IRA's authors lead the way in research-based classroom practices. Attendees at the IRA 58th Annual Convention from April 19-22, 2013, in San Antonio have the unique opportunity to learn proven strategies from some of the best in the field in these dynamic sessions with featured IRA authors.
McLaughlin Brenda J.
Sullivan Palinscar Linda Kucan Lori D. Oczkus
Through classroom stories, photos, video, and student work samples from diverse classrooms and schools, Regie Routman, author of IRA’s Literacy and Learning Lessons From a Longtime Teacher, will model what she views as the most crucial literacy and learning lessons from her lifetime of teaching and learning. In her presentation, “Literacy and Learning Lessons: Maximizing Reading and Writing Achievement for ALL Learners,” she will explicitly discuss and demonstrate the effective reading and writing instructional moves, strategies, responsive language, formative assessment, celebrations, and goal setting that lead to higher student engagement, enjoyment, and achievement. Some of these essential lessons include conducting effective reading and writing conferences, understanding and applying a whole-part-whole teaching approach, writing for audience and purpose, sensibly implementing guided and independent reading, and smartly applying the Common Core State Standards.
Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda J. Overturf
In their session, “The Common Core: Teaching Students to Meet the Reading Standards,” Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda J. Overturf will share research-based, classroom-proven strategies from their IRA books, The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards and The Common Core: Teaching Students in Grades 6-12 to Meet the Reading Standards. A strong research base, a sound theoretical framework, and numerous practical teaching ideas are embedded in this presentation. Participants will learn how to teach students to meet the Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards for Reading.
Linda Kucan and Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar
Authors Linda Kucan and Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar will share the research, classroom practice, and feedback that shaped their book and DVD, Comprehension Instruction Through Text-Based Discussion, which will be featured in their session of the same name. Intended for use by upper elementary teachers, the book presents tools that support text analysis, planning, and enactment of discussion when the goal is to advance knowledge building with informational text. The accompanying DVD illustrates application of the tools, as two teachers lead fourth- through sixth-graders in discussions of four informational texts addressing natural and social science topics. The authors will demonstrate how they envision the book-and-DVD resource will be used by teachers in school-based professional learning, as well as for pre-service teacher education.
Lori D. Oczkus
Educators feeling overwhelmed by the avalanche of critical information they need to know to teach literacy and Common Core State Standards in today's classroom can join bestselling author and literacy coach Lori Oczkus as she shares her "Top 5 Playlists" of proven lessons featured in her recent IRA book, Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 72 Lessons You Can't Teach Without! Lori's suggestions for the hottest literacy topics include student-centered lessons to improve motivation; teaching informational texts, fluency, vocabulary, and close reading; and strategies for teaching struggling readers and ELL students.
Registration is now open for the IRA Annual Convention! Visit www.iraconvention.org to register and to read more about the sessions and presenters.
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