Indiana State Literacy Association 2021 Conference
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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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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

Author & Speaker
Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark’s debut picture book, ADA BYRON LOVELACE AND THE THINKING MACHINE (Creston Books, 2015), received four starred trade reviews (Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal) and many national awards including Outstanding Science... 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
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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.

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JoyAnn Boudreau

Teacher Librarian, HSE Intermediate Junior High
JoyAnn Boudreau is a middle school teacher librarian. She was the Outstanding New School Librarian in 2019 from the Indiana Library Federation. She is passionate about equity, libraries, technology integration, literacy, and making.
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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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