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Friday, January 15
 

8:30am

Celebrating Reading through the Arts! - MVHS: Room# 221
Limited Capacity filling up

Celebrate reading through the arts! See how to take a school-wide reading theme and tie it in with academic excellence through the arts. Our monthly reading celebrations are arts integrated explorations of different places around the world. Students celebrate meeting their reading goals while learning about a new place through dance, music, and visual arts. At the end of this session, participants will see how we have expanded student rewards from a simply fun time out of class to an arts integrated, fun-filled learning experience. Participants will be able to use these ideas to celebrate reading at their schools.

Presenter
avatar for Melanie Starks

Melanie Starks

Melanie Starks has been the media specialist at East Aiken School of the Arts since 2010. She is a former middle school language arts teacher. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College and M.M.C. and M.L.I.S. from USC.

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken School of the Arts
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Opposites Attract: Teaching Reading Skills in the Math Classroom - AHS: Room# SM204
Limited Capacity full

This session covers strategies for addressing the challenges struggling readers face when taking the WorkKeys Applied Mathematics Test. At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify words and phrases that may confuse struggling readers and apply strategies for assisting students with learning/decoding those words and phrases.

Presenter
avatar for Joe  Powell

Joe Powell

Dr. Joseph E. Powell has worked in education since 1993, beginning as a high school English teacher in his native state of Georgia. Since then he has taught middle school English courses in Allendale and Aiken, South Carolina. Though Dr. Powell currently serves as an ELA curriculum... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

CP Kids Can Do CSR! AHS: Room# SM213
Limited Capacity filling up

"CSR won't work for my kids," we said to ourselves after our first PD session on collaborative strategic reading. We were wrong! This session will present a case study of English 1 CP students who successfully participate in CSR. These students include repeaters and students with IEPs, 504s, special learning needs, and significant behavioral impediments.

Presenter
Co-Presenter
GS

Glenda Smith

Over the past 22 years, Glenda Smith has had the privilege to teach English I-IV and work with students at all ability levels. During the course of her teaching career, she has been recognized three times as a school Teacher of the Year and twice as a district Teacher of the Year... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

Creating Digital Book Bins - MVHS: Room# 210
Limited Capacity full

Learn how to effectively use and manage the free leveled readers which accompany your Journeys reading series in order to differentiate "Read to Self" literacy centers through technology. This can be done in every classroom, even if you don't have access to many devices.

Presenter
avatar for Sunny Forker

Sunny Forker

Third Grade Teacher, Aiken County Public Scools
Sunny Forker has 15 years experience in 6th, 5th, and 3rd grades. She graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She holds a M.Ed. in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. She is a Full Circle Technology Teacher and is so excited to see how a 1:1 classroom... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

How to Have the Most Successful Readers Come From Your Classroom - Laying the Foundation - MVHS: Room# 219
Limited Capacity full

When your current students are in the third grade and higher, wouldn't you like for most of them to be in the "on grade level" or even the "beyond grade level" reading groups? Reading research and my own practical experience as a reading interventionist has shown that a few specific teaching strategies in 4K, 5K, and 1st Grade can produce those results. At the end of this session, participants will be able to implement teaching strategies to grow and to support successful readers for years to come.

Presenter
LC

Loretta Childress

Loretta Childress has been teaching for thirteen years. She began as a second grade classroom teacher at North Aiken Elementary School. For the past five years, she has been Reading Recovery/Reading Intervention teacher at Greendale Elementary School.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Integrating Trade Books and Diverse Media throughout Balanced Literacy - MVHS: Room # 407
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will gain an understanding of balanced literacy components and be provided with techniques on how to teach standards, strategies and skills through trade books paired with multiple modalities of digital texts.

Presenter
KW

Kelli Westmoreland

Kelli has twenty-four years of experience in the classroom working with students from preschool to college. She is passionate about using real literature in the classroom and is currently working on her doctorate studying the effects of pairing literature with other texts.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Johnny Still Can't Read, and Don't Blame Twitter - AHS: Room# SM211
Limited Capacity filling up

I would like to share some background from my dissertation research that provides a foundation for understanding the learning context in which secondary students' reading scores continue to decline across all measures, both locally and nationally, continuing a pattern begun in 1992. My hope is that at the end of the session, participants will have information that will help them to think of solutions and to be empowered to meet students where they are (regardless as to how they got there) in order to help them move to where they need to be as readers.

Presenter
avatar for Anne Summerall Poplin

Anne Summerall Poplin

Anne Summerall PoplinAnne Poplin is an overwhelmed educator just trying to stay one day ahead of her students and of her "walk-through" observers. Having devoted her 26-year career to South Aiken High School, she has taught virtually every high school English course that has ever... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Navigating through the Roadblocks of Guided Reading - MVHS: Room# 305
Limited Capacity seats available

The participants will be presented with instruction on using data to drive instructional decisions for implementing Guided Reading in the classroom including: the set-up of Guided Reading, how it works in the classroom, components of the Guided Reading lesson (ACPS Literacy Model), examples of differentiated lessons for K-2nd and 3rd-5th grades. The participants will take away the structures of Guided Reading, how to plan Guided Reading groups and examples of plans to implement within their classroom. We will provide teachers with GRS (Guided Reading Structures) to reduce the barricades, traps or roadblocks teachers experience in the day-to-day routines in the classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Guided Reading with fidelity, in their classroom. They will leave with tools to navigate the roadblocks of Guided Reading.

Presenter
BC

Breanne Creswell

Literacy Coach
avatar for Julie Yonn

Julie Yonn

Literacy Coach, Byrd Elementary School
Julie has been teaching for 23 years. She has taught every grade from Kindergarten - 8th grade, spending most of her time in Kindergarten and First grade. She is a graduate of USC-Aiken with a degree in Elementary Education, and holds a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Guided Reading In The Primary Classroom - MVHS: Room# 308
Limited Capacity filling up

At the end of this session, participants will be able to teach effective 20 min. guided reading groups. Participants will obtain ideas and procedures for increasing children's fluency, phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension in daily guided reading lessons.

Presenter
avatar for Amy Pearson Coleman

Amy Pearson Coleman

3rd Grade Teacher, Belvedere Elementary
I have a background in Reading Recovery for twelve years. However, I went back to the classroom several years ago teaching third grade at Belvedere Elementary. I have a Masters in Literacy and Nationally Board Certified in Early and Middle Childhood Reading Language Arts.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Belvedere Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Independent Reading: A Structure within the ACPS Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 315
Limited Capacity filling up

During this session, participants will experience perhaps the single most important part of any reading block - Independent Reading. By living the process of Independent Reading, participants will go deeper into its purpose and procedures. At the end of the session, participants will be able to implement Independent Reading according to the ACPS Literacy Model.

Presenter
avatar for Cat Hamilton

Cat Hamilton

Literacy Coach, North Aiken Elementary
Catherine (Cat) Hamilton serves as the Literacy Coach at North Aiken Elementary School. She loves sharing literacy learning and learning more about all aspects of literacy.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented North Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Research-based practices for High School Classes - AHS: Room# SM110
Limited Capacity full

In this session, the participants will learn about comprehension strategies to help students read literary and informational texts. Teachers and administrators will learn more about the impact of specific strategies and how they can be employed in high school classrooms.

Presenter
MK

Ms. Kayce Cook

Ms. Kayce Cook is an English-Language Arts Specialist for secondary education. She has taught secondary students for many years prior to this position. As a specialist, Ms. Cook works with teachers to employ research-based strategies in their classrooms. Ms. Cook has a range of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

9:40am

Reading and Writing Assessments are Done. Now What? - MVHS: Room# 409
Limited Capacity seats available

Now that DRA2, the Fountas and Pinnell  Benchamark Assessment, and SRI are complete, what do teachers do with all the data? How does this data directly impact everyday teaching.  During this session teachers will learn to develop  explicit teaching plans based on assessment data.

Presenter
DS

Dr. Sonya Archie

Dr. Sonya Archie works as a Literacy Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She serves Aiken, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, and Barnwell 45. Dr. Archie is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 18 years experience in education. During her tenure in education, she has taught... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Celebrating Reading through the Arts! - MVHS: Room# 221
Limited Capacity full

Celebrate reading through the arts! See how to take a school-wide reading theme and tie it in with academic excellence through the arts. Our monthly reading celebrations are arts integrated explorations of different places around the world. Students celebrate meeting their reading goals while learning about a new place through dance, music, and visual arts. At the end of this session, participants will see how we have expanded student rewards from a simply fun time out of class to an arts integrated, fun-filled learning experience. Participants will be able to use these ideas to celebrate reading at their schools.

Presenter
avatar for Melanie Starks

Melanie Starks

Melanie Starks has been the media specialist at East Aiken School of the Arts since 2010. She is a former middle school language arts teacher. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College and M.M.C. and M.L.I.S. from USC.

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

CP Kids Can Do CSR! AHS: Room# SM213
Limited Capacity seats available

"CSR won't work for my kids," we said to ourselves after our first PD session on collaborative strategic reading. We were wrong! This session will present a case study of English 1 CP students who successfully participate in CSR. These students include repeaters and students with IEPs, 504s, special learning needs, and significant behavioral impediments.

Presenter
avatar for Crystal Hadden, Susan Hamlin, & Megan Scholer

Crystal Hadden, Susan Hamlin, & Megan Scholer

The South Aiken High School English 1 teachers have collaborated as a team for six years. The team creates common unit assessments, lesson plans, activities, and experiences to give their freshmen a valuable and memorable year of learning.

Co-Presenter
GS

Glenda Smith

Over the past 22 years, Glenda Smith has had the privilege to teach English I-IV and work with students at all ability levels. During the course of her teaching career, she has been recognized three times as a school Teacher of the Year and twice as a district Teacher of the Year... Read More →

Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Creating Digital Book Bins - MVHS: Room# 210
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to effectively use and manage the free leveled readers which accompany your Journeys reading series in order to differentiate "Read to Self" literacy centers through technology. This can be done in every classroom, even if you don't have access to many devices.

Presenter
avatar for Sunny Forker

Sunny Forker

Third Grade Teacher, Aiken County Public Scools
Sunny Forker has 15 years experience in 6th, 5th, and 3rd grades. She graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She holds a M.Ed. in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. She is a Full Circle Technology Teacher and is so excited to see how a 1:1 classroom... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829

9:40am

How to Have the Most Successful Readers Come From Your Classroom - Laying the Foundation - MVHS: Room# 219
Limited Capacity full

When your current students are in the third grade and higher, wouldn't you like for most of them to be in the "on grade level" or even the "beyond grade level" reading groups? Reading research and my own practical experience as a reading interventionist has shown that a few specific teaching strategies in 4K, 5K, and 1st Grade can produce those results. At the end of this session, participants will be able to implement teaching strategies to grow and to support successful readers for years to come.

Presenter
LC

Loretta Childress

Loretta Childress has been teaching for thirteen years. She began as a second grade classroom teacher at North Aiken Elementary School. For the past five years, she has been Reading Recovery/Reading Intervention teacher at Greendale Elementary School.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me This Years Ago: How incorporating Reading Recovery strategies during guided reading can help struggling readers. - MVHS: Room# 216
Limited Capacity full

At the end of the session, participants will be able to see how components of Reading Recovery lessons can be incorporated into guided reading to provide targeted reading instruction for individual students and groups.

Presenter
JW

Jennifer Wall

Resource Teacher and Interventionist, Belvedere Elementary
Jennifer Wall is in her twelfth year in the education field, nine of which have been in Aiken County. She holds certifications in the areas of Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education, Multi-categorical. Jennifer has taught in a variety of  special education... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Implementing Read Naturally to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension - SAHS: Room# 321
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of the this session, participants will be able to utilize Read Naturally to effectively increase students' reading fluency and comprehension. At the end of the this session, participants will understand the components of the Read Naturally program. At the end of the this session, participants will know how to progress monitor fluency and comprehension with the Read Naturally program.

Presenter
avatar for Laura Casdorph

Laura Casdorph

Lead Teacher, High School Learning Strategies, Aiken County Public Schools
Laura Casdorph currently serves as a Lead Teacher for High School Learning Strategies and has taught more than 30 years. She taught two years in Ohio before moving to South Carolina in 1991 to enter ACPS as a middle level Learning Strategies/Resource teacher at North Augusta Middle... Read More →

Co-Presenter
avatar for Melanie Walling

Melanie Walling

Special Education Teacher, Redcliffe Elementary
This is my first full time year teaching in an elementary school. I taught middle school for 21 years before becoming an elementary "resource model" teacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year here so far. I love seeing how much progress my students are making.

Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Integrating Trade Books and Diverse Media throughout Balanced Literacy - MVHS: Room # 407
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will gain an understanding of balanced literacy components and be provided with techniques on how to teach standards, strategies and skills through trade books paired with multiple modalities of digital texts.

Presenter
KW

Kelli Westmoreland

Kelli has twenty-four years of experience in the classroom working with students from preschool to college. She is passionate about using real literature in the classroom and is currently working on her doctorate studying the effects of pairing literature with other texts.


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Johnny Still Can't Read, and Don't Blame Twitter - AHS: Room# SM211
Limited Capacity filling up

I would like to share some background from my dissertation research that provides a foundation for understanding the learning context in which secondary students' reading scores continue to decline across all measures, both locally and nationally, continuing a pattern begun in 1992. My hope is that at the end of the session, participants will have information that will help them to think of solutions and to be empowered to meet students where they are (regardless as to how they got there) in order to help them move to where they need to be as readers.

Presenter
avatar for Anne Summerall Poplin

Anne Summerall Poplin

Anne Summerall PoplinAnne Poplin is an overwhelmed educator just trying to stay one day ahead of her students and of her "walk-through" observers. Having devoted her 26-year career to South Aiken High School, she has taught virtually every high school English course that has ever... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Motivating the Reluctant Reader - AHS: Room# SM214
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize that reluctant readers are not necessarily the same as struggling readers. Students who can’t read well tend to do very poorly in life, no matter how you measure. When you read books out loud that are above your child’s reading level, he or she is building a vocabulary that will enable his or her reading to take off when developmentally ready.

Presenter
avatar for Monica Jones

Monica Jones

English Instructor, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School
Monica Jones is a native of Monetta, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Ridge Spring-Monetta High School. Giving back to Aiken County Public Schools, the school district that paved the way for her, is something that she has always aspired to do. Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts... Read More →

Co-Presenter
avatar for Sarah Hudson

Sarah Hudson

Mathematics Teacher, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Ridge Spring Monetta Middle/High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 405
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demands of text.

Presenter
JM

Joy Mosca

Joy Mosca is the Reading Coach at Greendale Elementary School. In her 34- year career as an educator, she has taught grades 2 - 5 and has worked in both middle and high school as a reading coach. She has taught reading recovery students and intervention groups in grades 2, 3, 4... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elem./Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:20am

Navigating through the Roadblocks of Guided Reading - MVHS: Room# 305
Limited Capacity filling up

The participants will be presented with instruction on using data to drive instructional decisions for implementing Guided Reading in the classroom including: the set-up of Guided Reading, how it works in the classroom, components of the Guided Reading lesson (ACPS Literacy Model), examples of differentiated lessons for K-2nd and 3rd-5th grades. The participants will take away the structures of Guided Reading, how to plan Guided Reading groups and examples of plans to implement within their classroom. We will provide teachers with GRS (Guided Reading Structures) to reduce the barricades, traps or roadblocks teachers experience in the day-to-day routines in the classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Guided Reading with fidelity, in their classroom. They will leave with tools to navigate the roadblocks of Guided Reading.

Presenter
BC

Breanne Creswell

Literacy Coach
avatar for Julie Yonn

Julie Yonn

Literacy Coach, Byrd Elementary School
Julie has been teaching for 23 years. She has taught every grade from Kindergarten - 8th grade, spending most of her time in Kindergarten and First grade. She is a graduate of USC-Aiken with a degree in Elementary Education, and holds a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Guided Reading In The Primary Classroom - MVHS: Room# 308
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to teach effective 20 min. guided reading groups. Participants will obtain ideas and procedures for increasing children's fluency, phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension in daily guided reading lessons.

Presenter
avatar for Amy Pearson Coleman

Amy Pearson Coleman

3rd Grade Teacher, Belvedere Elementary
I have a background in Reading Recovery for twelve years. However, I went back to the classroom several years ago teaching third grade at Belvedere Elementary. I have a Masters in Literacy and Nationally Board Certified in Early and Middle Childhood Reading Language Arts.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Independent Reading: A Structure within the ACPS Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 315
Limited Capacity filling up

During this session, participants will experience perhaps the single most important part of any reading block - Independent Reading. By living the process of Independent Reading, participants will go deeper into its purpose and procedures. At the end of the session, participants will be able to implement Independent Reading according to the ACPS Literacy Model.

Presenter
avatar for Cat Hamilton

Cat Hamilton

Literacy Coach, North Aiken Elementary
Catherine (Cat) Hamilton serves as the Literacy Coach at North Aiken Elementary School. She loves sharing literacy learning and learning more about all aspects of literacy.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented North Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

10:20am

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Research-based practices for High School Classes - AHS: Room# SM110
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, the participants will learn about comprehension strategies to help students read literary and informational texts. Teachers and administrators will learn more about the impact of specific strategies and how they can be employed in high school classrooms.

Presenter
MK

Ms. Kayce Cook

Ms. Kayce Cook is an English-Language Arts Specialist for secondary education. She has taught secondary students for many years prior to this position. As a specialist, Ms. Cook works with teachers to employ research-based strategies in their classrooms. Ms. Cook has a range of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Vocabulary, Vocabulary, Vocabulary!!! - MVHS: Room# 306
Limited Capacity full

Young readers need a strong vocabulary to prepare them for content-area rigor in college and the workplace. In this session participants will learn strategies to help support all students build academic language and deepen word knowledge. Participants will learn how to select and explicitly teach academic and domain-specific vocabulary as well as use academic language frames and organizers to scaffold speaking and writing tasks. At the end of this session participants will be able to use resources provided to plan instruction and engage students.

Presenter
TA

Tia Adkins

Tia has spent her career working in literacy with a focus on early literacy.  She taught in Savannah-Chatham for 18 years at the elementary level and also worked as a District Literacy Specialist for 2 years. Tia left the classroom to work for the Gov. of Georgia on a special... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented 0utside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:50am

Celebrating Reading through the Arts! - MVHS: Room# 221
Limited Capacity full

Celebrate reading through the arts! See how to take a school-wide reading theme and tie it in with academic excellence through the arts. Our monthly reading celebrations are arts integrated explorations of different places around the world. Students celebrate meeting their reading goals while learning about a new place through dance, music, and visual arts. At the end of this session, participants will see how we have expanded student rewards from a simply fun time out of class to an arts integrated, fun-filled learning experience. Participants will be able to use these ideas to celebrate reading at their schools.

Presenter
avatar for Melanie Starks

Melanie Starks

Melanie Starks has been the media specialist at East Aiken School of the Arts since 2010. She is a former middle school language arts teacher. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College and M.M.C. and M.L.I.S. from USC.

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Implementing Read Naturally to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension - SAHS: Room# 321
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of the this session, participants will be able to utilize Read Naturally to effectively increase students' reading fluency and comprehension. At the end of the this session, participants will understand the components of the Read Naturally program. At the end of the this session, participants will know how to progress monitor fluency and comprehension with the Read Naturally program.

Presenter
avatar for Laura Casdorph

Laura Casdorph

Lead Teacher, High School Learning Strategies, Aiken County Public Schools
Laura Casdorph currently serves as a Lead Teacher for High School Learning Strategies and has taught more than 30 years. She taught two years in Ohio before moving to South Carolina in 1991 to enter ACPS as a middle level Learning Strategies/Resource teacher at North Augusta Middle... Read More →

Co-Presenter
avatar for Melanie Walling

Melanie Walling

Special Education Teacher, Redcliffe Elementary
This is my first full time year teaching in an elementary school. I taught middle school for 21 years before becoming an elementary "resource model" teacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year here so far. I love seeing how much progress my students are making.

Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Independent in the Middle: A guide to Independent Reading at the Middle School Level - SAHS: Room# 326
Limited Capacity filling up

Independent Reading can be made easy with planning and preparation. Come and experience a real live implementation of Independent Reading and watch your students' Lexile Levels soar. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Independent Reading using various instructional strategies..

Presenter
avatar for Tyral Braxton

Tyral Braxton

Assistant Principal, Center for Innovative Learning
Tyral Braxton has been an educator for the past 28 years. She has served in the following capacities: elementary teacher, middle level teacher, elementary and middle level assistant principal, and currently impacts the lives of students as an assistant principal at the Center for... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle School
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

Johnny Still Can't Read, and Don't Blame Twitter - AHS: Room# SM211
Limited Capacity seats available

I would like to share some background from my dissertation research that provides a foundation for understanding the learning context in which secondary students' reading scores continue to decline across all measures, both locally and nationally, continuing a pattern begun in 1992. My hope is that at the end of the session, participants will have information that will help them to think of solutions and to be empowered to meet students where they are (regardless as to how they got there) in order to help them move to where they need to be as readers.

Presenter
avatar for Anne Summerall Poplin

Anne Summerall Poplin

Anne Summerall PoplinAnne Poplin is an overwhelmed educator just trying to stay one day ahead of her students and of her "walk-through" observers. Having devoted her 26-year career to South Aiken High School, she has taught virtually every high school English course that has ever... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Motivating the Reluctant Reader - AHS: Room# SM214
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize that reluctant readers are not necessarily the same as struggling readers. Students who can’t read well tend to do very poorly in life, no matter how you measure. When you read books out loud that are above your child’s reading level, he or she is building a vocabulary that will enable his or her reading to take off when developmentally ready.

Presenter
avatar for Monica Jones

Monica Jones

English Instructor, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School
Monica Jones is a native of Monetta, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Ridge Spring-Monetta High School. Giving back to Aiken County Public Schools, the school district that paved the way for her, is something that she has always aspired to do. Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts... Read More →

Co-Presenter
avatar for Sarah Hudson

Sarah Hudson

Mathematics Teacher, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Ridge Spring Monetta Middle/High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

Reading Takes Us Places - MVHS: Room# 220
Limited Capacity full

This presentation will highlight how we have tried to integrate a love of fairy tales, research, and geography into our reading class. We use various versions of the classic Cinderella tale to weave our reading standards into the use of research and geography. Students travel from class to class with a passport and visit different cultures, while intrinsically learning to love reading. At the end of the session, participants should be able to utilize our format and create their own units where reading will take their students to different places.

Presenter
avatar for Leah Lewis

Leah Lewis

Reading Interventionist

Co-Presenter
avatar for Karey Santos

Karey Santos

Mrs. Santos has been teaching at Millbrook Elementary School for 28 years. During this time, she has served in a variety of positions, 5th grade teacher, Math/Science Specialist, GT Teacher, and is currently a 4th grade GT teacher. She received both her BA and IMA through the University... Read More →

Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 405
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demands of text.

Presenter
JM

Joy Mosca

Joy Mosca is the Reading Coach at Greendale Elementary School. In her 34- year career as an educator, she has taught grades 2 - 5 and has worked in both middle and high school as a reading coach. She has taught reading recovery students and intervention groups in grades 2, 3, 4... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elem./Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Word Nerds: Strategic Vocabulary Instruction - MVHS: Room# 216
Limited Capacity full

We will provide an overview of the book Word Nerds and how teachers are implementing more purposeful vocabulary instruction.

Presenter
DA

Dr. Amy McClure

Dr. McClure is the principal at Belvedere Elementary. She has been an elementary teacher, elementary/middle instructional coach, and administrator.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Belvedere Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Reading and Writing Assessments are Done. Now What? - MVHS: Room# 409
Limited Capacity filling up

Now that DRA2, the Fountas and Pinnell  Benchamark Assessment, and SRI are complete, what do teachers do with all the data? How does this data directly impact everyday teaching.  During this session teachers will learn to develop  explicit teaching plans based on assessment data.

Presenter
DS

Dr. Sonya Archie

Dr. Sonya Archie works as a Literacy Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She serves Aiken, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, and Barnwell 45. Dr. Archie is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 18 years experience in education. During her tenure in education, she has taught... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 60

1:00pm

Integrating Trade Books and Diverse Media throughout Balanced Literacy - SAHS: Room# 321
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will gain an understanding of balanced literacy components and be provided with techniques on how to teach standards, strategies and skills through trade books paired with multiple modalities of digital texts.

Presenter
KW

Kelli Westmoreland

Kelli has twenty-four years of experience in the classroom working with students from preschool to college. She is passionate about using real literature in the classroom and is currently working on her doctorate studying the effects of pairing literature with other texts.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction.. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demand of text.

Presenter
HW

Holly Wills

Reading Interventionist (grades 3-5), Chukker Creek Elementary
Holly Wills has taught at Chukker Creek Elementary since 2006 in a variety of roles to include: Special Education Teacher, Reading Coach, and her current role as Reading Interventionist (grades 3-5). Holly is trained in Orton-Gillingham, Synthetic, Multisensory Phonics and is a member... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Chukker Creek Elementary/Jefferson Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 405
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demands of text.

Presenter
JM

Joy Mosca

Joy Mosca is the Reading Coach at Greendale Elementary School. In her 34- year career as an educator, she has taught grades 2 - 5 and has worked in both middle and high school as a reading coach. She has taught reading recovery students and intervention groups in grades 2, 3, 4... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elem./Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Word Nerds: Strategic Vocabulary Instruction - MVHS: Room# 216
Limited Capacity full

We will provide an overview of the book Word Nerds and how teachers are implementing more purposeful vocabulary instruction.

Presenter
DA

Dr. Amy McClure

Dr. McClure is the principal at Belvedere Elementary. She has been an elementary teacher, elementary/middle instructional coach, and administrator.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Navigating through the Roadblocks of Guided Reading - MVHS: Room# 315
Limited Capacity filling up

The participants will be presented with instruction on using data to drive instructional decisions for implementing Guided Reading in the classroom including: the set-up of Guided Reading, how it works in the classroom, components of the Guided Reading lesson (ACPS Literacy Model), examples of differentiated lessons for K-2nd and 3rd-5th grades. The participants will take away the structures of Guided Reading, how to plan Guided Reading groups and examples of plans to implement within their classroom. We will provide teachers with GRS (Guided Reading Structures) to reduce the barricades, traps or roadblocks teachers experience in the day-to-day routines in the classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Guided Reading with fidelity, in their classroom. They will leave with tools to navigate the roadblocks of Guided Reading.

Presenter
LH

Lindsey Hager

Theresa Spieker is the 5th grade Gifted and Talented teacher at Mossy Creek Elementary School. Lindsey Hager is the Reading Coach at Mossy Creek Elementary School.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Mossy Creek/Ridge Spring
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts - SAHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity seats available

Do your students often struggle with challenging texts? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface level? Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the text than they are reading it? This session will show how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. Teachers will examine strategies for preparing students to read challenging texts at the deepest levels possible. Participants will experience literacy engagements and debrief in terms of teaching and learning in order to lift the level of instruction in their classrooms. At the end of the session, participants will be able utilize modeled strategies in their classrooms. *This session is designed to meet the needs of ELA and content area teachers.

Presenter
avatar for Caroline Savage

Caroline Savage

Professional Development Associate, Literacy for Learning
Caroline Savage has twenty-nine years of experience in education as an elementary and middle school teacher, administrator and consultant. During her tenure at the South Carolina Department of Education, she served as an Education Associate in the Office of School Leadership... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Independent Reading: A Structure within the ACPS Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, teachers will experience perhaps the single most important part of any reading program - independent reading. By living the process of independent reading, teachers will go deeper into its purpose and procedures. At the end of the session, participants will be able to implement independent reading in their classrooms according to the ACPS Literacy Model.

Presenter
avatar for Amanda Meyer

Amanda Meyer

Rita Walden (Gloverville Elementary) and Amanda Meyer (Redcliffe Elementary) are Read to Succeed Coaches in Aiken County. They share a desire to increase reading achievement for all students and to create life-long readers.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Redcliffe Elementary
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

1:00pm

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Research-based practices for High School Classes - AHS: Room# SM110
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, the participants will learn about comprehension strategies to help students read literary and informational texts. Teachers and administrators will learn more about the impact of specific strategies and how they can be employed in high school classrooms.

Presenter
MK

Ms. Kayce Cook

Ms. Kayce Cook is an English-Language Arts Specialist for secondary education. She has taught secondary students for many years prior to this position. As a specialist, Ms. Cook works with teachers to employ research-based strategies in their classrooms. Ms. Cook has a range of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

2:10pm

Reading and Spelling Interventions / Interventions and Data Collection Made Easy - MVHS: Room# 414
Limited Capacity full

Sharing of reading, vocabulary, and spelling interventions from my former classroom bag of tricks. I will review some quick and easy interventions to teach sight words, spelling words, and vocabulary, and how to collect data on each easily.

Presenter
TA

Tharwat A. Safa

Tharwat A. Safa is the Autism & Discrete Trial Program Specialist with Aiken County School District. She holds both an Ed.S and a M.Ed from the Citadel, and a B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston. She is also considered a Nationally Certified... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

'Reading is Wack!' - Books that engage some of the most 'disengaged' students. AHS: Room# SM205
Limited Capacity seats available

Students beginning in kindergarten love to play video games and watch television. Technology is drawing students away from reading and many teenagers struggle with age-appropriate reading material. A 2005 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, showed that 29 percent of eighth-grade students in the United States were reading below grade level. There are several series of books available that focus on the teen reader that reads below grade level. Content matter in these series focuses on topics of interest to teens that they or friends may be involved in at school or home. We will discuss "The Bluford Series" and similar series and the impact they can have on middle and high school students that struggle with reading. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize a reading series that will engage the struggling reader to the solid reader in their middle/high school classroom. They will have access to materials that will support comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary enhancement, and additional projects for enrich the lesson.

Presenter
CR

Chera Richardson

Chera Richardson is in her 2nd year in Aiken County School District.  For the last 24 years she has been in the classroom teaching middle and high school students in the Charleston and Greenwood areas.  Chera has been in the resource, inclusion, and co-teaching  settings during... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

Collaborative Strategic Reading: A “gold standard” class-wide reading intervention - SAHS: Room# 325
Limited Capacity seats available

Collaborative Strategic Reading is an excellent class-wide reading intervention for 3rd-12th grade. This intervention is completed in small cooperative groups and features no missed instructional time. CSR was developed for grade level reading material and can be used in a cross-curricular manner. CSR is free, requires very little materials, and only needs to be completed three days per week to achieve the effect size. At the end of this session, participants will be able to implement CSR tomorrow to achieve success for all students!

Presenter
avatar for Salvatore Minolfo

Salvatore Minolfo

Principal, Belvedere Elementary
Principal at Belvedere Elementary School. Former middle school teacher of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, elementary level assistant principal, principal (elementary and middle school) and Director of Special Programs.



Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction.. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demand of text.

Presenter
HW

Holly Wills

Reading Interventionist (grades 3-5), Chukker Creek Elementary
Holly Wills has taught at Chukker Creek Elementary since 2006 in a variety of roles to include: Special Education Teacher, Reading Coach, and her current role as Reading Interventionist (grades 3-5). Holly is trained in Orton-Gillingham, Synthetic, Multisensory Phonics and is a member... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Chukker Creek Elementary/Jefferson Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

Think Like an Editor: How does one match a compatible image with a written text? - SAHS: Room# 111 Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session the presenter will invite participants to walk in the shoes of an editor and consider what makes an image compatible with a written text. In other words, How does one choose a corresponding image for text without being cliche? Session attendees will see the process one teacher used to help students "match" the mood and meaning of a poem with a complimentary image and enjoy student examples. At the end of the session, participants will know a process and a strategy to lead students to discover mood/tone in different media and discern and defend a compatibility between the two works.

Presenter
avatar for Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins teaches English I and Advanced 7th ELA at LBC.  She is National Board Certified and has taught in Aiken County schools for over 20 years. Sally feels fortunate to be an Aiken County Full Circle Technology teacher which allows her to facilitate the learning of her students... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented LBC Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:40pm

Navigating through the Roadblocks of Guided Reading - MVHS: Room# 315
Limited Capacity full

The participants will be presented with instruction on using data to drive instructional decisions for implementing Guided Reading in the classroom including: the set-up of Guided Reading, how it works in the classroom, components of the Guided Reading lesson (ACPS Literacy Model), examples of differentiated lessons for K-2nd and 3rd-5th grades. The participants will take away the structures of Guided Reading, how to plan Guided Reading groups and examples of plans to implement within their classroom. We will provide teachers with GRS (Guided Reading Structures) to reduce the barricades, traps or roadblocks teachers experience in the day-to-day routines in the classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Guided Reading with fidelity, in their classroom. They will leave with tools to navigate the roadblocks of Guided Reading.

Presenter
LH

Lindsey Hager

Theresa Spieker is the 5th grade Gifted and Talented teacher at Mossy Creek Elementary School. Lindsey Hager is the Reading Coach at Mossy Creek Elementary School.



Friday January 15, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Mossy Creek/Ridge Spring
  • Session Length 90 minutes

2:40pm

Growing Critical Readers through Individualized Strategies - MVHS: Room# 208
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to match individualized comprehension strategies to individual readers. Teachers will be given electronic copies of strategy guidebooks for both fiction and nonfiction. These guidebooks have been compiled by the presenters that contain strategies pulled from multiple sources.

Presenter
JM

Jennifer Minolfo

These two presenters have taught for more than 15 years including many years in upper elementary grades. We have presented at state and international reading conferences around the United States. We are also board members on ACIRA.

Co-Presenter
avatar for Brandee Green

Brandee Green

Aiken County Public Schools
Aiken Elementary School


Friday January 15, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

2:40pm

Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts - SAHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity seats available

Do your students often struggle with challenging texts? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface level? Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the text than they are reading it? This session will show how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. Teachers will examine strategies for preparing students to read challenging texts at the deepest levels possible. Participants will experience literacy engagements and debrief in terms of teaching and learning in order to lift the level of instruction in their classrooms. At the end of the session, participants will be able utilize modeled strategies in their classrooms. *This session is designed to meet the needs of ELA and content area teachers.

Presenter
avatar for Caroline Savage

Caroline Savage

Professional Development Associate, Literacy for Learning
Caroline Savage has twenty-nine years of experience in education as an elementary and middle school teacher, administrator and consultant. During her tenure at the South Carolina Department of Education, she served as an Education Associate in the Office of School Leadership... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

2:40pm

Independent Reading: A Structure within the ACPS Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity full

During this session, teachers will experience perhaps the single most important part of any reading program - independent reading. By living the process of independent reading, teachers will go deeper into its purpose and procedures. At the end of the session, participants will be able to implement independent reading in their classrooms according to the ACPS Literacy Model.

Presenter
avatar for Amanda Meyer

Amanda Meyer

Rita Walden (Gloverville Elementary) and Amanda Meyer (Redcliffe Elementary) are Read to Succeed Coaches in Aiken County. They share a desire to increase reading achievement for all students and to create life-long readers.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Redcliffe Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

2:40pm

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Research-based practices for High School Classes - AHS: Room# SM110
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, the participants will learn about comprehension strategies to help students read literary and informational texts. Teachers and administrators will learn more about the impact of specific strategies and how they can be employed in high school classrooms.

Presenter
MK

Ms. Kayce Cook

Ms. Kayce Cook is an English-Language Arts Specialist for secondary education. She has taught secondary students for many years prior to this position. As a specialist, Ms. Cook works with teachers to employ research-based strategies in their classrooms. Ms. Cook has a range of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

3:15pm

Reading and Spelling Interventions / Interventions and Data Collection Made Easy - MVHS: Room# 414
Limited Capacity full

Sharing of reading, vocabulary, and spelling interventions from my former classroom bag of tricks. I will review some quick and easy interventions to teach sight words, spelling words, and vocabulary, and how to collect data on each easily.

Presenter
TA

Tharwat A. Safa

Tharwat A. Safa is the Autism & Discrete Trial Program Specialist with Aiken County School District. She holds both an Ed.S and a M.Ed from the Citadel, and a B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston. She is also considered a Nationally Certified... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

3:15pm

Collaborative Strategic Reading: A “gold standard” class-wide reading intervention - SAHS: Room# 325
Limited Capacity full

Collaborative Strategic Reading is an excellent class-wide reading intervention for 3rd-12th grade. This intervention is completed in small cooperative groups and features no missed instructional time. CSR was developed for grade level reading material and can be used in a cross-curricular manner. CSR is free, requires very little materials, and only needs to be completed three days per week to achieve the effect size. At the end of this session, participants will be able to implement CSR tomorrow to achieve success for all students!

Presenter
avatar for Salvatore Minolfo

Salvatore Minolfo

Principal, Belvedere Elementary
Principal at Belvedere Elementary School. Former middle school teacher of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, elementary level assistant principal, principal (elementary and middle school) and Director of Special Programs.



Friday January 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

3:15pm

Guided Reading and Small-group Instruction in the Middle School Classroom - SAHS: Room# 321
Limited Capacity full

Participants will explore how two middle school ELA teachers use guided reading and small-group instruction to address the diverse instructional needs present in middle school ELA classrooms, including inclusion courses. The session will focus on using SRI data and the ACPS Literacy Model as cornerstones for planning and implementing guided reading/small-group instruction. At the end of the session, participants will be able to articulate a feasible plan for guided reading/small-group instruction, and participants will leave with resources and tools for implementing guided reading/small-group instruction in their classrooms. This session will feature strategies applicable to all content areas.

Presenter
avatar for Joe  Powell

Joe Powell

Dr. Joseph E. Powell has worked in education since 1993, beginning as a high school English teacher in his native state of Georgia. Since then he has taught middle school English courses in Allendale and Aiken, South Carolina. Though Dr. Powell currently serves as an ELA curriculum... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

3:15pm

Integrating Trade Books and Diverse Media throughout Balanced Literacy - AHS: Room# SM115
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will gain an understanding of balanced literacy components and be provided with techniques on how to teach standards, strategies and skills through trade books paired with multiple modalities of digital texts.

Presenter
KW

Kelli Westmoreland

Kelli has twenty-four years of experience in the classroom working with students from preschool to college. She is passionate about using real literature in the classroom and is currently working on her doctorate studying the effects of pairing literature with other texts.


Friday January 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

3:15pm

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction.. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demand of text.

Presenter
HW

Holly Wills

Reading Interventionist (grades 3-5), Chukker Creek Elementary
Holly Wills has taught at Chukker Creek Elementary since 2006 in a variety of roles to include: Special Education Teacher, Reading Coach, and her current role as Reading Interventionist (grades 3-5). Holly is trained in Orton-Gillingham, Synthetic, Multisensory Phonics and is a member... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Chukker Creek Elementary/Jefferson Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes