Children’s Literature Conference Breakout Sessions – Asbury University
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Note: All breakout sessions are on the third floor of the Miller Communications Building.

First Set: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

▾ The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum – Original Art from Picture Books - Ben Sapp

Presenter: Ben Sapp is the Director of the Mazza Museum and Instructor of Education at University of Findlay.

Description: Learn about the world's first and largest collection of original art from picture books. Special stories about the art, the illustrators and how the Museum uses this art in many collaborations throughout programs it provides. Many of these collaborations can become part of your school or library.

Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Media Specialists, Public Librarians, Parents

Location: Screening Room (Room 311)

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

▾ Making Books with Kids - Karen Girard

Presenters: Karen Girard is a Clinical Educator at Asbury University and a retired teacher. Karen has experience in curriculum and instruction, especially in the area of literacy.

Description: This "Make It-Take It" workshop will focus on techniques to make books with kids of all ages. Literacy is emphasized as students turn their ideas and content knowledge into handmade books. Participants will learn to make simple pop-ups, folds, bindings and other book creating ideas that can be adapted for all ages.

Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers, pre-service teachers, media specialists, public librarians, and parents

Location: Media Classroom (307)

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

▾ Books as Teaching Tools: Promoting Social-Emotional Intelligence Across the Lifespan - Shelley Krajny

Presenters: Shelley Krajny received her M.Ed. in Health Education and Promotion from Kent State University. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion with a concentration in School Health. Ms. Krajny teaches undergraduate courses in Health Promotion. She is also the author of The Chubby Grasshopper and His Two Friends, a children's book about healthy eating.

Description: There is an ongoing struggle in schools over the best way to prepare children for success after graduation. Unfortunately, hostile educational environments combined with standardized testing often set teachers and students up for failure. Interpersonal skills (communication, emotional intelligence) often take a back seat to “core” subjects. Thus, the purpose of this presentation is to discuss the benefits of using children’s books as teaching tools. Specifically, “The Chubby Grasshopper and His Two Friends,” a book about mindful food choices, healthy eating, and physical activity, will be examined.

Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Public Librarians, and Parents

Location: Media Classroom (308)

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

▾ Amped Up Acrostics: Breaking Out of Tired Poetry Forms - Kristina Erny

Presenter: Kristina Erny is a poet, a parent, a former secondary English teacher, and a current professor of creative writing at Asbury University. With a background in secondary language arts and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona, Kristina loves advocating for poetry across the curriculum and for more ways to engage students with poetry in the K-12 classroom. She believes in the power of story, of language, of experimentation, of forms, and of play.

Description: This "Amped Up Acrostics" workshop will focus on breathing new life into a tired "tried-and-true" poetry form as a way to further engage students with cross-curricular content, encourage creativity, and empower student voice. This workshop will show how poetry can be incorporated year-round in really easy, practical ways. We will look at example poems which utilize this "amped up acrostic" form, play with writing our own poems, and model good creative writing pedagogy and practice to encourage continued and lifelong love of poetry in your students.

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, public librarians

Location: Distance Learning Classroom (309)

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

▾ Encouraging Literacy Across the Curriculum: Collaboration Ideas Between Teachers and Library Media Specialists - Beth Groves

Presenters: Beth Groves is the Distance Services and Research Librarian at Asbury University. Before transitioning to higher education, she worked for over a decade as a Library Media Specialist serving junior high and high school students.

Description: The school librarian is often one of the most underutilized resources in the building. Together the classroom teacher and the librarian can each bring their individual expertise to provide more impactful instruction. Join a former library media specialist in discussing activities and lessons that promote literacy and research in a variety of disciplines. This session will provide ideas for collaboration that teachers and librarians will be able to incorporate into their classes. The ideas will be applicable for mostly grades 6-12 and deal with collaborating with subject specific teachers; however, most ideas will be adaptable for younger grades. Do you have some great collaboration ideas? Feel free to share them during our discussion.

Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers, Media Specialists, Pre-service teachers

Location: Speech Classroom (318)

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

▾ Celebrating Curiosity with Inquiry - Ashley Waechter

Presenters: Ashley Waechter is an ESL teacher at Landsdowne Elementary in Fayette County. Rachel Hoagland is a 4th grade teacher at Red Oak Elementary School in Jessamine County. Ashley and Rachel are both pursuing Master of Arts degrees in Literacy at Asbury University. Barbara Hamilton ('92) is an Assistant Professor of Middle and Secondary Education at Asbury who will serve as a facilitator of this session.

Description: Join us for a glimpse of a Researcher's Workshop that celebrates curiosity across the curriculum! We'll outline an inquiry framework for lesson planning to illuminate critical thinking in the classroom. Come hear how current teachers in the field have also used inquiry as a reflective practice to shape their own personalized professional development.

Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, and Public Librarians

Location: Multimedia Lab (312)

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

▾ 2019 Caldecott Award Winner and Honor Books - Natalie Ferree, Delaney Long, Ashley Miller, and Kristen Taylor

Presenters: Natalie Ferree, Delaney Long, Ashley Miller, and Kristen Taylor, Asbury University students.

Description: The new Caldecott Award book and the new Caldecott honor books will be reviewed. They will be providing a summary and discussing the connection between the illustrations and the text.

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, media specialists, public librarians, and parents

Location:  Media Lab (Room 313)

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Second Set: 12:50 – 1:35 p.m.

▾ Meet C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia - Dr. Devin Brown

Presenter: Devin Brown is a professor of English at Asbury University and the author of 10 books, including the most recent biography of Lewis. He is a frequent speaker at Lewis and Tolkien conferences, both in the US and in England. In 2008, Dr. Brown served as Scholar-in-Residence at The Kilns, Lewis's home outside Oxford, and slept in Lewis's bed.

Description: Born during the reign of Queen Victoria at the end of the 19th Century, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire readers all over the world, young and old. In this media-rich session, which includes rare archival photos, you will learn about Lewis's life, a story as fascinating as the fictional ones he wrote.

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, media specialists, public librarians, and parents

Location: Screening Room (Room 311)

Time: 12:50 - 1:35 p.m.

▾ Social Emotional Learning through Picture Books - Kerry Temple

Presenters: Kerry Teeple is an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Findlay. Prior to teaching higher education, Kerry was the Deputy Director at Mazza Museum at University of Findlay, the first and largest museum of original art from picture books.

Description: Find exciting new ways to use picture books in the social emotional learning realm. We will explore exemplar picture books and engage in activities designed to encourage growth in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. A bibliography of quality books and activities will be included.

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, media specialists, public librarians, and parents

Location: Distance Learning Room (309)

Time: 12:50 - 1:35 p.m.

▾ Family Literacy: How to Host a Successful Family Literacy Night - Bobbie Barrier

Presenter: Bobbie Barrier is the Reading Recovery teacher in Wayne County. She teaches ELE 475 at Eastern Kentucky University and is the vice-president of the Kentucky Reading Association. Angela Ballinger is the principal at Walker Early Learning Center in Wayne county. She has served on several professional boards including the Kentucky Reading Association and Kentucky Association of School Administration.

Description: Our District has been doing Family Literacy Night events for seven years. Our last event had 358 in attendance! These events have been crucial in developing a relationship with our families, establishing a love of reading, and getting our parents excited about working on reading at home. We will show you how to set up a successful family literacy night with a plethora of themes.

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, media specialists, and public librarians

Location: Media Classroom (307)

Time: 12:50 - 1:35 p.m.

▾ The Magical World of Picture Books and Mindfulness - Lisa King

Presenter: Lisa King is a retired literacy consultant and early childhood literacy interventionist. She is a certified yoga teacher for both children and adults. She currently serves as president of the Kentucky Reading Association and is a Co-Lead for the Striving Readers Implementation of the Early Literacy and Language Project with the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development.

Description: In this hands-on session, participants will explore using picture books in the classroom to create a culture of mindfulness and learn how to select age appropriate books to incorporate mindful movement, breath work and social emotional principles into daily classroom routines. Participants will receive a bibliography of current titles for easy implementation.

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, media specialists, public librarians, and parents

Location: Media Classroom (308)

Time: 12:50 - 1:35 p.m.

▾ Making Connections: Constructing Knowledge in Content Areas Through Picture Book Integration - Alison Critchfield

Presenters: Alison Critchfield recently retired from over 25 years as a professor in the fields of Teacher Education and Arts and Humanities. Presently she is working with the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development in several projects including the Early Literacy and Language Project and Kentucky Striving Readers Project. She serves on the board of Kentucky Reading Association.

Description: Picture books provide engaging texts and illustrations to enhance the learner's understanding in various curricular areas. Well-chosen books can assist the learner in constructing new knowledge and expanding existing understandings. This session will include numerous examples of pictures books as well as lists of books that could be used for student interaction and discussion in a classroom in social studies, science, math, and language arts.

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, media specialists, and public librarians

Location: Speech Classroom (318)

Time: 12:50 - 1:35 p.m.

▾ The Power of Story to Help and Heal - Roxanne Spencer

Presenters: Roxanne Spencer is an associate professor and coordinator of the Beulah Winchel Education Library at Western Kentucky University. Monica Edwards is the director of the William B. Harlan Memorial Library in Monroe County, KY. Laura Smith Crafton is a retired reading specialist and school librarian. She is also the State Coordinator of the Kentucky Reading Association.

Description: Pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, guidance counselors, school and public librarians can benefit from understanding how bibliotherapy can be used in various educational settings to promote literacy, identification with characters, settings, and situations in literacy, and encourage self-reflection, resiliency, healing, and growth. Popular children's, middle grades, and young adult literature are excellent texts for bibliotherapy, and the practice is lifelong. We can support fluency, comprehension, and skill as well as help students develop self-awareness, identification, and growth through reading fiction and nonfiction texts with which they can identify, reflect, and grow. Rather than adding an additional task to the busy teacher, bibliotherapy is a natural outgrowth of reading selection and existing literacy programs.

Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Media Specialists, Public Librarians, and Parents

Location: Multimedia Lab (312)

Time: 12:50 - 1:35 p.m.

▾ 2019 Newbery Award Winner and Honor Books - Shirley Pauler, Kristina Erny, Maddie Bobb, Chloe Koh

Presenters: Shirley Pauler is a retired Education professor from Asbury University. Kristina Erny is a professor of creative writing at Asbury University. Maddie Bobb and Chloe Koh are students at Asbury University

Description: The Newbery Award Winner and the Newbery Honor Books will be reviewed. The students will provide a summary and reflect on ways the book can be used with students.

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, media specialists, public librarians, and parents

Location: Multimedia Lab (313)

Time: 12:50 - 1:35 p.m.