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OCRA'S Fall Conference 2010 - Saturday October 23, 2010

OCRA'S Fall Conference 2010 - Saturday October 23, 2010

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The Orange County Reading Association is having their Fall conference this weekend -- they have some great speakers lined up -- so if you're in those neck of the woods -- stop by! About the event: What’s the same? What’s different? English has approximately 600,000 different words. Which of these words should be taught in schools and how should they be taught? This keynote presentation addresses the content and strategies of vocabulary instruction that supports high levels of comprehension. In particular, differences in the words that are taught—and the way in which they are taught—in stories and in content-area texts will be emphasized. Dr. Hiebert is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For over 35 years, she has worked in the field of early reading acquisition, first as a teacher’s aide and teacher of primary-level students in central California and subsequently, as a teacher educator and researcher at the Universities of Kentucky, Colorado-Boulder, and Michigan. Professor Hiebert has published over 100 research articles and chapters on how instructional and assessment practices influence literacy acquisition, especially among low-income children. At the present time, she is investigating the effects of texts, particularly informational texts, on the fluency and vocabulary development of students, especially English Language Learners. Dr. Hiebert is the 2008 recipient of the William S. Gray Citation of Merit, awarded by the International Reading Association and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Small Session Speakers We have assembled top class speakers who bring experience and expertise to grades K-12 in reading/ language arts and standards integration. Dr. Hiebert and many of our small session presenters will have their handouts available on our website by October 19, 2010. Please go to for more. Tentative speakers: * Amy Adams, Teacher/Asst. Principal, Capistrano Unified Reading Comprehension in the Primary Grades (K-3) * Ron Boren, Teacher, Modesto City Schools Keep Literacy Alive Through Music (K-6) * Dr. Linda Clinard, Early Literacy Consultant Everyday Family Literacy Fun (Pre K-4) * Lisa Michelle Dabbs, Educational Coach & Consultant New Teacher Survival Kit & How to Build Your Personal Learning Network (K-12) @teachingwthsoul on Twitter * Kim Hanley, Teacher, Capistrano Unified/Adjunct Professor, Univ. of Redlands Karin Foster, Coordinator of Services for English Learners, OCDE Content Area Literacy (4-12) * Joan Young (Mancini), Teacher, Menlo Park, CA Teaching Sight Words through Music and Multiple Modalities (K-1) @flourishingkids on Twitter Please note that the day's schedule of events has changed. On our original flyer, Dr. Hiebert was scheduled to speak first on the day of the event. She will now be speaking at the end of the event. To register for the event:

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