Reading in the Rockies 2021 – Friday Program


Friday, October 8th

Friday, October 8, 2021 – Day One

(Please note that session times may vary slightly from what is posted below, but will begin at 8am and go to no later than 4pm.)

Registration & Continental Breakfast – 7:00 to 8:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks – 8:00 to 8:20 am

Friday Opening Session

8:20 to 9:20 am

Laura Stewart, National Director at The Reading League

Delivering on the Promise of Literacy for All: Yes, We Can!

Teaching children to read is the most pressing educational endeavor of our time. All children deserve equitable access to high-quality, evidence-aligned instruction. Without that instruction, many students will fall through the cracks, diminishing their potential to lead rich literate lives. More is known about how to teach reading than ever before, yet often times this evidence base is not provided to teachers nor translated to practice.

This session addresses this compelling call to action by addressing these big ideas: 1. Learning to read is not a natural skill and therefore instruction really counts; 2. There are key conceptual models and neuroscientific evidence which can inform our understanding of the process of reading so that instruction can be effectively delivered and assessed, with targeted instruction as indicated; and 3. There are five essential “must-haves” for instruction.

This is a no-blame, no-shame zone. We are all in this together, supporting one another in realizing our greatest hope, that all children will learn to read.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Bookstore – 9:20 to 9:45 am

Friday Morning Session

9:45 to 11:15 am

Nancy Hennessy

Constructing the Comprehension House: Blueprint and Tools Provided

Whether reading by eye or ear, constructing comprehension is complex and multidimensional. Making meaning from text is the product of multiple language and cognitive processes. The informed educator understands the nature of comprehension and the role of contributing processes and skills including vocabulary, sentence comprehension, background knowledge and text structure, inference and comprehension monitoring. The blueprint, a master plan based in the science, structures and scaffolds the educators’ design and delivery of instruction while considering the needs of the students, demands of the text and purpose for reading. This instructional framework prompts educators to identify literacy skills and content goals, relevant readings, and informed routines, strategies and activities necessary for constructing the comprehension house.

Lunch – Visit Exhibitors & Bookstore: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Friday Afternoon Session 1

12:15 pm-1:20 pm

Nancy Hennessy

Interactive Session: The Blueprint and Sentence Comprehension Instruction

Consider that the informed educator understands that while words are the building blocks of meaning, syntax provides the structure and order for conveying ideas. They know this and recognize the complexities and contribution of sentence comprehension. This knowledge guides the identification of intentional and incidental on purpose instructional approaches and activities that support the reader’s understanding of sentence comprehension contributions to the overall meaning of the text. Time to become more informed!

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Bookstore: 1:20 pm-1:40 pm

Friday Afternoon Session 2

1:40 pm-2:45 pm

Nancy Hennessy

Interactive Session: The Blueprint & Inference Instruction

Consider that the inference attuned educator knows that comprehension is a constructive process that requires the reader to understand what is explicitly stated as well as what is implied in the text. They understand inference is more than filling in the gaps and that background knowledge is essential to making inferences. This knowledge guides and informs the identification of instructional approaches and activities that supports the reader’s ability to construct comprehension of the text at deeper levels. Time to tune up!

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Bookstore: 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday Afternoon Session 3

3:00 pm-3:30 pm

Nancy Hennessy

Interactive Session: Making It Happen

Consider critical questions and related resources necessary for implementation.

Friday – Post Conference Activity

Looking for a way to wind down after the first day?
Want to meet and talk with other attendees?

Join us Friday, October 8th at 4:00 pm (after the last session) for a walk around Vail Village. Hosted by our very own athletic Board Members. Don’t forget your walking shoes. We’ll keep you posted!

Sign Up on Friday at the IDA-RMB Info Table!

If you are only attending on Friday, don’t forget your one-day certificate at the end of the day!

CLICK HERE for Saturday’s Program

Thank you all for making this a wonderful 2021 conference!