2012 OKI Children’s Literature Conference

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting some of KET’s online literacy resources to educators at the OKI Children’s Literature Conference and thought I would share them here as well. The OKI Children’s Literature Conference is a very well organized conference that has taken place every year since 1996. The featured speakers for this year’s event were Loren Long and Gary Schmidt and they were both fabulous presenters. Next year, the theme is The New Face of Non-Fiction: So Much More to Explore! and the featured speakers will be Candace Fleming and Steve Jenkins.

Here are the resources I shared during my session:

Literacy Central This collection includes our new Literacy Plan for Kentucky Interactive and a collection of other videos that illustrate high quality literacy instruction.

Literacy Plan for Kentucky Interactive This interactive is designed to provide, in one location, guidance to educators on the development, implementation and monitoring of literacy plans.

Blue Ribbon Readers The reading strategies used in the Blue Ribbon Readers lesson plans and interactive materials are adapted from the book, 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!, by Susan Zimmerman and Chryse Hutchins.

Between the Lions These segments were selected from Between the Lions, the series that helps kids “Get Wild About Reading!”

Inspiring Middle School Literacy These self-paced online lessons are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic. Each lesson addresses a range of literacy strategies, which are listed in the accompanying teacher’s guide.

Inspiring Middle School Literacy Video In this professional development video from WGBH, teachers, students, and a literacy expert present their perspectives on the use of the self-paced lessons in the Walmart Middle School Literacy Initiative.

PBS LearningMedia PBS LearningMediabrings together the best of public media, produced specifically for educators, from PBS, WGBH, and over 55 public media partners. High-quality content tied to Common Core and national curriculum standards is freely available to all educators as a basic service. There are over 11,000 resources in PBS Learning Media, including many that are literacy related.

The 2013 KET Young Writers Contest Our annual Young Writers Contest  is great opportunity to inspire creative writing in children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. Each year the winning entry  from each grade is showcased on our website. You can actually view thirty-six of last year’s entries as ibooks. You must first download them from here to an idevice.

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