Indiana State Literacy Association 2021 Conference has ended
Our mission is to initiate and support just, equitable and sustainable policies and practices that advance literacy in the state of Indiana.

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Thursday, September 16

6:00pm EDT

Human Connection in Digital Learning
Digital learning is not only here; it’s here to stay. With digital learning and technology comes speed and enhanced capabilities; however, the human connection of teaching and learning is often missing.  This session will dive into the research to understand how to keep a human connection in a world of digital learning through authentic literature and the human voice. Technology is a game-changer in learning, but a human connection combined with technology is a force multiplier when it comes to the positive influences on education and social and emotional growth.

Zoom passcode: XscJ#Y5t

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Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP

VP-Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally
Vice President, Educator Initiatives - Learning Ally


Thursday September 16, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

7:00pm EDT

The Power of Choice: Supporting Independent Readers
How can we best support independent readers, from the voracious to the strivers and every reader in between? Explore how access, time and choice create high-success reading experiences. Discover how to differentiate for all learners in reading conferences, and engage with conferring prompts for reading volume, preferences, engagement, genre, and social-emotional learning.

Zoom passcode: IslaSchol#1

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Becky Bone

National Director of Literacy, Scholastic Education Solutions
Becky Bone is the National Director of Literacy for Scholastic Education Solutions, and has consulted with school districts nationwide on K-12 literacy and professional learning initiatives. Prior to Scholastic, Becky was a former teacher and Curriculum Coordinator in the Central... Read More →

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Scholastic Education

Scholastic Education
Contact: Randee SalisburyEnter to win classroom library book bundles.

Thursday September 16, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT

8:00pm EDT

Access Matters: Removing Barriers to Learning
Our recent experiences of in-person, hybrid, and distance learning have highlighted the need for flexible, engaging literacy tools that promote equity, inclusion, and ease-of-access (for 1st graders and their parents!)  This session will focus on important considerations for digital literature for elementary schools including Section 508 standards for accessible online tools, real-human audio read-aloud and other supports for English Language Learners, inclusivity, support for educational standards, ability to differentiate for different reading levels, and multi-user access.  Attendees will receive one month of access to Capstone Connect, Capstone’s newest subscription including PebbleGo, a huge library of interactive eBooks, and teacher tools for K-5.

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Andrea Brinkert

Andrea Brinkert, Sales Representative, Capstone
Capstone is a trusted provider of kid-tested books, eBooks, PebbleGo databases, and more to schools, public libraries and anywhere kids are. I am honored to be the Capstone rep for the awesome public libraries and schools in Indiana and Kansas. Tech-savvy innovators and traditional... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Friday, September 17

12:30pm EDT

Lunch & Learn for Pre-service Teachers
This is a special workshop for pre-service teachers.

Filling Your Classroom Library Shelves Without Emptying Your Wallet
Resource List

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Laura Jones

Northwest Regional Coordinator, Indiana State Library
Laura Jones is a librarian and Northwest Regional Coordinator with the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Office. She writes book reviews on her blog (librarianlaura.com) and IG bookstagram (@laurapedenjones). Laura reviews for both School Library Journal and Library... Read More →

Friday September 17, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Saturday, September 18

9:00am EDT

Using Literature and Children's Rights to Read to Advocate as a Literacy Changemaker

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Dr. Kenneth Kunz

Director & Founder, For the Love of Literacy
Dr. Kenneth Kunz serves as Vice-President of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and serves on the Board of the New Jersey Literacy Association (NJLA) and Board of Directors for Little Free Library. Passionate about literacy education, Dr. Kunz leads professional development... Read More →

Saturday September 18, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am EDT

10:00am EDT

2021 Favorites at Brain Lair Books

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Kathy Burnette

Owner, Brain Lair Books
Main books mentioned - https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/731060-kathy?shelf=isla-20212021 Readings that I remembered to put on Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2021/731060

Saturday September 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am EDT

10:00am EDT

Helping Your Students Write Biographies (and other stuff)
There are many questions your students must consider in choosing a subject for a biography, including the availability of research material. After that, they still need to decide what aspect(s) of that person’s life to highlight. This workshop will help you show your students how to write a biography they will be proud of.

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Laurie Wallmark

Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as fiction. Her books have earned five starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and received awards such as Outstanding... Read More →

Saturday September 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am EDT

10:00am EDT

Little Writers, BIG Impact
Join Lanesha Tabb as she walks you through the process for getting young writers independently producing quality pieces of writing within the first few weeks of school! You will also meet the beloved book character, Alpert and learn how he can assist new writers in creating powerful illustrations that will support their writing. You will walk away armed with strategies that can be immediately implemented into your writing block. Let's write!

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LaNesha Tabb

Author, Education With An Apron
LaNesha Tabb is an apron donning primary educator from Indianapolis, Indiana. She has served the past 14 years in grades kindergarten through third grade. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. LaNesha holds leadership roles at the district... Read More →

Saturday September 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am EDT

10:00am EDT

TeachingBooks Tools for a Culturally Responsive Classroom
As you work to develop your culturally responsive classroom, TeachingBooks has tools to bring that effort to life with resources that open up access to diverse authors and titles.  In this session, we will explore tools to lighten your planning time across curricular areas while adding enriching resources for a breadth of diverse cultural experiences.  Whatever your role in a school may be, you will find easy-to-use materials like Meet-the-Author Recordings, the Diverse Books Toolkit, Cultural Representation Reflections, lesson plans, and much more to support your work.

TeachingBooks is a database of over 260,000 book and author resources provided to all residents in Indiana through the Indiana State Library’s INSPIRE.  We hope you join us!

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Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Alyssa's background is in youth development, restorative justice, SEL, and program development. She is thrilled to work with educators and literacy professionals to support their vision — to listen and work together to find creative ways to infuse a joy of reading into each unique... Read More →

Saturday September 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am EDT

11:15am EDT

Author of STARFISH
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Lisa Fipps

Lisa Fipps is a graduate of Ball State University, award-winning former journalist, current director of marketing for a public library (where she won the Sara Laughlin marketing award), and an author of middle-grade books. Starfish is her debut novel. She’s working on her next... Read More →

Saturday September 18, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT

11:15am EDT

Fiction, Nonfiction, and the Spaces Between: Choosing and Framing the Story in History
In a time when truth can feel malleable and reality sometimes seems unreal, where do the boundaries lie between fiction and nonfiction? This session peels back the choices made in writing what's real--researching, contextualizing, employing real-world truth, fact, understanding to develop a book, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction or something in between. What is historical truth and how does the writer choose to express it? Thinking about the story in history along a fiction-nonfiction continuum offers readers new, shared lenses that are desperately needed in our time. 

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Uma Krishnaswami

Originally from India, Uma Krishnaswami lived in the US (Maryland and New Mexico) for over 30 years before moving to British Columbia, Canada. Her most recent middle grade nonfiction book is Threads of Peace: How Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Changed the World (Caitlyn... Read More →

Saturday September 18, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT

11:15am EDT

Getting Curious About Monkeys in Children’s Literature
This was a live session only.

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Edith Campbell

Academic Librarian, YA Literacy Activist, Indiana State University
Edith Campbell is an academic librarian who works particularly to improve the representation of People of Color and Native/First Nations people. She also works as a speaker and consultant.

Saturday September 18, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT

11:15am EDT

We’re Here, We’re Queer, Make a Place for Us
LGBTQ+ representation in libraries and classrooms goes beyond collection development. Learn about how to support and uplift LGBTQ+ students and staff members. We will talk about language, microaggressions/aggressions, and visibility.


JoyAnn Boudreau

Teacher Librarian, HSE Intermediate Junior High
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Chad Heck

Librarian, Attorney
Chad Heck is a school librarian at Pike High School in Indianapolis. He writes professionally on legal and ethical issues in schools and libraries. A licensed attorney, Chad focuses his professional research on intellectual property concerns. He has been heavily involved with the... Read More →

Saturday September 18, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Defending the Right to Read: Handling Materials Challenges in Classrooms and Libraries
Darcy Armstrong
Public Services Manager, Eckhart Public Library

Paul Hankins
English Language and Composition Teacher, Silver Creek High School

Chad Heck
School Librarian, Pike High School
Chad is a School Librarian at Pike High School in Indianapolis. He is an agitator, troublemaker, and intellectual property consultant. His professional focus is ethical and legal frameworks for school leadership.

Renee Isom
Teacher Librarian, Fishers High School

Lindsey Walters
Elementary Teacher Librarian, Mary Beck Elementary School
Lindsey teaches in Elkhart, IN. She is a passionate, driven, and somewhat rebellious lover of books. She is the co-chair of the Indiana Read Aloud Committee and enjoys fighting for intellectual freedom for all.

Saturday September 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Central Indiana Literacy Council Meetup
This is event is not virtual.

Let's meet up on the new Parks Place Pub Outdoor Patio to talk about our new learning from the conference and make new connections. Look for the table with the copy of Starfish by Lisa Fipps on display!

Saturday September 18, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Parks Place Pub Outdoor Patio 8594 E 116th St Suite 70, Fishers, IN 46038
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