Matt Glover and Lisa Cleaveland--Early Literacy Summer Institute: Nurturing Reading and Writing Development in Our Youngest Students (Grades PK-1)

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Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Nicole Lehr
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Oshkosh
1 N Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Convention Center
6/27/2017 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM Check in opens @ 8 A.M.
6/28/2017 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM Check in opens @ 8 A.M.

Matt Glover and Lisa Cleaveland will teach us how to successfully nurture reading and writing development in pre-school through 1st grade students. From key strategies for aligning beliefs and actions in teaching reading and writing, to inspiring practices in order to learn all you can about your young readers and authors.


Keynote: Matt Glover – Aligning Beliefs and Actions in Teaching Reading and Writing
Aligning beliefs and actions seems easy.  If I believe that, then I do this.  But, there are a variety of barriers to aligning beliefs and actions.  Let’s explore key strategies for aligning beliefs and actions.

Morning breakout sessions (choose 1)

Matt Glover: Increasing Energy and Engagement for All Writers (Gr. PK–1)
It is difficult to learn to write well if you don’t have the energy to write for longer periods of time. In this session we will examine strategies for increasing engagement for all writers (especially reluctant ones).

Lisa Cleaveland: Using Mentor Authors and Illustrators in the Teaching of Writing Workshop: Not Mentor Texts…Because the Text Didn’t Write Itself! (Gr. K–1)
Mentorship has a place to thrive in writing workshop. Children are making books so they are engaged in the same kind of work as all authors and illustrators. From the cover, to the title page, to the dedication, and all the way through a picture book, authors and illustrators have made composition decisions from which children can learn. The key is what to talk about in a book and how to talk about it so that this talk supports children as beginning authors and illustrators. Authors and Illustrators can become real mentors for beginning writers!

Afternoon breakout sessions (choose 1)

Matt Glover: Reading Like A Writer – Noticing AND Trying Out (Gr. PK–1)
Young children can quickly become very skilled at noticing what authors do, but it doesn’t automatically show up in their writing. We will explore a variety of strategies for helping students try out what they are noticing.

Lisa Cleaveland:  Assessment–Learning All You Can About Your Young Authors (Gr. K–1)
During the school year, teachers are constantly looking for evidence of their young writer’s growth.  Teachers are always watching and listening to students while engaged in the process of writing.  We hear their conversations and how they articulate themselves in individual conferences. In this session, we will look closely at individual pieces of writing as you would your own student’s.  We will examine how to use observations and our student’s decision making to drive our instruction and to help with individual conferences. We will look at how to discover: new areas of growth in a child, possibilities for next steps in nudging a child’s development, possibilities for the whole-class teaching out of a child’s experience and ways to keep records of the teaching we do in the writing conference.

Closing address: Lisa Cleaveland


Keynote: Matt Glover – Connecting Reading and Writing
The thinking that children do when they are composing text for books they can’t decode is similar to thinking children engage in when composing text for the books they write. By connecting reading and writing we can help students become stronger writers.

Morning breakout sessions (choose 1)

Matt Glover: A Year of Writing in Preschool: Designing Preschool Focus Ideas (Gr. PK–4K)
We can better support writers at any age by ensuring that teaching builds logically, both within a unit and across a year. In this hands-on session we will design a year-long plan for writing and learn the process for creating a Preschool Focus Idea.

Lisa Cleaveland: Starting With A Stack: Exploring A Predictable Framework for Unit Study in the Writing Workshop (Gr. K–1)
During the year, every unit of study follows a predictable pattern. Studies begin with reading immersion from a stack of picture books selected by the teacher. It may be a stack gathered by either genre or craft. The study then zooms in for a closer look at particular books in the stack, and children begin trying the work of the study in their own writing and illustrating. Over time, children come to recognize this predictable framework for study and the way of thinking about writing it represents. Using photographs, videos, looking at anchor charts and children’s work samples, this session will give an overview of this predictable framework in action.

Afternoon breakout sessions (choose 1)

Matt Glover: Conferring with Preschool Writers (Gr. PK–4K)
Individual writing conferences represent high differentiated and individualized instruction, which makes them both powerful and challenging. In this session we will practice conferring with preschool writers.

Lisa Cleaveland: Conferring: The Talk That Fills Our Classroom
Sitting down beside a child to talk about the book they are working on seems easy and simple to do, but is it? Do you sometimes question yourself in the conference? Do you think you have chosen the right thing to teach? Have you talked to the child in a way that you have left them with energy for their next steps, or did you deflate them? As classroom teachers we sometimes question ourselves in how effective we have been at growing our writers when we confer with them. We will dig deeper, watch experts and work on helping our students become better writers through powerful conferences.

Closing address: Lisa Cleaveland

Graduate Credit (Optional): 1 grad credit will be available through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for an additional cost of $200 (payable to the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh).  Information about the graduate credit registration and course work will be shared on day 1 of this workshop.




CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received 48 business hours before the scheduled date for a refund to be issued. Because attendance at most sessions is limited, persons registering and not in attendance on the day of the session will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email or phone if a cancellation occurs.