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February 20 - 22, 2014 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Featured Speakers & Authors


Chris Lehman

Educational Consultant & Author


Eric Litwin

Author


Dr. Rebecca Harper

Georgia Regents University


Rae Schaper

Early Childhood Consultant

Margot Raven
Author

Praise for Past Conferences:

“I enjoyed the conference so much!”

Schedule

Thursday

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Full Day Preconference Institutes

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Membership Booth Open

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Afternoon Preconference Institutes

4:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Exhibits & Project Sales Open

Friday

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Coffee, Juice & Assorted Breakfast Items

7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Registration, Exhibits, & Project Sales Open

7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Membership Booth Open

8:30 am – 10:00 am

General Session - Chris Lehman

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Distinguished Teachers of Reading Displays & Exemplary Reading School Displays – Exhibit Hall

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Book Characters in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Luncheon with Jackie Mims Hopkins

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Delegates Assembly

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

"Sock Hop" with Eric Litwin

Saturday

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Coffee, Juice & Assorted Breakfast Items

7:30 am – 9:30 am

Registration Open

7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Exhibits & Project Sales Open

8:30 am – 10:00 am

General Session – Lee Ann Spillane

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Membership Booth Open

10:30 am – 12:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

Drawing for Complimentary 2015 Conference Registration after last session

Preconference Institutes - Thursday February 20

All Day: Rockin’ & Rollin’ with Writing: Engaging Strategies for Writing Success

10:00am — 4:00pm

Dr. Rebecca Harper

This preconference institute tackles all areas of writing across grade levels and content areas. Teaching writing is something many teachers struggle with due to its complex nature and lack of student motivation. Dr. Harper offers solutions for these problems through unique and novel writing strategies that capitalize on student interests, strengths and abilities. In this high-energy and engaging presentation, participants will learn how to use texting, quick writes, children’s literature, post its, and even rap music to teach writing across all grade bands and subject levels, all while teaching content and the writing process. Participants of this preconference institute will walk away with ideas that can be implemented in their classrooms the very next day.

All Day: Using Literature to Teach Early Childhood Foundational Skills

10:00am — 4:00pm

Rae Schaper

This preconference institute is designed to help Early Childhood professionals choose appropriate literature for creating a unit and then applying teachable concepts to each story. Participants will learn how to incorporate literary units into their entire classroom routine using objectives, activities, and assessment necessary to provide each child with an educational program that meets their basic needs. Tips on promoting early introduction to literacy and caregiver participation are also emphasized. Participants will learn how to use literacy to provide a solid educational foundation.

Don’t Read About History! LIVE IT!

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Tim Lowry

Stage a funeral for Hatshepsut (only female pharaoh of ancient Egypt), play “nuclear” chess with Russia and Cuba, and tame the Wild West with nothing more than a pair of false teeth and roll of duct tape! Learn to weave ELA and Social Studies standards together as Storyteller Tim Lowry walks you through his process for building exciting and compelling units of study that incorporate reading, writing, experiential learning, creative dramatics, and arts integration.

All Grades

CLUES to the CCSS: Comprehending Literature Using Experiential Skills

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Dr. Susan Fernandez

Are the Common Core Standards being embraced or erased? Professionals are continually striving to add strategies to their storeroom of instructional expertise. This presenter will demonstrate strategies to ensure that students discover, own, and create literary understanding using literacy devices, sensory details, and connotative meanings in ALL grade levels. This session is presented by a sagacious sleuth who seeks apprentice investigators (students) to uncover the truths and distinctions of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

All Grades

Keeping It Creative! Arts Integration with Common Core Standards

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Lisa Trott, Judi Beaudrot, Jeannine Laban, and Amanda Kilbane

Address the ELA Common Core Standards cohesively across the grade levels in elementary school using an arts-infused curriculum makes learning exciting and meaningful! The presenters will share ideas and actual work from kindergarten to fifth grade that demonstrate the inherent ability to engage students, meet their learning needs, and teach the CCSS while showing the importance of team and cross-grade level planning.

Grades K – 5 

Shake It Up Baby: Rocking the Author’s Craft in Reading and Writing

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Gloria Miller & Shelly Sims

Join these presenters as they share the study of one author’s writing craft to deepen your insights into the inter- connectedness of reading and writing. They will share craft lessons that are usable in writer’s workshop or reading class. The practical framework for these lessons may focus on a single title or a set of texts by a chosen author.

Grades 1 – 8

Location

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

Early Bird Special
Available until December 29th 2013
Only $99 per night plus tax, 3 Diamond, 4 Star Hotel
Call Toll Free 888-627-8203 ask for Group ID 3685 • Book Online ›

Group Name: SCIRA 39th Annual Conference
Major Arrival Date: February 20, 2014 • Major Departure Date: February 22, 2014
To Make Reservations, call 888-627-8203 and ask for SCIRA or ID 3201

SHERATON ROOM RATES:
Standard double beds or standard king bed – $129.00 per night ($10 additional per person after double occupancy)
1 Bedroom Suite (bedroom and parlor) – $229.00 per night
2 Bedroom Suite (2 bedrooms and parlor) – $359.00
Credit card required for reservations. Cancelation must be made 3 days prior to arrival to avoid penalty. These rates are available for Wednesday through Saturday nights based on availability.