• Symposium Workshops

     Participants will select one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop to attend.

    Morning Workshops

    1. A Conversation with Sonia Nieto (Grades P-12)

    This conversation will provide participants interested in learning more about Dr. Nieto's research with a more informal venue for doing so.

    Sonia Nieto

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    2. Going Public with your Publishing Grades 3-5 for Fiction and Non-Fiction Texts

    Are you bored of loose-leaf paper publishing? Tired of book reports? Cannot bear to look at another student created PowerPoint? Then this workshop is for you! By learning new ways to publish fiction and non-fiction student work your students will regain their excitement for learning as their audience is entertained. By attending this workshop you will gain exposure about teaching created publishing strategies for both hard copy and e-publishing.

    Kara Markiewicz and Marla Weinstein

    Middletown Township Public Schools

    3. Enthusiasm Sells: Reading and Writing Edition! (Grades 9-12)

    This workshop will incorporate enthusiasm techniques into any subject to get students motivated, especially to read and write effectively, increasing literacy in secondary education. Over 20 great techniques will be modeled using social studies and other subjects to teach teachers how to develop enthusiasm for their core content area goals, and raise the level of excitement for their students to read and write about any subject. A few of the covered strategies will highlight: Discussion cards: slips that create students' dialogue throughout lessons; Team Talk, Numbered Heads, Systematic Round Quotations; Group Read Musical Chairs; Gallery Walk; The Transcontinental Railroad Play; The West Book; Court Room Trials; Exit Slips; Phone a Friend - Texting Language; Balloon Quotes; Yeah But…; and Socratic Seminars.

    Meredith Miller

    Long Branch Public Schools

    4. Journeys and Destinations: Meaningful Assessment in the Secondary ELA Classroom (Grades 6-12)

    Meaningful assessment targets a clear distinction, aligns with and informs classroom instruction, and involves learners in self-assessment. It is more than a measure of what has been learned; it is a powerful tool that improves student achievement. In this workshop participants will investigate the qualities and design of meaningful assessments, explore how different types of assessment measures fit within this context, and plan for classroom use.

    Valerie Sorce

    Ocean Township School District

    5. Fostering Fluency in First Grade: Poetry through Performance (Grades K-3)

    In this workshop, early childhood teachers will learn how to use the Fluency Development Lesson (FDL) by Tim Rasinski in order to increase their students' wide reading, reading comprehension, and fluency.

    Tina Perri, Nicole Hamel, Lori Kernan, and Sandi Krause

    Keyport School District

     Lilly Steiner and Kerry Rizzuto

    Monmouth University

    6. Strengthening your Common Core: Cross-Content Classroom Strategies Designed to Develop your Students' Literacy Skills

    6-Pack (Grades 7-12)

    This 75 minute lesson-fat burning workout will offer participants 6 fun and easy-to-implement literacy strategies tuned to the Common Core that can help teachers of all content areas creatively integrate literacy development activities into their lessons and units.

    Will Smith

    Hazlet Township Public Schools

    Afternoon Workshops

    1. Connecting Reading, Writing, and Test-Prep Instruction (Grades K-12)

    This session provides practical resources and strategies for effective literacy instruction in grades K-12, addressing these questions: What does the comprehension process entail? What are the key critical reading strategies, how do we use them to comprehend, and how can we teach them to our students?  How can we connect reading, writing, and test-prep instruction to strengthen students' literacy skills?

    Sarah Tantillo


    2. Co-Teaching Strategies for Literacy across the Curriculum (Grades 6-12)

    This presentation will cover a variety of strategies to help support literacy development across the curriculum, particularly in inclusion or co-taught classes.  Participants will learn some key AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) techniques to help students take comprehensive notes, stay organized, respond effectively to writing prompts, and cooperatively work with their peers to edit and revise their writing.  Some general co-teaching strategies will also be discussed.  

    Sara Van Ness and Darlene Fenick

    Red Bank Regional High School

    3. Comprehension Strategies for Students in Grades 3-5

    This workshop will focus on specific strategies that students can employ to increase their retention and comprehension on all print material. The active reading strategies reviewed at the workshop range from self-questioning techniques to vocabulary building strategies such as the L.I.N.C.S. model.

    Bernard Bragen, Heather Schwarz, and Reynold Forman

    Hazlet Township Public Schools

    4. Achieve Student Literacy & Success through Parent Conferences (Grades 7-12)

    This workshop will incorporate literacy techniques that teachers on all levels can use when communicating with parents about student achievement and concerns. Emphasis will be placed on positive communication techniques and student portfolio samples.

    Joe Vetrano

    Neptune Township School District

    5. "APP"ropriate uses for iPads in the Literacy Classroom (Grades K-5)

    This interactive workshop will highlight some apps that can be used in the elementary literacy classroom. Apps that will be explored are ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard, The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, Popplet, Scribble Press, Storywheel, and more. There are a limited number of iPads available for use during this workshop. Those who have their own iPads are encouraged to bring them and download the applications being discussed ahead of time.

    Christine Grabowski

    Hazlet Township Public Schools

    6. Multisensory Approaches to Teaching Early Literacy Skills (Grades P-2)

    This workshop will incorporate a multisensory approach to help young students master early literacy skills (letter recognition, sounds, sight words, decoding, etc.). The presentation is designed to provide educators with specific techniques to utilize with their students as they teach them to read. Participants will learn creative research based activities that incorporate movement.

    Melissa Hall and Stephanie Rebecchi

    Brick Township Public Schools