Conference Schedule

2016 NERA Conference

Teaching Literacy: Power, Promise, and Possibility

Friday, May 20th:

5:00 – 6:00 NERA Registration & Welcome Reception (Casco Bay Ballroom)

Cash bar & appetizers

Vendors and displays

Author signings

Prizes & ‘book basket’ drawings


6:00 – 7:00 Welcome address (Grand Ballroom Salons)

Ralph Fletcher Power and Possibility for the Reading and Writing Classroom

Saturday, May 21st:

7:15 – 8:15 Registration/breakfast (Casco Bay Ballroom)


8:15 – 9:15 Welcome & Keynote

Thomas Newkirk Still Holding On To Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones (Grand Ballroom)


9:15 – 9:30 Coffee & exhibits (Casco Bay Ballroom)


9:30 – 11:00- Morning Sessions

Jeff Anderson Patterns of Power: Invitational Grammar and Editing Instruction

Mary Cowhey Authentic Family Partnerships for Literacy

Dan Feigelson Reading Projects, Reimagined: Student-Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking 

Franki Sibberson Authenticity in the Digital Literacy Workshop


11:00 – 11:30 Mingle/book signings/visit exhibits (Casco Bay Ballroom)


11:30 – 12:30 Lunch & Literacy Recognition Award– Terry Farish (Grand Ballroom)


12:30 – 1:30 Desserts & Panel discussion

The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching– Kathy Collins, Renee Dinnerstein, Matt Glover, Thomas Newkirk, Katie Wood Ray, and Vicki Vinton


1:30 – 2:00 Mingle/book signings/visit exhibits (Casco Bay Ballroom)


2:00 – 3:30 Afternoon Sessions

Doug Kaufman Let’s Take Our Teaching Back from the Commercial Programs

Vicki Vinton Beyond Book Choice: What Student-Center Reading Instruction Can Look Like

Kathy Collins /Matt Glover Supporting Young Readers Before (and After) They are Reading Conventionally

Franki Sibberson Planning Mini-lesson Cycles for Fiction and Nonfiction






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