IATE Fall Conference Program 2023

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President’s Welcome

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the 2023 IATE conference at Millikin University. We are thankful to be back at our institutional home for the second year under the leadership of our Executive Secretary Kaitlin Glause. We are so grateful for the hospitality and support we’ve received from the university and its staff. Kim Kotty, our conference chair, has developed a program to celebrate and embrace “authenticity in action.” Through enlightening sessions that promote authentic classroom practices, this conference aims to help us meet the ever changing needs of our students and the world they will enter after they leave us. Our conference this year affords many opportunities to learn, network, and grow in our profession. We are so happy to have you here with us this weekend and with us in our profession as well. I encourage you to find ways to get involved in IATE at the state level or within your home district. Let me know if I can help guide you to leadership opportunities, and enjoy the conference! Jennifer Gouin IATE President 2022-2023


The Illinois Association of Teachers of English gratefully acknowledges the following primary sponsor:

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Table of Contents Conference Schedule Overview ........................................


IATE Business Meeting …………………………………..


Friday Morning Sessions……...………………………….


Friday Lunch and Keynote, Robin Ha …………...……...


Friday Afternoon Sessions ……………………………….


Dinner and Illinois Author of the Year, Jessamine Chan…


Morning Keynote, Briana Morales...………………….….


Saturday Morning Breakout Sessions.……………………


Larry Johannessen New Teacher Forum………….………


Saturday Past Presidents’ Lunch and Keynote, Catherine


Adel West………………………………………………… Fall Conference Sponsors …………………………..........


Conference Meal Menus……….…………………..……..


Program Committee Members ...………………..………..


IATE Officers………………….……………….…………


IATE District Leaders…………………………………..


IATE Committees ………………………………………


IATE Illinois Authors of the Year………………………


IATE Life Membership Award Recipients………………..


IATE Past Presidents……………………………………...



IATE Conference Schedule

Authenticity in Action Thursday, October 19th 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. IATE Executive Council and District Leaders Meeting Friday, October 20th 8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Registration 9:30 a.m. — 4:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open 8:30 a.m. — 8:50 a.m. Plenary Session 1 IATE Business Meeting Conference Overview: Andrew Rodbro Welcome Mixer: Kimberly Musolf 9:00 a.m. — 9:50 a.m. Breakout Session A 10:00 a.m. — 10:50 a.m. Breakout Session B 11:00 a.m. — 11:50 a.m. Breakout Session C 12:00 p.m. — 1: 00 p.m. Lunch Plenary Session 2 Keynote Speaker: Robin Ha 1:00 p.m. — 1:25 p.m. Book Signing 1:30 p.m. — 2:20 p.m. Breakout Session D 2:30 p.m. — 3:20 p.m. Breakout Session E 3:30 p.m. — 4:20 p.m. Breakout Session F 4:30 p.m. — 5:55 p.m. Cocktail Hour and Raffle Ticket Sales 6:00 p.m. — 7: 00 p.m. Dinner, Awards, and Raffle Plenary Session 3 Keynote Speaker: Jessamine Chan, Illinois Author of the Year 7: 30 p.m. — Social Gathering at Homewood Suites, Forsyth


Saturday, October 21st 8:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open 8:30 a.m. — 8:55 a.m. Morning Welcome Plenary Session 4 Keynote Speaker: Briana Morales, Illinois Teacher of the Year 9:00 a.m. — 9:50 a.m. Breakout Session G 10:00 a.m. — 10:50 a.m. Breakout Session H 11:00 a.m. — 11:50 a.m. Breakout Session I 12:00 p.m. — 12:50 p.m. Breakout Session J 1:00 p.m. — 2: 00 p.m. Past Presidents’ Luncheon Plenary Session 5 Keynote Speaker: Catherine Adel West 2:00 p.m. — 2:25 p.m. Book Signing 2:15 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. IATE Executive Board and District Leaders Meeting Don’t forget to pick up some great books from The Literary!

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IATE Conference Program Authenticity in Action Friday, October 20, 2023


◙ Presentation Session

❖ Interactive Session

Session requires a device

▲Session includes the promotion of a service/book Plenary Session 1 Friday 8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. IATE Business Meeting and Welcome Session Andrew Rodbro, North Lakes District Leader, Conference Master of Ceremonies Kimberly Musolf, Special Projects Chair

Banquet AB

Conference Overview Connecting with Colleagues

Breakout Session A: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Alyssa Staley Carbondale Middle School


Collaboration 146 Middle /High School

“Community in Action” ◙ How to add a zinger to the end of a novel unit that deals with hard topics. Go through the steps to create a discussion panel of experts. Your principal loves it, your school board loves it, and your students love it. This conversational piece is the type of activity that students will remember long after they have left your classroom and building behind them. It gives them a safe place to ask questions, make statements, and be heard while receiving wisdom, advice, and encouragement by community members who are experts in their fields.


Nicoline Shoffer Fenwick High School


Collaboration 144 High School


“Interviews and Cross-curricular Writing” ◙ How can you get students to connect deeply with a text and the historical context in which it is written? How is a person impacted by the historical events that happen during their lifetime? How do authors draw on historical and cultural events in developing their characters? Using interviews, students see a connection between their family's history and the historical events that occurred during various generations. We can then use these interviews as primary sources for authentic responses to literature. We will brainstorm ways in which interviews can be incorporated in your existing curricula.

Shannon Radcliffe A3 Collaboration 140 Lincoln Community High High School School “Shaking Up Shakespeare: Bringing the Play Back into Shakespeare’s Plays” ◙ Groans erupt from your class as you announce the start of your next unit, Shakespeare. How do you combat the negative feelings students already have about Shakespeare? How do you make Shakespeare fresh for this generation of students? This presentation is full of ideas about how to combat some of the most common problems when teaching Shakespeare: language barriers, negative stereotypes, drama terms and vocabulary, disengagement, and boredom. Need books for your classroom? Check out Lake Cook Books, trusted Illinois book distributor. Their excellent customer service, wide catalog, competitive pricing, and speedy delivery will leave you marveling. https://www.lake-cook.com/


AngelaNina David Escanilla A4 Collaboration 146 Unity Junior High School Middle/High School “Ditching Multiple Choice Tests: Using Problem Based Learning as measurements of student learning through the use of Real World Experiences” ◙ Time and time again, students are asked to [recite information at the end of each unit, often in the form of multiple choice tests. But through this practice, the line between information learned vs. information memorized becomes increasingly blurred. Creating a Real World Experience provides students with the opportunity to learn through the use of inquiry: questioning, researching, presenting, and applying their learning to real life. Each Real World Experience is a culmination of literature, writing, history, and of course, civics. Through the accompaniment of both whole class and small group novels, students create genuine displays that reflect what they have learned and how their newfound knowledge can be applied to current events. In this session, you will be introduced to an example of a Real World Experience, which serves as each unit’s summative assessment. We will discuss planning, how to create assignments that align with Standards-Based Grading, and even take a look at a few student examples. Breakout Session B: Friday 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Mark Brand B1 Collaboration 142 James Drown High School/ Post-Secondary University of Illinois Chicago “Adventures in Empathy: Inviting Videogames into First Year Writing” ◙ Building on the work of Bonnie Ruberg and Stephen Greer, we unpack affordances of otherness in mainstream video gaming. Voraciously consumed by our students, games-as-texts do ludic and narrative work akin to literary fiction: they encourage confronting, understanding, and bonding with the unfamiliar. In the writing classroom, these mass-texts are an emerging vector of empathic response, academic engagement, and digital literacies. ~9~

Genevieve Sherman B2 Collaboration 144 Deborah Althoff Will Middle/High School Zion-Benton Township High School “Teaching Consent Through YA Literature” ◙ This presentation will take a look at teaching consent through various books. We will define consent, look at songs that both ask for and ignore consent, and dive into books that allow readers to see the four aspects of consent for this unit. Teachers will leave with a unit of work that is valuable and engaging. John Barrett B3 Collaboration 138 Pleasant Plains Middle School All grades “Teacher 101” ❖ Do you find yourself run ragged by the demands placed on teachers in a post-Covid world? John Barrett has been teaching for 3.5 decades and has some ideas to share about how to care for your inner teacher. Angie Heiser B4 Collaboration 140 Putnam County High School High School “Authentic Classroom Management Strategies for the High School ELA Classroom” ◙ Looking for ways to manage your classroom that create positive spaces for students to be themselves? Wanting to avoid yelling and power struggles between yourself and your students? Looking for something more sustainable and fulfilling than relying on admin to "discipline" on your behalf? My name is Angie Heiser, and I have some tips and tricks for you! I have been in the high school ELA classroom for 10 years and have implemented a variety of tactics that have helped me build a sustainable classroom management plan that has changed my teaching career. Join me as I give you ideas to change your perception of "classroom management" and help you create something sustainable and enjoyable for yourself and your students.

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Breakout Session C: Friday 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Kate Sjostrom University of Illinois, Chicago


Collaboration 144 High School/ Pre-Service Teachers “Choosing Literary Texts that Matter Now and Writing About Them in a Way that Does, Too: A Writing-to-Learn Activity that Deepens Analysis, Reflection, and Community” ❖ This session will explore resources for relevant text selection and guide participants in a writing-to-learn activity that invites them to weave their own narratives into a literary text to simultaneously develop analytical thinking, writing fluency, self-awareness, and classroom community. Mark Patton Nicole Boudreau Smith Adlai E. Stevenson High School


Collaboration 146 High School / Pre-Service Teachers


“Inquiry & Literacy: Using Authentic Problems and Real Student Conversations to Engage Students” ❖ We all want our students to be engaged; we want them to be seen, heard, valued AND captivated by the curriculum. However, as the year goes on, activities like bellringers, team-building exercises, and daily brain breaks become less effective and less engaging, and they don’t generate student excitement about the content of the class. What if it didn't need to be that way? What if curriculum could be authentically engaging? The presenters will share a guaranteed and viable approach to curricular design that centers current, controversial questions; by putting questions that matter at the center of unit design, teachers are empowered to privilege student voice and meaning-making above student compliance.To make school authentic and exciting, we don’t need to ditch the standards or revamp the reading: we need to shift how we think about teaching and learning, including inquiry-based units, discussion modalities that can be applied to any unit, and strategies to enhance student reading, writing, and overall literacy.

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Stephanie Gates


Collaboration 142 Pre-Service Teachers/All grades “What’s In Your Bag? Unpacking Implicit Bias” ❖ This is a workshop designed for educators at any stage of their career to examine the role of implicit bias, also known as unconscious bias, in both their personal and professional lives. In this workshop, participants will engage in a variety of activities to increase their awareness of implicit bias, and understand the impact of implicit bias on their teaching practice. Participants will learn to recognize how implicit bias shows up in the classroom. E. Mariah Spencer C4 Collaboration 138 Chrissie Durbin Post-Secondary/ Pre-Service Syncere Williams Teachers Brianna Zangara Illinois State University “Authentic Responses to Refugee: Pre-Service Teachers, Social Activism, and Assessment Design” ◙ This panel centers on the development of authentic assessments to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. In it, pre-service teachers shift students from passive consumers to content creators and social activists, while working with the YA novel Refugee by Alan Gratz. In addition to sharing their research, planning, and discovery, each presenter will bring three carefully formulated questions related to assessment design and their future teaching, which they will pose to audience members. Our hope is that educators from around the state can offer these teacher candidates constructive feedback related to their assessment designs and the instructional units in which they will one day be taught.

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Plenary Session 2 Lunch Friday 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Banquet AB Featured Speaker Robin Ha Robin, a life-long reader of comics, grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to the United States at age 14. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she moved to New York City and worked in the fashion industry before diving into comics. She strives to make comics that are entertaining and also empower the readers to become more accepting of themselves and others. Robin is the author and illustrator of Almost American Girl, a 2020 Harvey Award nominee and 2021 Walter Award honoree memoir, and Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes, a New York Times bestselling cookbook graphic novel. robinha81.wixsite.com/robinha

Book Signing with Robin Ha Friday 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance

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Breakout Session D: Friday 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Timothy Duggan Northeastern Illinois University


Collaboration 146 Middle/High School/ Post-Secondary/ Pre-Service Teachers “How many ways can we come to know a text?” ❖ This interactive, participatory session will engage attendees in working collaboratively through a short but complex text, engaging all the tools in our repertoire, including, but not limited to, close reading, linguistic analysis, arts-based inquiry, contemporary and historical critical theory, analogical thinking, and reader response. Our goal will be to examine, discuss, and develop classroom approaches that engage a wide swath of strategies, honoring all approaches and equipping ourselves with tools for differentiation. Kate Whitman Fenwick High School


Collaboration 144 High School

“Producing Podcasts as an Alternative Assessment” ◙ This session will describe a summative assessment that used the genre of a “true crime” podcast with Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Students modeled the journalistic style of the novel, used critical thinking and textual evidence to analyze characters, practiced the writing process through re-reading, drafting, and revision, and tapped into their own creativity and humor to increase their understanding of the novel. This session will explain the process of the podcast project, demonstrate the technology tools used, look at samples of the final product, and brainstorm other works of literature that might lend themselves to this engaging alternative to a test or essay.

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Nicole Lombardo Adlai E. Stevenson High School


Collaboration 142 All grades/ Pre-Service Teachers “Fostering Resilience: utilizing differentiated strategies to support all students in cultivating a growth mindset and becoming metacognitive readers and writers” ◙ We need to be pioneers who embrace our resilient spirit. Participants will gain specific ideas to create warm, supportive, engaged, and hard-working classrooms where students feel a strong sense of belonging. These methods can easily be incorporated into any lesson and will strengthen the student-to-student bonds as well as the student-to-teacher relationship in order to help students reach optimum academic success.

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Breakout Session E: Friday 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Robin Ha E1 Collaboration 142 Featured Author Session All Ages “Memoir Graphic Novel Workshop” Is your diary brimming with exciting stories? And do you love to read comics? Walter-Award-Honoree graphic novelist, Robin Ha will walk you through how you can transform your life into a graphic novel. You'll learn a step-by-step process of selecting and refining your personal stories, planning out your graphic novel, and drawing the comic pages. Dr. Vicky Gilpin Cerro Gordo High School


Collaboration 144 Middle/High School / Post-Secondary “Neurodivergent: Walking the Walk of Authenticity” ◙ Authenticity requires a careful balance of the teacher's executive presence (Hewlett, 2014) the requirements of subject area, the needs of the students, the students' individual situations, both biological and environmental. Neurodivergence, on the part of the teacher, the students, or both, adds a bit of spice to the experience. This presentation/discussion will explore using teacher authenticity as an important element of relationship-building as a foundation for learning, maneuvering as a neurodivergent (autistic) teacher to support that authenticity, and modifying strategies to encourage success and accessibility for all in the neurodiverse classroom.

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Sarah Pittman E3 Collaboration 146 Homewood- Flossmoor High High School/ Pre-Service School Teachers Jason Evans Prairie State College “What is “real,” anyway? Creating a new 12th-grade ELA course to align with college composition” ◙ The co-presenters, a high school and a community college English teacher, collaborated to create a new 12th-grade ELA course under the state’s Transitional Instruction Initiative. The new course more intentionally aligns with first-year college composition. They will share information about the course, their work together as colleagues at neighboring institutions, and how they've created a curriculum, along with engaging instructional techniques, to make college a more realistic and tangible option for students that identify themselves as needing extra support in the areas of reading and writing.


Kaitlin Glause E4 Collaboration 140 Carin Houser High School/ PostMillikin University Secondary “Going ‘Gradeless:’ Equitable Assessment Strategies for the Reading and Writing Classroom” ◙ Going “gradeless” is becoming a popular approach as educators work to provide more equitable and authentic assessment and feedback that support all students. This presentation shares the experiences of a collection of middle school, high school, and college teachers who implemented various approaches to equitable grading, including going gradeless/pointless (Guskey, 2015; Zerwin, 2020), ungrading (Blum, 2020), and labor-based grading (Inoue, 2019a). In this presentation, we will share our findings and experiences with an emphasis on gradeless assessment practices for writing and reading instruction.

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Breakout Session F: Friday 3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Nichole Folkman Hartsburg-Emden CUSD #21


Collaboration 142 All grades

“Illinois State Readers’ Choice Awards” ◙ Want to learn about the Readers' Choice Awards for Illinois? Did you know that they exist for all ages from k-12th grade? Find out which program is for you and learn about strategies for using the lists in your classroom and a sampling of books from the lists. Jeremy Quach F2 Collaboration 144 Jones College Prep High School High School/ Post-Secondary “Teaching Students about ‘Asians’ ” ❖ Representation of Asians in the West often follows the same script: model minorities, mother/daughter conflicts, and oppressive traditions. In this session, attendees will explore and workshop many different materials, ranging from entire units on media stereotypes to individual readings and assignments that can be plugged into existing units, that teach students how to problematize Orientalist assumptions that fuel Asian racism today. Paige Timmerman F3 Collaboration 146 Salem Community High School Middle/High School Kourtney Hake Sparta Lincoln School “Let’s Talk Narrative” ◙ ▲ Personal narrative is often seen as an extra unit of writing because of the pressure on teachers to focus on informational and analytical writing. When we look at authentic writing, however, personal narrative is often blended with other genres. This session will focus on how writers often incorporate personal stories for the purpose of answering questions and feature lessons and activities from our upcoming book, Narrative as Navigation.

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Andrew J. Rodbro Warren Township High School


Collaboration 138 Middle/High School/ Post-Secondary/ Pre-Service Teachers “The Ethical Frame: Understanding the Relationship of Discourse and the Ethical Basis of an Argument” ◙ For teachers who teach argumentation. In addition to effective argument processes (claim, evidence, warrant; logos, ethos, pathos), the way a speaker frames an argument can determine a speaker's success with an audience. This frame is built with a speaker's discourse--deliberate and purposeful language choices of a speaker to present an argument. Effective deployment of a particular discourse can redraw the moral and ethical lines that make an argument appealing. This session will provide teachers with a vocabulary and knowledge base for teaching the concept of discourse and the way a speaker's choice of discourse frames an argument.

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Thank you to our primary sponsor Lake Cook Publishing for providing all attendees with a complimentary copy of The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan.

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Plenary Session 3 Dinner Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Banquet AB Featured Speaker Jessamine Chan, Illinois Author of the Year Jessamine Chan holds a B.A. from Brown University and a MFA from Columbia University. Chan worked as a reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, and her stories have appeared in Tin House and EPOCH. Her debut novel The School for Good Mothers is a New York Times Bestseller and was included on The Today Show host Jenna Bush Hager’s “Read with Jenna” book list. It was a finalist for the 2023 John Leonard Prize awarded by the National Book Critics Circle. Freckle Films, a production company owned by Jessica Chastain, purchased the rights for a TV adaptation of A School for Good Mothers. jessaminechan.com

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Saturday, October 22, 2022


◙ Presentation Session

❖ Interactive Session

Session requires a device

▲Session includes the promotion of a service/book Plenary Session 4 Welcome Session Saturday 8:30 – 8:55 a.m. Banquet AB Featured Speaker Briana Morales, 2023 Illinois Teacher of the Year Briana Morales is a proud Latina and freedom fighter for students in alternative education, where she has spent her career loving and learning alongside students furthest from justice in East St. Louis, IL. Throughout her career she has helped students turn pain into power through narrative poetry of witness. Briana was honored in 2021 as a NCTE Early Career Educator of Color and more recently as the 2023 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Breakout Session G: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Jennifer Connolly Granite City High School


Collaboration 144 High School/ Post-Secondary/ Pre-Service Teachers “Designing Assignments that Resist ChatGPT” ◙ After a brief overview of how ChatGPT works, we'll talk about ways to design assignments that deter students from using AI generated texts. This is NOT a session on how to catch, police, or punish the use of AI, but to design more holistic and process-oriented tasks that ask students to do their own thinking.

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Randal Hendee


Collaboration 142 Middle /High School

“To Build a Story: Eleven Questions for Beginning Fiction Writers” ❖▲ How can you help your students write a good story from scratch? You offer them the basics of storytelling, one step at a time. With each step, you prompt them to build a story that is uniquely theirs. This workshop combines narrative theory with practical writing advice to help teachers help their students write an entertaining and emotionally resonant story. Jayna Leipart-Guttilla G3 Collaboration 140 Delores Robinson High School/ Post Illinois Valley Comm. College -Secondary “Building Authentic Collaboration: Our Experiences as Dual-Enrollment Instructor and Embedded Librarian” ◙ Human Resources expert Tim Baker, in his 2019 text on performance and development strategies, theorizes 5 “pillars of authentic conversation” that allow colleagues to effectively collaborate and to “keep it real” in their working relationships. By identifying authentic approaches to task-focused and people-focused conversations, Baker lays out a plan for co-workers in any environment to strategize, carry out their plans, address unhelpful behavior, build trust and appreciation, and move into the future. Faced with teaching dual-enrollment speech and composition classes in area high schools, the presenters (a community college instructor and librarian) discuss how they formulated a strategy for collaborative teaching. They describe the Embedded Librarian role as it exists at their school and how their approaches to these shared courses have evolved along the way. Weaving in Baker’s terms and definitions of authentic conversation, the presenters share what worked and what didn’t in their collaboration. The session also offers assessment data from when two of the dual-enrollment courses taught by the presenters were offered by high schools without a librarian in their buildings.

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Kayla Greenwell G4 Collaboration 146 Illinois Valley Community High School/ PostCollege Secondary “Teaching Authentic Reading with Metacognitive Tools: The Double-Entry Research Log” ❖ Kayla Greenwell, MA will lead an interactive workshop utilizing the double-entry research log (DERL) while explaining the pedagogical theory and neuroscience behind the learning tool. The DERL is a reading tool based on the design of 1980s dialectic journals with updates based on recent developments in cognitive science. While applying cognitive science to the classroom is not new, the changes are usually broad. The DERL is meant to be a simple tool that teachers can incorporate into their classrooms immediately. Breakout Session H: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Laura Kammes-Bumm Glenbard West High School


Collaboration 144 Middle-High School

“Sharing the Reader's Journey: Facilitating Book Club Podcasts” ◙ As choice reading continues to ensure that students of all abilities find enjoyment in reading, teachers incorporating choice reading into their curricula may seek ways to encourage student voice in discussions. This presentation will offer an idea to be applied for ongoing book club units or end-of-semester assessment. Students reading choice books trace their personal reactions to their reading to determine theme or genre-based connections with peer readers. They then apply podcast knowledge gained through class listening experiences to construct and record discussions of their reading journeys using the podcasting app Anchor.

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Kristin Runyon Charleston High School


Collaboration 146 Middle/ High School/ Post-Secondary “Culminating Activities to Provide Connections” ❖ Traditionally, students have demonstrated their understanding and analysis of a text or topic through tests and essays. However, have you seen other teachers’ social media posts about One Pagers or Hexagons and weren’t sure how to introduce them to students? Hexagons and One Pagers can be used for single texts, to connect multiple texts. to explore themes, and across the curriculum. This presentation will share the basics of each activity and then give participants time to practice each one. John Hayward Naperville Central High School


Collaboration 138 High School/ PostSecondary “From Voices on Paper to Voices in the Room” ❖ Get every student in your class writing and talking about complex, creative, personal and debatable topics. How? Transition from engaging journal prompts to various discourse strategies. Observe the positive difference these activities make in your classroom community and in their extended writing projects. Learn and practice these ideas in an interactive workshop and be inspired! Jeremy Robinson H4 Collaboration 142 Middle/High School/ PostKyle Fitzmyer Secondary/ Pre-Service Megan Delaney Teachers J.S. Morton East High School “How to SEL-ebrate Learning: Incorporating CASEL-5 Framework into ELA Content Instruction” ◙ During this session, teachers will learn how to combine SEL behaviors and ELA curriculum. We will explore ways to take an SEL framework and use it as a lens for analyzing literature.


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Brittany Neil H5 Collaboration 140 High School Adlai E. Stevenson High School “A Small Place in the U.S.” ❖ From rural Wisconsin to wherever you are, we can choose authentic texts that offer both a mirror and a window to our students and their experiences of place. In the resort town of Elkhart Lake, teachers read A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid and connected the tourism industry there to students’ experiences. Attendees will explore resources and ideas to create a similar unit or lesson for their classes.


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Breakout Session I: Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Catherine Adel West Featured Author Session


Collaboration 142 Middle / High School “Celebrating the Victories” This workshop is designed to help you and students find all the large and small ways writing can help not only change your life but your students' lives along with some DOs and DONTs on how to properly engage students of color.

Dr. Andrea Parker I2 Collaboration 140 All Grades Robert Fulton Elementary, Chicago “Communicate Extraordinarily with Tier 2 Vocabulary” ❖ The interactive workshop will provide participants with research and strategies to implement engaging and meaningful speaking and writing strategies using tier two or high level vocabulary. The purpose of embedding tier two vocabulary into the speaking literacy is to improve student communication skills, especially written communications. Based on research, students write how they talk, and do not advance their verbal vocabulary after third grade. With more exposure, especially to students form low-income families, students can gain a repertoire of specific words to used on a daily basis, where they can identify more words and its synonyms in literature, increasing comprehension and reading/writing stamina.

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Jodie Seipp I3 Collaboration 144 High School O’Fallon Township High School “AP Language: High Stakes + Low Stress = Remarkable Success” ◙ In an attempt to bolster enrollment and lower stress for both students and teachers, we have designed an AP Language and Composition class using a writing workshop model empowering students to explore topics that matter to them. Our AP Language and Composition pass rate exceeds 95%, and our enrollment in the course continues to grow each year. The course is designed to help students analyze everything from social media posts to peer-reviewed academic journals in an authentic, yet rigorous manner. Students complete nearly all work within the class period which helps to minimize student stress while maximizing time for in-class conferencing with the teacher. This session will focus on sharing ideas and strategies to help high achieving students who are often extremely busy and stressed find joy in researching, analyzing, and writing about issues they care about. Sheila Yarbrough


Collaboration 146 All Grades

“This Speaks to Me” ❖ The task of nurturing the authentic voices of students within our classrooms can be one of the most important undertakings of teachers at all levels. Activities focusing on the listening, viewing, and reading interests of students can enhance their written and spoken communication skills as well as support social and emotional learning while encouraging the use of instructor provided analytical tools across various disciplines. The activity, “This Speaks To Me” allows students to share what they see, hear, and feel while developing writing, listening, and critical thinking skills. Finally, through practice and discussion participants can decide if “This Speaks To Me” can be a tool to use in their classrooms as well as how it might be adapted across age levels and abilities. ~ 30 ~

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Breakout Session J: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Elizabeth Kahn J1 Collaboration 140 Northern Illinois University All grades “The Larry Johannessen New Teacher Forum” ❖ This interactive discussion session will address fears, hopes, and strategies for success in teaching. Student teachers and teachers in their first few years of services are invited to talk about challenges and victories. Experienced teachers and others who care about the struggles of novice teachers are encouraged to attend and share their ideas. Cindi Koudelka J2 Collaboration 142 Fieldcrest CUSD 6, Middle/High School/ Minonk/Aurora University Post-Secondary Katie Russell Murphysboro CUSD #186 Murphysboro Middle School “Keeping it Real: Shaping Adolescents’ Identity and Agency With YAL & Action Research” ◙ The pandemic and social divisiveness has exacerbated inequities and made it difficult for teens to reflect on their place in the world. Apprenticing adolescents in action research grounded by inclusive Young Adult novels is an authentic and engaging way to reframe their civic learning and empower them to shape their world for healing, dreaming, and unity. We will share work grounded in Freire's Critical Literacy theory and scaffolded by scholarship in action research and positioning. We will model how to use Young Adult Literature and Critical Action Research to provide students participatory spaces to critique the world and engage them with relevant interrogation of texts and exploration of of political language, civic values, and their agency in the world (Cammarota & Fine, 2008, Freire, 2016; Mirra & Garcia, 2017). As educators continue to shape literacy practices, we recognize schools have the opportunity to teach adolescents how to use literacy to navigate humanity & social contexts. This presentation is of interest to educators wishing to reimagine a liberating pedagogy that privileges inclusive adolescent voices. ~ 32 ~

Keisha Rembert J3 Collaboration 146 National Louis University High School Briana Morales Gordon Bush Alternative Center “Art as entryways and escape routes” ◙ In today’s educational landscape, it is essential for students to have meaningful opportunities to engage in humanizing and antiracist pedagogy. Art can serve as both an entryway and an escape route to help students understand and challenge oppression. As texts, art can reveal our reality, highlight the difficulties of marginalized groups, and provide a space for antiracist discourse and action. In our classrooms, the examination and creation of art as story and justice allows students to confront the realities of racism and other oppressive forces in our everyday lives and challenge themselves and others to think critically about the ways in which it manifests in our society. Art can act as an entryway to ignite dialogue, inspire voice, build community and foster collective action. Additionally, it can also be used as an escape route to explore and express the complexities of racism and its implications, as well as a means to escape oppressive structures. . In this session ELA teachers will learn how to use art in ten ways in our antiracist ELA classrooms. ChrisTina Edwards J4 Collaboration 138 Angelo Bonadonna All grades Norman Boyer Saint Xavier University “Authenticity as Method: Keeping it Real with Students” ❖ The curricula and methods of ELA can be powerful tools for reaching disempowered, disconnected students and motivating them to act, think, interact, and appreciate through the enchantments of language and story and expression. In a discussion format, a panel of early career, veteran, and preservice teachers share their approaches to cutting through the malaise and resistance often promoted by school environments to reconceive school as a space for humanistic, creative, and moral involvement. ~ 33 ~

Sophia Smith J5 Collaboration 144 Alexandria Ellison All grades J.S. Morton East High School “Kindness: Can It Be Taught? Using Kindness As an Instructional Tool” ◙ Yes, it can be taught! Through action research, daily interactions, project based learning, and a little help from technology, building a culture of kindness is not only feasible, it's part of the curriculum! Think you have too much to cover? This session will explore how you can tie kindness to content and course skills while promoting and supporting SEL.


Plenary Session 4 Past Presidents’ Luncheon Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Banquet AB Featured Speaker, Catherine Adel West Catherine Adel West was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she currently resides. She graduated with both her B.A. and M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana. She is the author of Saving Ruby King and The Two Lives of Sara. In addition, her work is published in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Five2One, Better than Starbucks, Doors Ajar, 805 Lit + Art, The Helix Magazine, Lunch Ticket, Gay Magazine, and Every Body Shines, a body positive anthology. catherineadelwest.com

Book Signing with Catherine Adel West Friday 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance

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Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Conference Menus Friday Boxed Lunches Cranberry Chicken Salad (vegetarian option) Grilled Veggie Wraps 🅥* Berry Fruit Cups 🅥 Veggie Pasta Salad 🅥 Plain or BBQ Chips 🅥 Something Sweet… Assorted Cookies ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Friday Dinner Buffet To Begin… Seasonal Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette🅥 Buffet Asiago Chicken with a Red Pepper Sauce (vegetarian option) Grilled Portobello Mushrooms 🅥* Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes 🅥 Root Vegetables 🅥 Something Sweet… Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse 🅥 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturday Lunch Buffet To Begin… Mediterranean Salad 🅥 Buffet Lemon Rosemary Chicken Rigatoni Marinara 🅥 Zucchini, Tomato, and Squash Blend 🅥 Something Sweet… Mini Cheesecake Tarts 🅥 * Vegetarian/Vegan entree options will be available for those who requested them when registering. 🅥- Vegetarian

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Conference 2023 Program Committee Kim Kotty, Conference Chair Fenwick High School Jen Gouin, President Lincoln Community High School Betsy Geiselman, 1st Vice President Carbondale Community High School Angelo Bonadonna, Webmaster St. Xavier University Michelle Ryan, Treasurer Lincoln Community High School Andrew Rodbro, Conference Master of Ceremony Warren Township High School Genevieve Sherman, Honorary Awards Zion-Benton High School Kaitlin Glause, Site Coordinator Millikin University Delores Robinson, District Leader Coordinator Illinois Valley Community College Jean Black, Convention Sites Retired Carrie Santo-Thomas, Nominating Committee, Table Decorations Warren Township High School Registration Kimberly Musolf, Adlai E. Stevenson High School Kristin Runyon, Charleston High School ~ 37 ~

IATE Officers 2022-2023 President Jennifer Gouin, Lincoln Community High School First Vice-President Betsy Geiselman, Carbondale Community High School Second Vice-President Kim Kotty, Fenwick High School Treasurer Michelle Ryan, Lincoln Community High School Secretary Norm Boyer, Saint Xavier University Executive Secretary Kaitlin Glause, Millikin University Editors: Illinois English Bulletin Kaitlin Glause, Millikin University Delores Robinson, Illinois Valley Community College Andrew Rodbro, Warren Township High School Michelle Ryan, Lincoln Community High School Immediate Past President 2021-2022: Deborah Will

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South Metro

Angelo Bonadonna, Saint Xavier University Norman Boyer, Saint Xavier University


Jennifer Gouin, Lincoln Community High School Michelle Ryan, Lincoln Community High School

East Central

Kelsey Doubet, Danville High School


Donna Binns, Eastern Illinois University Kristin Runyon, Charleston High School

Illinois Valley Angie Heiser, Putnam County High School Delores Robinson, Illinois Valley Community College Kaskaskia Valley

Jodie Seipp, O’Fallon High School


Jennifer Connolly, Granite City High School

Metro North and West


Mississippi Valley


North Lakes

Andrew Rodbro, Warren Township High School Carrie Santo-Thomas, Warren Township High School



Northwest Suburban




Peoria Rock River

Lauralee Moss, Morton High School LEADER NEEDED

South Central Stephen Frech, Unity Christian School Ron Lybarger, Eisenhower High School Southern Wabash Valley Western Suburban Western

Betsy Geiselman, Carbondale Comm. High School LEADER NEEDED Kim Kotty, Fenwick High School Carol Medrano, Morton East High School LEADER NEEDED

See an open District Leader position you’d like to fill? Contact Delores Robinson, District Leader Coordinator at delores_robinson@ivcc.edu.

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IATE Committees and Representatives Articulation: Betsy Kahn Budget: Michelle Ryan Constitution: Norm Boyer Convention Sites: Jean Black District Leader Coordinator: Delores Robinson Honorary Awards: Genevieve Sherman Intellectual Freedom: Amy Strong Minority Affairs: Shannon Radcliffe NCTE Slate: Nominating: Carrie Santo-Thomas Paul Jacobs Research: Tom McCann Program: Kim Kotty Publications: Michelle Ryan Publicity: Moira Bonadonna Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award: Jeanné Aken Special Projects: Kimberly Musolf Teacher Education: Dianne Chambers and Angelo Bonadonna Webmaster: Angelo Bonadonna See a Committee that seems like a good fit? Talk to one of IATE’s board members or Conference Chair Kim Kotty.

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IATE Illinois Authors of the Year 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

Vachel Lindsay Dee Brown Rebecca Caudill Clyde S. Kilby Edgar Lee Masters Mike Royko Victor Hicken Richard Peck Gwendolyn Brooks Natalia Belting Harry Mark Petrakis J. N. Hook Marguerite Henry Burl Ives Carl Sandburg Michael Anani John Knoepfle Stella Pevsner Lloyd Kropp Eugene Redmond Elizabeth Tallent Haki Madhubuti Lucien Stryk Larry Heinemann Lucia Getsi Lisel Mueller Leon Forrest Robert Olen Butler

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 2023

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Alex Kotlowitz Jackie JoynerKersey Luis Rodriguez Richard Powers Mary Schmich Sandra Cisneros Fern Chapman Dave Eggers Mawi Asgedom Scott Turow Simone Elkeles Li-Young Lee Tony Romano Achy Obejas Chris Ware Marilyn Brandt Libby Hellmann Jesse Ball Melanie Benjamin Adam Selzer Brittany Cavallaro Erika Sanchez Mikki Kendall Allison Joseph Jessamine Chan

1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991

Recipients of IATE Lifetime Membership Award Jessie Frederick 1992 Robert Workman J. N. Hook 1993 Rachel B. Faries Melba Wixom 1994 Lydia Marin Armstrong 1995 Ken Holmes W. Wilbur Hatfield 1996 James Stottlar Dorothea Trump 1997 Kay Jacob Clarence Hach 1998 Sue Howell Stanley Gritzbaugh 1999 Jan Neuleib Catherine Hudson 2000 Wendell Schwartz John Heissler 2001 Kay Parker Roy Weshinskey 2002 Donna Blackall Paul Jacobs 2003 George Shea Wilmer Lamar 2004 Jean Wallace Margaret Ann 2005 Mary Lou Flemal Cummings 2006 Herb Ramlose Mary Ellen Poorman 2007 Richard Pommier Mary Brinkmann 2008 Claire Lamonica Margaret Crowe 2009 Tom McCann Glen Rittmueller 2010 Barb Fuson Addie Hochstrasser 2011 Jean Black Taimi Ranta 2012 Norm Boyer Norman Stewart 2013 Donna Binns Jeanne Claeys Eldonna Everts 2014 Marilyn Hollman Tom Kent 2015 Cheryl Staley Glenn Grever 2016 Angelo Bonadonna Mary Sasse 2017 Deborah Will Raymond Hollmann 2018 Betsy Kahn Dorothy Matthews 2019 Carol Medrano Beth Stiffler 2021 Michelle Ryan Mildred Largent 2022 Dianne Chambers Marti Swanson 2023 Gary Anderson David Briggs Lee Mulcrone

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Presidents of IATE 1907-08 1908-09 1909-10 1910-11 1911-12 1912-13 1913-14 1914-15 1915-16 1916-17 1917-18 1918-19 1919-20 1920-21 1921-22 1922-23 1923-24 1924-25 1925-26 1926-27 1927-29 1929-30 1929-31 1931-32 1932-33 1933-34 1934-35 1935-36 1936-37 1937-38 1937-39 1939-40 1940-41 1941-42 1942-44 1944-46

Baldwin W.E. Simonds C.N. Greenough H.E. Giles W.F. Mozier J.F. Hosic W. Wilbur Hatfield J.M. Crowe B.C. Richardson J.M. Clapp Lorimer V. Cavins A.F.Trams J.O. Huff Florence Skeffington Essie Chamberlain Clara Hawkes C.W. Woolbert Eva Mitchell Isabel Hoover Florence Crocker Essie Chamberlain Frank Platt Howard DeForest Widger Frank Platt Mellie John Ruby Kirk McLean Nellie Taylor Raub Elizabeth Scott Francis Koenig Josephine Harris Elizabeth Graham Frank DeLay Mary Miller Lois Dilley Bernice Falkin Hazel Anderson

1946-47 1947-48 1948-49 1949-50 1950-51 1951-52 1952-53 1953-54 1953-55 1955-56 1956-57 1957-58 1958-59 1959-60 1960-61 1961-62 1962-63 1963-64 1964-65 1965-66 1966-67 1967-68 1968-69 1969-70 1970-71 1971-72 1972-73 1973-74 1974-75 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82

Ellen Burkhart Mary Carlson Mary Heller Mina Terry Addie, Hochstrasser Hila Stone Alice Grant Wilmer Lamar Charles Willard Helen Stapp Margaret Adams Eugene Waffle Emma Mae Leonhard Florence Cook J.N. Hook Margaret Ann Cummings Roy Weshinskey Marion Stuart Phillip Ford Orville Baker Dorothea Trump Elmer Brooks William Campbell John Heissler Stanley Gritzbaugh Paul Jacobs Raymond Hollmann Mary Brinkman Glen Rittmueller Margaret Crowe Norman Stewart Clarence W. Hach Glenn Grever Lee Mulcrone Mary Sasse Bernice Rappel

1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02

Gene Hass Bruce Appleby Rachel B. Faries Beth M. Stiffler Donna Blackall Ken Holmes Tom Kent Kay Jacob Janice Neuleib Sue Howell Lolita Green Kay Parker Wendell Schwartz George Shea Shirley Putman Anna Jackson Lela DeToye John Strauch Jean Wallace Alison Nelson

2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-21 2021-22 2022-23

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Barbara Fuson Mary Lou Flemal Terri Knight Claire LaMonica Larry Johannesson Jean Black Elizabeth Kahn Deborah Will Amy Strong Angelo Bonadonna Michelle Ryan Cheryl Staley Elizabeth Kahn Kimberly Musolf Mark Sujak Barb Chidley Genevieve Sherman Carrie Santo-Thomas Deborah Will Jennifer Gouin

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