Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Conference
2013 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Conference
Friday, May 3, 2013
8:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2013
Conference Scholarship Application (Word) *Deadline March 29, 2013*
Conference Scholarship Application (PDF) *Deadline March 29, 2013*
Barbara O'Connor is the award winning author of many beloved middle grade books including On the Road to Mr. Mineo's, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester and Greetings from Nowhere.
As a former middle school teacher and now an author, Kate Messner knows how to bring kids and books together. Two of her books have been on the DCF list: The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. and Sugar and Ice.
Introducing the New DCF List (The DCF Committee) - Come hear about the books on the 2013-14 DCF list from committee members. Find out what the book review handout doesn’t cover!
Conversation with Kate Messner (Kate Messner) - Come meet our afternoon speaker and chat with her informally.
Rapid To-Dos (Annie Brabazon and Kat Redniss) - Get those books off the shelves and into the hands of kids in meaningful, interactive ways. Join Annie and Kat for activities galore for at least 1/3 of all the new DCF titles. Crafts, games, writing prompts, projects! You’ll leave this workshop with an arsenal of ideas that will engage young readers. Annie Brabazon is the librarian at the Grand Isle School and Kat Redniss is the Young Adult Librarian at Brownell Library in Essex Junction.
Great Books, the Common Core, and Text-Dependent Questions (Pat Fitzsimmons and Joey Hawkins) - How do we help all kids work successfully with great, complex texts? This workshop will focus on using guided, intentionally-crafted text-dependent questions to help all kids build strong, thoughtful understanding of text, and then show that understanding in clear writing. Pat Fitzsimmons is the Common Core Implementation Coordinator at the Department of Education. Joey Hawkins is a Literacy Consultant and Founding Member of the Vermont Writing Collaborative.
iPad Apps (Kata Welch) - For those who are just riding the one to one wave and those who are getting ready to jump on board, learn practical apps and tips for integrating iPads into your DCF and literacy programs. Kata Welch is the school librarian in Cavendish.
- Strong Readers = Strong Writers (Joyce Babitt and students) - Learn how Browns River Middle School in Jericho designed a successful i-block structure for the librarian to give students an opportunity to read good stories and write wonderful stories in a creative library course for ten weeks. Hear from three students about their experiences and see how they published novels in less than five months.
Introducing the New DCF List (The DCF Committee) - Repeat of Workshop #1.
Conversation with Barbara O'Connor (Barbara O'Connor) - Here is your chance to talk to our keynote speaker in a small group setting.
Social Reading (Susan Hennessey and Maura Kelly) - How can you turn reading, a solo pursuit, into a shared social connection? We will explore digital tools (EdModo, and ARIS) that support a collaborative reading experience and motivate students to dive into that DCF list. Susan Hennessey is the Professional Development Coordinator for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at UVM. Maura Kelly is a 6th grade teacher at Peoples Academy Middle School in Morrisville.
Readers Theatre (Mary Catherine Jones and students) - Get into character without memorizing lines! Learn to use DCF books in dramatic readings with students. Have fun while interpreting plot and characters in the 2012-13 DCF books. In addition to being an Advisor for the Children's Literacy Foundation, Mary Catherine is the owner of Voice-Over Vermont - recording ebooks, commercials and animated shorts.
What's NOT on the List - International Edition (Steve Madden) - Let your students discover the world through great books! Come hear about 2012 books from around the world that didn't make it into the boxes of the DCF Committee. We'll also explore children's choice book award programs around the globe, from Alberta to Aberdeen to Adelaide, with many stops in between. Steve Madden is the librarian at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond.
Going Beyond "This book is good": Turning Students Into Book Reviewers (Stacy Holbrook) - Book reviewing can help students take an analytical look at what they are reading, while providing thoughtful recommendations to their peers. Stacy will show you resources to get students involved in book reviewing in the classroom or school, and for publication. Stacy Holbrook is a book reviewer for VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) and the K-8 librarian at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden.