Day One Sessions

Thursday Full-Day Workshops Round A

9:00am – 3:30pm

1. “Cool, Loud, and Everywhere: Being a Reading Ambassador”
John Schumacher, Elementary Teacher-Librarian, Educational Consultant, Blogger
Grades K-5

John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) is nationally known for his expertise in children’s literature and for igniting a passion to read. In this session, he will share his experiences in promoting a culture of reading among students, staff, and parents.


2. “Writing to Increase Literacy and Learning Across Content Areas”
Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger, Writing Experts, Authors, Award-Winning Performance Poets
Grades 5-9

In this session you will engage in quick write poetry strategies that you can use as a tool in the classroom to further students’ overall understanding through collaboration and precise and concise language and oral presentation. Michael and Sara will also show you how students’ poems may be used not only as an art product, but as an artifact of their learning and as an assessment tool while meeting multiple CCSS anchor standards.

michael-salinger          sara-holbrook


3. “Visible Learning in Literacy”
Nancy Frey, Master Teacher, Author, Educational Consultant
Grades 6-12

“All students deserve a great teacher, not by chance, but by design.”  John Hattie’s research on 300 million students worldwide has transformed education. Learn how Hattie’s findings apply to literacy learning and leverage techniques for maximum effect. In this session, Nancy examines techniques for reading, writing, and discussion such that students move from surface learning through deep learning to transfer. Concepts in this interactive session include close reading, writing from sources, and text-based discussion in middle and high school classrooms.


4. Six-Word Story, Six Unique Shots: Create Your Story Workshop
Don Goble, Multimedia Instructor, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis
Grades K-College

Attend this session and learn how to bring the writing process to life with digital storytelling. A simple six-word story, created as a video with six unique camera shots, allows students of any grade level the ability to tell a powerful visual story. In this full day workshop, Don will take you through a unique project that addresses the fundamentals of media literacy and filmmaking, as well as the digital storytelling process, allowing you to create your own project by the end of the workshop. You will be able to replicate the entire process and customize it to meet your own curriculum goals. This workshop is based on Don’s book Six-Word Story, Six Unique Shots: Enhancing Writing Through Multimedia.