2016 Keynotes

Keynote speakers at the 2016 Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Conference.
Monday April 11th-12, 2016.

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

B.Kaye pic“Effective monitoring is a highly skilled process constructed over many years of reading” (Clay, 2005, p.108) and is essential to the development of independent, self-regulated readers and writers. Do you notice the signs of self-monitoring, and do you know how to teach for changes in the complexity of monitoring over time? How do you check on yourself as a teacher to ensure your students take on this important strategic activity? In this session you will explore self-monitoring in our youngest readers through grade two, with research highlights and video examples from lessons.

About Betsy: Betsy Kaye is a Reading Recovery trainer and Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University. She has been involved with Reading Recovery for more than 25 years. Early in her career, she also taught special education and fifth grade. Betsy has published several articles about Reading Recovery teaching, early intervention, and assessment and frequently shares her expertise at literacy conferences in the US and Canada. Betsy enjoys working with international colleagues and RRCNA on projects that support teachers’ professional learning, and she currently serves as editor of the Teaching section of the Journal of Reading Recovery.

Shifting Our Thinking to Better Support Readers Who Struggle

Pat Johnson PhotoIf we are to continually improve as teachers of reading, then we must constantly grow our thinking and understandings of how children learn to read. Pat Johnson will share several ways her thinking has shifted in relation to reading process, readers who struggle, assessment that drives instruction, teaching responsively, and how she talks and responds to both students and teachers.

About Pat: Pat Johnson has supported both students and teachers as an elementary reading teacher for 30 years. Most of her career has been in schools with diverse populations in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a Reading Recovery trained teacher and was also an adjunct faculty member for George Mason University. Presently, as a literacy consultant, Pat provides staff development for various school districts across the U. S. and Canada. She is the author of One Child at a Time: Making the Most of Your Time with Struggling Readers and co-author of Catching Readers Before They Fall, both books from Stenhouse.

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