL                

Oral Language: Let’s Talk (Richmond A&B)

Yvette Heffernan

RR

Variety is the Spice of Life: Choosing the Right Words to Write (Grand York B & C)

DeeDee Verlinde & Briare Wynn

RR

Literacy Bootcamp: Ensuring Progress of Lowest Readers (Grand York B&C)

Lisa Finlayson, Liz Kaufman, Kelly Lunn

ALL

12:00 pm LUNCH  – Door Prize Draw at 1pm in Grand York A
1:15 pm Change it Up: Towards a Deeper Understanding of Oral Language (Grand York B&C)

Holly Cumming

RR

Teaching for Fluency: Writing and Reading (Richmond A&B) 

Allyson Matczuk

RR

Small Group Reading Instruction: What’s New & What’s G-old? (Grand York A)

Lori Jamison

ALL

Problem Solving Student Learning: One School’s Story (Thornhill)

Paula Evans

ALL

2:30 pm Break & Exhibitors
2:45 pm Effective Processing from Beginning to End (Richmond C&D)

Sue Duncan

ALL

Do our Parents know the good we are doing? Increasing Parent Engagement (Thornhill)

 Stacey Wagler, Shelley Wikiruk, Amanda McCabe

RR

From Rhyming to Reading: Making Phonological Awareness Fun (Grand York B&C)

Ruth Rumack

ALL

Teachers’ Interactive Language Use as Instructional Approach for Guided Reading (Grand York A)

Vanda Mitri

ALL

4:00 pm Adjournment

 

 

 

Influencing Futures through Literacy                

CIRR National Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Conference Schedule:   FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

7:30 am Registration / Buffet Breakfast (Grand York Foyer and Grand York A)
8:45 am Welcome (Grand York A)

Special Guest:  TBD

9:15 am KEYNOTE (Grand York A)

Critical Aspects of Early Learning in Reading

Sue Duncan

10:15 am Break & Exhibitors
10:45 am Prompting: The Heart of Contingent Teaching (Thornhill)

Shari Worsfold

RR

Conversation with Sue Duncan (Grand York A)

Sue Duncan and Conversation Facilitator TBD

ALL

Unleash the Potential of Technology in Your Literacy Program (Richmond A&B)

Casey MacDonald and David Hoang

ALL

Sparking Curiosity Through Inquiry-Based Learning Using Literacy Comprehension Strategies (Thornhill)

Melissa Seco

EL

The Principal’s Role in the Reading Recovery School Team (Richmond C&D)

Jennifer Flight

RR

12:00 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm 4 F’s of Familiar Reading: Familiarity, Fluency, Flexibility and Fun! (Grand York A)

Christine Fraser

RR

What’s in a Name? Using Names to Support Literacy Acquisition (Thornhill)

Jennifer Gillingham & Barb Cassar

ALL

Qu’est-ce possible en apprentissage de la lecture et de l’écriture en milieu minoritaire? (Richmond B&C)

Monique LeBlanc-Delaney

All   Note: this session will be conducted in French

Show and Share: Interactive Learning Space for Reading Recovery Teachers (Grand York B)

Lisa Vien et al

RR

2:30 pm Break & Exhibitors –  Door Prize Draw at 2:40pm in Grand York A
2:45 pm KEYNOTE (Grand York A)

Looking Back to See Ahead

David Booth

3:30 pm Conference Adjournment

 

Thursday Keynote: Lori Jamison

Seeing Vulnerable Learners as ‘with promise’ rather than ‘at risk’

The key to making a difference for our most vulnerable learners is to meet them where they are and target instruction to accelerate their progress.  In this session we’ll look at current and classic research to guide us in finding the promise in every student.

 

 

 

 

Friday Keynote: Sue Duncan

Critical Aspects of Early Learning in Reading

Important understandings and knowledge in early learning are the building blocks of later efficient processing in reading. Much of this early learning involves learning to use the visual information in print alongside language sources of information such as meaning and structure. Clay suggests that children need to adjust “the visual working system” as they become readers and writers. In this presentation we will explore some of these important aspects that children need to get underway in order to become good readers.

2016 CIRR National Conference Schedule

Maximizing Opportunities for Literacy Learning       

CIRR National Conference Schedule:

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

7:30 am Registration / Buffet Breakfast

Grand York Foyer and Grand York A

8:45 am Welcome 

Conference Opening

Grand York A

9:00 am

KEYNOTE

What did you notice? Self-monitoring’s Crucial Role in Literacy Learning

Betsy Kaye

Grand York A

10:15 am Break & Publishers Display
10:45 am Re-imagining Small Group Literacy instruction in the Kindergarten and Grade One Classroom

Kim Mastromartino

Richmond C&D  (ALL)

Collaboration Through Conversation to Change Reading Recovery Outcomes

Amanda McCabe & Carrie Girdler

* Also offered on Tuesday at 10:45

Thornhill (RR)

Analogy: Using the Known as a Source of Information

Janice Van Dyke

Grand York A (RR)

Full Day Kindergarten Planning Time Framework: Literacy Focus

Dean Younger & Judy Eaton  

Richmond A&B (ALL)

12:00 pm LUNCH

Door Prize Draw at 1pm in Grand York A

1:15 pm Interpreting Running Records: The Journey from Accuracy to Processing

Yvette Heffernan

Richmond A&B  (ALL)

Teaching for Change: Fluency & Phrasing Over the Lesson Series

Allyson Matczuk

Grand York A (RR)

Transitioning Students: A Team Approach

Myrna Noddin-Bona & Ericka Sutherland

Grand York B (RR)

Fifty Shades of CLAY…Unlocking the Secrets to Writing Instruction

Liz Lightbound & Shirley DeSouza

Richmond C&D (ALL)

2:30 pm Break & Publishers Display
2:45 pm Taking a Look at the Virtues & Vices of Levelled Text              

Susan Burroughs

Richmond C&D (ALL)

All That in 30 Minutes? Key Understandings in Reading Recovery

Christine Fraser

Grand York B (RR)

Let’s Pretend: Authentic Literacy Through Socio-dramatic Play

Olivia Barajas, Joanne Trim & Maxelle Yablon

Grand York A (ALL)

Sparking Curiosity Through Inquiry-Based Learning Using Literacy Comprehension Strategies

Melissa Seco & Margaret DaSilva

Thornhill (ALL)

4:00 pm Adjournment

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

7:30 am Registration / Buffet Breakfast (Grand York Foyer and Grand York A)
8:45 am Welcome (Grand York A)

Special Guest:  Iris Stone, Former Reading Recovery Student

Grand York A

9:15 am

KEYNOTE

Shifting Our Thinking to Better Support Readers Who Struggle

Pat Johnson

Grand York A

10:15 am Break & Publishers Display
10:45 am Realizing the Potential of the Cut-Up Story

Betsy Kaye

Grand York A (RR)

I’m an Author and I Have Goals!  

Kathleen Corrigan

Richmond C&D (ALL)

Looking Through the Misty Window: Running Records at Work

Jennifer Flight 

Grand York B (RR)

Collaboration Through Conversation to Change Reading Recovery Outcomes

Amanda McCabe & Carrie Girdler

* Also offered on Monday at 10:45

Thornhill (RR)

What Does the Research Say? A look at highlights from studies over the past 30 years

Dr Irene Huggins

Education Leadership Strand

Richmond A&B (ALL)

12:00 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm Seize the Moment: Moving from Monotony to Creativity When Composing

DeeDee Verlinde & Fiona Weller

Grand York (ALL)

Between the Covers: What is in the sheets? Making the Most of the Orientation to the New Book

Jennifer Gillingham & Barb Cassar

Thornhill (RR)

The Dark Side of Levels One and Two…Why and How to Get Students into Level Three

Lori Kelly & Daun Newman

Grand York B (RR)

Assembling Cut-Up Stories … More than Just A Puzzle!

Paul Cousineau

Richmond C&D (ALL)

Literacy Learning: Our Collective Responsibility

Emily Fahey & Myrna Noddin-Bona

Education Leadership Strand

Grand York B (ALL)

2:30 pm Break & Publishers Display

Door Prize Draw at 2:40pm in Grand York A

2:45 pm

 Look, Listen, Reflect and Teach

Pat Johnson   

Grand York A (ALL)

4:00 pm Conference Adjournment

 

Re-imagining Small Group Literacy instruction in the Kindergarten and Grade One Classroom

When we believe children are competent and capable learners, we document what they currently know and can do which  provides us with insights and questions about where the learning might go next. This workshop will focus on Pedagogical documentation and small group reading instruction in the Kindergarten and grade one classroom. We will investigate :
How might we create the opportunities for literacy  to happen authentically throughout the day in multiple contexts and in multiple places?
How can we be flexible about where we are meeting with the children, how long we are meeting with them, and what level of support we are providing to them?
As we reimagine literacy instruction, we will use video clips to hear educator teams making the learning visible by noticing and naming literacy behaviours that are connected and applied in multiple contexts throughout the day.

Presenter: Kim Mastromartino

 

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Assembling Cut-Up Stories … More than Just A Puzzle!

Why is the cut-up story part of the lesson activities? How does the teacher benefit from observing the child reassembling the story? How does the child benefit from reassembling his story? This interactive session will examine the power behind Assembling Cut-Up Stories in Reading Recovery lessons and in the classroom. We will explore examples of ways to use this activity in Kindergarten and in grade 1 classrooms.

Presenter: Paul Cousineau

Taking a Look at the Virtues & Vices of Levelled Text

Beginning readers do best when they are engaging with books at a ‘just right’ level of difficulty – books that offer opportunities to both consolidate what is known, and do some new problem-solving. However, not all levelled texts are created equal. Understanding the characteristics, function and limitations of levelled text enables teachers to maximize the learning impact of this valuable instructional tool.

Presenter: Susan Burroughs, Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery

Susan Burroughs taught K-3 for many years, worked as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for 18 years and retired from the Toronto District School Board in 2012. She is currently Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery.

Between the covers: What is in those sheets? Making the most of the book orientation

“I think introducing new texts which young school children are going to read demands great skill” (Clay, 1991)
Participants will explore how rich introductions support children in becoming independent readers. Actively engaging children to participate in the conversations, before reading, sets them up to read a new text with a high degree of successful processing.

Presenters: Jennifer Gillingham & Barb Cassar, TDSB

Jennifer and Barb are Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders with the Toronto District School Board. They are regular presenters and contributors of Literacy Learning Professional Development for Reading Recovery and Classroom Teachers of the Elementary and Secondary Panels. Combined they have taught for over 50 years!

Seize the Moment: Moving from Monotony to Creativity when Composing

When composing, Clay instructs us to, ‘Start up a conversation, guided by all you know about this child. Talk about something that you feel sure he would be interested in.’ In this session, we will examine ways to help all students create authentic, meaningful and exciting stories that build upon their interests, creativity and passions.

Presenters: Dee Dee Verlinde & Fiona Weller, YRDSB

Fiona and Dee Dee are Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders in the York Region District School Board.

Sparking Curiosity through Inquiry-Based Learning using Literacy Comprehension Strategies

Join Early Years educators as we explore the process of inquiry-based learning in Kindergarten. Comprehension strategies, such as, asking effective questions and making connections will be highlighted through the use of picture books. We will look further at why focusing on student curiosities, questions, wonderings serve to enhance particular comprehension strategies, spark engagement in writing, but also honours children’s many voices.

Presenters: Melissa Seco & Margaret DaSilva, Toronto District School Board

Melissa Seco: Melissa is currently an Instructional Leader for the Early Years Learning & Care Department at the TDSB. She has been teaching in the Toronto District School Board for the last 10 years as a Primary/Junior teacher in a variety of roles.

Margaret Da Silva: Margaret is currently working as an Instructional Leader for the Early Years Learning & Care Department at the TDSB. She has been teaching in the Toronto District School Board for the last 20 years as a kindergarten teacher, reading recovery teacher and primary resource support teacher.