Donalyn is the author or co-author of several books about creating engaging and inclusive reading communities for all children. In her first book, The Book Whisperer (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year.
Donalyn is an award-winning teacher, author, and staff development leader who has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
Library Journal said, “Her approach is simple yet provocative: affirm the reader in every student, allow students to choose their own books, carve out extra reading time, model authentic reading behaviors, discard timeworn reading assignments such as book reports and comprehension worksheets, and develop a classroom library filled with high-interest books.”
The Book Whisperer has been translated into several languages including French and Chinese.
Her teaching awards include TCTELA’s Elementary Language Arts Teacher of the Year (2011), Keller ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year (2010), ESC Region XI Teacher of the Year (2010), TEA State Finalist Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year (2010), Trinity Meadows Intermediate School Teacher of the Year (2010), and Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Region XI Rising Star Teacher (2008). In 2018, Donalyn was awarded TCTELA’s Edmund J. Farrell Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the language arts teaching profession.
Time on Text: Using Eye-tracking Scan Paths to Understand Reading Stamina
Kathleen A. J. Mohr & Stephanie Juth
Professor, Utah State University & Ph.D. Student
Building reading stamina among students is a current literacy trend. Recent eye-tracking research demonstrates issues related to this important reading goal that can inform how teachers could maximize students’ silent reading with comprehension as part of the school curriculum.
Teaching Sequential Text Structure: Books that are Exemplary Models and How to Use Them
Associate Professor, Utah State University
In this session, we present examples of children’s informational books identified as exemplary models of sequential structure and shares ideas for using these books to help elementary students increase comprehension, retain informational text content, and improve writing.
Vocabulary Instruction: The Heart of Comprehension
2nd Grade Teacher, Jordan Hills Elementary
This session will provide research-based tweaks that will instantly improve vocabulary instruction. Based on Isabel Beck’s work, teachers will learn how to arrange classrooms that create and support metalinguistic awareness including tiered word selection, and fun, fast-paced multiple exposure practice.
RTI: Reading Intervention Strategies for Elementary Students
Dean of Elementary Academics, Freedom Prep Academy
Learn quick and easy RTI intervention strategies for improving in-class intervention instruction for our striving elementary readers. Learn how to help students’ master skills in phonemic awareness, word decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Leveraging Superheroes On and Off-Screen
Education and Juvenile Collections Librarian, BYU
Increase students’ motivation for reading, writing, and speaking by using all the genres of superhero popular culture including books, movies, comics, and graphic novels, to teach core literacy skills that will especially engage reluctant or struggling learners.
Writing Poetry with Children
Kindergarten Teacher, Centerville Elementary
Poetry is to language as sweetened condensed milk is to dairy. Come and create in this hands on workshop! You will learn about poetry forms that children will enjoy writing. There will be lots of examples to inspire you to use these techniques with your students tomorrow! Best of all, we will write poems ourselves and illustrate them too!
Finding the Best Books for Fact-loving Kids
Terrell Young, Ph.D.
Fact-loving kids find nonfiction much more compelling than fiction. The presenter will provide brief book talks about the best nonfiction books of 2018.
This year, our conference is November 1 and is being held at:
Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
101 West 100 North
Provo, UT 84601