MATE PD DAY 2019

The Manitoba Association of Teachers of English

Deeper Reading, Better Writing

River East Collegiate, 295 Sutton Avenue, R2G 0T1

Program

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation with Kelly Gallagher
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking/Nutrition Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Kelly Gallagher Keynote continued…
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Session A Workshops/Presentations
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Session B Workshops/Presentations
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session C Workshops/Presentations
8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Publisher/Exhibitor Display in Gymnasium

Keynote: 9:00am-10:00am

Deeper Reading, Better Writing

Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, where he is in his 34th year. He is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach and the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association. Kelly is the author of several books on adolescent literacy, most notably Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It and Write Like This. Kelly¹s latest book, co-written with Penny Kittle, is 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents. Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyGToGo, and visit him
at <http://www.kellygallagher.org>.

Keynote Part 2: 10:30am-11:30am

Kelly Gallagher will continue his talk and discussion from the keynote, Deeper Reading, Better Writing.

Session A: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Session: A
Session Title: Kelly Gallagher… continued
Session Code: A1
Session Description: Kelly continues explaining ideas, insights, case studies and strategies for engaging youth in reading and writing. This session will augment the discussion he started in the morning.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters’ Name: Kelly Gallagher
Presenter’s Bio: See Keynote Description
Maximum Participants for the session: unlimited
Grade Level: MY/SY


Session: A
Session Title: Building the AWRC: Academic Writing and Research Centres in High Schools
Session Code: A2
Session Description: Two years ago, we noted the need for a space – outside of the classroom – for students to get feedback on their writing. Modeled loosely on a university model of peer support, we have combined with our school’s peer tutoring program to build a cross-curricular lunch time support program. Overseen by our teacher group, we run a drop-in space where students support students to strengthen academics within our school. The founders – two English teachers and a Math teacher – would like to share some of our rationale for the project, the logistics, as well as next steps and ways we are looking to problem-solve some of our current struggles.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Torrie Preteau, Karina Hill, and Lisa Whiteside
Presenters’ Bios: Torrie Preteau is an English teacher, Karina Hill is a Math teacher, and Lisa Whiteside is an English teacher. All teach at Collège Garden City Collegiate.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: SY


Session: A
Session Title: Language and Literacy: Effective Literacy Scaffolds for EAL learners
Session Code: A3
Session Description: The session will mainly focus on building a deeper understanding of second- language acquisition and considering effective scaffolds that would help include the literacy needs of our English Language Learners.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters’ Name: Subbalakshmi “Kala” Kailasanathan
Presenter’s Bio: Subbalakshmi “Kala” Kailasanathan is a Program Support Teacher with the Winnipeg School Division.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: EY/MY


Session: A
Session Title: Exploring the New ELA Curriculum in the Senior Years
Session Code: A4
Session Description: In this session, we will discuss the new curriculum and how to use it as a planning framework. We will identify the ways in which it differs from the current curriculum, and how we have approached examining, critiquing, and changing our practices. We will share model units we have used in our grade 9-11 courses and the text sets we use with these units. We will facilitate a discussion based on workshop participants’ questions about the new curriculum, focusing on the use of the practices and lenses. Our discussion will also consider assessment within the context of the new curriculum, and how currently unknown factors (including the designation of grade 11 and 12 courses and the grade 12 exam) influence learning and planning.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Kelly Friesen & Meghan LaBrie
Presenters’ Bios: Meghan teaches grade 9 English and social studies; Kelly teaches grade 10-12 English. They teach at Gordon Bell High School.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: SY


Session: A
Session Title: Building Power and Agency in our Readers and Writers
Session Code: A5
Session Description: Right from the beginning, learners need to know for themselves the answers to these questions: Where am I going? What do quality and proficiency look and sound like? Where am I right now? What are my next steps? This session will explore powerful and practical strategies designed to help you teach reading and writing in ways that support students in responding to these questions. Involving students in every step of the process leads to learners who can self- monitor their way to success – in other words, learners who possess a sense of power and agency.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Brenda Augusta
Presenter’s Bio: Brenda Augusta – educator, consultant, mentor, author, and presenter – draws on her deep understanding of assessment and literacy, as well as her considerable skill as a facilitator, to support educators and to foster a positive impact on student learning.
Maximum Participants for the session: 60
Grade Level: EY/MY


Session: A
Session Title: Deeper Reading and Writing with Manitoba Authors
Session Code: A6
Session Description: This session will feature published writers who will share their stories, writing, and strategies to promote writing in middle years and senior high settings. They will facilitate a discussion about ways to help students find their voices and engage them in authentic writing that captures the depth and breadth of human possibility. Discussions will be in a round table format and based on the needs and questions raised within the group. Come prepared with ideas, questions and curiosity!
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Colleen Nelson and various Manitoba writers
Presenters’ Bios: Colleen Nelson is member of the Manitoba Writing Guild, a teacher-librarian in an elementary school in Winnipeg, and an award-winning YA author whose previous novels include Blood Brothers and Finding Hope. She is excited to host and facilitate this session. Other writers in the workshop will be identified closer to the event date.
Maximum Participants for the session: 60
Grade Level: MY/SY


Session: A
Session Title: Inquiry into the ELA Curriculum: Designing RLE’s in the Middle Years
Session Code: A7
Session Description: Powerful teaching and learning in English Language Arts occurs best when approached from an inquiry stance that taps into teacher and student curiosities. Join us in exploring and designing rich learning experiences in the middle years. We will explore the principles and aspects of the conceptual framework that support inquiry-based practices for student learning.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Angie Burdett and Lisa Goolcharan
Presenters’ Bios: Angie Burdett is the English Language Arts and Literacies Consultant for the Province of Manitoba. Lisa Goolcharan is the Literacies and Language Consultant for the Province of Manitoba.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: MY


Session: A
Session Title: Shakespeare in the Ruins: Macbeth Muet
Session Code: A8
Session Description: In a special partnership with Montreal-based theatre company La Fille Du Laitier, SIR is pleased to present Macbeth Muet for this year’s conference delegates. Performed entirely without words, Macbeth Muet completely deconstructs this Shakespearean Tragedy into a fast paced, visceral theatre experience. Entire scenes are reduced to a single look, as Shakespeare’s complex and beautiful poetry is rendered mute, and searing. This show was an enormous hit at the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Festival and has travelled to schools in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Various actors directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart
Maximum Participants for the session: unlimited
Grade Level: MY/SY


Session: A
Session Title: Planning a Literacy Block in Senior Years Classrooms
Session Code: A9
Session Description: Teachers will explore how Readerˋs and Writerˋs Workshop will develop in their school communities. Literature Circle resources, picture books for senior years, and word work with senior years students will be explored.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Marla Medwid, Literacy Administrator for Prairie Spirit School Division
Maximum Participants for the session: 25
Grade Level: SY

NOTE: Session A9 is For Prairie Spirit School Division Participants Only

Session B: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Session: B
Session Title: Beyond the Page: Exploring Non-Traditional Texts
Session Code: B1
Session Description: Though the medium may have changed, most of our students are bingeing on incredible volumes of information and story. While none of us will debate the need to make sure that the written word remains central in our English classrooms, it’s also important that we explore how other texts can enrich our classrooms and deepen our understanding. In this session, I hope to share how my students and I have explored music, comics, television and film as texts – reading, responding to them and using them as catalysts for writing.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Jay Nickerson
Presenter’s Bio: Raised on a diet of books, movies, comics and rock n’ roll, Jay Nickerson does his best to filter all these things into engaging explorations of big ideas in his classes at Gimli High School.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: SY


Session: B
Session Title: Surviving in the EAL Classroom
Session Code: B2
Session Description: Teaching English as an additional language is a daunting task and it can be difficult to know where to begin. This session will cover initial assessment of students’ abilities, available online resources, possible units of study, as well as scaffolding assignments and evaluations. These tools will help you teach your students to read, write, acquire vocabulary, and develop their viewing skills. You will leave this session with ideas, resources, and materials that you can use in your classroom tomorrow!
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Desirée Pappel
Presenter’s Bio: Desirée Pappel has been teaching high school English since 2008 and has taught students from nearly thirty countries.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: SY


Session: B
Session Title: LGBTQ2 Literature in Middle Years
Session Code: B3
Session Description: We’d be happy to share our challenges and successes using LGBTQ2 novels in the Grade 8 Classroom as we explore the major theme of “Identity”.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Aaron Russell and Erica Pflug
Presenters’ Bios: Aaron Russell is a middle years ELA and social studies Teacher; Erica Pflug is a middle years ELA Teacher.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: MY/SY


Session: B
Session Title: Fake News: A Tool for Deception or a Tool for Creativity?
Session Code: B4
Session Description: We’ll look at the challenges of teaching about “fake news”, both satire and deceptive fake news, and explore ways that teachers can increase student literacy and critical thinking in this area. We’ll also look at satirical news as a creative writing exercise.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Andrew Unger
Presenter’s Bio: Andrew Unger has taught high school English Language Arts in Steinbach for fifteen years. In 2016, he launched the popular Mennonite satire website The Daily Bonnet.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: SY


Session: B
Session Title: Telling Your Story: Facilitating Memoir in the Classroom
Session Code: B5
Session Description: This workshop takes the participants through a proven methodology for facilitating personal story writing in a Grade 11 or 12 classroom. While primarily lecture-style, it describes an interactive process which is taught over 5, 1-hour sessions. From the value of story through story elements to outlining and enhancement, this workshop provides the basic tools for a personal story module. This workshop will introduce teachers to some digital tools that can be used in the classroom by students, using iPad apps as examples: digital 3×5 cards, collaborative writing and peer editing, digital storyboarding, and publication to the internet.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2: 00 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dennis Maione
Presenter’s Bio: Dennis Maione is a teacher, writer, and storyteller. He regularly facilitates personal storytelling workshops in Winnipeg (and area) high schools.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: SY


Session: B
Session Title: From The Great Gatsby to The Game of Thrones: Encouraging Deeper Level Learning with Theme Based Texts
Session Code: B6
Session Description: “Don`t say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you heard this story. You`ve heard it now.“ Thomas King This presentation will identify specific ways to teach classic and contemporary texts related to various themes: identity and belonging; enchantment and disillusionment; journeys and transitions; and, family and community. Ideas on creatively teaching biographies, classic novels, selected poems, art, film, and photography, and non-fiction texts will be presented. Creative teaching in English Language Arts encourages personal agency and self-expression; teachers and students have opportunities to explore texts through personal, philosophical, social, and cultural lenses. Teaching English can be re-visioned and transformed when learners see themselves as researchers, artists, and reflective thinkers. Participants in this session will also have the opportunity to develop their own theme-based text sets. A bibliography and selected resources will be provided for workshop participants.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Karen M. Magro, Professor of Education, The University of Winnipeg
Presenter’s Bio: Dr. Karen Magro is a full professor of literacy education and applied psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Karen has been a teacher, consultant, and writer for over 30 years and has taught nationally and internationally. She is the editor of The International Journal of Talent Development and Creativity. Her co-edited book Transcultural Literacies: Re-visioning Relationships in Teaching and Learning (Magro & Honeyford, 2019, Canadian Scholars Press) explores the impact of cultural and global changes on teaching literacy today. During 2018, she was a visiting scholar at Leicester University and Durham University in the U.K. Next year, she will be continuing her research into creative learning in Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Magro`s Finding New Voice and Vision in Literacy Learning was published in 2016 (International Centre for Innovation in Education, ICIE, Ulm, German).
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: MY/SY


Session: B
Session Title: Getting Started with Socratic Seminar
Session Code: B7
Session Description: Have you ever marked a class set of novel-based responses and wondered what your students were really getting out of their assigned reading? Instead of slogging through responses that might only tell you if your students know what happened in chapter X, we have found that having students engage in Socratic Seminar to be much more beneficial (and manageable). In this session, we hope to explain how we started getting students to talk meaningfully about what they’ve read with one another.
Session Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2: 00 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Kathleen Elgar, Yvonne Inniss, and Kelly Smith
Presenters’ Bios: Currently an English teacher at The Comp, Kathleen Elgar has taught 7-12 English and enjoys pushing kids out of their comfort zones as she pushes herself out of hers. A high school teacher of English, Yvonne Inniss has been known to blast a trumpet in her classroom from time to time and occasionally swing a sword. When high school teacher Kelly Smith isn’t trying to convince Kathleen and Yvonne to present with her, she keeps busy by baking in the kitchen and chauffeuring around her teenage son.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: MY/SY

Session C: 2:15am-3:15pm

Session: C
Session Title: The Ruckus: Exploring Youth Empowerment Through the Films of John Hughes
Session Code: C1
Session Description: What does it mean to be a teenager? For many, the films of John Hughes are the definitive portrayal of teenage life. In The Ruckus, films such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club become texts that allow us to explore youth empowerment. Our classes viewed these films critically, exploring themes such as education, stereotypes, relationships, identity and assessing “classic” texts through a modern lens. As we share this engaging pursuit, we’ll discuss what students did, and give you an insight into our planning and reflections on this study.
Session Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Rachelle Bauer & Jay Nickerson
Presenters’ Bios: Rachelle and Jay teach at Gimli High School, and meet regularly in the hallways where they hatch plans and debrief the goings-on in their respective English Classrooms.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: MY/SY


Session: C
Session Title: Classroom Storytelling: Creativity and Chaos
Session Code: C2
Session Description: This workshop walks the participants through a methodology for group storytelling which incorporates structure, chaos, and wonder. Designed for middle years and senior high classrooms, this workshop will provide you with valuable tools for building stories with students while teaching essential story and storytelling components. While primarily lecture-style, it describes an interactive process which is taught over 5, 1-hour sessions. The workshop demonstrates a microcosm of the longer student workshop. Essential topics include: structure of story—hero, villain, problem, setting, resolution—as well as essential components of good writing—dialogue, description, feeling, pace.
Session Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Dennis Maione
Presenter’s Bio: Dennis Maione is a teacher, writer, and storyteller. He regularly facilitates personal storytelling workshops in Winnipeg (and area) high schools.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: MY/SY


Session: C
Session Title: Discerning Fake News and Mastering Internet Search Skills
Session Code: C3
Session Description: Reading and researching on the internet to find true information and not myth-information are becoming more challenging in the ELA classroom. This session is aimed primarily at junior high to high school students to give them practical tools and skills to be able to wade through the endless information on the internet and to be able to do reliable research. You will leave this session with practical, classroom-ready materials that you can use to help your students become better internet readers and writers.
Session Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Presenters’ Names: Margaux Miller and Lucille Miller
Presenters’ Bios: Lucille has taught high school and adults in a vocational setting for 34 years and does private software specific training for businesses; Margaux is the co-host of START, an entrepreneurship podcast and an employee of ICTAM (Information, Communication Technology Association of Manitoba).
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: MY/SY


Session: C
Session Title: Fluency, Elaboration & Voice Lead to Deeper Reading & Writing
Session Code: C4
Session Description: This one-hour session will explore how students can dig deeply into any text they’re given. Come and learn how to invigorate students’ reading skills using the following four strategies: predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing. Stronger reading skills will empower students to find their authentic writing voices.
Session Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Margaret Murray
Presenter’s Bio: Margaret Murray is a high school English teacher in River East Transcona School Division.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: SY


Session: C
Session Title: Discovering the Power of Voice
Session Code: C5
Session Description: This session will look at several different texts and tasks high school teachers could use to help students understand the power of voice for positive change and social justice. If our voices are the most powerful weapons humans will ever have, let’s encourage students to listen to the stories of others, help them find their own voices, and allow them to use these for growth and good. Language as Power and Agency will be the focus of the presentation.
Session Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Presenter’s Name: Darcia Jones
Presenter’s Bio: Darcia Jones is a veteran high school ELA teacher and, to the chagrin of many, not a Harry Potter fan. But, she does agree with J.K. Rowling on this: “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better”.
Maximum Participants for the session: 40
Grade Level: SY

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