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Friday 20 Oct 2023

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM Plenary Session 1

IATE Business Meeting and Welcome Session

Andrew Rodbro and Kimberly MusolfBanquet AB

  • Andrew Rodbro, North Lakes District Leader, Conference Master of Ceremonies: Conference Overview
  • Kimberly Musolf, Special Projects Chair: Connecting with Colleagues
Fri 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM
All levels

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Breakout Session A

Community in Action

Alyssa Staley, Carbondale Middle SchoolCollaboration 146

How to add a zinger to the end of a novel unit that deals with hard topics. Go through the steps to create a discussion panel of experts. Your principal loves it, your school board loves it, and your students love it. This conversational piece is the type of activity that students will remember long after they have left your classroom and building behind them. It gives them a safe place to ask questions, make statements, and be heard while receiving wisdom, advice, and encouragement by community members who are experts in their fields.

Fri 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
High School, Middle/Jr. High
Presentation session

Ditching Multiple Choice Tests: Using Problem Based Learning as measurements of student learning through the use of Real World Experiences

AngelaNina David Escanilla, Unity Junior High SchoolCollaboration 142

Time and time again, students are asked to [recite information at the end of each unit, often in the form of multiple choice tests. But through this practice, the line between information learned vs. information memorized becomes increasingly blurred. Creating a Real World Experience provides students with the opportunity to learn through the use of inquiry: questioning, researching, presenting, and applying their learning to real life. Each Real World Experience is a culmination of literature, writing, history, and of course, civics. Through the accompaniment of both whole class and small group novels, students create genuine displays that reflect what they have learned and how their newfound knowledge can be applied to current events. In this session, you will be introduced to an example of a Real World Experience, which serves as each unit’s summative assessment. We will discuss planning, how to create assignments that align with Standards-Based Grading, and even take a look at a few student examples.

When you put this all together, just make sure you don't have things separated from their names, etc. It requires some fenagaling in the end, but it looks clean.

Fri 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
High School, Middle/Jr. High
Presentation session

Interviews and Cross-curricular Writing

Nicoline Shoffer, Fenwick High SchoolCollaboration 144

How can you get students to connect deeply with a text and the historical context in which it is written? How is a person impacted by the historical events that happen during their lifetime? How do authors draw on historical and cultural events in developing their characters? Using interviews, students see a connection between their family's history and the historical events that occurred during various generations. We can then use these interviews as primary sources for authentic responses to literature. We will brainstorm ways in which interviews can be incorporated in your existing curricula.

Fri 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
High School
Presentation session, Session requires a device

Shaking Up Shakespeare: Bringing the Play Back into Shakespeare’s Plays

Shannon Radcliffe, Lincoln Community High SchoolCollaboration 140

Groans erupt from your class as you announce the start of your next unit, Shakespeare. How do you combat the negative feelings students already have about Shakespeare? How do you make Shakespeare fresh for this generation of students? This presentation is full of ideas about how to combat some of the most common problems when teaching Shakespeare: language barriers, negative stereotypes, drama terms and vocabulary, disengagement, and boredom.

Fri 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
High School
Presentation session

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Breakout Session B

Adventures in Empathy: Inviting Videogames into First Year Writing

Mark Brand and James Drown, University of Illinois ChicagoCollaboration 142

Building on the work of Bonnie Ruberg and Stephen Greer, we unpack affordances of otherness in mainstream video gaming. Voraciously consumed by our students, games-as-texts do ludic and narrative work akin to literary fiction: they encourage confronting, understanding, and bonding with the unfamiliar. In the writing classroom, these mass-texts are an emerging vector of empathic response, academic engagement, and digital literacies.

When you put this all together, just make sure you don't have things separated from their names, etc. It requires some fenagaling in the end, but it looks clean.

Fri 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
College, High School
Presentation session

Authentic Classroom Management Strategies for the High School ELA Classroom

Angie Heiser, Putnam County High SchoolCollaboration 146

Looking for ways to manage your classroom that create positive spaces for students to be themselves? Wanting to avoid yelling and power struggles between yourself and your students? Looking for something more sustainable and fulfilling than relying on admin to "discipline" on your behalf? My name is Angie Heiser, and I have some tips and tricks for you! I have been in the high school ELA classroom for 10 years and have implemented a variety of tactics that have helped me build a sustainable classroom management plan that has changed my teaching career. Join me as I give you ideas to change your perception of "classroom management" and help you create something sustainable and enjoyable for yourself and your students.

Fri 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
High School
Presentation session

Teacher 101

John Barrett, Pleasant Plains Middle SchoolCollaboration 138

Do you find yourself run ragged by the demands placed on teachers in a post-Covid world? John Barrett has been teaching for nearly 3.5 decades and has some ideas to share about how to care for your inner teacher.

Fri 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
All levels
Interactive session

Teaching Consent Through YA Literature

Genevieve Sherman and Deborah Althoff Will, Zion Benton High SchoolCollaboration 144

This presentation will take a look at teaching consent through various books. We will define consent, look at songs that both ask for and ignore consent, and dive into books that allow readers to see the four aspects of consent for this unit. Teachers will leave with a unit of work that is valuable and engaging.

Fri 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
High School, Middle/Jr. High
Presentation session

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Breakout Session C

Authentic Responses to Refugee: Pre-Service Teachers, Social Activism, and Assessment Design”

E. Mariah Spencer, Chrissie Durbin, Syncere Williams, and Brianna Zangara, Illinois State UniversityCollaboration 138

This panel centers on the development of authentic assessments to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. In it, pre-service teachers shift students from passive consumers to content creators and social activists, while working with the YA novel Refugee by Alan Gratz. In addition to sharing their research, planning, and discovery, each presenter will bring three carefully formulated questions related to assessment design and their future teaching, which they will pose to audience members. Our hope is that educators from around the state can offer these teacher candidates constructive feedback related to their assessment designs and the instructional units in which they will one day be taught.

Fri 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
College, Pre-service teacher
Presentation session

Choosing Literary Texts that Matter Now and Writing About Them in a Way that Does, Too: A Writing-to-Learn Activity that Deepens Analysis, Reflection, and Community

Kate Sjostrom, University of Illinois, ChicagoCollaboration 144

This session will explore resources for relevant text selection and guide participants in a writing-to-learn activity that invites them to weave their own narratives into a literary text to simultaneously develop analytical thinking, writing fluency, self-awareness, and classroom community.

Fri 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
High School, Pre-service teacher
Interactive session

Inquiry & Literacy: Using Authentic Problems and Real Student Conversations to Engage Students

Mark Patton and Nicole Boudreau Smith, Adlai E. Stevenson High SchoolCollaboration 146

We all want our students to be engaged; we want them to be seen, heard, valued AND captivated by the curriculum. However, as the year goes on, activities like bellringers, team-building exercises, and daily brain breaks become less effective and less engaging, and they don’t generate student excitement about the content of the class. What if it didn't need to be that way? What if curriculum could be authentically engaging? The presenters will share a guaranteed and viable approach to curricular design that centers current, controversial questions; by putting questions that matter at the center of unit design, teachers are empowered to privilege student voice and meaning-making above student compliance.To make school authentic and exciting, we don’t need to ditch the standards or revamp the reading: we need to shift how we think about teaching and learning, including inquiry-based units, discussion modalities that can be applied to any unit, and strategies to enhance student reading, writing, and overall literacy.

Fri 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
High School, Pre-service teacher
Interactive session, Session requires a device

What’s In Your Bag? Unpacking Implicit Bias

Stephanie GatesCollaboration 142

This is a workshop designed for educators at any stage of their career to examine the role of implicit bias, also known as unconscious bias, in both their personal and professional lives. In this workshop, participants will engage in a variety of activities to increase their awareness of implicit bias, and understand the impact of implicit bias on their teaching practice. Participants will learn to recognize how implicit bias shows up in the classroom.

Fri 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
All levels, Pre-service teacher
Interactive session

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Plenary Session 2, Friday Lunch

Featured Speaker, Robin Ha

Robin HaBanquet AB

Robin, a life-long reader of comics, grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to the United States at age 14. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she moved to New York City and worked in the fashion industry before diving into comics. She strives to make comics that are entertaining and also empower the readers to become more accepting of themselves and others. Robin is the author and illustrator of Almost American Girl, a 2020 Harvey Award nominee and 2021 Walter Award honoree memoir, and Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes, a New York Times bestselling cookbook graphic novel.


Book Signing with Robin Ha
Friday 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    


Fri 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
All levels

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Book signing the Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance

No workshops in this session.

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM Breakout Session D

Fostering Resilience: utilizing differentiated strategies to support all students in cultivating a growth mindset and becoming metacognitive readers and writers

Nicole Lombardo, Adlai E. Stevenson High SchoolCollaboration 142

We need to be pioneers who embrace our resilient spirit. Participants will gain specific ideas to create warm, supportive, engaged, and hard-working classrooms where students feel a strong sense of belonging. These methods can easily be incorporated into any lesson and will strengthen the student-to-student bonds as well as the student-to-teacher relationship in order to help students reach optimum academic success.

Fri 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
All levels, Pre-service teacher
Presentation session

How many ways can we come to know a text?

Timothy Duggan, Northeastern Illinois UniversityCollaboration 146

Session D1

This interactive, participatory session will engage attendees in working collaboratively through a short but complex text, engaging all the tools in our repertoire, including, but not limited to, close reading, linguistic analysis, arts-based inquiry, contemporary and historical critical theory, analogical thinking, and reader response. Our goal will be to examine, discuss, and develop classroom approaches that engage a wide swath of strategies, honoring all approaches and equipping ourselves with tools for differentiation.

Fri 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
All levels, Pre-service teacher
Interactive session

Producing Podcasts as an Alternative Assessment

Kate Whitman, Fenwick High SchoolCollaboration 144

This session will describe a summative assessment that used the genre of a “true crime” podcast with Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Students modeled the journalistic style of the novel, used critical thinking and textual evidence to analyze characters, practiced the writing process through re-reading, drafting, and revision, and tapped into their own creativity and humor to increase their understanding of the novel. This session will explain the process of the podcast project, demonstrate the technology tools used, look at samples of the final product, and brainstorm other works of literature that might lend themselves to this engaging alternative to a test or essay.

Fri 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
High School
Presentation session

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM Breakout Session E

Featured Author Session: Memoir Graphic Novel Workshop

Robin Ha Featured Author SessionCollaboration 142

Is your diary brimming with exciting stories? And do you love to read comics? Walter-Award-Honoree graphic novelist, Robin Ha will walk you through how you can transform your life into a graphic novel. You'll learn a step-by-step process of selecting and refining your personal stories, planning out your graphic novel, and drawing the comic pages.

Fri 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
All levels

Going "Gradeless": Equitable Assessment Strategies for the Reading and Writing Classroom

Kaitlin Glause and Carin Houser, Millikin UniversityCollaboration 140

Going “gradeless” is becoming a popular approach as educators work to provide more equitable and authentic assessment and feedback that support all students. This presentation shares the experiences of a collection of middle school, high school, and college teachers who implemented various approaches to equitable grading, including going gradeless/pointless (Guskey, 2015; Zerwin, 2020), ungrading (Blum, 2020), and labor-based grading (Inoue, 2019a). In this presentation, we will share our findings and experiences with an emphasis on gradeless assessment practices for writing and reading instruction.

Fri 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
College, High School
Presentation session

Neurodivergent: Walking the Walk of Authenticity

Vicky Gilpin, Cerro Gordo High SchoolCollaboration 144

Authenticity requires a careful balance of the teacher's executive presence (Hewlett, 2014) the requirements of subject area, the needs of the students, the students' individual situations, both biological and environmental. Neurodivergence, on the part of the teacher, the students, or both, adds a bit of spice to the experience. This presentation/discussion will explore using teacher authenticity as an important element of relationship-building as a foundation for learning, maneuvering as a neurodivergent (autistic) teacher to support that authenticity, and modifying strategies to encourage success and accessibility for all in the neurodiverse classroom.

Fri 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
College, High School, Middle/Jr. High
Presentation session

What is “real,” anyway? Creating a new 12th-grade ELA course to align with college composition

Sarah Pittman, Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Jason Evans, Prairie State CollegeCollaboration 146

The co-presenters, a high school and a community college English teacher, collaborated to create a new 12th-grade ELA course under the state’s Transitional Instruction Initiative. The new course more intentionally aligns with first-year college composition. They will share information about the course, their work together as colleagues at neighboring institutions, and how they've created a curriculum, along with engaging instructional techniques, to make college a more realistic and tangible option for students that identify themselves as needing extra support in the areas of reading and writing.

Fri 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
College, High School, Pre-service teacher
Interactive session, Presentation session

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM Breakout Session F

Illinois State Readers’ Choice Awards

Nichole Folkman, Hartsburg-Emden CUSD #21Collaboration 142

Want to learn about the Readers' Choice Awards for Illinois? Did you know that they exist for all ages from k-12th grade? Find out which program is for you and learn about strategies for using the lists in your classroom and a sampling of books from the lists.

Fri 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
All levels
Presentation session

Let’s Talk Narrative

Paige Timmerman, Salem Community High School, and Kourtney Hake, Sparta Lincoln SchoolCollaboration 146

Personal narrative is often seen as an extra unit of writing because of the pressure on teachers to focus on informational and analytical writing. When we look at authentic writing, however, personal narrative is often blended with other genres. This session will focus on how writers often incorporate personal stories for the purpose of answering questions and feature lessons and activities from our upcoming book, Narrative as Navigation.

Fri 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
High School, Middle/Jr. High
Interactive session, Presentation session

Teaching Students about "Asians"

Jeremy Quach, Jones College Prep High SchoolCollaboration 144

Representation of Asians in the West often follows the same script: model minorities, mother/daughter conflicts, and oppressive traditions. In this session, attendees will explore and workshop many different materials, ranging from entire units on media stereotypes to individual readings and assignments that can be plugged into existing units, that teach students how to problematize Orientalist assumptions that fuel Asian racism today.

Fri 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
College, High School
Interactive session

The Ethical Frame:  Understanding the Relationship of Discourse and the Ethical Basis of an Argument

Andrew J. Rodbro, Warren Township High SchoolCollaboration 138

For teachers who teach argumentation. In addition to effective argument processes (claim, evidence, warrant; logos, ethos, pathos), the way a speaker frames an argument can determine a speaker's success with an audience. This frame is built with a speaker's discourse--deliberate and purposeful language choices of a speaker to present an argument. Effective deployment of a particular discourse can redraw the moral and ethical lines that make an argument appealing. This session will provide teachers with a vocabulary and knowledge base for teaching the concept of discourse and the way a speaker's choice of discourse frames an argument.

Fri 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
All levels, Pre-service teacher
Presentation session

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Plenary Session 3, Friday Dinner

Featured Speaker, Jessamine Chan, Illinois Author of the Year

Jessamine Chan, Illinois Author of the YearBanquet AB

Jessamine Chan holds a B.A. from Brown University and a MFA from Columbia University. Chan worked as a reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, and her stories have appeared in Tin House and EPOCH. Her debut novel The School for Good Mothers is a New York Times Bestseller and was included on The Today Show host Jenna Bush Hager’s “Read with Jenna” book list. It was a finalist for the 2023 John Leonard Prize awarded by the National Book Critics Circle. Freckle Films, a production company owned by Jessica Chastain, purchased the rights for a TV adaptation of A School for Good Mothers.

Lifetime Membership Award, Gary Anderson

Fri 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
All levels
Presentation session

Saturday 21 Oct 2023

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM Plenary Session 4, Welcome

Featured Speaker, Briana Morales, 2023 Illinois Teacher of the Year

Briana MoralesBanquet AB

Briana Morales is a proud Latina and freedom fighter for students in alternative education, where she has spent her career loving and learning alongside students furthest from justice in East St. Louis, IL. Throughout her career she has helped    students turn pain into power through narrative poetry of witness. Briana was honored in 2021 as a NCTE Early Career Educator of Color and more recently as the 2023 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Sat 8:30 AM - 8:55 AM
All levels
Presentation session

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Breakout Session

Building Authentic Collaboration: Our Experiences as Dual-Enrollment Instructor and Embedded Librarian

Jayna Leipart-Guttilla and Delores Robinson, Illinois Valley Community CollegeCollaboration 140

Human Resources expert Tim Baker, in his 2019 text on performance and development strategies, theorizes 5 “pillars of authentic conversation” that allow colleagues to effectively collaborate and to “keep it real” in their working relationships. By identifying authentic approaches to task-focused conversations and people-focused conversations, Baker lays out a plan for co-workers in any environment to strategize, carry out their plans, address unhelpful behavior, build trust and appreciation, and move into the future. Faced with teaching dual-enrollment speech and composition classes in area high schools, the session presenters (a community college instructor and librarian) discuss their experiences as they formulated a strategy for collaborative teaching. They describe the Embedded Librarian role as it exists at their school and how their approaches to these shared courses have evolved along the way. Weaving in Baker’s terms and definitions of authentic conversation, the presenters share what worked and what didn’t in their collaborative teaching. The session also offers assessment data from when two of the dual-enrollment courses taught by the presenters were offered by high schools without a media center or librarian in their buildings.

Sat 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
College, High School
Presentation session

To Build a Story: Eleven Questions for Beginning Fiction Writers

Randal HendeeCollaboration 142

How can you help your students write a good story from scratch? You offer them the basics of storytelling, one step at a time. With each step, you prompt them to build a story that is uniquely theirs. This workshop combines narrative theory with practical writing advice to help teachers help their students write an entertaining and emotionally resonant story.

Sat 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
High School, Middle/Jr. High
Interactive session, Session includes the promotion of a service/book

Designing Assignments that Resist ChatGPT

Jennifer Connolly, Granite City High SchoolCollaboration 144

After a brief overview of how ChatGPT works, we'll talk about ways to design assignments that deter students from using AI generated texts. This is NOT a session on how to catch, police, or punish the use of AI, but to design more holistic and process-oriented tasks that ask students to do their own thinking.After a brief overview of how ChatGPT works, we'll talk about ways to design assignments that deter students from using AI generated texts. This is NOT a session on how to catch, police, or punish the use of AI, but to design more holistic and process-oriented tasks that ask students to do their own thinking.

Sat 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
College, High School, Pre-service teacher
Presentation session

Teaching Authentic Reading with Metacognitive Tools: The Double-Entry Research Log

Kayla Greenwell, Illinois Valley Community CollegeCollaboration 146

Kayla Greenwell, MA will lead an interactive workshop utilizing the double-entry research log (DERL) while explaining the pedagogical theory and neuroscience behind the learning tool. The DERL is a reading tool based on the design of 1980s dialectic journals with updates based on recent developments in cognitive science. While applying cognitive science to the classroom is not new, the changes are usually broad. The DERL is meant to be a simple tool that teachers can incorporate into their classrooms immediately.

Sat 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
College, High School
Interactive session

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Breakout Session H

A Small Place in the U.S.

Brittany Neil, Adlai E. Stevenson High SchoolCollaboration 140

From rural Wisconsin to wherever you are, we can choose authentic texts that offer both a mirror and a window to our students and their experiences of place. In the resort town of Elkhart Lake, teachers read A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid and connected the tourism industry there to students’ experiences. Attendees will explore resources and ideas to create a similar unit or lesson for their classes.

Sat 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
High School
Interactive session, Session requires a device

Culminating Activities to Provide Connections

Kristin Runyon, Charleston High SchoolCollaboration 146

Traditionally, students have demonstrated their understanding and analysis of a text or topic through tests and essays. However, have you seen other teachers’ social media posts about One Pagers or Hexagons and weren’t sure how to introduce them to students? Hexagons and One Pagers can be used for single texts, to connect multiple texts. to explore themes, and across the curriculum. This presentation will share the basics of each activity and then give participants time to practice each one.

Sat 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
College, High School, Middle/Jr. High
Interactive session

From Voices on Paper to Voices in the Room

John Hayward, Naperville Central High SchoolCollaboration 138

Get every student in your class writing and talking about complex, creative, personal and debatable topics. How? Transition from engaging journal prompts to various discourse strategies. Observe the positive difference these activities make in your classroom community and in their extended writing projects. Learn and practice these ideas in an interactive workshop and be inspired!

Sat 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
College, High School
Interactive session

How to SEL-ebrate Learning: Incorporating CASEL-5 Framework into ELA Content Instruction

Jeremy Robinson, Kyle Fitzmyer, and Megan Delaney, J.S. Morton East High SchoolCollaboration 142

During this session, teachers will learn how to combine SEL behaviors and ELA curriculum. We will explore ways to take an SEL framework and use it as a lens for analyzing literature.

Sat 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
All levels, Pre-service teacher
Presentation session, Session requires a device

Sharing the Reader's Journey: Facilitating Book Club  Podcasts

Laura Kammes-Bumm, Glenbard West High SchoolCollaboration 144

As choice reading continues to ensure that students of all abilities find enjoyment in reading, teachers incorporating choice reading into their curricula may seek ways to encourage student voice in discussions. This presentation will offer an idea to be applied for ongoing book club units or end-of-semester assessment. Students reading choice books trace their personal reactions to their reading to determine theme or genre-based connections with peer readers. They then apply podcast knowledge gained through class listening experiences to construct and record discussions of their reading journeys using the podcasting app Anchor.

Sat 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
High School, Middle/Jr. High
Presentation session

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Breakout Session I

AP Language: High Stakes + Low Stress = Remarkable Success

Jodie Seipp, O’Fallon Township High SchoolCollaboration 144

In an attempt to bolster enrollment and lower stress for both students and teachers, we have designed an AP Language and Composition class using a writing workshop model empowering students to explore topics that matter to them. Our AP Language and Composition pass rate exceeds 95%, and our enrollment in the course continues to grow each year. The course is designed to help students analyze everything from social media posts to peer-reviewed academic journals in an authentic, yet rigorous manner. Students complete nearly all work within the class period which helps to minimize student stress while maximizing time for in-class conferencing with the teacher. This session will focus on sharing ideas and strategies to help high achieving students who are often extremely busy and stressed find joy in researching, analyzing, and writing about issues they care about.

Sat 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
High School
Presentation session

Communicate Extraordinarily with Tier 2 Vocabulary

Andrea Parker, Robert Fulton Elementary, ChicagoCollaboration 140

The interactive workshop will provide participants with research and strategies to implement engaging and meaningful speaking and writing strategies using tier two or high level vocabulary. The purpose of embedding tier two vocabulary into the speaking literacy is to improve student communication skills, especially written communications. Based on research, students write how they talk, and do not advance their verbal vocabulary after third grade. With more exposure, especially to students form low-income families, students can gain a repertoire of specific words to used on a daily basis, where they can identify more words and its synonyms in literature, increasing comprehension and reading/writing stamina.

Sat 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
All levels
Interactive session

Featured Author Session: Celebrating the Victories

Catherine Adel WestCollaboration 142

This workshop is designed to help you and students find all the large and small ways writing can help not only change your life but your students' lives along with some DOs and DON'Ts on how to properly engage students of color.

Sat 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
High School, Middle/Jr. High

This Speaks to Me

Sheila YarbroughCollaboration 146

The task of nurturing the authentic voices of students within our classrooms can be one of the most important undertakings of teachers at all levels. Activities focusing on the listening, viewing, and reading interests of students can enhance their written and spoken communication skills as well as support social and emotional learning while encouraging the use of instructor provided analytical tools across various disciplines. The activity, “This Speaks To Me” allows students to share what they see, hear, and feel while developing writing, listening, and critical thinking skills. Finally, through practice and discussion participants can decide if “This Speaks To Me” can be a tool to use in their classrooms as well as how it might be adapted across age levels and abilities.

Sat 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
All levels
Interactive session

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Breakout Session J

Art as entryways and escape routes

Keisha Rembert, National Louis University and Briana Morales, Gordon Bush Alternative CenterCollaboration 146

In today’s educational landscape, it is essential for students to have meaningful opportunities to engage in humanizing and antiracist pedagogy. Art can serve as both an entryway and an escape route to help students understand and challenge oppression. As texts, art can reveal our reality, highlight the difficulties of marginalized groups, and provide a space for antiracist discourse and action. In our classrooms, the examination and creation of art as story and justice allows students to confront the realities of racism and other oppressive forces in our everyday lives and challenge themselves and others to think critically about the ways in which it manifests in our society. Art can act as an entryway to ignite dialogue, inspire voice, build community and foster collective action. Additionally, it can also be used as an escape route to explore and express the complexities of racism and its implications, as well as a means to escape oppressive structures. . In this session ELA teachers will learn how to use art in ten ways in our antiracist ELA classrooms.

Sat 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
High School
Presentation session

Authenticity as Method: Keeping it Real with Students

Angelo Bonadonna, Norman Boyer, ChrisTina Edwards, and Erin Giusto, Saint Xavier University; and Moira Bonadonna, Art in MotionCollaboration 138

The curricula and methods of ELA can be powerful tools for reaching disempowered, disconnected students and motivating them to act, think, interact, and appreciate through the enchantments of language and story and expression. In a discussion format, a panel of early career, veteran, and preservice teachers share their approaches to cutting through the malaise and resistance often promoted by school environments to reconceive school as a space for humanistic, creative, and moral involvement.

Sat 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
All levels
Interactive session, Presentation session

Keeping it Real: Shaping Adolescents’ Identity and Agency With YAL & Action Research

Cindi Koudelka Fieldcrest CUSD 6, Minonk/Aurora University and Katie Russell, Murphysboro CUSD #186 Murphysboro Middle SchoolCollaboration 142

The pandemic and social divisiveness has exacerbated inequities and made it difficult for teens to reflect on their place in the world. Apprenticing adolescents in action research grounded by inclusive Young Adult novels is an authentic and engaging way to reframe their civic learning and empower them to shape their world for healing, dreaming, and unity. The presenters will share work grounded in Freire's Critical Literacy theory and further scaffolded by scholarship in action research and positioning. The presenters will model how to use Young Adult Literature and Critical Action Research to provide students the participatory spaces to critique the world and engage them with relevant interrogation of texts and exploration of of political language, civic values, and their agency in the world (Cammarota & Fine, 2008, Freire, 2016; Mirra & Garcia, 2017). As educators continue to shape literacy practices, we recognize schools, one of the largest enculturating institutions in the world, have the opportunity to teach adolescents how to use literacy to navigate humanity & social contexts. This presentation is of interest to educators wishing to reimagine a liberating pedagogy that privileges inclusive adolescent voices.

Sat 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
All levels
Presentation session

Kindness: Can It Be Taught? Using Kindness As an Instructional Tool

Sophia Smith and Alexandria Ellison, J.S. Morton East High SchoolCollaboration 144

Yes, it can be taught! Through action research, daily interactions, project based learning, and a little help from technology, building a culture of kindness is not only feasible, it's part of the curriculum! Think you have too much to cover? This session will explore how you can tie kindness to content and course skills while promoting and supporting SEL.

Sat 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
All levels
Presentation session, Session requires a device

The Larry Johannessen New Teacher Forum

Elizabeth Kahn, Northern Illinois UniversityCollaboration 140

This interactive discussion session will address fears, hopes, and strategies for success in teaching. Student teachers and teachers in their first few years of services are invited to talk about challenges and victories. Experienced teachers and others who care about the struggles of novice teachers are encouraged to attend and share their ideas.

Sat 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
All levels
Interactive session

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Plenary Session 5, Past Presidents’ Saturday Luncheon

Past Presidents’ Luncheon, Featured Speaker, Catherine Adel West

Catherine Adel WestBanquet AB

Catherine Adel West was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she currently resides. She graduated with both her B.A. and M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois - Urbana. She is the author of Saving Ruby Kingand The Two Lives of Sara. In addition, her work is published in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Five2One, Better than Starbucks, Doors Ajar, 805 Lit + Art, The Helix Magazine, Lunch Ticket, Gay Magazine, and Every Body Shines, a body positive anthology.


Book Signing with Catherine Adel West
Friday 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance
Sat 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Session Materials for Fall 2023 IATE Conference

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Conference Schedule, 2023, At-a-Glance

2023 IATE Conference Schedule
Authenticity in Action

Thursday, October 19th

6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.           

IATE Executive Council and District Leaders Meeting

Friday, October 20th

8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

8:30 a.m. — 8:50 a.m.

Plenary Session 1
Conference Overview: Andrew Rodbro
Welcome Mixer: Kimberly Musolf

9:00 a.m. —  9:50 a.m.

Breakout Session A

10:00 a.m. — 10:50 a.m.

Breakout Session B

11:00 a.m. — 11:50 a.m.

Breakout Session C

12:00 p.m. — 1: 00 p.m.

Plenary Session 2
Keynote Speaker: Robin Ha

1:00 p.m. — 1:25 p.m.

Book Signing

1:30 p.m. — 2:20 p.m.

Breakout Session D

2:30 p.m. — 3:20 p.m.

Breakout Session E

3:30 p.m. — 4:20 p.m.

Breakout Session F

4: 30 p.m. — 5:55 p.m.

Cocktail Hour and Raffle Ticket Sales

6:00 p.m. — 7: 00 p.m.

Dinner, Awards, and Raffle
Plenary Session 3
Keynote Speaker: Jessamine Chan, Illinois Author of the Year

7:30 p.m. —

Social Gathering at Homewood Suites, Forsyth



Saturday, October 21st  

8:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

8:30 a.m. — 8:55 a.m.

Business Meeting and Morning Welcome
Plenary Session 4
Keynote Speaker: Briana Morales, Illinois Teacher of the Year

9:00 a.m. —    9:50 a.m.

Breakout Session G

10:00 a.m. — 10:50 a.m.

Breakout Session H

11:00 a.m. — 11:50 a.m.

Breakout Session I

12:00 p.m. — 12:50 p.m.

Breakout Session J

1:00 p.m. — 2: 00 p.m.

Past Presidents’ Luncheon
Plenary Session 4
Keynote Speaker: Catherine Adel West

2:00 p.m. — 2:25 p.m.

Book Signing

2:15 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

IATE Executive Board and District Leaders Meeting

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Conference Meal Menus, 2023

Conference Menus

Friday Boxed Lunches

Cranberry Chicken Salad
(vegetarian option) Grilled Veggie Wraps 🅥*
Berry Fruit Cups 🅥
Veggie Pasta Salad 🅥
Plain or BBQ Chips 🅥
Something Sweet… Assorted Cookies


Friday Dinner Buffet

To Begin… Seasonal Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette 🅥
Asiago Chicken with a Red Pepper Sauce
(vegetarian option) Grilled Portobello Mushrooms 🅥*
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes 🅥
Root Vegetables 🅥
Something Sweet… Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse 🅥


Saturday Lunch Buffet

To Begin… Mediterranean Salad 🅥
Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Rigatoni Marinara 🅥
Zucchini, Tomato, and Squash Blend 🅥
Something Sweet… Mini Cheesecake Tarts 🅥


* Vegetarian/Vegan entree options will be available for those who requested them when registering.
🅥- Vegetarian

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Past Presidents

Presidents of IATE

1907-08 Baldwin
1908-09 W.E. Simonds
1909-10 C.N. Greenough
1910-11 H.E. Giles
1911-12 W.F. Mozier
1912-13 J.F. Hosic
1913-14 W. Wilbur Hatfield
1914-15 J.M. Crowe
1915-16 B.C. Richardson
1916-17 J.M. Clapp
1917-18 Lorimer V. Cavins
1918-19 A.F.Trams
1919-20 J.O. Huff
1920-21 Florence Skeffington
1921-22 Essie Chamberlain
1922-23 Clara Hawkes
1923-24 C.W. Woolbert
1924-25 Eva Mitchell
1925-26 Isabel Hoover
1926-27 Florence Crocker
1927-29 Essie Chamberlain
1929-30  Frank Platt
1929-31  Howard DeForest Widger
1931-32 Frank Platt
1932-33 Mellie John
1933-34 Ruby Kirk McLean
1934-35 Nellie Taylor Raub
1935-36 Elizabeth Scott
1936-37 Francis Koenig
1937-38  Josephine Harris
1937-39  Elizabeth Graham
1939-40 Frank DeLay
1940-41 Mary Miller
1941-42 Lois Dilley
1942-44 Bernice Falkin
1944-46 Hazel Anderson
1946-47 Ellen Burkhart
1947-48 Mary Carlson
1948-49 Mary Heller
1949-50 Mina Terry
1950-51 Addie, Hochstrasser
1951-52 Hila Stone
1952-53 Alice Grant
1953-54  Wilmer Lamar
1953-55  Charles Willard
1955-56 Helen Stapp
1956-57 Margaret Adams
1957-58 Eugene Waffle
1958-59 Emma Mae Leonhard
1959-60 Florence Cook
1960-61 J.N. Hook
1961-62 Margaret Ann Cummings
1962-63 Roy Weshinskey
1963-64 Marion Stuart
1964-65 Phillip Ford
1965-66 Orville Baker
1966-67 Dorothea Trump
1967-68 Elmer Brooks
1968-69 William Campbell
1969-70 John Heissler
1970-71 Stanley Gritzbaugh
1971-72 Paul Jacobs
1972-73 Raymond Hollmann
1973-74 Mary Brinkman
1974-75 Glen Rittmueller
1975-76 Margaret Crowe
1976-77 Norman Stewart
1977-78 Clarence W. Hach
1978-79 Glenn Grever
1979-80 Lee Mulcrone
1980-81 Mary Sasse
1981-82 Bernice Rappel
1982-83 Gene Hass
1983-84 Bruce Appleby
1984-85 Rachel B. Faries
1985-86 Beth M. Stiffler
1986-87 Donna Blackall
1987-88 Ken Holmes
1988-89 Tom Kent
1989-90 Kay Jacob
1990-91 Janice Neuleib
1991-92 Sue Howell
1992-93 Lolita Green
1993-94 Kay Parker
1994-95 Wendell Schwartz
1995-96 George Shea
1996-97 Shirley Putman
1997-98 Anna Jackson
1998-99 Lela DeToye
1999-00 John Strauch
2000-01 Jean Wallace
2001-02 Alison Nelson
2002-03 Barbara Fuson
2003-04 Mary Lou Flemal
2004-05 Terri Knight
2005-06 Claire LaMonica
2006-07 Larry Johannesson
2007-08 Jean Black
2008-09 Elizabeth Kahn
2009-10 Deborah Will
2010-11 Amy Strong
2011-12 Angelo Bonadonna
2012-13 Michelle Ryan
2013-14 Cheryl Staley
2014-15 Elizabeth Kahn
2015-16 Kimberly Musolf
2016-17 Mark Sujak
2017-18 Barb Chidley
2018-19   Genevieve Sherman
2019-21   Carrie Santo-Thomas
2021-22   Deborah Will
2022-23   Jennifer Gouin

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IATE Lifetime Achievement Awards

Recipients of IATE Lifetime Membership Award

1972    Jessie Frederick, J. N. Hook, Melba Wixom
1973    Armstrong, W. Wilbur Hatfield, Dorothea Trump
1974    Clarence Hach
1975    Stanley Gritzbaugh, Catherine Hudson
1976    John Heissler, Roy Weshinskey
1977    Paul Jacobs
1978    Wilmer Lamar
1979    Margaret Ann Cummings, Mary Ellen Poorman
1980    Mary Brinkmann, Margaret Crowe, Glen Rittmueller
1981    Addie Hochstrasser, Taimi Ranta, Norman Stewart
1982    Jeanne Claeys, Eldonna Everts, Tom Kent
1983    Glenn Grever
1984    Mary Sasse
1985    Raymond Hollmann
1986    Dorothy Matthews
1987    Beth Stiffler
1988    Mildred Largent
1989    Marti Swanson
1990    David Briggs
1991    Lee Mulcrone
1992    Robert Workman
1993    Rachel B. Faries
1994    Lydia Marin
1995    Ken Holmes
1996    James Stottlar
1997    Kay Jacob
1998    Sue Howell
1999    Jan Neuleib
2000    Wendell Schwartz
2001    Kay Parker
2002    Donna Blackall
2003    George Shea
2004    Jean Wallace
2005    Mary Lou Flemal
2006    Herb Ramlose
2007    Richard Pommier
2008    Claire Lamonica
2009    Tom McCann
2010    Barb Fuson
2011    Jean Black
2012    Norm Boyer
2013    Donna Binns
2014    Marilyn Hollman
2015    Cheryl Staley
2016    Angelo Bonadonna
2017    Deborah Will
2018    Betsy Kahn
2019    Carol Medrano
2021    Michelle Ryan
2022    Dianne Chambers
2023    To Be Announced at Dinner!

IATE Illinois Author of the Year

IATE Illinois Authors of the Year

  • 1970        Vachel Lindsay
  • 1971        Dee Brown
  • 1972        Rebecca Caudill
  • 1973        Clyde S. Kilby
  • 1974        Edgar Lee Masters
  • 1975        Mike Royko
  • 1976        Victor Hicken
  • 1977        Richard Peck
  • 1978        Gwendolyn Brooks
  • 1979        Natalia Belting
  • 1980        Harry Mark Petrakis
  • 1981        J. N. Hook
  • 1982        Marguerite Henry
  • 1983        Burl Ives
  • 1984        Carl Sandburg
  • 1985        Michael Anani
  • 1986        John Knoepfle
  • 1987        Stella Pevsner
  • 1988        Lloyd Kropp
  • 1989        Eugene Redmond
  • 1990        Elizabeth Tallent
  • 1991        Haki Madhubuti
  • 1992        Lucien Stryk
  • 1993        Larry Heinemann
  • 1994        Lucia Getsi
  • 1995        Lisel Mueller
  • 1996        Leon Forrest
  • 1997        Robert Olen Butler
  • 1998        Alex Kotlowitz
  • 1999        Jackie Joyner-Kersey
  • 2000        Luis Rodriguez
  • 2001        Richard Powers
  • 2002        Mary Schmich
  • 2003        Sandra Cisneros
  • 2004        Fern Chapman
  • 2005        Dave Eggers
  • 2006        Mawi Asgedom
  • 2007        Scott Turow
  • 2008        Simone Elkeles
  • 2009        Li-Young Lee
  • 2010        Tony Romano
  • 2011        Achy Obejas
  • 2012        Chris Ware
  • 2013        Marilyn Brandt
  • 2014        Libby Hellmann
  • 2015        Jesse Ball
  • 2016        Melanie Benjamin
  • 2017        Adam Selzer
  • 2018        Brittany Cavallaro
  • 2019        Erika Sanchez
  • 2021        Mikki Kendall
  • 2022        Allison Joseph
  • 2023        Jessamine Chan

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IATE Committees and Representatives

  • Articulation: Betsy Kahn
  • Budget: Michelle Ryan
  • Constitution: Norm Boyer
  • Convention Sites: Jean Black
  • District Leader Coordinator: Delores Robinson
  • Honorary Awards: Genevieve Sherman
  • Intellectual Freedom: Amy Strong
  • Minority Affairs: Shannon Radcliffe
  • NCTE Slate:
  • Nominating: Carrie Santo-Thomas
  • Paul Jacobs Research: Tom McCann
  • Program: Kim Kotty
  • Publications: Michelle Ryan
  • Publicity: Moira Bonadonna
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award: Jeanné Aken
  • Special Projects: Kimberly Musolf
  • Teacher Education: Dianne Chambers and Angelo Bonadonna
  • Webmaster: Angelo Bonadonna

See a Committee that seems like a good fit?
Talk to one of IATE’s board members or Conference Chair Kim Kotty.

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District Leaders, 2023


South Metro Angelo Bonadonna, Saint Xavier University
Norman Boyer, Saint Xavier University
Central Jennifer Gouin, Lincoln Community High School
Michelle Ryan, Lincoln Community High School
East Central Kelsey Doubet, Danville High School
Eastern Donna Binns, Eastern Illinois University
Kristin Runyon, Charleston High School
Illinois Valley Angie Heiser, Putnam County High School
Delores Robinson, Illinois Valley Community College
Kaskaskia Valley Jodie Seipp, O’Fallon High School
Marquette Jennifer Connolly, Granite City High School
Metro North and West LEADER NEEDED
Mississippi Valley  LEADER NEEDED
North Lakes Andrew Rodbro, Warren Township High School
Carrie Santo-Thomas, Warren Township High School
Northeastern John Hayward, Naperville Central High School; Waubonsee Community College
Northwest Suburban LEADER NEEDED
Northwestern  LEADER NEEDED
Peoria Lauralee Moss, Morton High School
South Central  Stephen Frech, Unity Christian School
Ron Lybarger, Eisenhower High School
Southern Betsy Geiselman, Carbondale Comm. High School

Western Suburban        

Kim Kotty, Fenwick High School
Carol Medrano, Morton East High School

See an open District Leader position you’d like to fill?
Contact Delores Robinson, District Leader Coordinator at

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Program Committee and IATE Officers, 2022-2023

Conference 2023 Program Committee

Kim Kotty, Conference Chair
Fenwick High School

Jen Gouin, President
Lincoln Community High School

Betsy Geiselman, 1st Vice President
Carbondale Community High School

Angelo Bonadonna, Webmaster
Saint Xavier University

Michelle Ryan, Treasurer
Lincoln Community High School 

Andrew Rodbro, Conference Master of Ceremony
Warren Township High School 

Genevieve Sherman, Honorary Awards
Zion-Benton High School

Kaitlin Glause, Site Coordinator
 Millikin University

Delores Robinson, District Leader Coordinator
 Illinois Valley Community College

Jean Black, Convention Sites

Carrie Santo-Thomas, Nominating Committee, Table Decorations
Warren Township High School

Kimberly Musolf, Registration
Adlai E. Stevenson High School 

Kristin Runyon, Registration
Charleston High School

IATE Officers 2022-2023

Jennifer Gouin, Lincoln Community High School

First Vice-President
Betsy Geiselman, Carbondale Community High School

Second Vice-President
Kim Kotty, Fenwick High School

Michelle Ryan, Lincoln Community High School

Norm Boyer, Saint Xavier University 

Executive Secretary
Kaitlin Glause, Millikin University

Editors: Illinois English Bulletin
Kaitlin Glause, Millikin University
Delores Robinson, Illinois Valley Community College
Andrew Rodbro, Warren Township High School
Michelle Ryan, Lincoln Community High School

Immediate Past President
2021-2022: Deborah Will

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