Kate Roberts: A Novel Approach - Whole-Class Novels, Student-Centered Teaching, and Choice (Grades 6-12)

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Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Di Bushkie
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: Oshkosh Convention Center
2 N. Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Paul L. Conference Room
7/30/2019 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM _Check In Opens at 7:45 A.M.

KATE ROBERTS presents: A Novel Approach

As an English teacher, Kate Roberts has seen the power of whole-class novels to build community in her classroom.  But she’s also seen too many kids struggle too much to read them--and consequently, check out of reading altogether.  Kate’s had better success getting kids to actually read – and enjoy it—when they choose their own books within a workshop model.   “And yet,” she says, “I missed my whole-class novels.”  In this workshop, based on Kate’s book, A Novel Approach, she will take us on a deep dive into the troubles and triumphs of both whole-class novels and independent reading. She will help us to find a student-centered, balanced approach to teaching reading.  Kate will offer a practical framework for creating units that join both teaching methods together.


  • Identify the skills your students need to learn
  • Choose whole-class texts that will be most relevant to your students
  • Map out the time of a unit and the strategies you'll teach
  • Learn to meet individual needs while teaching whole novels
  • Guide students to choice books and book clubs that build on skills being taught


  • Grades 6-12 teachers (classroom, special education, EL, and support specialists)
  • Reading Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Principals


DATE: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

TIME:  8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

LOCATION:  Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901

REGISTRATION FEE:  $225 per participant

  • Early Bird: $25 discount if registered before June 15, 2019
  • Team Rate: $25 discount per participant for teams of at least 3 members from the same school / district / organization

LODGING:  Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel, 1 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901
                 Directly connected to the Oshkosh Convention Center via Skywalk
                 (920) 230-1900

                 CESA 6 block rate = $90 / evening for Monday, July 29th
                 Block rate cut off date = June 30, 2019


CESA 6 Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received before Friday, July 19th, 2019 in order for a full refund to be issued. Registration cancellations received after Friday, July 19th 2019, a refund will be issued, but minus $50 for each participant in order to cover the cost of catering that was ordered and materials that were made for each participant(s).  Persons who are registered, but not in attendance on the day of the session ("no call, no show") 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 if a cancellation occurs.

KATE ROBERTS is a literacy consultant, author, and speaker. She taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) in 2005. Kate worked as a Lead Staff Developer for 11 years at TCRWP.  Kate is the author of A Novel Approach and co-author of Falling in Love with Close Reading (with Christopher Lehman), DIY Literacy (with Maggie Beattie Roberts), and two Units of Study books on Literary Essay.  Her work with students across the country has led to her belief that all kids can be insightful, academic thinkers when the work is demystified, broken down and made engaging.  To this end, Kate has worked nationally and internationally to help teachers, schools, and districts develop and implement string teaching practices and curriculum.


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 at least 8 business days before event in order for a full conference fee refund to be issued (full refunds do not include service fees. Service fees are nonrefundable).Registration cancellations received 1-7 business days before an event, a refund, minus $50 for each participant, will be issued. Persons who are registered, but not in attendance on the day of the session ("no call, no show") 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 if a cancellation occurs.

Note: Cancellation policies are subject to change based on event.