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Pre-Conference Session

This year's Pre-Conference Session will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016.  During this session, two different break-outs will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Registrants will be able to attend one of the following presentations, and may register online or select Pre-Conference Session on the downloadable registration form.  Registration for this session is $50 and is NOT included with a Full Conference Registration.

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New Librarian Bootcamp - Room 60/61

The first few years as a new librarian can be scary and frustrating. Often you are alone in a building with minimal resources to call upon for help. Megan and Nikki bring a combined 25 years of librarianship, with experience at both the elementary and secondary levels. We will provide "basic training" on how to establish a library program that you can be proud of. The workshop will include sharing strategies for working with teachers, management tips and tricks, tried and true reading programs, and time to network with others who are new to the field. This pre-conference is FREE to any new librarian, with full registration to Spring Conference.


Presenter Bios:

Nikki Boekhout is a Library Media Specialist at Ravenwood and Lakewood Elementary schools in the North Kansas City School District. She is currently the lead elementary teacher for the district and serves on several committees focusing on best practices. She is a former social studies teacher with library media experience in both secondary and elementary schools. She has enjoyed serving on GKCSL , Mark Twain Award and the Spring Conference committees. Her passion is infusing technology into learning added with the enjoyment of reading to both her students and staff. She truly has the best job in the school.


Megan Chambers is a Library Media Specialist at Lee’s Summit West High School and the Lead Secondary LMS for the district. She holds a Master degree in Library Information Science, is a former social studies teacher and a certified Google Educator. She is a past METC Spotlight Educator and has been awarded numerous MASL awards, including the Progressive School Library Media Program and Bright Idea Awards. Megan was the Spring Conference co-chair in 2015 and is the current Governance chair for MASL. Her career focus has been on combining the elements of research, technology and project based learning.


Book Clubs: Connecting Kids to Books and Each Other - Room 62/63/64

Reading habits do not emerge by accident, but through careful and purposeful modeling and instruction. We must meet children's social and learning needs as we support their lives as readers. These needs are intertwined and interdependent and have more to do with reading success than school-centered standards do. We will consider classroom conditions grounded in the key principles for motivation: relevance, engagement, and success. I will show how I help readers construct identities of power and opportunity, to challenge themselves as readers, and to act with agency in my classroom through meaningful talk and writing in book clubs.

Presenter Bio:

Penny Kittle - As a professional development coordinator for the Conway, New Hampshire, School District, Penny Kittle acts as a K-12 literacy coach and directs new-teacher mentoring. In addition, she teaches writing at Conway’s Kennett High School and in the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. Penny is the author and coauthor of numerous books with Heinemann includingBook Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Children Want to Write (coauthored with Thomas Newkirk); Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, which won the 2009 James N. Britton Award from NCTE; The Greatest Catch, and Public Teaching. Penny coauthored two books with Donald H. Graves —Inside Writing and Quick Writes. As an in-demand Heinemann Professional Development Provider Penny delivers PD workshops, webinars, and on-site seminars and consulting services nationwide.

Penny Kittle has been named the 2015 Exemplary Leader from the Conference on English Leadership for NCTE.  In 2009, Penny received NCTE's prestigious Britton Award for Write Beside Them.


*This event is free to all Missouri ELA Teachers.  View the event flier for more information.  We ask that any English teachers wishing to attend to please register online by clicking on this link.


College Credit


Attendees will have the option of receiving 1 graduate credit through Lindenwood University for participation in a pre-conference session.  Please note that graduate credit is coordinated through Lindenwood and additional fees apply.  The Lindenwood workshop credit form can be found at this link.

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