Senate Resolution No. 70 created the Task Force on Reading Curriculum and Instruction to conduct a study to gain data on the teaching of reading and the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA).
Based upon its findings, the task force recommended that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, in conjunction with higher education institutions, offer an annual reading conference for school teachers, administrators and higher education faculty that is focused on substantive reading professional development and curriculum alignment, effecting emergent and conventional reading.Past conference literacy topics have included literacy development, technology, culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, tools and practices.
2013 Conference Agenda
Agenda (PDF, 99k)
2013 Conference Overview: Two of the Faces of RTI
The faceoff to reclaim efforts to promote intensive instruction in language and literacy has arrived – welcome Two of the Faces of RTI (Response to Intervention).
Face one profiles assessment in an RTI environment. Face two sketches out a clear black-and-white image of high-quality reading instruction for reading specialists, who will lead and support classroom teachers. Together, reading specialists and classroom teachers will work to offset the language and literacy disparities among English Language Learners and the disproportionate number of children living in poverty.
RTI is being pushed to the forefront on every academic level. On the front end, the early grades have been targeted with the amended Reading Sufficiency Act, which will go into effect in 2013-14.
On the back end of the spectrum, colleges and universities are no stranger to remediation. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education tracks the remediation rates of Oklahoma’s high school graduates at the state’s public institutions, which is reported in the Oklahoma High School Indicators Project. The latest findings are reported in the Remediation Rates Fall 2010 Report. For more information, visit www.okhighered.org/oeis/preparation/RemediationRates.shtml.
Putting a name to the face, the scholar kicking off the RTI conversation for face one will be Dr. Michael McKenna from the University of Virginia. This trendsetting literary giant has authored, co-authored or edited 15 books and more than 100 articles, chapters and technical reports on a wide range of literacy topics. His research interests include comprehension in content settings, reading attitudes, technological applications and beginning reading.
Face two will be that of Dr. Richard Allington, an education professor from the University of Tennessee. He has served as the past president of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Reading Conference. In addition, he is a member of the International Reading Association Board of Directors. IRA honored him as the co-recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award for his tireless contributions to the understanding of reading and learning disabilities. Allington is a celebrated IRA Reading Hall of Fame inductee, who was also awarded the William S. Gray Citation of Merit for his contribution to the profession.
Cameron University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are partnering to help sponsor the event.
Come join the forces of these teacher education institutions and education agencies on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, for the sixth annual reading conference, which will closely examine RTI. For the second year, the conference will be held at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center’s Colloquium Room, located at 655 Research Parkway in Oklahoma City.
McKenna and Allington are equipped to bring forth a tailored, intensive instruction intervention conversation that embraces a prevention model.
Two of the Faces of RTI is a proactive approach to intervention.
2013 Conference Speaker Information
Richard Allington, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
University of Tennessee
Dr. Richard Allington's Conference Materials:
Ten Principles for Looking at Reading Lessons (PDF, 44k)
Summer Reading – Some are reading, some are not (PDF, 206k)
Evaluating Reading Interventions Using Research-Based Features Analysis (PDF, 24k)
Dr. Michael C. McKenna
Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Reading
University of Virginia
Dr. Michael McKenna's Conference Materials:
Assessment in an RTI Environment (PPTX, 3.5m)
Conference Podcasts and Material Archives
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Conference podcast (MP3, 182m)
"Academic knowledge," Doug Buehl (PDF, 45k)
"Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning," Doug Buehl (external PDF)
"Developing Readers In Academic Subjects," Doug Buehl (PDF, 465k)
"Linking Research to Practice in Disciplinary Instruction," Doug Buehl (PDF, 81k)
"Literacy and Sound Learning Strategies for Thoughtful Reading," Doug Buehl (PDF, 175k)
"Mentoring Students in Disciplinary Literacy," Doug Buehl (external PDF)
"Self-Questioning Taxonomy," Doug Buehl (PDF, 1m)
"Strategies for Boosting Vocabulary Learning Across the Curriculum," Doug Buehl (external PDF)
"Teaching To The 'Match,'" Doug Buehl (PDF, 49k)
"Expanding Literacies through Graphic Novels," Gretchen Schwarz (PDF, 1.7k)
Graphic Novels for the Curriculum/Multiple Literacies (PDF, 99k)
"Teaching Multiple Literacies through Graphic Novels," Gretchen Schwarz (PDF, 58k)
Mentoring Readers, Writers, & Thinkers in Academic Disciplines, Doug Buehl (PDF, 438k)
Multiple Literacies (PPT, 1.1m)
Multiple Literacies, Part 2 (PPT, 606k)
Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, March 2009 Article Abstract, "Linking Research to Practice in Disciplinary Instruction," Doug Buehl and David W. Moore (external link)
Dr. Richard Beach Keynote Presentation (external link)
"Constructing Digital Commonplace Texts in the Classroom," R. Beach (PDF, 32k)
"Different Purposes for Using of Digital Tools to Teach Literacy in the College Classroom," R. Beach (PDF, 30k)
Richard Beach: Purposes for Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom (external link)
Moving at the Speed of Creativity (external link)
ELL: Making the Match, Dr. Nancy Hadaway and Dr. Terrell Young (MP3, 131m)
Panel Discussion With Hadaway, Young and State Experts (MP3, 63m)
Children's Book Bibliography (PDF, 18k)
Photo Gallery Archives
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