MELIT PD DAY 2019

Sessions
9:00-9:15 Welcome and AGM
9:15-10:30 Keynote K-AM
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00
AM -1
AM -2
AM -3
AM -4
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15
PM -1
PM -2
PM -3
PM- 4
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:25
Keynote K-PM
3:25-3:30 Wrap up/Book Draw

Keynote

Larry Swartz

Doctor of Education 
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Larry Swartz is a literacy and drama instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He has been an educator for over 40 years, working as a classroom teacher, consultant, author and workshop presenter throughout the world. Larry is the author of several publications for teachers: Creating Caring Classrooms (with Kathy Gould Lundy); Take Me to Your Readers; Dramathemes (4th edition) and Word by Word. Larry’s work is centered on using children’s literature to promote meaningful response. His website larryswartz.ca features monthly postings of recommended children’s literature.

Location: Stevenson Ballroom
Grade Level: All
Session Code: K-AM, K-PM

Morning Keynote – K-AM FULL
Session Title: STORY, STORY, HALLELUYAH!
Session Code: K-AM
Session Description:
Using children’s literature to help build connections to the lives of readers and to the world.
Session Time: 9:15-10:30
Presenter’s Name: Larry Swartz
Doctor of Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Maximum Participants: 220 FULL
Session Location: Stevenson Ballroom
Grade Level: All
Session Information AM

Session Title: Foundational Literacy Learning: The Power of Story FULL
Session Code: AM-1
Session Description:
Stories are rich sources of opportunity for foundational learning about print. Reading and writing use the same set of rules providing two kinds of opportunities for children to practice early literacy learning. This will be an opportunity to explore those early, foundational aspects of working with print through stories.
Session Time: 11:00-12:00
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Allyson Matczuk
Early Literacy Consultant/Reading Recovery Trainer Manitoba Education & Training
Maximum Participants: 70 FULL
Session Location: Stevenson Ballroom A
Grade Level: Reading Recovery


Session Title: Writing from the Heart: Using Mentor Texts and an Optimal Learning Model to Engage Writers FULL

Session Code: AM-2
Session Description:
Tired of students balking at writing? Then pull out the little stories that they already know and carry in their hearts. Overview of planning, using an Optimal Learning Model, and considering assessment in writing.
Session Time: 11:00-12:00
Presenter’s Name: Lori Armstrong
WSD Literacy Support Teacher
Maximum Participants: 70 FULL
Session Location: Stevenson Ballroom B
Grade Level: K-3


Session Title: “Conversations with Larry” FULL
Session Code: AM-3
Session Description: Join Larry for informal conversations about “story and language” as well as insights from his new book “Word by Word” 101 Ways to Inspire and Engage Students by Building Vocabulary, Improving Spelling, and Enriching Reading, Writing, and Learning.
Session Time: 11:00-12:00
Presenter’s Name: Larry Swartz
Doctor of Education program
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Maximum Participants: 40 FULL
Session Location: Magellan
Grade Level: All


Session Title: The Glass Frog: The Power of Nonfiction Stories
Session Code: AM-4
Session Description: Find out more about how to use non-fiction poetry and stories to enhance literacy learning in an early years classroom. Jam packed with ideas and examples to inspire your teaching of STORY in both reading and writing.
Session Time: 11:00-12:00
Presenter’s Name: Kathleen Farmery
St. James Early Years Teacher
Maximum Participants: 40
Session Location: Lancaster
Grade Level: All

Afternoon PM Sessions
Session Title: Much more than a picture walk: The power of story in introducing a new book FULL
Session Code PM-1
Session Description:
Join us in exploring the teachers’ role in introducing a new book in order to orient children to the story before they read it for the first time. How do you explore, test out, and draw on children’s knowledge? What new and unusual information do you need to provide to arrange for successful reading of a new book? How do you evaluate the effectiveness of the introduction?
Session Time: 1:00-2:15
Presenter’s Name: Jennifer Flight –  Reading Recovery Trainer RESD & Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (Western Region)
Michelle Hildebrand – WSD Teacher Leader
Maximum Participants: 70 FULL
Session Location: Stevenson Ballroom A
Grade Level: Reading Recovery, Grades 1-3

Session Title: Engaging Power and Agency through Writing and Writer’s Notebook FULL
Session Code: PM-2
Session Description:
A child’s sense of power and agency develops and finds voice when we as educators: allow students to make independent decisions about WHAT and WHY they write, offer daily opportunities for extended periods of reading and writing, and celebrate the writers and the writing in authentic and meaningful ways. Join us to explore these 3 aspects as they pertain to teaching and learning in K-3
Session Time: 1:00-2:15
Presenter’s Name: Andrea IIchena-Carlson and Ruth Gauvreau
River East School Division Literacy Consultants
Maximum Participants: 70 FULL
Session Location: Stevenson Ballroom B
Grade Level: All


Session Title: Roaming Around the Whole Story: Embracing the Power of Story in Early
Lessons
Session Code: PM-3
Session Description: This action research project asked teachers to intentionally draw upon the Power of the Whole Story as they roamed around the known. New understandings and perspectives will be shared.
Session Time: 1:00-2:15
Presenter’s Name: Marnie Paterson – PTSD Teacher Leader
Heather Bell – SJSD Teacher Leader
Maximum Participants: 40
Session Location: Magellan
Grade Level: Reading Recovery


Session Title: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words FULL
Session Code: PM-4
Session Description:
It is so exciting when a child picks up a marker, pencil or paint brush and begins to make marks on a page, drawing or ‘writing’ for the first time! The child has found a way other than talking to communicate his ideas and stories. This session will explore the processing gifts inherent in drawing and how we may guide children in both literacy learning and oral language development through their drawing and early attempts at writing.
Session Time: 1:00-2:15
Presenter’s Name: Helen Proulx
SJSD Teacher Leader
Maximum Participants: 40 FULL
Session Location: Lancaster
Grade Level: K-3

Afternoon Keynote K-PM FULL

Session Title: The Best Response to A Story
Session Code: K-PM
Session Description:
How to use the Best children’s book to lead students to Read, Read, Read!
Session Time: 2:30-3:25
Presenter’s Name: Larry Swartz
Doctor of Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Maximum Participants: 220 FULL
Session Location: Stevenson Ballroom
Grade Level: All

Fees and Registration Information

Register Online Here: https://memberlink.mbteach.org/Event.axd?e=1080

Fees

Conference Fees:
MELIT Membership: $20
MELIT Membership and Conference: $100
Non-Member Conference Fee: $110

Memberlink Information:

Registration opens on: August 23
Registration closes on: when conference is full or October 18, 2019
Cut Off Date for Editing: August 20, 2019
Cut Off Date for Cancelling: October 11, 2019
Cancellation Policy: $10.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be processed after October 11th, 2019. Refunds for non-attending individuals are not available.

Notes

• Parking is available both in front and behind the hotel in designated Hilton lots as well as across the street at the Victoria In Parking lot. If you park behind the hotel, please use the “Ballroom Entrance”.
• Please note that admission will be by name tag only.
• Registration includes coffee/tea and light breakfast buffet upon arrival, and a lunch buffet of soup, sandwiches, salad, and dessert. If you have dietary concerns please indicate this with your registration.
• No on-site registration will be available.
• $10.00 cancellation fee.

General Questions

Payment by cheque will be accepted after registration is closed if there are still spots available for the conference (done on a case by case basis)
Cheques payable to MELIT and brought to the conference will be processed at the registration desk before the conference begins.

Lunch is included in the conference fee.

Dietary concerns are indicated at the time of registration and are accommodated by the Hilton.

Contact Information
Questions and concerns contact Helen Proulx using melit.contact@gmail.com.