K-12 Literacy Conference

Agenda At A Glance – Spring 2020

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Welcome to the

Spring 2020





Free, no registration.

The Conference Day archive is available to view until August, when we move over to our Fall 2020 Agenda.


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🌷Spring 2020🌷 #TheEdCollabGathering Agenda*

*Agenda is subject to change, stay tuned for additions or changes

Opening Session-9:45am EST

Opening Remarks: Christopher Lehman, Founding Director, The Educator Collaborative

Opening Keynote:


Disrupt Texts is a crowdsourced, grass roots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon in order to create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum that our students deserve.


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*members and associates of The Educator Collaborative are noted in orange

Note: Workshops, Times, and Presenters are subject to change

  • Pre-Session – Christopher Lehman
    • Learning with The Educator Collaborative When Nothing is Normal (K-12)

Session One – 11am EST

  • Carla España & Luz Yadira Herrera
    • Language Ideologies in My Life: A Study for Teachers of Bilingual and Multilingual Students (K-8)
  • Emily Skrezec & Jillian Saufroy
    • Drawing in the Reluctant Reader with Graphic Novels (3-5)
  • Keri Orange
    • Student Choice: The Key to Enjoyable Assessments (4-6)
  • Kate Roberts & Rachael Gabriel
    • Navigating the Research: How to Find Your Footing in the Ed Debates (K-12)

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Session Two – 12pm EST

  • Rebecca Marsick, Cathy Schager, & Drew Coyne
    • Reality and Realistic Fiction: How to Make Today’s Toughest Issues Accessible to Students (9-12)
  • Clare Landrigan
    • Changing Up Read Aloud to Foster Agency, Identity, and Interpretation (K-5)
  • Joy Barnes-Johnson & Jamarious Nickerson JeanRenoit
    • Expanding the Canon at the Place Where the Beat Drops! (9-12)

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Session Three – 1pm EST

  • Shawna Coppola & Tracey Flores
    • Somos Escritores: “Redefining” Writing for Greater Inclusion, Authenticity, and Engagement (K-16)
  • Mark Overmeyer & Julia Torres
    • Cultivating a Variety of Literary Lineages for our Students (6-12)
  • Lindsay Stoetzel
    • Becoming a Better Mentor of Digital Writing (K-12)
  • Dana Stachowiak
    • Healing-Centered Engagement: Making Time for Mindfulness in Education (K-12)

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Session Four – 2pm EST

  • Lois Marshall Barker
    • The Essential Pre-Work: Prep Student Minds for Text-Based Discussions of Racism, Bias, and Identity (6-12)  
  • Jill Davidson
    • Cultivating Curiosity in the Writer’s Workshop
  • JoEllen McCarthy, Emma Otheguy, & Charles R. Smith, Jr.
      • Learning as Lifework (K-12)
  • Dulce-Marie Flecha
        • Developing Trauma-Informed Literacy Programs for Children and Caregivers (K-12)

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Closing – 3pm EST

Closing Remarks: Christopher Lehman, Founding Director, The Educator Collaborative 💡

Closing Keynote:

Tiffany M. Jewell

Anti-racist Author and Educator

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