Conference 2018 Schedule

Check out the list of Breakout Sessions

Sunday, March 18

10:30 – 5:00 Registration

12:00 – 2:30 Institute 1

Title TBD. Presenters: SAS Curriculum Staff. Will include information about SAS’ free Curriculum Pathways (Grades 6-12).

Building and Balancing Literacy Outside the Block. Presenters: Cortney Gordon & Betsy Dean. 24,000 minutes. That is how many minutes are designated to literacy every year. But there are roughly 48,000 minutes outside this block. What are you going to do with your time? Join us for an action-packed demonstration of how to reinvent your instructional day by infusing literacy into every content area. (Grades K-5).

Changing STEM to SMELT: What’s the L stand for? Literacy!     Presenter: Stacy McAnulty – Reading and writing are essential to any STEM curriculum. Focus on creativity, problem solving, and clear communication (Grades K-8).

Engage! Empower! Excite!  Strategies with Powerful Results! Presenters: Apron Ladies. Essential Reading Comprehension activities to teach those “learning to read” and “reading to learn” strategies (Grades K-5).

3:00 – 5:30 Institute 2

Engage Them! Taking An Active Stance with Informational Literacy. Presenters: Linda Hoyt and NC teachers April Willard, Barbara Coleman, & Ceretha Mitchell. Contemporary standards require literacy instruction be firmly positioned in the content areas – requiring teachers and students to spend more time reading, writing, and responding to informational texts. This session will feature strategies to elevate the quality of partner talk, energize informational reading, and power up the craft of nonfiction writing (Grades K-5).

Title TBD. Presenters: SAS Curriculum Staff – Will include information about SAS’ free Curriculum Pathways (Grades K-5).

Inquiry as an Engaging, High Impact Practice for Teachers Who Struggle. Presenters: Dr. Hiller Spires, Casey Medlock, Chang Yuan, Lili Wang (all NCSU), Andrea Gambino (ELA teacher, Wake STEM Early College High). This session will focus on how teachers can use inquiry as an engaging, high-impact practice with readers who struggle. Participants will engage in model inquiry lessons with different types of scaffolds to support diverse readers. Bring a digital device. (Grades 6-12).

5:30 – 6:30 Exhibits Grand Opening/Reception with exhibitors (drink ticket & hors d’oeuvres), Poetry Fox, PhotoBooth.

8:00 – 9:00 Delegates Assembly – Room 402

Monday, March 19

6:30 – 3:00 Registration & packet pickup

6:45 – 8:00 Coffee & muffins in Ballroom A Lobby

8:00 – 9:15 Welcome & general session – Kelly Gallagher 

9:30 – 10:30 Breakout Session1 (multiple sessions to choose from)

9:30 – 11:30 Moving Forward with Guided Word Study Workshop (K-3) – Jan Richardson

10:45 – 11:45 Breakout Session 2 (multiple sessions to choose from)

10:45 – 11:45 NC Author Panel led by John Claude Bemis

11:30 – 2:00 Exhibits Open

11:30 – 2:00 Lunch Concessions available in Exhibits Area ($10 vouchers for attendees to use in Exhibitor concessions area)

11:45 – 1:00 Paid Author Luncheon – Gordon Korman

1:00 – 2:15 Jan Richardson General Session – Zooming in on Comprehension during Guided Reading (K-5) Student Showcase #1 

1:15 – 2:15 Secondary Breakout Sessions available

2:30 – 3:30 Breakout Session #3 (multiple sessions to choose from)

3:45 – 4:45 Breakout Session # 4 (multiple sessions to choose from)

5:00 – 7:00 Mix & Mingle with Exhibitors (drink ticket/hors d’oeuvres) & Teachers as Readers Event; Photo Booth; doorprizes; book signings


7:00 – 9:30 Registration

7:45 – 9:00 Formal Breakfast, general session with Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin

9:00 – 9:30 – Exhibitor doorprize giveaway, Eric Litwin autographing in Exhibit Hall C

9:30 – 10:30 Breakout 5

10:45 – 11:45 Breakout 6

12:00 – 1:00 Breakout 7

1:00 – 1:15 – Snacks & Beverages in Ballroom Lobby – bring your snack into Exhibit Hall A for the closing session

1:15 – 2:00 Closing Session – Closing Remarks by NC Principal of the Year Jason Griffin, Student Showcase #2, Doorprizes (free 2019 conference registrations and hotel stays, and more).