Sessions

Saturday General Session Keynote
7:45 am – 9:00 am


Dr. Mary Howard, Author, Literacy Expert
Pre-K-3

In recent years, our vision for RTI has become clouded by the distractions that have blurred the lines between what matters. If we could refocus our efforts on what we value, we could bring those values to life and thus re-envision an RTI “with heart.” Mary will suggest roadblocks that thwart our pathway to achieving this goal and suggest how we make this “heart shift” a reality.

Saturday Breakout Sessions, Round D
9:30 am – 10:45 am

22. “Let the Children (& the Adults) Play”
Shelli Lee, Lafayette County C-I School District, Project Construct
Grades Pre-K and K

They say that play is the beginning of knowledge. Play is a vital component of any early childhood classroom. In this session, you will explore the stages of play, the use of open-ended materials to promote play, and maybe find a little time to play yourself!

24. “From Average to Awesome How to Transform your Classroom with Project-Based Learning”
Rachel Johnson and Lisa Swindell, Maries County R-I School District
Grades K-1

Have you fallen into a rut of handing out worksheets? Struggling to think of ways to engage your students?  Kindergarten teachers Rachel Johnson and Lisa Swindell both felt like that until last year, when they decided to take a radical new approach to how they were instructing their students. They have nearly eliminated all worksheets from their classrooms and have incorporated rigorous project based learning units into their curriculum. During this session, you will get to work first hand on some sample projects and see real life examples of how you can adapt and apply their strategies to your own classroom. If you’re ready for a change in your classroom routine and culture, this is the session for you!

26. “A Novel Approach to STEM”
Sarah Valter, Lindbergh School District
Grades 1-3

Are you searching for a way to engage students; incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into your reading instruction; and support students’ reading comprehension? Novel engineering supports each of these goals and more. In this session, Sarah will engage you in Novel Engineering by having you analyze problems presented in a book, collaborate to design solutions, and reflect upon the process. Novel Engineering supports the 4 Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking), deepens comprehension, and gives students a whole new perspective on a text. If you’re curious about how STEM and reading can work hand-in-hand, come learn about Novel Engineering!

28. “Rolling on Fact Fluency”
Stephanie Bainbridge, Math Consultant, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Grades 2-3

Who knew regular cards and dice could be used to teach operational fluency strategies and concepts? Come play games that teach basic facts, operations, number sense, and place value.  Stephanie will share student work, journal ideas, and game boards.

23. “Give Them Wings: Storytelling Strategies for Diverse Learners”
Sherry Norfolk, Storyteller, Author, and Educational Consultant
Grades Pre-K to 1

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings.” -William Hodding Carter, Jr.

Storytelling allows teachers in self-contained and inclusive classrooms to reach children who have not responded to other strategies, providing students with differentiated ways to achieve and demonstrate understanding. In this hands-on workshop, Sherry will guide you as you explore flexible, adaptable storytelling strategies for layering language on top of sensory experience and physical activity, allowing your students to store, access, and exhibit understanding of information in multiple modalities while authentically addressing cross-curricular standards in the primary grades. Come and discover how storytelling can give children with special needs their wings!

25. “The Power of Video to Show Student Voice”
Don Goble, Educational Consultant, Ladue School District
Grades K-3

The power of video offers young students a new and authentic way of showing their learning. Through a short video reflection or turn and talk video interview, we can invite students to demonstrate their thinking in a new ways beyond paper and pencil. In this session, Don will show you how to make this happen. You will walk away with basic lessons to implement the practice of student recorded video, with any device, into your classroom.

27. “Maximizing Guided Reading as a Flexible Process to Accelerate Progress”
Dr. Mary Howard, Literacy Expert, Author, and Educational Consultant

Grades 2-3

Small group guided reading instruction is particularly important for meeting the varied reading needs of our unique learners. Mary will show you how to identify key factors that have the power to elevate small group experiences and ensure maximum student gain. You’ll learn proven ways to dramatically enhance your efforts and accelerate your students’ progress!

Saturday Breakout Sessions, Round E
11:05 am – 12:20 pm

29. “Oh, the Math That They’ll Know!”
Stephanie Bainbridge, Math Consultant, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Grades Pre-K and K

Who knew teaching and learning math could be this much fun? Come prepared to play math games that incorporate the use of highly motivating and engaging manipulatives.  Cards and dice will be used to teach primary math concepts including number sense, operations, place value, counting, comparing numbers and fact families/patterns.  Student work, journal ideas and game boards will be shared.

31. “Problems and Prospects: Bringing Best Literacy Practices to the Families of At-Risk Children”
Sam Bommarito, Co-Editor of The Missouri Reader; William Kerns, Harris-Stowe State University; Linda Mitchell, Literacy and Parent Engagement Consultant; Julius Anthony, St. Louis Black Authors; and Elise Tierney, Ready to Learn
Grades Pre-K to 1

In this panel discussion, you’ll get the chance to hear and interact with five leading literacy experts from the St. Louis area on the broad topic of how to bring best literacy practices to the families of at-risk students and how to promote wide reading for students, especially those in high-needs buildings. The goal will be to discuss how various St. Louis area programs might collaborate to support parents of at-risk students and further, to develop a project that would encourage and support those parents in their quest to help their children become life-long readers. Time will be provided at the end for questions from the floor and for questions via Twitter.

33. “Using Electronic Books for Emergent Readers: Plugged and Unplugged Reading”
Claudia McVicker, William Jewell College
Grades Pre-K to 3

Come “hear the voices” of young readers as the results of a year-long research study are shared in this presentation by the researcher and 4th grade teachers. Nearly 100 readers read traditional texts (tBooks) and iBooks on iPads and provided researchers with their preferences and opinions, pro and con, for reading an electronic book vs, a tBook. The results suggest students need choice for recreational reading as well as choice for academic reading in the classroom. You will receive a flier filled with teaching ideas and implications for using both formats in school. Finally, you will view a video titled, “Last Child in the Library.”

35. “Storytelling: A Jumpstart for Narrative Writing”
Sherry Norfolk, Storyteller, Author, and Educational Consultant
Grades 1-3

Storytelling is an effective way to help children transition from oral/kinesthetic to written language. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the use of time-tested folktale frameworks that get kids writing fluently and applying higher-order thinking skills to create and develop their stories. You will also be introduced to kinesthetic and oral activities that help children translate their ideas into clear narratives and to begin to understand the relationship between the written and spoken word.

30. “Breaking Down Boundaries: Loose Parts as Tools for Academic and Social-Emotional Development in the Early Childhood Classroom”
Kate Booher, St. Louis University
Grades Pre-K and K

Young children are innovative thinkers who are intuitively creative, naturally competent, and capable protagonists of their own learning. Early childhood educators know that for young children to explore new concepts and construct complex theories, they must have authentic opportunities to engage with one another and the world around them, and yet we often present them with materials that confine their explorations within the boundaries of our own preconceived outcomes. In this session, you will actively explore the limitless possibilities that loose parts offer in the early childhood classroom. You’ll take a close look at examples of how to use loose parts as tools to enhance social-emotional and academic learning and will engage in hands-on investigations in order to break down barriers of understanding about how we define and implement educational materials.

32. “Picture Books and Mathematics for Little Learners”
Betty Porter Walls, Harris-Stowe State University
Grades Pre-K to 3

Join Betty for an interactive and engaging literary experience using the genre of picture books for effective arithmetic and mathematics instruction in preschool and primary grades. Principles from the International Literacy Association (ILA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the National Council of Mathematics (NCTM) form the foundation of the session, which will be a standards-based journey of creative ideas, materials, and strategies for using picture books to teach math vocabulary, content, and skills in computation and problem solving. Come and examine pertinent children’s literature with math themes. Come and have a hands-on, fun learning opportunity. Come and be creative while improving your skills for increasing early learners’ engagement in math. Come and receive an annotated bibliography of math-themed children’s literature and teacher resources.

34. “Clips to Illustrate Student Learning”
Don Goble, Educational Consultant, Ladue School District
Grades K-3

Don will be showcasing the free iOS app Clips (for iPad and iPhone only) that allows for students and teachers to showcase learning in a fun and creative way.  Don will share student and teacher examples, while walking you through the workflow for this app on how to make this a reality in the K-3 classroom. Corresponding resources described will be shared with the audience.