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2011 Conference Preliminary Program

The Illinois Reading Council invites you to the 43rd Annual Illinois Reading Conference March 17-19, 2011 Springfield, Illinois

Preliminary Program 2011 Illinois Reading Council Conference March 17-19, 2011

Literacy Outside the Box!

Attendees at the 2011 Illinois Reading Council Conference are in for a treat indeed, as we explore Literacy Outside the Box! As always, this year’s conference will feature the award-winning authors, prominent literacy leaders, and dynamic speakers you have come to expect from IRC, along with Illinois’ best teachers sharing their innovative ideas and practices. We will continue to enjoy traditional text formats while finding literacy in new places and exploring new and changing facets of literacy. Teachers and other literacy leaders are constantly vying for students’ attention–why should they read books when there are so many interactive choices and other activities that involve anything but books? What do we do about screen time, whether that includes large screens or the tiny ones they can carry around with them? What place can film, television, social networking, YouTube, blogs, vlogs, tweets, nings, and wikis play in literacy education? Can they learn about literacy through music and art? Mark your calendars now for March 17-19, 2011 and come along to Springfield to experience Literacy Outside the Box! Follow IRC Conference developments and get to know your speakers even better by following the IRC Conference blog at

Marc Brown

Guess who’s turning 35 this year? Everyone’s favorite aardvark, Arthur! His creator, Marc Brown, will be with us for Saturday’s luncheon to celebrate! Not only is Arthur featured in over 30 books and known worldwide in over 100 countries, he also stars in his own Emmy award-winning television series on PBS, produced by Marc Brown. If that isn’t enough, Mr. Brown and his wife have also created the critically acclaimed nonfiction Dino Life Guides for Families series. Plan on joining us for Arthur’s birthday party at the Saturday luncheon!

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the author of over 300 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Briar Rose, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, and The Scarecrow’s Dance. Few authors can boast the range of work that she has produced through her lifetime as one of America’s favorite writers, from rhymed picture books and baby board books through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and novels and story collections for young adults and adults. She has honorary degrees from six colleges and universities, and her books and stories have won as wide an assortment of awards as her writing represents: the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, two Christopher Awards, the Kerlan Award, the Catholic Library’s Regina Medal, and the World Fantasy Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Jane Yolen is certainly a writer who will not be boxed in by any one genre, topic, or mode of communication: she blogs and skypes! We are honored to have her as our Friday banquet speaker this year. Come Explore Literacy Outside the Box! at the 2011 IRC Conference.

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Experience Literacy Outside the Box!

T.A. Barron

Ask T.A. Barron what drives him in everything he does, and he will tell you that he is a storyteller, whether it’s about being a dad, a conservationist, or writing another of his many award-winning books, including Where is Grandpa? The Hero’s Trail: A Guide for a Heroic Life, To Walk in Wilderness, The Lost Years of Merlin epic or The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy. He believes that “…there is no more powerful—or more exciting—way to convey an idea than through a story,” and many would agree with him. Indeed, both Madeline L’Engle and Robert Redford have sung his praises. He combines his storytelling ability with his passion for the heroic potential in every person to create books that inspire readers to make a difference in the world. He also sponsors an annual prize, The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, which is given to twenty-five young heroes who have indeed done something to make the world a better place.

Patrick Carman

Patrick Carman truly represents “Literacy Outside the Box!” He is a self-proclaimed entrepreneur who has worked in advertising and created board games, and now writes award-winning fantasy books including The Land of Elyon, Atherton, and the book-video hybrid series Skeleton Creek. He has also contributed to The 39 Clues series, The Black Circle. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, and he reaches out to families in Central America and Mexico through his support of literacy campaigns and community organizations. Al Roker and Martha Stewart have interviewed him about his involvement in creating a new genre for today’s readers–that of the multi-platform reading experience. Trackers, which will be released in May 2010, is another example of Patrick Carman’s attempt to get kids to reconnect with reading. He knows that teachers can “… reimagine technology as something that creates millions of excited young readers,” and he will be with us for lunch on Thursday to encourage Illinois teachers and other literacy leaders to do just that.

M.T. Anderson

M.T. Anderson has to be one of the most diverse authors around! While you probably know him best as the author of the award-winning The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, his other books range from biography picture books, Handel, Who Knew What He Liked; to young adult science fiction, Feed and The Suburb Beyond the Stars; to comedy fantasy, Whales on Stilts and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen; and to his blissfully peaceful picture book described as an “homage to simplicity,” Me, All Alone, At the End of the World. M.T. Anderson’s books have won a myriad of awards, including the National Book Award for Young People, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Don’t miss lunch on Friday with M.T. Anderson! Page 22

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Mordicai Gerstein

We are so fortunate that Mordicai Gerstein will be with us for the 2011 conference! His books cover a wide gamut of styles, age groups, and topics from fantasy and biography to Biblical retellings and the amiably absurd (The Absolutely Awful Alphabet). His popular picture books include nonfiction and fiction alike. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers recounts Phillippe Petit’s tight rope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, accompanied by breathtaking scenes of the city from different perspectives; Carolinda Clatter!, in which a giant falls in love with the moon, is reminiscent of Scandinavian folk legends; and A Book, whose characters live in a book and awake each morning when the book is opened and fall asleep when the book is closed, has been described as metafiction in picture book form. Mordicai Gerstein’s work has garnered him the Caldecott Medal, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and on the American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Book List. Along with writing and illustrating books for children, Mordicai Gerstein is a painter, sculptor, and prize-winning designer and director of animated films who loves making books and sees it as an adventure. Come see what adventures he can offer to you and your students!

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson understands the power of story; her mother read to her and her siblings every day, and her father recited poetry to them. Her first book, Always Gramma, describes a love that doesn’t change, even though the people involved do, and can help readers deal with the onset of aging difficulties. Many of her books offer touching insights into history that allow their readers to learn about the past while giving them opportunities to grow personally. Juneteenth explains a holiday that resulted from the slow spread of the news of emancipation and emphasizes education and achievement. Bad News for Outlaws is a biography of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy U.S. Marshal. Her books have won numerous awards, including the 2009 Coretta Scott King Award (Bad News for Outlaws), the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. We are indeed honored to have Vaunda Micheaux Nelson as one of our featured speakers.

John Rocco

What do quahogs, Whoopi Goldberg, Shrek, and The Lightning Thief have to do with each other? If that seems like a disparate list that couldn’t be contained by any kind of “box,” you need to make it a point to come see John Rocco and find out. One of the most talented illustrators of our time, he creates the covers for the wildly popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. He has also crossed over into the world of author/illustrator with Moonpowder, Fu Finds the Way, and Wolf! Wolf!, which was the 2007 winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for Picture Books, as well as four other awards. He will entrance you and your students with his beautifully detailed art, his sincerity, and his story. Come Experience Literacy Outside the Box! at the 2011 IRC Conference.

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Encourage Literacy Outside the Box!

Sara Pennypacker

Sara Pennypacker came to writing children’s books after a successful career as a watercolor artist and gallery owner. Apparently this transition was not a difficult one for her, since she has won several awards for her work, including a Golden Kite Award and a Christopher Award. She is the author of two delightful children’s series (Clementine and Stuart). Even though the protagonists of these books are both in third grade, the language and characters make them just as delightful for adults to read–no small feat! And who can resist characters like Aunt Bubbles, who inadvertently puts lemons in her braids, or a dog that goes by the name of ‘One-Tooth?’ Sara has also added four books to the Flat Stanley series, in addition to Sparrow Girl, Dumbstruck, and Pierre in Love. Her Stuart series includes Stuart’s Cape, Stuart Goes to School; and The Amazing World of Stuart, and her Clementine series includes Clementine, Friend of the Week; The Talented Clementine; and Clementine’s Letter. Her books have worldwide appeal, evidenced by the fact that many of them have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Korean.

Robert Burleigh

This year’s Prairie State Award winner, Robert Burleigh, has authored more than 35 children’s books and countless other projects, including essays, poems, reviews, and videos. If you are a teacher who needs literature for your elementary social studies or science curriculum, then his books are just the ticket! He will have young readers hooked on those who have shaped our world, such as Napoleon, the Wright Brothers, Paul Cezanne, Amelia Earhart, Houdini, carrier pigeons, Admiral Richard Byrd, Jackie Robinson, John James Audubon, Jorge Posada, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Miles Davis. He also helps young readers understand such phenomena as volcanoes, the oceans, and the moon landing. His enthusiasm leads him to explore a subject, then figure out how to explain it in a story that will entertain and engage his readers. His books have won numerous awards: One Giant Leap was named to the 2010 National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Books List; Hercules is a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children; Black Whiteness was an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book; Game Day won a Christopher Award; Hoops was named the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and Langston’s Train Ride was a 2005 NAACP Image Award nominee. Robert Burleigh will make Thursday night’s banquet a memorable one indeed!

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Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead was a lawyer before she became an author, although she might argue that point. Technically, she was an author at an early age, writing stories and enjoying books throughout her young life. When her four year-old son accidentally knocked her laptop on to the floor, she lost all of her ideas for stories she had planned to write. That laptop accident became the impetus she needed to start writing seriously, and aren’t we lucky that she did! Her stories challenge readers to imagine worlds that don’t exist (or do they?) in her first novel, First Light, and to weave together separate (but related) plot lines in her second, When You Reach Me. Both are award-winning novels: First Light is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was named in the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year for 2008, and When You Reach Me is the 2010 Newbery Medal winner. All I can say is this: if Rebecca Stead can win a Newbery Medal with her second novel, I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

Teaching Authors

Teaching Authors was founded by six children’s book authors with vast experience teaching writing to children, teens, and adults. They share their unique ideas about being writing teachers who also work as writers on a group blog, www.TeachingAuthors. com. Roxanne Owens and Marie Donovan from DePaul University and three of the Teaching Authors Esther Hershenhorn Mary Ann Rodman April Halprin Wayland will present a writing workout to help you (and your students) connect with the writer within. April Halprin Wayland, an instructor with UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, is a poet and picture book author (New Year at the Pier–A Rosh Hashanah Story and Girl Coming in for a Landing). Esther Hershenhorn teaches children’s writing at the University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio and Chicago’s Newberry Library. She writes picture books and middle-grade fiction (S Is for Story, There Goes Lowell’s Party! and Chicken Soup By Heart). Mary Ann Rodman is the author of award-winning short stories, picture books, and novels (Yankee Girl, My Best Friend, and First Grade Stinks). Mary Ann conducts Young Writers’ workshops and camps at the Margaret Mitchell House Literary Center in Atlanta.

Salman Amjad

Salman Amjad was introduced to the Illinois Reading Council through our own Steven Layne, when Steven led workshops at his school in Saudi Arabia. Salman is currently literacy coach/ ESL specialist at Saudi Aramco Schools, and has also taught French, Spanish, Humanities, ESL, middle school math, and in elementary classrooms. He speaks six different languages; this amazing fact, along with his Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, make him an expert on working with students from diverse cultures. He has taught in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan and Russia, and travelled to over 45 countries, presenting at conferences in 15 of them on Linguistics, differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, inclusive education, and literacy development in multiple languages. His whole life has been about literacy outside the box! Come Encourage Literacy Outside the Box! at the 2011 IRC Conference.

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Explore Literacy Outside the Box!

Frank Serafini

Breakfast Friday morning will be served in the presence of a true renaissance man who seems to have lived his entire life outside the box–Frank Serafini. His life work (so far) has included photography, writing, illustrating, playing music, and of course, teaching. His work with school age children includes 12 years spent as an elementary teacher and literacy specialist; his writing for kids includes a series of nonfiction picture books focusing on nature (the Looking Closely series), which he not only wrote but also illustrated with his own photographs. His work with educators includes providing staff development and teaching at Arizona State University as an Associate Professor of Literacy Education and Children’s Literature. His writing for educators includes such books as The Reading Workshop, Reading Aloud and Beyond, and Classroom Reading Assessments. He is hard at work on a project involving visual literacy, just another example of stretching outside the literacy box.

Barry Lane

Barry Lane is a writer who teaches writing. His book After THE END: Teaching and Learning Creative Revision has taught thousands of young writers the skills to enliven their writing, especially with “snapshots” and “thoughtshots.” Teachers can use his Hooked on Meaning video series to incorporate writing prompts and enjoyable skill instruction into their writing programs in a way that improves test scores and attitudes. Other books by Barry Lane include The Reviser’s Toolbox, But How Do You Teach Writing? and 51 Wacky We-Search Reports. He even has a CD of Recycled Fairy Tales that will help your students learn about perspective. Barry has taught writing in classrooms across the country, in university settings, and even in prisons. You will come away from your time with Barry smiling and loaded with practical teaching ideas to use as soon as you return to your classroom.

David M. Schwartz

David M. Schwartz is the author of over 50 books for children. He has traveled the world to learn about math and science, and, well, everything he can find. Then he shares what he learns to help math and science come alive for children and adults alike through his award-winning books and presentations, and in his blog, connecting math, science, literature, and everyday life. His exciting books include Where in the Wild?, If Dogs Were Dinosaurs, and How Much is a Million? This dynamic speaker’s energy is contagious, and he will inspire and renew you with his passion for teaching and learning. Page 22

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Danny Brassell

Spend some time at the 2011 conference Thursday with a reformed reluctant reader who is now dedicated to creating passionate readers! Danny Brassell, an Associate Professor at California State University, is the founder of the Lazy Readers’ Book Club, Google’s #1 ranked website for cool, short, “book club recommendations” for all ages. His experience as a classroom teacher ranges from working with pre-schoolers to rocket scientists, and his numerous articles and books include Comprehension That Works: Taking Students Beyond Ordinary Understanding to Deep Comprehension, co-authored with Tim Rasinski, and 75+ Reading Strategies: Boost Achievement and Build a Life-Long Love of Reading. Make it a point to attend at least one of Danny’s sessions–you will laugh and learn and come away ready to try something new that’s “out of the box.” He and Timothy Rasinski will be together for lunch on Thursday.

Timothy Rasinski

Timothy Rasinski is one of the country’s foremost experts on fluency. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored, or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He is author of the best selling book on reading fluency, The Fluent Reader and co-author of the award winning fluency program Fluency First. He is also co-author (with Danny Brassell) of Comprehension That Works: Taking Students Beyond Ordinary Understanding to Deep Comprehension. Timothy has served on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association, as a teacher of Title I, elementary, and middle school in Nebraska, and as a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He has received both the A.B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) and will team up with Danny Brassell for the Thursday luncheon.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Marion Blumenthal Lazan began speaking publicly about her Holocaust experiences in 1979. Since publication in 1996 of her memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles, co-authored by Lila Perl, over one million students and adults in 33 states, Germany, and Israel have heard her moving, firsthand account of the Blumenthal family’s life, including events preceding Kristallnacht, to imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps, and finally, to liberation. Marion has spoken at IRC conferences in the past and in over 100 Illinois communities, and each time, her audience comes away amazed, inspired, and with a clearer understanding of the Holocaust and of why its teaching is so important. She asks her audiences to be tolerant of others, to avoid stereotyping individuals, to be true to themselves, and to not blindly follow a leader. Her story is one of perseverance, determination, faith, and hope, and you will not want to miss it. Come Explore Literacy Outside the Box! at the 2011 IRC Conference.

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Embrace Literacy Outside the Box!

Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson–also known as the Write Guy–has worked with struggling writers and readers for almost 20 years. He enjoys sharing joyful strategies that have worked in his inner-city classrooms. In particular, he enjoys helping teachers integrate grammar and editing instruction into the processes of reading and writing. Jeff has written articles in NCTE’s Voices from the Middle and English Journal, as well as ASCD’s Educational Leadership. NCTE awarded Jeff with the Paul and Kate Farmer Award for his English Journal article on teaching grammar in context. He has published three books, Mechanically Inclined, The Craft of Grammar, and Everyday Editing, as well as three staff development DVDs. I’m sure you will start your day right on Thursday by having breakfast with the Write Guy.

Donalyn Miller

Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” That’s just what Donalyn Miller did when she wrote the wildly popular book The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. According to Donalyn, “Reading is the inhale and writing is the exhale.” She teaches sixth grade social studies and language arts in Texas, and she is the poster child for teaching literacy “outside the box.” She is able to awaken her ‘dormant’ readers and transform them into strong, capable, passionate readers who not only love books and reading, but who also achieve extraordinary levels on standardized tests! Her experiences using blogs, podcasts, and wikis to support reading and writing in her classroom will give you ideas galore for helping your students awaken their own passion for reading and writing. You will be able to get your students to read over fifty books in a year, just like hers do!

Patricia A. Edwards

Patricia A. Edwards, a distinguished professor of teacher education in the College of Education at Michigan State University, is president of the International Reading Association. In addition to service in a number of capacities to IRA, she received the Elva Knight Research Award, the Michigan Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, and the prestigious Michigan State University 2001 Distinguished Faculty Award, among many others. She authored two nationally acclaimed family literacy programs: Parents as Partners in Reading: A Family Literacy Training Program and Talking Your Way to Literacy: A Program to Help Nonreading Parents Prepare Their Children for Reading. Patricia has taught in public schools and universities for over twenty-five years and has written countless books and articles focused on family/intergenerational literacy and emergent literacy. She is widely published and respected, and we are indeed fortunate that she will be joining us at our 2011 Conference. Page 22

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Ruth Culham

If you have used any of the writing traits materials, you won’t want to miss Ruth Culham–she is the world-renowned expert in this field! She has a passion for teaching writing and helping teachers and students that is unparalleled. A classroom teacher for 19 years, she was named English Teacher of the Year in Montana and has specialty degrees in Library Science, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary English Education. Her books and materials on the traits are research-based, practical, engaging, and most importantly–effective. Among her books are 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Primary Grades, Using Picture Books to Teach Writing with the Traits, Writing to Prompts in the Trait Based Classroom: Content Areas, and her newest book, Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School.

Cindy Middendorf

Cindy Middendorf has more than 30 years experience teaching and learning in the classroom, the last 22 with kindergarteners. She has a reputation for practical, fun, teacher-friendly presentations loaded with use-it-tomorrow ideas, so you won’t want to miss this one! She has been honored as a Disney Teacher of the Year nominee, and was named to the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers. Her web site,, provides everything from classroom songs and poems to classroom management ideas. Her expertise on brain-based best practices in early literacy is evident in her three books: Differentiating Instruction in Kindergarten, The Scholastic Differentiated Instruction Plan Book, and Building Oral Language Skills in PreK-K.

Jacquie McTaggart

After spending 42 years teaching children in the classroom (and supervising 24 student teachers), Jacquie McTaggart turned her attention to helping teachers. Her books include From the Teacher’s Desk and If They Don’t Learn the Way You Teach, Teach the Way They Learn and have been described as common-sense, practical, insightful, easy-toread, and elegant. But she doesn’t stop there–she maintains an interactive web site for teachers at, publishes a monthly online newsletter for teachers, mentors student writers, and provides professional development in numerous venues. Jacquie will share 60 high-quality, kid-friendly web sites that you can take back to your students to help them learn next week. (An extra bonus–some lucky attendee will win a door prize!) Come Embrace Literacy Outside the Box! at the 2011 IRC Conference.

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Encounter Literacy Outside the Box!

Diane Barone

Diane Barone has a long list of credits to her name concerning her work with children whose literacy development is at risk. If you are concerned about students who have barriers to their literacy learning such as prenatal exposure to drugs, language barriers, or reduced socioeconomic circumstances, then you won’t want to miss Diane’s presentations. She has written and coauthored several books on early literacy development, including Narrowing the Literacy Gap: What Works in High-Poverty Schools; Resilient Children: Stories of Poverty, Drug Exposure, and Literacy Development; Literacy and Young Children: Research-Based Practices; Improving Students’ Writing, K-8: From Meaning-Making to High Stakes! and Children’s Literature in the Classroom: Engaging Lifelong Readers (Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy). If that isn’t enough, she also publishes articles in all of the top literacy journals and mentors teachers seeking National Board Certification. Diane has been awarded the Albert J. Kingston Award from the National Reading Conference for her service to the organization and the John Chorlton Manning Public School Service Award from the International Reading Association for her work in public schools. To top it all off, she is a professor at the University of Nevada in Reno and still finds time to work in the public schools every day.

Carol Jago

If you visit Carol Jago’s web site, you will see that the first thing she says is “Welcome,” and the second thing she says is “My name is Carol Jago, and I am a reader.” That sounds like an introduction we hope all of our students will one day be able to use–with their own names, of course. Carol has 32 years of teaching middle and high school English under her belt, and at least that many articles about teaching literature and writing published over the course of the last 18 years. She has published six books, directed the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA, and serves on the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework planning committee. In addition to everything else she does in her spare time, she is also the current president of the National Council for Teachers of English!

Beverly Tyner

Beverly Tyner has spent the past 30 years addressing literacy education from many different angles. She has been a classroom teacher, principal, curriculum director, professor, presenter for the Bureau of Educational Research, and best-selling author for the International Reading Association. Her reading intervention model and work with small group instruction has taken her to almost every state and Canada as a literacy consultant, helping schools with their Response to Intervention plans for students, guided reading groups, and balanced instruction. Her books include Small-Group Reading Instruction: A Differentiated Reading Model for Beginning and Struggling Readers and Small-Group Reading Instruction: A Differentiated Reading Model for Intermediate Readers. Come join Beverly Tyner for lunch on Friday to see what she has in store for us. Page 22

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Beverly Ann Chin

Beverly Ann Chin is one of those tireless people who spends her time doing everything connected with literacy education–teaching at the university level, working with students and teachers in schools, and helping students and educators around the world see the connections among grammar, writing, and literature. She has worked with K-12 educators in France, Canada, Germany, England, Scotland, Pakistan, and the Czech Republic as well as the United States. In 2005, she received the Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Woman in English Education, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, an organization that she led as president from 1995 to 1996. Her work with the Annenberg Foundation resulted in professional development videos for classroom teachers, including The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School and Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades. She was a Senior Project Consultant for the 2011 Writing Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and has worked with textbook companies in developing materials for use in the classroom. Her work covers the gamut from grammar, to writing, to content area reading, to National Board Certification, to National Educational Technology Standards, to multicultural literature–and much more! Her passionate presentations will make you want to stretch outside the literacy box!

Cathy Puett Miller

Cathy Puett Miller, aka the Literacy Ambassador, wears so many hats she must need a closet just to hold them all! In 2008, she founded The Literacy Ambassador, Inc., she is a monthly columnist for EducationWorld. com and, she received the National Silver Award, for investigative educational reporting from Parenting Publications of America, and she reviews adult books titles for the New York Journal of Books. Cathy also writes books for parents and educators on emergent literacy (Powerful Picture Books: 180 Ideas for Promoting Content Learning; Before They Read: Teaching Language and Literacy Development through Conversations, Interactive Read-alouds, and Listening Games; and Anytime Reading Readiness: Fun and Easy Family Activities That Prepare Your Child to Read). In her spare time, she has created a United Way school preparedness initiative (Fun Learning Moments) and conducts national research on at-home reading.

David Booth

David Booth will bring his own boxful of experience from Canada to Illinois teachers. His roles over the course of 40+ years in literacy education have included classroom teacher, university professor, international speaker, and author of children’s books as well as author of textbooks and reference books for teachers. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for his contributions to drama education in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada. How can you not come see someone who has written books with titles like The Literacy Principal, Reading Doesn’t Matter Anymore...Shattering the Myths of Literacy, and Whatever Happened to Language Arts? Don’t miss breakfast Saturday with David Booth! Come Encounter Literacy Outside the Box! at the 2011 IRC Conference.

All Conference Attendees, Presenters, and Illinois Legislators are invited to the

WELCOME RECEPTION Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Abraham Lincoln Ballroom Come explore Literacy Outside the Box! at the opening of our 2011 IRC Conference

FREE snacks and a cash bar will be available.

IRC 2011 Anderson’s Bookshops

Book Gossip Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Abraham Lincoln Ballroom

What are the hottest new adult titles for your reading pleasure? Come to Book Gossip and hear about great reads for grownups! Books will be available for purchase.

Popcorn and soda will be provided.

STORYTELLING Thursday, March 17, 2011 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Hilton Pinnacle Club Hosted by David M. Schwartz Everyone is welcome! Please bring a story to share.

Plan now to attend one of the

New IRC Strands at the 2011 IRC Conference including the Career Strand, the Librarian Strand, and the SMART Board Strand! Thank you, Bradfield’s Inc., for sponsoring the SMART Board Strand!

Hear the Authors Read and Late-Night Autograph Session

Thursday, March 17, 2011 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Hilton Grand Ballroom M.T. Anderson

T.A. Barron

Robert Burleigh

Patrick Carman

Mordicai Gerstein

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Sara Pennypacker

John Rocco

Rebecca Stead

Jane Yolen

Thank you, Anderson’s Bookshops, for sponsoring this event!

Friday, March 18, 2011 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Hilton Pinnacle Club Hosted by Pam Nelson Come and share in this open mic event where first-time and experienced poets can share their favorite poems.

All Preservice Teachers are invited to a

Friday Night


March 18, 2011 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Abraham Lincoln Freeport ABC Join us for Fun, Games, and FREE Pizza. Everyone will receive a door prize!! Event will be followed with a special session on “So I’m Almost Certified...Now What?” Preregistration is required!

Join the Illinois Council of Affective Reading Education (ICARE) and the Illinois Reading Council at

Barry Lane’s

LITERACY CABARET An Inspiring Night of Singing, Dancing and Clean, Comic Fun that Celebrates Teachers!

Friday, March 18, 2011 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Hilton Grand Ballroom

After years of doing stand-up, karaoke and singing as part of his academic presentations, Barry has finally put it all together to create a genuine nightclub act for teachers. You can be part of the singing and dancing, or just have a great time and laugh the night away. And with catchy numbers like, “Smooth Laminator” and “Homework in the Night,” you may find yourself humming memories of this event for years. The cost is $10 with your conference registration or $15 at the door! Come ready for fun with your boas, tophats, and other props! Participation optional, but highly likely!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Registration - Convention Center Lobby Welcome Reception - A. Lincoln Ballroom Book Gossip - A. Lincoln Ballroom

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Registration - Convention Center Lobby Thursday Breakfast - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Jeff Anderson Orientation for New Participants Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops Hall of Councils - Convention Center, Lower Level Exhibits - Convention Center Thursday Luncheon - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Brassell & Rasinski Thursday Luncheon - Hilton Grand Ballroom - Patrick Carman Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops Refreshments in Exhibit Area - Convention Center Storytelling - Hilton Pinnacle Club - David M. Schwartz Thursday Prairie State Award Banquet - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Robert Burleigh Hear the Authors Read - Hilton Grand Ballroom Hear the Authors Read Autographing - Hilton Grand Ballroom

Friday, March 18, 2011

Registration - Convention Center Lobby Friday Breakfast - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Frank Serafini Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops Hall of Councils - Convention Center, Lower Level Exhibits - Convention Center Refreshments in Exhibit Area - Convention Center Friday Luncheon - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Beverly Tyner Friday Luncheon - Hilton Grand Ballroom - M.T. Anderson Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops IRC Board of Directors Meeting - Hilton Rendezvous Poetry Coffeehouse - Hilton Pinnacle Club - Pam Nelson Preservice Teachers’ Pizza Party - A. Lincoln Freeport Friday Banquet - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Jane Yolen Barry Lane’s Literacy Cabaret - Hilton Grand Ballroom

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Breakfast - A. Lincoln Ballroom - David Booth Registration - Convention Center Lobby Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops Saturday Author Luncheon - Hilton Grand Ballroom - Marc Brown

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 7:00 a.m.. - 7:45 a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Special appreciation is extended to the following professionals for their extensive contributions to the success of the 2011 Conference. PUBLISHERS & BUSINESSES

Andersons Bookshops Bradfield’s Inc. International Reading Association Illinois State Board of Education Lake-Cook Distributors McGraw-Hill School Education Group Perfection Learning Scholastic, Inc. Shell Publishing Zaner-Bloser

Book Gossip Hear the Authors Read Becky Anderson Wilkins SMART Board Strand Patricia A. Edwards Marica Cullen Featured Speakers Gifts Beverly A. Chin Books for Presenters Refreshments in the Exhibit Area Refreshments in the Exhibit Area Ruth Culham Timothy Rasinski Timothy Rasinski Presidents’ Breakfast


Cindy Wilson, 2011 IRC Conference Chair Patricia Braun, Assistant Chair & 2012 Chair Deborah Augsburger, Autographing Mary Jo Bangert, Audio Visual Karen Biggs-Tucker, Hospitality Kathy Bokor, Greeters Jennifer Carter, Hospitality Barb Chrz-White, Registration Dennis Cisna, Shuttle Bus Susan Cisna, Meal Tickets Brenda Ferrara, Registration - Staff Leslie Forsman, Hospitality Mary Gardner, Special Events Janell Hartman, Speaker Gift Bags Gail Huizinga, Special Events Kendra Kornfeld, Exhibits - Staff

Anne Midden, Audio Visual Donna Monti, Evaluations Roxanne Owens, Autographing Carol Owles, Preservice Pizza Party Dawn Paulson, Conference Shirts Arlene Pennie, Executive Director - Staff Tammy Potts, Greeters Carrie Sheridan, Program Book - Staff Rebecca Steinbach, Speaker Gift Bags Kristen Stombres, Student Helpers Donna Stone, Signs Joy Towner, Student Helpers Brian Tucker, Hospitality Diana Woods, Autographing AnnEtta Young, Speaker Gift Bags Jennifer Young, Special Events


President - Susan Cisna President-Elect - Cindy Wilson Vice President - Patricia Braun Past President - Christine Boardman Moen

Treasurer - Cheryl Walker Recording Secretary - Diana Woods IRA State Coordinator - Roberta Sejnost Director of Membership - Karen Ringas

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Please take a moment to read the information below to EXPLORE and EXPERIENCE LITERACY OUTSIDE THE BOX! at the 2011 IRC Conference. • Meetings


Meetings will be held in the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the Abraham Lincoln Hotel, and the Hilton Springfield Hotel.

• Pre-Registration & Registration Pre-registered conferees may obtain their registration packets at the Registration Desk in the Prairie Capital Convention Center Lobby. On-site registration is also available. Hotel reservations and meal functions tickets should be secured prior to arrival in Springfield. Meal functions usually sell out early. Registration Hours: Wednesday, March 16 – 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17 – 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 18 – 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 19 – 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

• Admission to Meetings Paid conferees receive a badge with their registration packet. Badges are required at all times and for all conference functions. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-purchased tickets are required for all meal functions.

• Special Accommodations Individuals who need special accommodations should make specific requests in writing to the IRC office three weeks prior to the conference in order for their needs to be met. • Food All scheduled meal functions require pre-purchased tickets. The concession area in the Convention Center will be open during exhibit hours. The Abraham Lincoln Hotel will offer a cash Continental Breakfast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Springfield restaurant information will be available at the hospitality table in the Convention Center Lobby. • Hospitality & Information Table A hospitality and information table is located in the lobby of the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

• Message Board There will be a message board for conferees to leave notes in the registration area at the Convention Center. A phone line (217-788-8836) has been established at the Registration Desk to receive emergency phone calls.

• Lost and Found Inquire at the Registration Desk in the Convention Center regarding lost and found items. IRC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. • IRC Conference is an Open Forum The IRC Conference serves as an open forum and exchange of ideas and opinions. Opinions that are expressed by program presenters and participants do not reflect endorsements by the Illinois Reading Council.

• Shuttle Service IRC will provide free shuttle service between the hotels/motels on the IRC Housing Form and the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Thursday and Friday. The Shuttle Schedule will be printed in the program book. Please note that all hotels have shuttle service information. On Saturday, there are many parking options available and on-street parking is FREE! • Preliminary Program Book In accordance with IRA guidelines, individuals have not been designated by titles. Acknowledgments to publishers and other companies for sponsoring speakers and special events are current as of this printing. Information in this preliminary program is subject to change. • No Smoking In consideration of others we request your cooperation in observing the NO SMOKING regulations inside buildings. • Cell Phones Please silence phones during sessions at the conference.

• Cancelation/Refund Policy Conference refund requests must be in writing and postmarked by March 1, 2011. Requests can also be faxed to (309) 454-3512 or emailed to A $25 processing fee will be assessed. Please note that membership fees are nonrefundable. Conference registration is transferable and replacement of names must be requested by March 5, 2011.

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Pre-Conference Sessions Wednesday, March 16, 2011

From Reader to Teacher to Writer (4-9, Admin) Presenter: Marlis Day

6:30 – 8:30

“I Know That Already!” How to Challenge Early Readers in a General PreK Classroom (PreK-K) Presenter: Ann Gadzikowski

Welcome Reception

8:30 – 10:00

Growing a Writer ’s Workshop (K-3) Presenter: Kathy Lickenbrock

Anderson’s Bookshop Book Gossip

Planting the Seeds of Change: Environmental Books & Outreach Activities (PreK-9, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Jen Cullerton Johnson, Tim Magner

Conference Sessions Thursday, March 17, 2011

How Students and Teachers Win at Literacy (4-12, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Bobb Darnell Incorporating FREE Web-Based Technologies in the English Classroom (6-12, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Jeremy Rinkel

7:00 – 8:30 Thursday Breakfast Grammar and Editing: Is the Sky Falling? Featured Speaker: Jeff Anderson

Literacy Coaching for Science and Math (6-12, Admin) Presenters: Barb Mazzolini, Amy Stoops, Karen Eder Let the Games Begin! Motivating Adolescent Readers with a One Book Program (6-12, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Donna Herman

7:00 – 7:45 Orientation to the IRC Conference (All) Presenters: Boomer Crotty, Larry Pennie, Kathy Sweeney

8:00 – 9:00 Creating a Classroom Where Readers Flourish (4-9) Featured Speaker: Donalyn Miller From Phonics to Fluency to Proficient Reading: Helping All Students Achieve Competence in Two Key Areas of the Reading Curriculum (All) Featured Speaker: Timothy Rasinski Erasing the Gap (All) Featured Speaker: Patrick Carman Why Write for Children? (All) Featured Speaker: Sara Pennypacker Catch Your Kids Before They Fall: Building Student Success from the Beginning (PreK-3, Admin) Presenter: Laureen Reynolds Beyond the Basic Needs: From Food, Clothing Shelter to Home Literacy Practices (All) Featured Speaker: Patricia A. Edwards SMART Ideas Software (All) Presenter: Shawn Schwerman The BIG Picture of Reading (PreK-12) Featured Speaker: Cathy Puett Miller Spec = Special Needs Students

Presto! Using Magic to Excite Students about Reading! (K-6, Lib) Presenters: Jeff Lefton, Joe Fingerhut Alliteration, Imagery, and Personification: Using Picture Books with Middle School Students (4-9, Spec) Presenters: Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Melissa Rankin Tag It: Graffiti in the Classroom (K-12, Spec, Adults, Lib) Presenters: Tara Joiner, Lindsay Weathers Wildcats Read to Success: Parent/Child Reading Practice Program (PreK-6, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Elizabeth Hoelting, Mary Lippe, Laura McLarty Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans to Teach the Writing Traits using Mentor Texts, The Sequel (K-6, Spec) Presenters: Barbara Belford, Carrie Lenzie, Mary Livorsi What’s So Funny? Using Graphics Novels with Reluctant Readers to Enhance Cultural Awareness and Global Understanding (4-9, Lib) Presenters: Ngozi Onuora, Megan Dorris From a Box, From a Bag, What Do I Do at the Table Now That I Have my Groups Set (K-3) Presenters: Mary Kulaga, Tina Strtak

Admin = Administrators

Lib = Librarians

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Writing with English Language Learners: Views from K-12 (K-12, Admin) Presenters: Julia Emig, Nina Obediah

Engaged Interactive Read Aloud: An Essential in Tomorrow’s Classroom (PreK-12) Featured Speaker: Cathy Puett Miller

The Challenges of Coaching in At-Risk Urban Charter Schools (6-9, Admin) Presenters: Ruth Rohlwing, Robert Plonka, Anne Allen, Ian Morris

Read Naturally: Remediate Fluency and Improve Comprehension (K-9, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Carol Ann Kane

Genre Studies in Writing Workshop: Reading and Writing Entwined (6-12) Presenter: Patricia Braun

English Language Arts and the Common Core Standards in Illinois: Teaching with Shared Goals and Expectations (PreK-6) Presenters: Jeanne Plunkett, Rhonda Crandall

The Promise of Poetry for Struggling Readers (K-3) Presenter: Maria Walther

Intervention Games and Small Group Activities for Beginning and Struggling Readers (PreK-3, Spec) Presenter: Randall Klein

Enable, Motivate, Enrich (4-12) Featured Speaker: Jacquie McTaggart

Developing Informational Literacies: Scientific Vocabulary and Writing in Primary Grades (K-3) Presenter: Sheryl Honig

Longwood’s “Flooding” Model (K-6, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Sheila Tucker, Laura Johnston, Sharon Marinier

Using Technology in Developing Personalized Instruction to Increase Reading Skills (PreK-9, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Haygood Poundstone

8:00 – 10:00 (Double Session)

Investigating Cognates in Upper Elementary and Middle School Content Areas (4-12, Spec, Adults, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Margaret McGregor, Renee Mackin

Demonstration and Integration of 100% FREE Reading Based Websites (K-6, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Dick Briggs Low-Prep, High Yield Differentiated Interventions: The More Ways You Teach, The More Students You Reach (K-12, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Jenny Lawrence, Jim Grant Comprehension: The Signature Six Series (All) Presenters: Gretchen Courtney, Christi Mulligan

9:15 – 10:15 Dare to Differentiate: Vocabulary Strategies For All Students (K-8) Featured Speaker: Danny Brassell Constructivist Approaches to Phonics and Vocabulary Instruction Word Study that Works! (All) Featured Speaker: Timothy Rasinski Growing a Writer Featured Speaker: Rebecca Stead New and Notable Books for Grades K-3 (K-3) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins Digital Storytelling (K-12) Presenters: Terri Postlethwait, Debby Oliver Using Differentiated Instruction to meet the needs of English Language Learners Featured Speaker: Salman Amjad Interactive White Board Lessons Made Easy (4-9) Presenters: Sheila Ruh, Sherry Sejnost Spec = Special Needs Students

Would You Like to Teach at a College or University? (PreK-9, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Heather Harder Bringing Historical Headliners to Life (6-12, Adults) Presenters: Jean Ann Mies, Taylor Pensoneau Effective Middle School/High School Reading Intervention (4-12, Spec, Adults) Presenters: Kathy Young, Scott DeSimone Collaboration–The Key to the Success in the Implementation of RtI (K-6, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Debra Gurvitz, Deborah Shefren, Mary Sue Smith Getting Inside Long Words (K-9, Spec) Presenters: Lou Ferroli, Connie Fowler, Cindy Doering, Hope Cantwell Vocabulary Through Active Learning–The Language Development Model (K-12, Spec) Presenter: Joan McGrath Seven Months Later: What Can be Learned from Four Schools that Implemented Common Core Standards for Reading Immediately (PreK-6, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Quality Quinn Exploring Challenges in Nonfiction Texts (K-6) Presenter: Debra Crouch Introducing the 2012 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Nominees (9-12, Lib) Presenter: Leslie Forsman Speak Up! (6-9) Presenters: Lindsay Bohm, Jamie Impson, Molly Lindsey

Admin = Administrators

Lib = Librarians

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Humorous Picture Book Read Alouds (PreK-8) Presenter: Larry Pennie

Wham! Whoa! Zoom! Pow! Yeah! and Yuck!: Engaging Boys with Books (K-3) Presenter: Felicia Frazier

Four Perfect Pebbles (All) Featured Speaker: Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Literature with a Twist: Novel Book Formats that Sneak in Reading Fun and Facts (K-6, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Marlene Brill

The Trait Lady Speaks Up (K-8) Featured Speaker: Ruth Culham

Demystifying Multisyllable Words (4-12, Admin) Presenters: Susan Hall, Heather Cella

Exploring Greek Mythology in the Middle Grade Classroom (4-9) Presenter: Ruth Gheysen

Your Council Outside the Box (All) Presenters: Tracy Tarasiuk, Sherry Sejnost

9:15 – 11:15 (Double Session)

Literacy Outside the Box and Off the Leash: The Remarkable Bond Between Dogs and Young Readers (K-12, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Craig Pierce

How to Spot Bias and Stereotypes in Literature/How to Find Good Literature to Learn about First Nations History and Culture (All) Presenters: Carol Ann Amour, Matt Stewart, Xong Stewart

Teaching to the Unique Needs of the Older Struggling Student (6-12, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenters: Bob Crowe, Daphne Williams, Deborah Crimmins, Cynthia Waxman

Bridging Technology and Literacy for Achievement (PreK-9, Spec) Presenter: Jennifer Boyle

Creating a Shift in Thinking Through Great Literature–Social Justice for Teens (6-12) Presenters: Mal Keenan, Amy MacCrindle Clarification and Cooperative Learning, An Effective and Fun Way to Increase Comprehension Across the Curriculum (K-6, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Elizabeth Herbort, Elizabeth Stamper

10:30 – 11:30 Rethinking the Whole Class Novel (4-9) Featured Speaker: Donalyn Miller Invitational Grammar and Editing Instruction: Connecting Reading, Writing, and Mechanics (All) Featured Speaker: Jeff Anderson Beyond the Page (All) Featured Speaker: Sara Pennypacker Top Ten Vocabulary Strategies to Build Nonfiction Comprehension (4-9) Presenter: Tamara Rhomberg Beyond the Basic Needs: From Food, Clothing Shelter to Home Literacy Practices (All) Featured Speaker: Patricia A. Edwards Creating with SMART Board (PreK-9) Presenter: Terri Colyer How Do I Make Time for Science Instruction, too? (K-6, Spec) Presenter: Sunday Cummins Making It Real–Sensational Centers in the Primary Classroom (K-3) Presenter: Kristyn Warren 10 Strategies that Work for Preschool Teachers to Support Young Children’s Language Development (PreK-K) Presenter: Sarah Dennis

Spec = Special Needs Students

Books in Every Hand (All) Presenter: Tamara Springer Vocabulary Instruction for All (K-9) Presenters: Becky McTague, Margaret Richek The Harmony of Literature (K-6, Admin) Presenter: Michele DeLong Literacy Through Green Colored Glasses–Picture Book Activities that Help Kids Save Their Planet (PreK-6, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Nancy Stewart Magic and Fantasy with a Twist: Fairy Tales and Retellings (6-12, Lib) Presenters: Penny Blubaugh, Elizabeth Bunce HELP! The Dog and Pony Have Disappeared. Now What? (All) Presenter: Tom Lindsay Bell-to-Bell Learning: Reading Strategies to Hook and Close your Lessons (K-12, Spec) Presenters: David McCafferty, Erik Czerwin Literacy, Leadership, Learning for All (Admin) Presenters: Janie Metzger, Sandy Kennedy Helping You (and Your Students!) Connect with the Writer Within (4-12) Featured Speakers: Esther Hershenhorn, Mary Ann Rodman Downing, April Halprin Wayland from the Teaching Authors and Presenters: Roxanne Owens, Marie Donovan

Admin = Administrators

Lib = Librarians

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Using Children’s/Young Adult Books to Excite Young Writers (All) Presenter: Steven Layne

Bring Books to Life: Creative Play and Transactional Learning (PreK-3, Spec) Presenters: Peter Hilton, Kristy Rudnicki

Middle School Writing and the Traits (6-8) Featured Speaker: Ruth Culham

Outside the Desks, Creating a Classroom Environment Conducive to Learning (K-3) Presenters: Mary Kulaga, Tina Strtak

Jingles, Rhythm, Repetition, & FUN! (K-9, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Michael Schafstall, Lyn Drainer and her 3rd Grade Students

Vocabulary: From Research to Best Practice (K-6, Admin) Presenters: Michael Dunn, Mary Dunn

11:45 – 1:30 Thursday Luncheon Comprehension That Works! Featured Speakers: Danny Brassell and Timothy Rasinski

Thursday Luncheon Evel Knievel Was My Hero and Other Adventures in Writing Featured Speaker: Patrick Carman

1:45 – 2:45 Popular Books for Middle School Readers (4-9) Featured Speaker: Donalyn Miller Express-Lane Editing: Getting Students to Edit Their Writing (All) Featured Speaker: Jeff Anderson

Explode the Code of Science and Social Studies Texts (4-12) Presenters: Joy Towner, Kristen Stombres Informed Wisdom: Perceptions of Secondary Literacy Teachers About Current Professional Mandates (6-12) Presenter: Mary Campbell Standards-Based Portfolio Assessment in Reading and Writing (6-12) Presenters: Ruth Rohlwing, Joy Evans, Elyse Cahill, Lisa Nickele Poets, and We Know It–Experiencing Poetry and Drama Through Mentor Texts (6-12, Spec, Lib) Presenters: Joan Leber, Laura Bergeson Literacy Coaching That is “Special” For the Needs of Exceptional Children in Special Education Settings (K-6, Spec, Adult, Admin) Presenters: Ilyse Brainin, Simone Oslage Exciting Questioning Strategies to Create Lively Discussions (All) Presenters: Sharon Neste, Anna Sanford

Erasing the Gap (All) Featured Speaker: Patrick Carman

Blog About It!: Online Book Discussions for Students and Teacher Professional Development Book Clubs (K-12, Adults, Admin) Presenters: Elizabeth Drasutis, Anita Slaboch

The Hero in Every Child: The Power of an Individual to Make a Difference (All) Featured Speaker: T.A. Barron

Literacy Coaching for Change: Increasing Teacher Confidence with New Practices (K-6, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Jennifer Dixon

Model Drawing for Word Problems Presenter: Anni Stipek

K-5/6 Reading Practices Inventory for Selected Illinois School Districts: Preliminary Results, Research Insights, and Audience Discussion (4-12) Presenters: Elizabeth Goldsmith-Conley, Judy Barbour, Pamela Godt, Boomer Crotty, Diane Cepela

Beyond the Basic Needs: From Food, Clothing Shelter to Home Literacy Practices (All) Featured Speaker: Patricia A. Edwards Enhance and Engage SMARTly with Sound (All) Presenter: Shawn Schwerman

A Librarians’ Roundtable (Lib) Presenter: Leslie Forsman

The BIG Picture of Reading (PreK-12) Featured Speaker: Cathy Puett Miller

Six Steps to Scaffolded Independent Reading: A Differentiated and Leveled Approach (K-12, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenters: Claudia Katz, Susan Bohman

Who Grew My Soup? (PreK-6, Spec, Lib) Presenters: Jackie Jones, Carrie Schreiber

Using Picture Books to Motivate Writing (PreK-12) Presenter: Larry Pennie

Deconstructing Successful Data Driven Instruction (K-6, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Anna Gordon, Ellen Edmonds

Anything Can Happen (Even Math!) When Children Wonder About What They Read (K-8) Featured Speaker: David M. Schwartz

Spec = Special Needs Students

Admin = Administrators

Lib = Librarians

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Getting Started With the Traits: Grades 3-5 (3-5) Featured Speaker: Ruth Culham

Lyrics & Literacy: Read a Song & Sing a Book (PreK-3, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Debbie Clement

Strategic Reading Groups: Guiding the Reading of Middle Grades Students (4-9) Presenters: Jennifer Berne, Sophie Degener

Primary Comprehension Instruction: Laying the Foundation for Higher-Order Thinking (K-3) Presenter: Jane Vallin Inquiry and Investigation for the 21st Century Learner (PreK-6, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Jennifer Freeman Talley

1:45 – 3:45 (Double Session) Digital Natives, Social Networking, and a Literacy Workshop Model (4-9) Presenter: Bernadine Hansen Hyperactive Students are Never Absent (K-12, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Jenny Lawrence, Jim Grant The SECRETS to Cracking the Code with the Brain-In-Mind! The “Missing Piece” of the Reading & Writing Puzzle (All) Presenter: Katie Garner Teaching Vocabulary Lessons That Inspire a Love of Language (K-6) Presenter: Linda Rourke Art of Revision (4-12) Presenters: Carol Barsby, Leslie Pourney

Take a Walk in Their Footsteps (4-9, Lib) Presenters: Glennette Tilley, Darwin McBeth Walton Skype Sisters (All) Presenters: Pam Bartusiewicz, Linda Tatum Shakespeare Rocks! (6-12) Presenter: Donna Stone Unwrapping the Confusion of Advocacy (All) Presenters: Mike Ellerman, Helen Bryant, Kathy Merz PE, Art and Music Picture Books: Teaching Outside the Box! (K-6) Presenter: Debra Wellman Family Reading Night: Camping, Food, Rhyme and a Pajama Party–What’s Not to Love? (All) Presenters: Dawn Jung, Amy Shubert Increasing Student Reading Stamina Through the Introduction of High-Interest Books (K-12) Presenter: Elizabeth Gottlieb

3:00 – 4:00 Dare to Differentiate: Vocabulary Strategies For All Students (K-8) Featured Speaker: Danny Brassell Let a Hundred Zorks Bloom: Interactive Fiction in the Classroom (6-12) Featured Speaker: M.T. Anderson and Presenter: James Kennedy

Our Wish Was Granted! (K-6, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Allyson Vaynerman, Jennifer Young, Kaarina Stanley, Anita Lovell, Jenny Bredemeier Using Picture Books Differently...The Behavior Side of RtI (PreK6, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Laura Beltchenko

Why Write for Children? (All) Featured Speaker: Sara Pennypacker

Children in Peril! Exciting Books to Engage Reading (K-9) Presenters: Cecile Arquette, Dianne Happ

Co-Teaching–Together We CAN Make a Difference for All Children (PreK-6, Spec) Presenter: Donna Whyte

Do I HAVE to revise? (4-9) Presenter: Christina Lange

Growing a Writer Featured Speaker: Rebecca Stead Going Outside the Box: Using SMART Boards in the Reading/ Language Arts Curriculum (K-9) Presenter: April Flood New and Notable Books for Grades K-8 (K-8) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins Read Naturally’s Reading Assessments: The Foundation of an RtI Model (K-9, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Carol Ann Kane Technology in the Classroom Supports Diverse Student Needs (K-9, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Lora Koontz Spec = Special Needs Students

Helping You (and Your Students!) Connect with the Writer Within (4-12) Featured Speakers: Esther Hershenhorn, Mary Ann Rodman Downing, April Halprin Wayland from the Teaching Authors and Presenters: Roxanne Owens, Marie Donovan Four Perfect Pebbles (All) Featured Speaker: Marion Blumenthal Lazan If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em (K-12) Featured Speaker: Jacquie McTaggart The Sixth Trait: What Conventions Should We Teach, and How Should We Teach Them? (4-9) Presenter: Barbara Winicki

Admin = Administrators

Lib = Librarians

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4:30 – 5:30 Storytelling Hosted by David M. Schwartz

6:00 – 8:00 Thursday Prairie State Award Banquet The Defining Detail Featured Speaker: Robert Burleigh Robert Burleigh 2011 Prairie State Award Recipient

8:30 – 10:30 Hear the Authors Read and Autographing

Conference Sessions Friday, March 18, 2011 7:00 – 8:30 Friday Breakfast The Role of Talk in the Reading Curriculum Featured Speaker: Frank Serafini

7:00 – 8:00 CIRP Breakfast Meeting (CIRP Members) Presiding: Kristen Stombres, CIRP President

8:00 – 9:00 New and Notable Books for Grades 4-8 (4-8) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins What If? Tools For Tapping into the Creative Source (K-8) Featured Speaker: John Rocco

Poster Sessions will be held on

Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18, 2011 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Topics will include: Research Experiences in McKendree University’s School of Education Darryn Diuguid, Karen Tate, Catherine Luehrs, Michelle Rahm, McKendree University, Lebanon Reading Lessons that Open the Box! Illinois State University PDS Interns in Normal, Pekin, Springfield, Wheeling, Elgin

Experimentation in Books for Children Featured Speaker: M.T. Anderson The Hero in Every Child: The Power of an Individual to Make a Difference (All) Featured Speaker: T.A. Barron Think Green! (4-6, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Linda Weatherwax, Glen Weatherwax Riding the River with Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (2-6) Featured Speaker: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson SMART Ideas Software (All) Presenter: Shawn Schwerman Anything Can Happen (Even Math!) When Children Wonder About What They Read Featured Speaker: David M. Schwartz Creating an Online Learning Community for Students (K-12, Lib) Presenters: Terri Postlethwait, Debby Oliver Word Warm-ups: Quick Exercises for Word Mastery (K-9, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Carol Ann Kane Using Authentic Writing Samples to Inform Instruction in the Kindergarten (PreK-3, Admin) Presenter: Kathy Lifton Taking Center Stage: Be a Ringmaster of the Reading Workshop (K-3) Presenter: Sarah Ortloff Engaging Our Students with Interesting Real-World Informational Text (4-12, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Nancy Steineke

Spec = Special Needs Students

Admin = Administrators

Lib = Librarians

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Fluency–The Forgotten Reading Skill (K-9, Spec) Presenter: Mya Whitney

Caudill Titles–Boxed Up For 2012! (4-9, Lib) Presenter: Marcia Brandt

Your Council Outside the Box (All) Presenters: Tracy Tarasiuk, Sherry Sejnost

9:15 – 10:15

Literacy Outside the Box and Off the Leash: The Remarkable Bond Between Dogs and Young Readers (K-12, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Craig Pierce Reading/Writing Workshop in an Urban Charter School (9-12, Admin) Presenters: Ruth Rohlwing, Elissa Knight, Danielle Lewis ISBE: Update on Reading Education Issues Presenter: Marica Cullen 21st Century Literacies and Adolescents (6-12, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Rebecca Binks

Small-Group Differentiated Reading Instruction (K-2) Featured Speaker: Beverly Tyner Writing What I Don’t Know (All) Featured Speaker: Mordicai Gerstein Writing Poetry the Old Fashioned Way (All) Featured Speaker: Jane Yolen The Hero in Every Child: The Power of an Individual to Make a Difference (All) Featured Speaker: T.A. Barron Centers Made Simple (K-3) Presenter: Laureen Reynolds

Reading Luau and Other Irresistible Themes to Support Family Reading (PreK-6, Spec) Presenter: Brenda Ehrmantraut

The Fact and Fiction of Family Stories (All) Featured Speaker: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Fragile–Open with Care (K-6) Presenter: Beth Vancil

Interactive White Board Lessons Made Easy (4-9) Presenters: Sheila Ruh, Sherry Sejnost

Read Alouds–The Core of Literacy Development (PreK-6) Presenter: Reba Wadsworth Link Writing into Your Program with a Class-Made Book! (K-9) Presenter: Sara Spruce Fluency Instruction...Going Beyond Packaged Programs (K-9, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Mary Chamberlain Helpful Hints Implementing RtI Presenters: Barbara Carter, Tammy O’Toole Motivating Readers: Outside the Box Ideas From Westfield Middle School (4-12, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Teddie Torney, Mariela Siegert Collaborative Literacy Project Across All Grade Levels (K-9, Admin) Presenters: Barbara Rieckhoff, Shannon Vier, Margaret Linn

Strategies That Engage Students with Multicultural Literature Featured Speaker: Beverly Ann Chin Fandom 2.0: Using Social Media and Fan Creativity at Your Library (All) Presenter: James Kennedy Reading Foundations: Effective Phonemic Awareness Instruction (PreK-3) Presenters: Eve Breier, Angela Searcy Preschool Parent PARTNERS (PreK-K) Presenters: Diana Brannon, Linda Dauksas, Kristi Adell, Laura Wojcieszek Spending a Year with Cynthia Rylant (K-3) Presenter: Pamela Moriarty Literacy in a Digital World (4-12, Spec, Adults, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Meg Gaier, Jamie Diamond

How to Use YA Literature in Every Classroom (6-9) Presenters: Christy Rush-Levine, Mark Levine

Books for Struggling Readers Grades (4-12) Presenters: Elizabeth Goldsmith-Conley, Judy Barbour, Pamela Godt, Boomer Crotty, Diane Cepela

Read Write Now: Teaching in a Digital Age (6-12, Admin) Featured Speaker: Carol Jago

Working Inside a Professional Learning Community Presenter: Scott Doerr

Four Perfect Pebbles (All) Featured Speaker: Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Utilize Reading Assessment Data to Engage Struggling Middle and High School Readers (6-12, Spec) Presenters: Cherie Rio, Ellie Blinstrup, Anthony Bradburn, Kathy Young, Benjamin Ditkowsky

Catch ‘em Before They Fall (K-3) Featured Speaker: Jacquie McTaggart Spec = Special Needs Students

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Meeting the Reading Needs of Adolescent Students with Disabilities (6-12, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Donna Herman

10:30 – 11:30

The Keys to Learning (All) Presenter: Gail Huizinga

Using Literary Discussions to Enhance Comprehension (All) Featured Speaker: Frank Serafini

Active Vocabulary Strategies: Out of the Box Ideas for Learning Vocabulary Words (6-12) Presenter: Patricia Tylka

How to Eat an Elephant (One Bite at a Time) (K-8) Featured Speaker: John Rocco

Family Literacy Night (PreK-6, Lib) Presenters: Suzi Hinrichs, Becca Garretson

Growing a Writer Featured Speaker: Rebecca Stead

What Color is a Panda? (K-6) Presenter: Claudia Pitchford

New and Notable Books for Grades K-8 (K-8) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins

Effectively Utilizing Technology to Provide Each Student Excellent Literacy Instruction (PreK-6, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Andy Athens, Ana Gomez

Rigor or Rigor-Mortis: What Exists in Your School? (All) Presenter: Tom Lindsay

A Chat With Benjamin Franklin (All) Presenter: Larry Pennie

The Mother Tongue as a Resource for Second Language Acquisition Featured Speaker: Salman Amjad

Comprehension Strategies in the Content Area Classroom? Oh Yes!!! (4-12, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Roberta Sejnost

Smart Board Basics to Enhance Reading Curriculum (PreK-6) Presenter: Terri Colyer

Middle School Book Clubs: Addressing the Affective Reading Domain (6-9) Presenter: Cara Schuster

Strategies That Engage Students with Multicultural Literature Featured Speaker: Beverly Ann Chin

Using Picture Books to Scaffold Instruction in the Middle School (6-9) Presenter: Elizabeth Zimmerman

Green Eggs and Agriculture (PreK-3, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Kevin Daugherty

Read Write Now: Teaching in a Digital Age (6-12, Admin) Featured Speaker: Carol Jago

Organizing Middle School Vocabulary and Word Study Instruction Across the Content Areas (4-9, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Margaret McGregor, Jeannette Hamman

Amazing Books for Elementary Students (K-5) Featured Speaker: Diane Barone The Art of Wacky We-Search: Face the Facts with Fun (2-12) Featured Speaker: Barry Lane

Exploring Language and Literacy Outside the Box (PreK-3) Presenters: Stephanie McAndrews and SIUE Graduate Literacy Students

Sharing the Monarch Award Nominated Books (K-3, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Peggy Burton

What Your Core Reading Program Can and Cannot Do for You: Making Instructional Decisions to Help ALL Children Learn to Read (K-3, Admin) Presenter: Kathy Barclay

9:15 – 11:15 (Double Session)

Together We Read (4-12, Spec, Adults, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Cheryl Walker, Debra McCutcheon, Pamela Seals

Demonstration and Integration of 100% FREE Reading Based Websites (K-6, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Dick Briggs

Data Smata: Talking with Teachers about Data (4-12, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Lori Ann Greidanus

Neurological Integration: The Out of the Box Discovery for Early Literacy Success (PreK-6, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Mary Lou Sundberg

AUTHOR’S NOW Debut Authors of 2010 (All) Presenters: Jen Cullerton Johnson, Cynthea Liu, Lori Degman

Classroom-Tested Intervention Strategies to Teach Below-Grade Level Students from Poverty (K-12, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Jenny Lawrence, Jim Grant

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Research Outside the Box: Documentary Film Making (6-12, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Mindi Rench Summarizing with Poetry? Yes! (4-6, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Kathleen Sweeney

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Using Moodle to Create a Hybrid English Classroom (K-12, Admin) Presenter: Jeremy Rinkel Preparing Students for Standardized Writing Tests: Power Writing and Writing Templates that Increase Student Scores (6-12) Presenter: Patricia Tylka Inquiry Circles: Engaging Students to Read, Write and Think Across the Curriculum (PreK-6, Admin) Presenter: Kristin Ziemke Fastabend Hear Our Bit on Family Lit! (K-6) Presenters: Cami Breitzman, Penny Dahmer Unwrap Great Books (4-6) Presenter: Louise Stearns Don’t Bug Me! I’m Reading! Renewing and Continuing Your Students’ Love of Reading (4-9) Presenter: Becky Johnson Academic Vocabulary: The Key to Content Comprehension (4-12, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Roberta Sejnost Pen Pals Across the Miles (K-9) Presenter: Melinda Grimm Partnerships in Literacy–A College/Classroom Connection (K-9, Adults) Presenter: Kimberlee Wagner

1:45 – 2:45 Creating and Interpreting Picture Books: Perspectives from an Author-Illustrator and a Professor of Reading (All) Featured Speaker: Frank Serafini You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover (But Children Do Anyway) (K-8) Featured Speaker: John Rocco Writing My First Graphic Novels (All) Featured Speaker: Jane Yolen The Animating Detail Featured Speaker: Robert Burleigh New and Notable Books for Young Adults (Young Adult) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins I (Wish I Could) See Dead People: A Cautionary Tale (6-12) Featured Speaker: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Enhance and Engage SMARTly with Sound (All) Presenter: Shawn Schwerman Strategies That Engage Students with Multicultural Literature Featured Speaker: Beverly Ann Chin

Igniting a Passion for Reading (All) Presenter: Steven Layne

Developing Academic Language for English Language Learners (K-12, Lib) Presenters: Terri Postlethwait, Mona Yoast

Writing During the Literacy Block (K-5) Featured Speaker: Diane Barone

One Minute Reader: A Motivating System to Improve Reading at Home (K-9, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Carol Ann Kane

But How Do You Teach Writing: A Simple Guide for All Teachers (All) Featured Speaker: Barry Lane

I Can Read Songs: An Intervention to Boost Children into Reading and Writing (PreK-K, Spec) Presenter: LaDonna Wicklund

Bluestem Award: Sowing the Seeds of Reading with Great Books for Grades 3-5 (3-5, Lib) Presenter: Tambree Krouse

Writing ROCKS! (K-3, Admin Lib) Presenters: Keta Foltz, Janell Hartman, Amber Findlay, Christa Curley Using Mentor Texts to Think “Outside the Box” about Organization and Sentence Fluency for Writers in Grades 4-9 (4-9) Presenters: Susan L’Allier, Donna Werderich Stop, Surf, ‘n Sprout–Help Your Struggling Readers Move Easily into Independent Reading (4-9) Presenters: RaeAnne Alpers, Carol Barsby

11:45 – 1:30 Friday Luncheon The Literacy Jigsaw: Assembling the Critical Pieces Featured Speaker: Beverly Tyner

Landing the Perfect Job: Job Search Skills for the Reading Professional (PreK-9, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Heather Harder

Friday Luncheon The End of All Our Exploring: The Journey of Literature Featured Speaker: M.T. Anderson

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Agendas in Young Adult Books (6-12) Presenter: Wendy Streit Hands-On Vocabulary (4-9) Presenter: Sandra Gandy Fun With Foldables! (K-6) Presenter: Fatina Hyatt

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Boys and Books: Breaking Down the Barriers (4-12, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Gail Huizinga Using Manipulatives to Teach Comprehension (PreK-6, Admin) Presenter: Heather Cella The Anna Plan Revisited: Does It Answer the Call for Improved Instruction? (K-6, Admin) Presenters: Maureen Basala, Deborah Carlberg, Katie Reynolds, Carla Sayre, Sarah Swanson Picture This (4-6, Spec) Presenters: Brenda Kraber, Kathleen Fleming Beyond Booktalks: Ways the School Library Can Make a Difference in Literacy Instruction (K-9, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Alayna Davies-Smith

3:00 – 4:00 Comprehending for Real Reasons? (All) Featured Speaker: David Booth The Picture Book: A Place Where Things Happen (All) Featured Speaker: Mordicai Gerstein Small-Group Differentiated Reading Instruction: Intervention for Struggling Readers (3-6) Featured Speaker: Bevery Tyner Clogging our Way into Poetry: Kinetic Poetics (All) Presenters: Charles Hyser, Christine Hedlin, Kimberly Hedlin Pump Up the Volume: Building Listening and Speaking Vocabularies (PreK-6, Spec) Presenter: Laureen Reynolds

Best Practice in Corrective Feedback (K-9, Spec) Presenters: Lou Ferroli, Tanya Hulstedt, Amy Huftalin

RtI Question and Answer Forum (K-12, Admin) Presenter: Deborah Hays

Parent Education–Why, When, and How (PreK-5) Presenters: Diane Fator, Bonnie Olsen

Nature Books Are a Natural (K-5) Featured Speaker: David M. Schwartz

Title I Roundtable Outside the Box (All) Presenters: Susanne Riddell, Teddie Torney

Teaching for Synthesis of Nonfiction Texts with Read Alouds (K6, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenters: Sunday Cummins, Catherine Stallmeyer-Gerard

The 800 Pound Gorilla in the Room: Teaching Text Structure (4-9, Spec) Presenters: Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Jennifer Stringfellow, Melissa Rankin Differentiated Centers for Literacy (PreK-2) Featured Speaker: Cindy Middendorf An Explosion of Words (K-5) Featured Speaker: Diane Barone Hooked on Meaning: Best Tips for Succeeding at, and not Succumbing to Writing Tests (All) Featured Speaker: Barry Lane Teaching Writing Through Genre Studies (K-9) Presenters: Meg O’Brien, Maria Bereckis, Sarah Clark, Renee Lebegue, Christine O’Rourke

1:45 – 3:45 (Double Session) Never Again!–Children of the Holocaust (4-12) Presenter: Karl Fivek The SECRETS to Cracking the Code with the Brain-In-Mind! The “Missing Piece” of the Reading & Writing Puzzle (All) Presenter: Katie Garner

The New Face of Professional Development: How to Train Staff Well on a Small Budget! (All) Presenters: Gretchen Courtney, Christi Mulligan Kindergarten Teachers! Don’t Get “Bent Out of Shape” About Flexible Grouping! (PreK-3) Presenters: Michele Cronsell, Dani Becker Books As Hooks (K-3) Presenters: Paulette Stalter, Rebecca Rhodes, Diane Grebner Poetry Outside the Box (4-12) Presenter: Tracy Tarasiuk Playing By Ear: Introducing Children to Blindness, Assistive Technology and Guide Dogs (All) Presenter: Beth Finke So You Want to Be An Author? Writing for the Illinois Reading Council Journal (K-3, Admin) Presenters: Kathy Barclay, Jon Jones Vampires and Other Objectionables in Banned Books (9-12) Presenter: Elizabeth Strejcek Family Read Aloud Book Club: Teachers, Parents and Children Coming Together Around Shared Books (All) Presenters: Mary Ann Rupcich, Barbara Sherman, Jennie Davis Ready to Tear Your Hair Out with the Writing Process? Tips to Keep Your Tresses Intact (2-5) Presenter: Laura Feldt

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4:15 – 4:45

Reading Challenges in South African Primary Schools (4-6, Spec, Adults, Lib) Presenter: Wendy Govender

IRC Board of Directors Annual Meeting

Differentiating Professional Development: Data Driven Teams to Create and Sustain a Balanced Literacy School (All) Presenters: Margaret Mary Policastro, Richard Ostry

4:30 – 5:30

Reading Across All the Curriculum Areas (K-9, Spec) Presenter: Evelyn Phebus

Poetry Coffeehouse Hosted by Pam Nelson

Launching Literature Discussion Groups (K-9) Presenters: Jen LaMar, Jessica Lifshitz Integrating the Visual and the Verbal (All) Presenter: Carol Hanzlik-Chasnoff

5:30 – 8:15

The Primary Brain: A Work in Progress (PreK-4) Featured Speaker: Cindy Middendorf

Preservice Teachers’ Pizza Party followed by a special session for Preservice Teachers “So I’m Almost Certified…Now What?” Presenters: Kristen Stombres, Joy Towner

Read Write Now: Teaching in a Digital Age (6-12, Admin) Featured Speaker: Carol Jago

6:00 – 8:00

If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em (K-12) Featured Speaker: Jacquie McTaggart Illinois Title I Association Annual Meeting Presenters: Susanne Riddell, Ann Peters


Thursday, March 17, 2011

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Complimentary Refreshments in the Exhibit Area Sponsored by McGraw-Hill School Education Group Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Complimentary Refreshments in the Exhibit Area Sponsored by Perfection Learning Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Visit the IRC Treasure Chest in the IRC Membership Booth The key you receive at registration may unlock the Treasure Chest for a free gift. Spec = Special Needs Students

8:30 – 10:00 Barry Lane’s Literacy Cabaret An Inspiring Night of Singing, Dancing and Clean, Comic Fun that Celebrates Teachers!

Visit the Exhibits

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Banquet Writing with Joy Featured Speaker: Jane Yolen

Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) at the IRC Conference

The Illinois Reading Council is an approved Illinois State Board of Education Continuing Professional Development Unit provider. While attending the March Conference, you may earn one CPDU per hour of attendance and participation. Sessions attended must be recorded, and an ISBE evaluation form must be completed and deposited in the IRC evaluation box at the end of the conference. The Evaluation and Evidence of Completion Forms must also be completed for your records. Please review your personal Certification Renewal Plan to determine which sessions fit. Be sure that your goals are broad enough to include a variety of literacy topics. The Illinois Reading Council is merely the provider. The responsibility for determining which sessions agree with your plan and are granted credits by your school district is yours.

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Preliminary Program 2011 I Got “NUFFIN”....“NUFFIN” to Write About (K-6) Presenters: Donna Sheehan, Lynda Hootman, Sally Kincaid, Amanda Legate

Conference Sessions Saturday, March 19, 2011

How to Be a Good Mentor (All) Presenter: Roxanne Williams Bibliotherapy: Using Children’s Books to Build Emotional Intelligence & Heal Emotional Wounds (PreK-9, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Heather Harder

7:00 – 8:30 Saturday Breakfast How Technology Can Support Striving Readers Featured Speaker: David Booth

Using Three Literacy Coaching Stances to Help Teachers Move Beyond the Box (K-6, Admin) Presenters: Laurie Elish-Piper, Susan L’Allier Integrating the Reading and Writing Workshops Through Genre Studies (4-9) Presenters: Mindi Rench, Sarah Avallone

8:00 – 9:00 Writing What I Don’t Know (All) Featured Speaker: Mordicai Gerstein Images and Stories: Worth More Than a Thousand Words (All) Presenters: Beverly Braniff, Cassandra Braniff Technology Infusion: Making Technology Manageable in the Classroom (4-9) Presenters: Christopher Petersen, Katie Key, Susan Merten Out of the Box Strategy Instruction with Video (PreK-12, Spec, Admin) Presenters: JoAnne Vazzano, Janet Pariza Differentiation in the Early Grades: One Size Does Not Fit All (PreK-4) Featured Speaker: Cindy Middendorf Window into the Classroom: Using the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum as a Collaborative Analysis Tool (K-12, Admin) Presenter: Richard Prestley This Is Your Brain Online (All) Presenter: Mary Hession New Structure (Classificatory) for Informative Writing (3-9, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Frances Steward, Juanita Moller Boys of Steel, Creating Strong Boy Writers Through Multiliteracies (K-6, Spec, Adult, Admin) Presenter: Ilyse Brainin Important Teaching–Guiding Primary Students to Read, Write and Care Across the Curriculum (PreK-6, Admin) Presenter: Kristin Ziemke Fastabend Using Books to Help Children Cope AND Learn (PreK-9, Spec) Presenters: Melissa Jones, Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Jennifer Stringfellow “Guiding” Reading Outside the Box (K-3, Spec) Presenters: Jodi Pass, JoAnne Vazzano

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Beyond the Headines: From the Midwest to the Middle East– Literacy Education in Context (All) Presenter: Carol HanzlikChasnoff Cinderella’s Slipper Fits: Using Cinderella Stories from Around the World (3-6) Presenters: Patricia Chrosniak, Becky Davis, Rebecca Turoff, Julie Ireland, Sarah Kwak Creating a School-Wide Culture of Readers (PreK-9, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Annemarie Strom, Cory Schiffern Extreme Literacy Makeover: K-8 Classroom Edition (K-6, Admin) Presenter: Mindy Pudlo From Classroom to School Library (K-12, Admin) Presenter: Georgeann Burch The Calculation and Use of Readability Levels for the Enhancement of Effective Reading Instruction (K-12, Spec, Adults) Presenter: Jon Jones Did My Students Get It? Collaboration Around Formative Assessments Leading to Wise Instructional Decisions (K-9, Admin) Presenters: Jacquelynn Popp, Mary Pat Sullivan, Amy Waechter-Versaw Reading in Those Non Reading Classes? (6-12, Admin) Presenter: Lori Ann Greidanus Connecting the Teaching of Skills with the Joy of Reading (K-3) Presenter: Kathy Barclay The Promise of Poetry for Struggling Readers (K-3) Presenter: Maria Walther If You Don’t Have a Pencil It Must Be A Game (K-9) Presenters: Stacy Baker, Ann Kluesner

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8:00 – 10:00 (Double Session) Demonstration and Integration of 100% FREE Reading Based Websites (K-6, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Dick Briggs Using Puppets and Story Mapping to Engage Students and Promote Deep Comprehension (K-6) Presenter: Elizabeth GoldsmithConley We Wanna Tell YOUR Stories! (All) Presenter: Debra Morningstar

How to Get the Most out of an Induction Program (All) Presenters: Roxanne Williams, Mark Caggiano, Phyllis Bliven, Vanessa Draear, Sarah Erlandson, Kaitlyn Gosch, Michelle Hellman, Nicole List, Rita Kleinschmidt, Sarah Liesman, Megan Nissen, Bonnie Willis, Sue Brummell Implementation of 1st Year Comprehensive Literacy Program in an Urban Secondary Charter School (9-12, Admin) Presenters: Ruth Rohlwing, Elaine Vazquez Words ROCK! Wearin’ it One Word at a Time (K-6) Presenters: Keta Foltz, Janell Hartman, Amber Findlay, Christa Curley

9:15 – 10:15

Poetry...Minus the Groans (4-9) Presenters: Lindsay Bohm, Jamie Impson, Molly Lindsey

Comprehending for Real Reasons (All) Featured Speaker: David Booth

Take the Word Wall Out of the Box (K-9, Spec) Presenter: Joyce Eddy

Spotlight on Middle School Literacy (6-9, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Rexie Lanier, Janel Dowling, Trisha Warner

One Brick at a Time: Laying the Foundation for a Successful Reading Workshop Model (3-5, Spec) Presenters: Barbara Folan, Daniela Fountain

The Animating Detail Featured Speaker: Robert Burleigh Putting Books in the Hands of Our Readers (All) Presenters: Amy Huftalin, Teresa Schneider Enable, Motivate, Enrich (4-12) Featured Speaker: Jacquie McTaggart Lessons from Struggling Readers: Implications for Classroom Instruction from Work in a Summer Reading Program (1-8) Presenters: Peter Fisher, Ann Bates, Debra Gurvitz Motivational Strategies for Parents and Teachers to Improve Children’s Literacy at Home and School (All) Presenter: Willie Kimmons Getting Reader’s Workshop Started in Upper Elementary and Middle School Classrooms (4-9) Presenters: Kimberlee Wagner, Emily Schindler, Tracy Jaconette, Karen Johnson, Hope Cantwell Literacy Tableau–The Use of Dramatic Activity to Reconstruct a Textual Experience (4-12) Presenters: Dawn Jung, Amy Shubert Improving Reading Comprehension: Teaching Students To Think For Themselves (K-3) Presenter: Sarah Ortloff Stop the Summer Slump (PreK-9, Spec, Lib) Presenters: Suzi Hinrichs, Becca Garretson The Dr. Seuss Book Picnic Presenter: Linda Whitaker Collect. Recollect. Connect! Community Writing Workshops (PreK-9, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Jen Cullerton Johnson, Michelle Duster, Trina Sotira Spec = Special Needs Students

Fostering Growth in Gifted Readers by Engaging Parental Support (PreK-6) Presenter: Michele Kane Working Smarter, Not Harder. Using Peer Tutors to Support Students’ Reading Skills. Presenters: Beth Herrig, Sharyl Damhorst, Becky Graske, Kristine Weidel-Porter Zeus and Medusa and Hercules...Oh My! (4-9) Presenter: Megan Truax Reading and Writing Outside of the Classroom: Whole School Approaches to Literacy Development (K-9, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Janice Rashid Story Shop: Promoting the Reading/Writing Connection for Junior High Students (6-9, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Dorothy Voyles B/FL (Bhutan/Family Literacy) Puppet Project: An International Grant Project funded by IRC (All) Presenter: Carla Raynor Process and Product: An Author’s Confession (All) Presenter: Steven Layne Fun with Fluency: Teaching Outside the Box (4-9) Presenters: Jenny Bell, Di Ander

9:15 – 11:15 (Double Session) Partner Reading in the Content Areas (4-9, Spec, Lib) Presenters: Margaret McGregor, Amy Correa, Jeannette Hamman

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10:30 – 11:30 Dyslexia in the Classroom (K-12, Spec) Presenter: M. Tara Joyce Identification to Differentiation–Recipe for Student Success (K-12, Spec, Lib) Presenters: Sharon Pool, Lynne Titus, Erin Nuss Multimedia Lit Trips (K-9) Presenter: Pamela Rogers It’s All Semantics! Featured Speaker: Salman Amjad Bridging Home and School (All) Presenters: Tamara Springer, Priscilla Dwyer 21st Century Reader’s Theater (All) Presenters: Jennifer Volpe, Nicole Cregier Using a Workshop Approach to Stimulate Reading and Writing Instruction (4-9) Presenters: Katrina Reber, Hillary Sawyer Literate Eyes: Teaching Visual Literacy with Graphic Novels (412, Lib) Presenter: Kurtis Anderson Our Box of Literacy Tips (K-3) Presenters: Kathy Bergen, Michele Stedelin, Sandy Wright, Beth Ballantini

Going Graphica–Metacognitively Speaking (4-6, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Melanie Dale Want Students to Learn? Use the Three F’s–Plan FUN, FOCUSED, FITTING ACTIVITIES (K-6, Spec) Presenters: Linda Lueders, Betty Hayden Building Literacy Through Home-School Connections (PreK-6, Spec) Presenter: Linda Tammen Fabulous Favorites (4-6) Presenters: Christina Grigsby, Lynn Grimm, Shelley Vargas Evidence-Based Practices and Strategies for Adolescents (4-9, Spec) Presenters: Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Melissa Jones, Jennifer Stringfellow, Melissa Rankin The Writing Diner: Creating Active Thinkers in the Writing Classroom (K-9, Admin) Presenter: Tim Hargis On The Road to Writing: Using Memories to Help Get in Gear (K-9) Presenter: Julie Augustinas Putting the Process Back Into Writing Instruction Presenter: Lori Oster

How Do I Facilitate a Writer’s Workshop in Middle School? (4-12, Spec) Presenters: Kathryn Michaels, Kathryn Schumacher

“That’s So Gay”: Including Children’s and Young Adult Literature about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Your Classroom (All) Presenters: Kathleen McInerney, Heather Godbout

The Power of Performance Literacy (K-6, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Sunday Cummins, Karen Ringas, Kimberly Dillon

Listening Practices and Activities for Academic Development of ELLs (All) Presenter: Kristin Lems

Transform Your Reading Instruction Through the Positive Effects of Metacognitive Strategy Instruction! (4-12) Presenters: Michelle Kedzierski, Peter Hilton

Lunch Bunch Book Club (4-9, Lib) Presenter: Jacqueline Easley

Your Council Outside the Box (All) Presenters: Tracy Tarasiuk, Sherry Sejnost Academic Vocabulary at the Middle School Level (4-9) Presenters: Sheleen DeLockery, Lori Ann Greidanus Teaching Global Views With Adolescent and Adult Literature (612, Adults) Presenter: Debra Wellman Breaking Out of the Box for Boys: Getting Guys to Read, and Putting the Lid on the Gender Gap (K-6, Spec, Admin) Presenters: John Delich, Mary Ann Rupcich Writing for Life: The Art of Personal Memoir (All) Presenters: Margaret Mary Policastro, Diane Mazeski, Noreen Wach Storytelling: A Powerful Literacy Tool (All) Presenters: Jacqui Kolar, Elizabeth Niemiec Spec = Special Needs Students

11:45 – 1:30 Saturday Luncheon A Look Behind My Books Featured Speaker: Marc Brown

Plan now to attend one of the

New IRC Strands at the 2011 IRC Conference including the Career Strand, the Librarian Strand, and the SMART Board Strand!

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Conference Dates – Thursday, March 17; Friday, March 18; and Saturday, March 19, 2011 Over 1,200 rooms have been reserved for the 2011 IRC Conference. Because of the large number of rooms needed each year, IRC utilizes the assistance of the Housing Bureau at the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. Special room rates have been negotiated at the hotels/motels listed below. To obtain these special rates, reservations must be made through the Online Housing Reservation System by February 23, 2011. Go to Select Conference on the menu, then click on Reserve Housing Online! ON-SITE HOTELS President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.........$107 701 East Adams St., Spfd., IL 62701

Located adjacent to the Convention Center

Hilton Springfield Hotel...................$118

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Meetings and meal functions are held at both the Abraham Lincoln and the Hilton Hotels. MOTELS NORTHEAST OF DOWNTOWN

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3185 S. Dirksen Parkway, Spfd., IL 62703

• Housing Reservations will only be processed online with a credit card until February 23, 2011. After February 24th, all rooms that have not been reserved will be released for general sale.

• Advance Deposit of one night’s room and tax will be charged to your credit card by some of the hotels. If you would like to pay by check, please forward your deposit check to your assigned hotel and your credit card will be credited. Do not send any checks to the Illinois Reading Council or the Springfield Housing Bureau.

• Confirmation will be emailed to you from the Housing Bureau upon completion of your housing reservation, as well as any changes or cancelations. Please keep this email for your records.

• Cancelations or changes to your arrival/departure must be made before February 23, 2011 to receive a full refund. The

advance deposit charge is non-refundable after February 23, 2011. Please note that some hotels charge for early departure and some require a two night minimum stay. After February 23rd, please make changes directly with the hotel.

• Double Rooms (2 beds) are at a premium. Please do not reserve a double room (2 beds) unless there are 2 or more attendees. • Free Shuttle Service will be provided by the IRC between all the hotels except the on-site hotels listed and the Prairie

Capital Convention Center on Thursday and Friday. Shuttles run approximately every 45-60 minutes from 6:15 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Night shuttles run every 90 minutes from 6:15 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, there are many parking options available and on-street metered parking is FREE!

Return this form with payment to: Illinois Reading Council 1210 Fort Jesse Road, Suite B2 Normal, IL 61761

IRC Conference 2011 Registration Form March 17-19, 2011 Springfield, Illinois

Or fax to: (309) 454-3512

Or register online at

ONE NAME ON EACH FORM Please print or type. Form may be reproduced.

Name (Last)________________________________________ (First)____________________________________________________ School/Business_____________________________________ City_____________________________________________________ Home Address_________________________________________________________________________________________________ City_______________________________________________ State_____________________ Zip____________________________ Home Telephone (

) _____________________________ Business Telephone (

) _________________________________

Email ___________________________________________________________________ Presenting at Conference? ___Yes ___ No Are you an IRC member? ___Yes ___No

Council Affiliation _____________________ Are you an IRA member? ___Yes ___ No

REGISTRATION includes meetings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

On or Before February 1, 2011

____IRC Member (Membership Number ___________________________________)

____Retiree (Member)

____Preservice Teacher with ID (Member)

____Non-Member (If you join now with your conference registration, register as a member!)

____Retiree (Non-Member) ____Preservice Teacher with ID (Non-Member)

MEALS Meals are optional. Mark choice of menu. Include payment with registration. ____Thursday Breakfast (A. Lincoln) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Anderson _____Scrambled Eggs & Sausage _____Vegetarian ____Thursday Luncheon (A. Lincoln) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brassell & Rasinski


After February 1, 2011












____Thursday Luncheon (Hilton) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Carman



____Thursday Prairie State Award Banquet (A. Lincoln) . . . Robert Burleigh



____Friday Breakfast (A. Lincoln) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Serafini





____Friday Luncheon (Hilton) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M.T. Anderson





____Friday Banquet (A. Lincoln) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jane Yolen



____Friday Night Entertainment Event (Hilton) . . . . . . . . . . Barry Lane’s Literacy Cabaret $10


____Saturday Breakfast (A. Lincoln) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Booth _____Three Cheese Omelet _____Vegetarian ____Saturday Author Luncheon (Hilton) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Brown





_____Hot Grilled Chicken Club


_____Ham & Cheddar Wrap


_____Chicken Marsala


_____Cinnamon French Toast


_____Hot Tarragon Chicken Sandwich _____Vegetarian Salad

_____Turkey Cranberry Waldorf Salad _____Vegetarian

____Friday Luncheon (A. Lincoln) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beverly Tyner

____Friday Night Pizza Party for Preservice Teachers Only!

_____Pork Loin with Madeira Sauce

_____Teriyaki Chicken

METHOD OF PAYMENT (Sorry, no P.O.’s accepted!)

Check (payable to IRC) Visa







Credit Card


Signature ________________________________________ Expiration Date



Special Accommodations – Individuals who need special accommodations must make specific requests in writing to the IRC office at least three weeks prior to the conference. Cancelation/Refund Policy – Requests must be made in writing by March 1, 2011. Please see the complete policy under General Conference Information or at IRC Website.



I would like to volunteer to work on the IRC Conference.




Home Phone __________________________ Work Phone __________________________________


Local Council_________________________________________________________________________




While at the 2011 IRC Conference, I can volunteer to help for: __________ 1 hour, schedule me as needed. (Circle one or all: Thursday, Friday, Saturday) __________ 2 hours, schedule me as needed. (Circle one or all: Thursday, Friday, Saturday) __________ 3 hours, schedule me as needed. (Circle one or all: Thursday, Friday, Saturday) __________ Thursday morning block (1/2 day) __________ Thursday afternoon block (1/2 day) __________ Friday morning block (1/2 day) __________ Friday afternoon block (1/2 day) __________ Saturday morning block (1/2 day) __________ Anytime, as needed.


I would prefer to help in one or more of the following areas: __________ Collect tickets at a meal function __________ Work at the registration booth __________ Help with book sales/autographing sessions __________ Help with the audio-visual equipment __________ Help with the special events and receptions __________ Help with the exhibits __________ Assist with Shuttle Busses __________ Assist with collecting evaluations __________ Assist with putting up or changing room signs __________ Serve as a host for featured speakers __________ Help with the IRC Membership Booth/Treasure Chest __________ No preference, I will help as assigned.

Your Help Is Needed - Please Volunteer!

Please send by March 1, 2011 to:

Illinois Reading Council 1210 Fort Jesse Road, Suite B2 Normal, IL 61761-1836

Or, fill out the online form on the Conference Page at


1210 Fort Jesse Road, Suite B2, Normal, IL 61761 Phone: 888-454-1341 E-mail: Fax: 309-454-3512 Web: 1 Please print or type.

Individual Membership for One Year

Last Name _______________________________________

First Name _______________________________

Middle Initial ____________

Address _________________________________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________ City __________________________________________ Home Phone (

State ____________

) ________________________________________

Zip _____________________

Bus. Phone (

County _________________

) ________________________________________

School Name ___________________________________ District ______________________________ City _________________________ or Business/Institution _____________________________________________________________________ City _________________________

Are you a Preservice Teacher? _____ yes _____ no


College/University ______________________________________________________

3 List the dues amount of each council you are joining.

List the council(s) you wish to join.

$40 - One year membership $25 - Preservice Teacher membership

When you join, you receive membership in the IRC, as well as membership in a local or special interest council. You must select at least one of the councils listed on the back.

1._________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2._________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3._________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4._________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4

Discount for multiple memberships.

Total Before Discount ____________________ Discount ____________________

If you join more than one council at this time, you may deduct $25 for each council after the first one. Preservice Teacher discount is $20.

TOTAL AMOUNT DUE ____________________

Method of Payment:

5 Return this form with payment to:

Illinois Reading Council 1210 Fort Jesse Road, Suite B2 Normal, IL 61761


Paying by credit card? Join Online or Fax: 309-454-3512

(Sorry, no P.O.’s accepted.)

Check (payable to IRC)

Credit Card Signature _______________________________ Expiration Date:



In our continuing effort to provide meaningful services to our members, IRC requests the following information.

Are you a member of the International Reading Association (IRA)? a. ___ yes membership # _______________ expiration date ________________ b. ___ no Age


a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___

18-24 25-39 40-54 55 and over

Present Position

Classroom Teacher: a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___ e. ___ f. ___

preschool K-3 4-6 middle school/jr. high high school post Secondary

Years in Education Profession

Highest Degree Earned



a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___

a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___

0-4 5-14 15-29 30 and over

curriculum/reading supervisor building principal superintendent other_________________ _____________________

a. ___ Bachelors b. ___ Masters c. ___ Doctorate

a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___ e. ___ f. ___ g. ___

librarian parent special ed. teacher gifted/talented teacher Title I /remedial reading specialist retired


Professional Areas of Interest (Check 3)

a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___ e. ___ f. ___ g. ___ h. ___ i. ___ j. ___ k. ___ l. ___ m. ___ n. ___ o. ___ p. ___ q ___ r. ___ s. ___ t. ___

administration adult literacy affective reading assessment children’s literature comprehension content area reading family literacy holistic reading multilingual/multicultural newspapers in education parents and reading reading for gifted students research study skills teacher education technology in reading Title I/remedial reading young adult literature young authors/writing

Illinois Reading Council Membership

Locations of IRC Local & Special Interest Council Regions by Counties

The annual membership of $40 includes membership in the Illinois Reading Council and a local or special interest council. The annual preservice teacher membership is $25 for one who has not been certified in the teaching profession and is working toward an initial teaching certificate. Please select the council(s) you wish to join from the list below. Residence in any of the designated council counties you join is not required. By joining multiple councils at this time, a discount of $25 is offered for each council joined after the first. The preservice teacher discount is $20. Follow the steps on the front of this form.

North-Northwest Region (Region 1)

___ Blackhawk Reading Council - (Rock Island, Mercer, Western Henry & Whiteside)

(Region 4)

___ Central Illinois Reading Council -

(Logan, Menard, Cass, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery)

___ Northern Illinois Reading Council - ___ Illinois Valley Reading Council -

(Boone, DeKalb, Winnebago, Eastern Lee & Ogle)

___ Northwestern Illinois Reading Council - (Jo Daviess, Stephenson,


___ Sauk Valley Reading Council -

(Eastern Whiteside & Henry, Western Lee, Ogle, & Bureau)

North-Northwest Chicago Region (Region 2)

___ Fox Valley Reading Council - (Kane) ___ Lake Area Reading Council - (Western Lake, McHenry, Northwestern Cook)

___ Suburban Council of IRA (SCIRA) - (Eastern Lake, Northern Cook)

Chicago Region (Region 3)

___ Chicago Area Reading Association (CARA) - (Chicago Area - Cook County within the Chicago city limits)

___ Prairie Area Reading Council -

(Western DuPage County)

___ West Suburban Reading Council -

(DuPage County and those parts of Cook County west of Rt. 43 excluding all areas within the Chicago city limits)

Southwest Region

West Central-Central Region

(Region 7)

___ Lewis and Clark Reading Council - (Macoupin, Jersey, Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Washington, Clinton)

___ National Road Reading Council -

(Stark, Putnam, Marshall, Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell, Eastern Fulton, Mason)

(Bond, Effingham, Fayette)

___ MID-State Reading Council -


(McLean, DeWitt)

___ Mississippi Valley Reading Council - (Adams, Brown, Pike, Scott, Greene,

___ Western Illinois Reading Council -

(Henderson, Warren, Knox, McDonough, Hancock, Schuyler, Western Fulton)

North Central Region (Region 5)

___ South Suburban Reading Council - (Those parts of Cook Co. bounded on west by Will-Cook Rd., north by 115th St., and/or Chicago City limits) ___ Starved Rock Reading Council -

Southeast Region (Region 8)

___ Southern Illinois Reading Council - (Jefferson, Randolph, Perry, Franklin, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Alexander, Hardin, Pulaski, Massac, Jackson) ___ South Eastern Reading Council (Lawrence, Richland, Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Edwards, Wabash)

(LaSalle, Grundy, Kendall, Livingston, Eastern Bureau)

Special Interest Councils (Region 9)

___ Two Rivers Reading Council -

(Kankakee, Iroquois, Northern Ford)

___ Will County Reading Council -


East-East Central Region (Region 6)

___ East Central-EIU Reading Council - (Moultrie, Shelby, Cumberland, Coles, Clark, Edgar, Douglas)

___ Illini Reading Council - (Champaign,

___ CIRP - (College Instructors of Reading Professionals) ___ ITA - (Illinois Title I Association) ___ ICARE - (Illinois Council for Affective Reading Education) ___ ILLC - (Illinois Language and Literacy Council )

Piatt, Southern Ford)

___ SRL - (Secondary Reading League)

___ Macon County Reading Council -


___ Vermilion Valley Reading Council - (Vermilion)


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Illinois Reading Council 1210 Fort Jesse Road, Suite B2 Normal, IL 61761

Toll Free Phone Number: 1-888-454-1341 Phone: 309-454-1341 Fax: 309-454-3512 Email: IRC Website:


The mission of the Illinois Reading Council is to provide support and leadership to educators as they promote and teach lifelong literacy.


The Illinois Reading Council advocates quality literacy opportunities for all learners and serves as a primary organization that provides educators at all levels access to research, materials, and methodologies to promote and teach lifelong literacy and learning. Support of an active, well-organized system of local and special interest councils and state committees provides a viable network for communication, exchange of information, and grass roots involvement of a diverse membership. The IRC’s publications, special projects, conferences, and workshops stimulate personal and professional growth of educators.

2011 IRC Preliminary Program  
2011 IRC Preliminary Program  

Preliminary Program for the 2011 IRC Conference!