2024 Alaska Science of Reading Symposium Agenda

Day 1: Know Better, Do Better | Friday, April 19, 2024

11:00 AM
Registration Opens
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Welcome Remarks and Address from Commissioner Deena Bishop

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Opening Keynote: A New Birth of Freedom: Opportunity and Responsibility
Speaker: Kareem Weaver

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The effort to teach all children to read is a matter of civil and human rights. Nearly 200 years of advocacy, research, and suffrage have landed in the laps of modern educators. Armed with brain science, a research consensus, federal guidance, organizational leadership, and the courage of their convictions, educators across the continent are taking concrete steps to align their practice with methods that promote positive outcomes for the greatest number of children. This keynote frames current efforts in its historical context and urges diligence, love, and the learner’s orientation needed for long-term success.

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Friday Breakout Sessions Block 1

Ideas Ideas Ideas

Speaker:

Steve Bollar

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Culturally Responsive Assessment Practices: Is it a Language Issue or a Reading Difficulty?

Speakers:

Marybeth Flachbart & Rosie Santana

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When You are Teaching Spelling; You are Teaching Reading: Building Stronger Readers through Spelling

Speaker:

Pam Kastner

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Toward the Science of Language and Literacy: Aligning SoR-Based Instruction to the Unique Needs of Multilingual Learners

Speaker:

David Nungaray & Kasey Johnson

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Science of Reading AND the Science of Instruction: Both are Imperative!

Speaker:

Anita Archer

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Using Data to Personalize Literacy Instruction in the Intermediate Grades

Speakers:

Sarah White & Becky Lewis

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Literacy in Secondary Schools: Is this my job?

Speaker:

Kareem Weaver

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3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
The Commissioner Presents: The Alaska Reads Hour!!!
Speaker: Commissioner Deena Bishop and Guests
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Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Commissioner Deena Bishop chats with notable names in the Science of Reading.
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Break

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Friday Breakout Sessions Block 2

Ideas Ideas Ideas

Speaker:

Steve Bollar

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Culturally Responsive Assessment Practices: Is it a Language Issue or a Reading Difficulty?

Speakers:

Marybeth Flachbart & Rosie Santana

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When You are Teaching Spelling; You are Teaching Reading: Building Stronger Readers through Spelling

Speaker:

Pam Kastner

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Toward the Science of Language and Literacy: Aligning SoR-Based Instruction to the Unique Needs of Multilingual Learners

Speaker:

David Nungaray & Kasey Johnson

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Science of Reading AND the Science of Instruction: Both are Imperative!

Speaker:

Anita Archer

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Using Data to Personalize Literacy Instruction in the Intermediate Grades

Speakers:

Sarah White & Becky Lewis

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Literacy in Secondary Schools: Is this my job?

Speaker:

Kareem Weaver

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5:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Break

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Evening Banquet Keynote: Standing Tall Through It All
Speaker: Steven Bollar

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Challenges can either force you to step up your game or they can stop you in your tracks. Steve will show you how to overcome challenges in your organization and come out bigger, better, and more motivated than ever. In this session, you’ll discover: How to maintain the focus needed to get great results… even when chaos and challenge surrounds you! The difference between culture and climate… and how to systematically improve them both to make a better learning environment for everyone. How to get the results you want to see… and how to move people from being just compliant to committed to getting those results.

Day 2: Collaboration and Courage | Saturday, April 20, 2024

Start of Day: 8:00 AM
Registration Opens
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Breakfast Keynote: MTSS Must Haves, Myths and Misunderstandings
Speaker: Stephanie Stollar
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Is your district using Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)? If you aren’t improving reading outcomes for all students, there might be some myths or misunderstandings about the model that need to be clarified. Participants in this session will learn how to use the MTSS model of service delivery as the framework for implementing the science of reading to prevent reading failure and improve reading outcomes for elementary students.
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Break
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Saturday Breakout Sessions Block 1

Tier 1 Instruction is Risk Reduction

Speaker:

Stephanie Stollar

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Reading and the AK Native Language Context: Alaska Native Language Reading Guidebook

Speakers:

Joel Isaak and Kari Shaginoff

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Data Literacy

Speaker:

Marybeth Flachbart

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Research-to-Practice: Using Assessment Data to Plan Targeted Reading Instruction

Speakers:

Matt Burns & Valentina Contesse

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Exploring How Language Powers Literacy

Speakers:

Susan Lambert

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Comprehension is an Outcome

Speaker:

Anita Archer

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Science of Reading Spotlight: Celebrating Alaska’s Promising Practices

Speakers:

Spotlight Speakers

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10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Saturday Breakout Sessions Block 2

Tier 1 Instruction is Risk Reduction

Speaker:

Stephanie Stollar

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Reading and the AK Native Language Context: Alaska Native Language Reading Guidebook

Speakers:

Joel Isaak and Kari Shaginoff

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Data Literacy

Speaker:

Marybeth Flachbart

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Research-to-Practice: Using Assessment Data to Plan Targeted Reading Instruction

Speakers:

Matt Burns & Valentina Contesse

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Exploring How Language Powers Literacy

Speakers:

Susan Lambert

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Comprehension is an Outcome

Speaker:

Anita Archer

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Science of Reading Spotlight: Celebrating Alaska’s Promising Practices

Speakers:

Spotlight Speakers

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12:15 PM – 12:30 PM

Break

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Alaska Native Language Spotlight with Deputy Commissioner Joel Isaak — FOLLOWED BY Science of Reading Ambassador Awards
Speaker: Deputy Commissioner Joel Isaak
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Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Deputy Commissioner Joel Issak presents the Alaska Native Language Spotlight. This will be followed by the second cohort of Science of Reading Ambassador Awards.
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday Breakout Sessions Block 3

Tier 1 Instruction is Risk Reduction

Speaker:

Stephanie Stollar

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Reading and the AK Native Language Context: Alaska Native Language Reading Guidebook

Speakers:

Joel Isaak and Kari Shaginoff

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Data Literacy

Speaker:

Marybeth Flachbart

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Research-to-Practice: Using Assessment Data to Plan Targeted Reading Instruction

Speakers:

Matt Burns & Valentina Contesse

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Exploring How Language Powers Literacy

Speakers:

Susan Lambert

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Comprehension is an Outcome

Speaker:

Anita Archer

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Science of Reading Spotlight: Celebrating Alaska’s Promising Practices

Speakers:

Spotlight Speakers

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3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Afternoon Keynote: My SoR Journey: A Teacher’s Reflections
Speaker: Kate Winn

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Come along for the ride as teacher Kate Winn takes you on a “road trip” sharing her science of reading journey from a balanced literacy teacher to a structured literacy teacher, presenter and leader – complete with roadblocks, detours, learning curves and scenic routes!
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Break

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Resource Showcase and Networking Reception

Day 3: Walk the Talk | Sunday, April 21, 2024

8:00 AM
Registration Opens
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast Keynote: Revisiting Comprehension – Because the Science of Reading is more than just Phonics
Speaker: Brent Conway, M.Ed.

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Ensuring students can decode and read fluently is critical for them to access text and create meaning. However the mistakes from balanced literacy are not limited to teaching phonics correctly. There is a great deal of research on how we help kids to comprehend but also some well intended misunderstandings. Comprehension is not a single skill and has many aspects that become variables. We will examine what contributes to comprehension and how we can take a more thoughtful approach to improve comprehension.
9:30 PM – 9:45 PM
Break
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Sunday Breakout Sessions Block 1

Transformational Leadership: The Leadership Approach Necessary to Tactfully Confront Adult Resistance to Change

Speaker:

Luis Cruz

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What does the research say about ELs and early literacy / learning to read

Speaker:

Rosie Santana

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Comprehension is not a skill – How to use Complex Text in classrooms

Speaker:

Brent Conway

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Unlocking the Power of Words: Integrating Word-Meaning Instruction within Word-Reading Instruction

Speaker:

Pam Kastner

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Evidence-Based Fluency Strategies for K-8 Classroom

Speaker:

Kate Winn

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Promising Practices: How Strong Curriculum-Based Professional Learning Supports the Science of Reading

Speaker:

Teah Shope, Bill Suttles, & Deborah Helms

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Instructional Suggestions to Support Sentence and Paragraph Writing: (K-5)

Speaker:

Karen Eades

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11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Break

11:15 AM -12:30 PM
Sunday Breakout Sessions Block 2

Transformational Leadership: The Leadership Approach Necessary to Tactfully Confront Adult Resistance to Change

Speaker:

Luis Cruz

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What does the research say about ELs and early literacy / learning to read

Speaker:

Rosie Santana

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Comprehension is not a skill – How to use Complex Text in classrooms

Speaker:

Brent Conway

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Unlocking the Power of Words: Integrating Word-Meaning Instruction within Word-Reading Instruction

Speaker:

Pam Kastner

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Evidence-Based Fluency Strategies for K-8 Classroom

Speaker:

Kate Winn

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Promising Practices: How Strong Curriculum-Based Professional Learning Supports the Science of Reading

Speaker:

Teah Shope, Bill Suttles, & Deborah Helms

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Instructional Suggestions to Support Sentence and Paragraph Writing: (K-5)

Speaker:

Karen Eades

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12:30PM – 12:45PM

Break

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch Keynote: We Get It, Now How Do We Implement What We’ve Learned?
Speaker: Luis Cruz, PhD
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Dale Carnegie once said, “Knowledge is not Power Until it is Applied.” Upon leaving this conference with all the “seeds” necessary to create a garden of literacy back at our sites, the question we must now confront is whether we have healthy enough “soil” back at our school sites and districts to plant the seeds gathered at our conference. Learn why effective leadership in schools can no longer by synonymous with only administration. Join Dr. Luis F. Cruz, best-selling author of Time for Change: Essential Skills for Transformational School and District Leaders, as he discusses the vital importance of school culture and transformational leadership as vehicles for effective implementation of best practices.
2:00 PM
End of conference
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