Since the late 1980’s, I’ve been presenting workshops at local, state, and national conferences and conventions. In the early years, colleagues invited me to collaborate with them to demonstrate effective classroom strategies. That proved such a learning experience for me that I continued that practice in subsequent years, bringing alongside me, early career educators and veterans in the field. Some of my most lasting professional relationships have become firm personal ones as result of co-presenting with and for my colleagues in the field. The following includes organizations for whom I’ve presented and some of the topics and titles of presentations. Some are linked to organizations’ sites and for views of presentation slides or handouts.
PRESENTER FOR THESE ORGANIZATIONS
Aquinas College: Department of Education; California Association of Independent Schools; California Association of Teachers of English; Conference of English Leadership; Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English; Grand Rapids African-American Museum and Archives: Grand Valley State University – Shakespeare Festival; Hope College: Education Department; Michigan Council of Teachers of English;National Council of Teachers of English (2003 Convention Featured Speaker); San Diego Area Writing Project; University of California, San Diego – Intern Teachers’ Program; University of San Diego: Teacher Education Studies; San Diego, Math Teachers’ Institute.
TOPICS AND TITLES OF PRESENTATIONS
African American Writers and Illustrators – A Performance for Schools
Art as an Alternative Assessment Strategy
Art to Explain, Explore and Expand Reading
Department Chairs: Maximizing Meetings and Maintaining Morale
Early Career Educators of Color Leadership Institute
Early Career Teachers: Getting on Track for Leadership – EC-EOC 2008-2011
Elementary Reading Strategies to Enhance Middle School Instruction
Entering Art and Writing About It
Failure Is Not an Option
Humanities – An Interdisciplinary Approach
Private/Independent and Public Schools
Introducing New Units and New Books
Literature Websites – Integrating Technology in Language Arts Instruction
Multicultural Literature – A Challenge and An Opportunity
National Board Certification – Case Study: The Promise, The Process, The Profession
Nine Yardsticks of Evaluation – Understanding Different Responses to Literature
Of Mice and Men – Symbolized in Geometric Figures
Pattern Writing – Strategies to Assist Native and New to English Speakers
Phenomenal Women – An After Dinner Talk
Planning With Purpose: Workshop for New College Classroom Teachers
Poetry T.I.M.E. –Analysis Strategies for Reading, writing, and Discussing Poetry
Rock Party and Patterns – Cultures Teach by Imitation
Shakespeare Out Loud and In Color
Strategies to Reduce Student Temptation to Cheat
Student Led Conferencing
Teaching Multicultural Literature – A Challenge and an Opportunity
Using Art to Teach Literature
Writing to Learn in the Content Arts
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