Meet ReadWriteThink staff and authors in San Antonio, April 19 to 22, for IRA's 58th Annual Convention. You’ll be among the 10,000 reading and literacy professionals who attend to expand their personal knowledge as well as share what they’ve learned with their colleagues.
Stay up-to-date by following @IRAToday on Twitter (#IRA2013) for live coverage of the event. You can also connect with IRA on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. You can also check out this year's program online, and then download, print, or save to your hard drive. Be sure to review the program addendum for changes that occurred after the program went to press; info will be updated throughout the conference.
At this year’s IRA Annual Convention, the ReadWriteThink team is back to share practical tips on technology into literacy lessons in these sessions:
- Increasing Literacy Across the Curriculum Through Mobile Learning and ReadWriteThink.org (#1674)
Hear from Natalie Spangler from Lewisville Independent School District in Texas and Kristin Townsend from the Verizon Foundation present Increasing Literacy Across the Curriculum Through Mobile Learning and ReadWriteThink.org. The Lewisville Independent School District is committed to leveraging mobile learning through "bring-your-own-device" (BYOD) and school-provided devices as well as in-depth professional development provided to teachers through the Verizon Innovative Learning School project. Attendees will hear first-hand how high school teachers and students are benefiting from mobile devices and how they're leveraging digital resources from ReadWriteThink.org to support reading and writing across the content areas to support the Common Core State Standards.
Time: Saturday, April 20, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: San Antonio Convention Center, Room 217B
- Using ReadWriteThink.org to Address the Common Core Standards and Engage Adolescent Learners (#1675)
Laurie A. Henry, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, teams up with Scott Filkins, English Language Arts/Social Studies Coordinator for Grades 6-12 at Champaign (Illinois) Unit 4 Schools, in this session. The Common Core State Standards call for adolescent readers to be proficient consumers and producers of a range of narrative, informational, and persuasive texts, both in English classes and in content areas throughout their school day. Literacy educators Laurie A. Henry and Scott Filkins will share a range of approaches for using formative assessment, themed book lists, cross-disciplinary reading and writing, and digital technologies to engage students and elevate their achievement as readers and writers. They will incorporate a range of resources from ReadWriteThink.org. Session participants will be encouraged to explore resources using a BYOD format.
Time: Sunday, April 21, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: San Antonio Convention Center, Room 217C
Be sure to visit the Reading & Language Arts group in the Thinkfinity Community for discussion questions linked to each session. Add a comment to the session discussion questions to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Only substantive comments are eligible, and comments must be posted by April 28.
Meet the Editors
Talk with ReadWriteThink.org staff about how you can contribute to the ReadWriteThink site during one of these two times:
Saturday, April 20, 9:00 p.m.-11:00 a.m. in the IRA Bookstore
Sunday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – IRA Bookstore
Stay Tuned After the Convention
Emily Manning will be interviewing children’s authors for Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers, ReadWriteThink.org’s Podcast for Grades K–5. Watch the website in upcoming months for podcasts featuring these authors:
- Kirby Larson
- Shana Corey
- Jen Bryant
- Erica Perl
- Matthew Kirby
- Georgia Bragg
- Jean Reidy
- Salina Yoon
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