• Symposium Workshops

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

    Morning Workshops

    1. Poetry and Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom

    Participants will be exposed to the benefits of incorporating spoken word into a classroom atmosphere in a variety of interactive ways, from increasing student engagement to provoking curiosity and excitement about poetry overall. As a professionally trained actor and improvisational comedian as well as a successfully published author of poetry and a brand new young adult novel, Marty will help demonstrate strategies and techniques created to engage and intrigue even the most reluctant of readers and writers, to encourage self-confidence, to nurture public speaking skills for presentations in the classroom, and to embrace poetry as a valuable form of expression. All will gain from recommendations of authentic videos and other notable poets as well as learn ideas to utilize as prompts for spoken word, poetry and additional projects that can easily be adapted for integration across the curriculum. Most significantly, participants will take away a purely positive and motivational experience that will trigger the initiative that is not just to teach, but instead to actively embrace the commitment to ENCOURAGE and to INSPIRE all learners!

    Marty S. Dalton



    2. Scaffolded Instruction with Tiered Nonfiction Texts (Grades 2 - 4)

    Scaffolded reading instruction helps students access the types of challenging texts required by the Common Core State Standards. This session on scaffolded instruction will explore how to use research-based comprehension and fluency strategies with tiered nonfiction texts to help struggling students read up a level. Easy to use interactive charts, graphic organizers and other strategies will be shared.

    Kristina Z. Phelan

    Tinton Falls Public Schools


    3. From Guided Reading to Literature Circles: Scaffolding for Independence (Grades K-8)

    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.

    Sarah Kuipers, Nicole Amaturo, Jamie Johnson, and Lara Neary

    EatontownPublic Schools


    4. The Common Core on Less Than 50 Cents a Week-The Power of Articles and Other Media as Informational Text (Grades 5-12)

    Take the panic out of meeting the ELA Common Core Standards.  By examining the creative application of articles and "texts" of all types, this workshop will reveal that complete roadmaps through the Common Core exist in our homes and at the end of our driveways.  Before you cut a piece of fiction from your curriculum, find out how to make room for everything you need to teach and improve your students' learning at the same time. The workshop will apply to all content areas.

    Will Smith

    Hazlet Township Public Schools


    5. Meaningful Writing Instruction in Grade One

    Teachers in a diverse, high-poverty school district present their writing workshop model and describe how they use connections to reading to promote authentic and rich writing in the early childhood classroom.

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

    Keyport School District

     Lilly Steiner and Kerry Rizzuto

    Monmouth University


    Afternoon Workshops

    1. "Dads" Read: Recognizing and Encouraging Male Engagement in the Literacy Development of Young Children (Grades Pre-K - 2)

    This workshop will explore the importance and potential of the involvement of father-figures in the literacy development of young children (Pre-K to 2nd grade).  The "Dads" Read program -- a family literacy program for male mentors and early elementary students -- will be described.  Practical suggestions for developing a similar program will be provided.

    Susan Dougherty

    Rutgers University


    2. Scanning the Way to Success…Integration of QR codes in the classroom! (Grades K-2)

    This Quick response (QR) codes can be seen everywhere; in stores, magazines, signs, and NOW the classroom.  QR codes are easy to create and will enhance your literacy instruction. By incorporating QR codes into your classroom, you create an intuitive connection between the worksheet, picture, or book in the classroom and multimedia materials on the Internet. Participants of this workshop will learn; what a QR code is, how to use QR codes to access websites, and how to create QR codes that can be implemented in your classroom.

    Presenters: Arlene Kirby and Gina Dorozynski have requested that you download one of the following apps in advance of this workshop and have a fully charged iPad and/or Smart Phone. A limited amount of iPads will be available at a first come first serve basis.

    For iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod):

    Download a QR code scanner app - Qrafter (recommended), QR Reader for iPhone, Kaywa, or QR Code Reader and Scanner.

    For Android devices:

    Download a QR code scanner app like QR Droid or QR Barcode Scanner.

    Arlene Kirby and Gina Dorozynski

    Hazlet Township Public Schools






    4. Utilizing IEP Modifications in the Inclusion Classroom (Grades 6-12)

    This workshop will provide information on how to differentiate instruction and implement IEP modifications.

    Joe Vetrano

    Neptune Township School District


    5. Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies Using Mentor Texts (Grades 2-5)

    This workshop will focus on reading comprehension strategies that second through fifth grade teachers can utilize in their classrooms. Sample mentor texts will be presented to teach specific reading comprehension strategies, along with activities for each text. Participants will explore how a Comprehension Journal allows students to demonstrate these comprehension strategies.


    Christine Grabowski

    Hazlet Township Public Schools