Conference Schedule

Grand Valley State University Literacy & Learning Conference
Celebrate Literacy Conference

February 9, 2018

Location: Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center



8:00 - 8:30

Registration and Book Sales
Haggar Exhibition Hall, Richard M. DeVos Center, Building E

8:30 - 8:45

Loosemore Auditorium

Liz Storey and Pam Page, Conference Co-chairpersons

8:45 - 9:45

Keynote Presentation: Donalyn Miller - "Invest in Children's Reading Lives All Year"
Loosemore Auditorium

The institutional emphasis on standardized testing places students’ reading test scores in front of children’s reading lives. Extensive research proves that children with positive reading identities and the opportunity to read independently at school and home achieve at higher levels on reading tests. In this presentation, Donalyn Miller, describes the factors that engage children with reading both at school and home—ensuring both their academic success and their lifelong reading habits.

10:00 - 11:00

Concurrent Sessions

Kelli Campbell - "Breaking Down PA 306 AKA 'The Third Grade Reading Law'"
Matt de la Peña - "Writing Books or Plagiarizing the World"
Mary Ruge, M.A. - "Beyond the Boom! Bam! Kapow!: Advocating for the Use of Comics and Graphic Novels in Today's Classroom"
Kurt Stroh and Carrie Davies - "It's Time to Mock!"

11:10 - 12:10

Michigan Authors and Illustrators Panel - "Sneak Peek: The Story Behind the Stories"
Loosemore Auditorium

Bridget Rieth, moderator
Ryan Hipp
Kevin Kammeraad
John Mooy
Lori Taylor
Nick van Frankenhuyzen
Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen

12:10 - 1:10

Lunch with Michigan Authors

Join authors, illustrators, conference presenters and organizers in informal lunch gatherings. Use your ticket and pick up your box lunch. Choose a table or wander and check what is being shared in the nearby rooms. Authors, illustrators and featured speakers will be available for book sales and autographing at noon.

1:15 - 2:15

Concurrent Sessions

Donalyn Miller - "Books for a Better World 2016-2017"
Katie Lett - "Welcoming Refugees/Immigrants in Your School Communities"
Gary Schmidt - "How We Got to Where We Are in American Children's Books"
Shantel VanderGalien - "Creating Meaningful Classroom Culture Through Social Justice Literacy Content"

2:20 - 3:20

Keynote Presentation: Matt de la Peña - "My Journey From Reluctant Reader to Newbery Winning Author"
Loosemore Auditorium

3:20 - 4:00

Book Signings and Reception
Haggar Exhibition Hall

Final Comments

Cider and Donuts

Door Prizes

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