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2013 Iowa Council of Teachers of English

Annual Fall Conference


Thursday October 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM CDT
Friday October 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM CDT

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Stoney Creek Inn 
5291 Stoney Creek Ct.
Johnston, IA 50131

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Jennifer Paulsen 
Iowa Council of Teachers of English 

     Basic Conference Schedule

     Breakout Schedule 

    Thursday Keynote

    Teri Lesesne, Author of               Reading Ladders, Naked           Reading, & Making the             Match                         Blog:

Kindling a love of reading  using reading ladders

     Reading ladders help take our students        from where they are (always begin with   where they are) closer to where we would like them to be.  In short, it helps  guide them to more and more complex (not just longer or more difficult) texts.  Reading ladders can be designed to explore a theme or an author or a genre, form, or format.  They can provide much needed support as students grow into lifelong readers and learners.

Breakout: Using apps to kindle enthusiasm in readers

How can we combine the new technologies with our goals for literacy?  This session will examine some simple apps that will allow readers to go beyond the pages of a book.  Bring your iPad along and explore some applications. 

Friday Keynote

Penny Kittle, Author of Write Beside Them & Book Love


Book Love: Building Reading Lives that Last

We must put engagement at the heart of our teaching. We must know our students as readers and as people. We will explore ways to connect adolescent readers to books that will name their hearts and help all students develop a reading habit to increase stamina, joy, and independence. 

Breakout Session:  How Writing Notebooks Anchor Workshop Teaching 

A notebook filled with quick writing and collecting can drive thinking in a writing workshop. We will quick write together and practice rereading techniques that help students find the heart of their work. We'll practice small steps in revision and how to use our raw thinking as a model for writers. Come to study, write, and share together.

 Other Special Activities

     Thursday Night:  Writing Session with Penny Kittle

     Friday:  Bookclub Breakout Session with Molly Backes, Author of                                                The Princesses of Iowa.  Blog:

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