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  1. Join us for a webinar with literacy experts Jay Dale, Anne Giulieri, and Kelly Gaffney. The presenters, authors of the Engage Literacy program, will provide an overview of Early Literacy and the important role of nonfiction texts in its development. They will also explain how nonfiction texts are leveled and how they can be used in the classroom.

    Jay Dale is the lead author and consultant for Engage Literacy. She comes from a teaching background, having taught in both Australia and Japan. She is also an experienced editor and publisher. An accomplished children's book author, Jay has written extensively for leading educational publishers and has many successful titles currently in print. Jay has also authored and published electronic products including teaching objects for interactive whiteboards and digital activities for children.

    Anne Giulieri is an experienced classroom teacher who has worked in a Primary school setting for over 30 years; teaching children aged 4-12 (K-6). Anne’s area of expertise is curriculum knowledge and design. Throughout her career she has taught children from multicultural backgrounds, living in areas of social disadvantage, where the key to success is targeted and engaging curriculum content. Anne’s roles as a ‘Leading Teacher’ have included Curriculum Coordinator, Coach and Mentor, as well as Intervention Team Coordinator. Currently, Anne coordinates the program for children with disabilities. Anne has written extensively for leading educational publishers and is one of the lead authors for Engage Literacy.

    Kelly is an experienced teacher having worked in both preschool and primary school settings, for over fifteen years. During this time, she specialized in reading intervention, and literacy and numeracy assessment. Kelly currently provides literacy and numeracy tuition to children aged five to fifteen. She specializes in educating children with learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Kelly has been writing for Engage Literacy since 2010.

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  2. Join us to hear our expert panel discuss classroom literacy routines. From how to set them up to daily use, these expert panelists will provide tips and suggestions that will help teachers lead students toward independence. Panelists will be talking about common routines, including shared reading, guided reading, structured independent reading, centers, and more.

    About the Panelists:

    Dr. Michael P. Ford is the author of Capstone Professional's Guided Reading: What's New and What's Next? A former first grade and Title I Reading teacher, Dr. Ford has been working with preservice and inservice teachers for the past 28 years as a professor and department chair in the Department of Literacy and Language at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Ford has consulted with teachers throughout the world.

    Dr. Shari Frost is the author of Capstone Professional's Two Books Are Better Than One!: Reading and Writing (and Talking and Drawing) Across Texts in K-2. She has enjoyed a rich and varied professional life as an educator. She has served as an elementary classroom teacher, a reading specialist, a professional developer, and an instructor at the university level. Currently, she consults with literacy coaches, intervention specialists, classroom teachers, and children in classrooms to support the improvement of literacy instruction in the Chicago Public Schools.

    Nicki Clausen-Grace is a fourth-grade teacher with more than twenty five years of experience. She also serves as a consultant for educators and parents. Nicki is the co-author of Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension and Reading.

    Connie Dierking holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education, both from Kansas State University. During the past 32 years, Connie has experienced the joys of teaching kindergarten, second grade, third grade, and exceptional education students.

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  3. Join our panel of experts for a lively talk about how to integrate performance activities into your classroom. The presenters will discuss how teachers can create a context for reading fluency instruction by engaging students in reading performance activities. These activities include readers theater, poetry slams, and other research-based methods proven to develop reading fluency as well as overall reading proficiency.

    Dr. Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. He has written more than 200 articles and has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He is the author of the best-selling books on reading fluency The Fluent Reader and The Fluent Reader in Action. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle.

    Dr. Chase Young is an associate professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Young received his PhD in Reading Education from the University of North Texas, where he was named the 2011 Outstanding Doctoral Student in Reading Education. Prior to entering higher education, he taught in the primary grades and served as an elementary reading specialist.

    Dr. Nile Stanley is an Associate Professor of Childhood Education, Literacy and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of North Florida. He is a Poet-in-Residence in several Jacksonville schools in Florida.

    Mike Artell is the author of more than 40 books, most of which he also illustrated. Mike’s body of work includes books in a variety of genres including biographies, science, how-to, picture books, humor, rhyming verse and professional books for educators. Mike’s picture book, Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood, was named the 2009 Read Aloud Book of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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  4. Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro talks about her new book, Living Literacy at Home: A Parent's Guide.

    In this short video, the author, a literacy expert and mother of 4 sons, highlights fun tips and strategies to help kids become strong readers, with practical tools for building literacy into everyday activities. Her new guide is filled with activities, routines, and inspiration that celebrates the joys and benefits of reading with children.

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  5. What choices do experienced writers make as they develop a distinctive voice? How do we help our young writers in grades 3-6 understand the power of voice in reading and make successful choices as they create a voice of their own? During this webinar author Nancy Dean will explore the elements of voice—word choice, detail, imagery, figurative language, and tone—and will discuss how students can use these tools to read more deeply and write more purposefully. Sample lessons from Finding Voice will be shared with webinar participants to clarify how students make voice choices of their own. In addition, the author will point out five essential aspects of a successful voice lesson.

    Nancy Dean, professor emerita at the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, University of Florida, is an experienced teacher, literacy coach, and curriculum specialist. Committed to school improvement and meaningful professional development, Nancy has worked extensively with teachers and school leaders in both urban and rural schools throughout the United States. She is the Associate Director for Professional Learning at the National Literacy Project and a national consultant in secondary literacy and literacy leadership. Nancy is a co-author of several books on adolescent literacy and the author of Finding Voice: Introductory Lessons to Teach Reading and Writing of Complex Text; Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery, Syntax, and Tone; and Discovering Voice: Lessons to Teach Reading and Writing of Complex Text.

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