CATE 2010 Convention
Session A – Friday 10:00 am,
Presenters: Frank Beddor and PJ Haarsma
Description: Join in on an intimate talk between two friends who experienced very different paths on the way to becoming successful authors. Both are now considered leaders in the use of new media to attract reluctant readers and have teamed together to expand their worlds. Enjoy an entertaining multi-media presentation by these exciting authors as they invite you to explore their wondrous universe with them.
Presenters: Jason Basom
Description: Come learn how to unlock the creative spark of your students through fun and easy drama games and techniques from a Bravo Award Winner for Outstanding Arts Educator of California. Participants will experience physical and vocal exercises to bring text alive and simple methods to create a painless and memorable classroom performance. Learn how to make tableaux and animate them for instant dramatizations. This workshop is for all levels of experience and will be especially useful for readers’ theater, Shakespeare, story dramatization, dramatic literature, and poetry.
Presenters: Bradi Powell, Teacher, Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach SD
Description: This session will provide a standards-based thematic unit plan for teaching about war through memoir, poetry, fiction, film, and current events. It focuses not on the politics of war, but instead on the human causes and costs. Topics include violence, loss of innocence, selective service, war crimes, post traumatic stress disorder, propaganda, recruiting practices, and social justice. Participants will leave the session with everything they need to teach this unit, including texts, lesson plans, and assessments.
Presenters: Marina Aminy, Professor, Saddleback College
Description: The presenter, a former secondary-level English teacher and current English professor, will detail key differences in the types of writing and reading instruction that exist at the high school level and in first-year college composition courses. The session will offer a review of these differences and suggest some recommendations for bridging the gaps between the levels in order to maximize student preparedness and success.
Presenters: Donna Calloway, Teacher, Consultant
Description: In this session participants will learn a variety of active participation strategies for engaging underprepared learners. Participants will gain a deeper understanding about the difficulties of underprepared learners and specific activities that help these learners connect in the classroom.
Presenters: Maureen Rippee, Teacher
Description: This session will provide an introduction for a very successful, research-based, multiple intelligences strategy that scaffolds a myriad of ways to model revision for students to help them discover their own writing process and style. Examples of prompts and student writing for The Great Gatsby, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the senior essay will be selected to introduce attendees to the workshop protocol, each station, the process, and research discoveries.
Presenters: Bob Pacilio, Teacher, Mt. Carmel High School, Poway USD
Description: Imagine a lesson relevant to teenagers and linked to standards! Bob Pacilio, San Diego County's Teacher of the Year, demonstrates his lessons based on Don McLean's classic song "American Pie," providing student work for teachers. Combined with Holden Caulfield's angst, Pacilio reminds teachers that children have their own heartfelt lessons of life—their slices of "American Pie."
Presenters: John Creger, Teacher, American High School, Fremont USD
Description: Do your students come to class respectful and ready to learn? Did your teaching program equip you with all tools you need to manage today’s classroom challenges? No matter how purpose-filled your teaching and student-friendly your curriculum, your lessons quickly unravel without effective management strategies. This strategy-packed session introduces a non-behaviorist approach to classroom management proven over 30 years to reclaim most of the five to nine hours we lose weekly to low-level misbehavior. The results? A rewarding journey to new learning focus, renewed teaching energy.
Presenters: Lori Cohen, Teacher, The Bay School of San Francisco
Description: The presenter of this session focuses on how teaching students a range of punctuation (dash, comma, semi-colon, parentheses, colon, ellipsis) helps with the rhetorical elements of memoir writing and elicits student voices. Participants will learn an alternative way for teaching sentence variety as well. Participants will analyze excerpts from professional memoir, review student work samples, and practice some of their own sentences with a range of punctuation.
Presenters: Juliet Herman, Teacher, Newbury Park High School, Conejo Valley USD, CSN WP; and Robin Lilly, Teacher, Newbury Park High School, Conejo Valley USD, CSN WP
Description: The assign-complain cycle can be broken when students are made aware of the genres of academic discourse. This interactive session will help participants learn how to craft assignments that lead students through the layers of expectations to produce effective writing. Participants will leave with concrete examples that can be applied in their own classrooms.
Presenters: Anthony Pennay, Teacher, SCVI Charter School; and Ilona Pennay, Teacher, Sierra Vista Junior High School, William S. Hart District
Description: The modern student is extremely techno-savvy. Students spend hours per week accessing everything from blogs to social networking sites to YouTube. In this session, the presenters will discuss strategies for channeling this natural technological interest into literacy instruction. First, we will explore using blogging and websites to develop reading comprehension and analysis skills. Then, we'll investigate technological strategies to improve writing, including blogging, vlogging, and podcasting.
Presenters: Miles Myers, Adela Arriaga, David Pearson, and Sandra Murphy
Description: On September 21, 2009, the nation’s Governors proposed a new set of Common Core Standards for K-12 English Language Arts, and it is expected that that these new standards will become the framework for a new set of K-12 English standards in California. A three person panel will address three questions: (1) What is the new content in these proposed K-12 standards, (2) What are the proposed new measures of K-12 ELA achievement (if any),(3) What can teachers do to avoid what goes wrong in standards movements? Those who attend the session will receive copies of the proposed Common Core Standards for K-12 English Language Arts.
Presenters: Roy Rogers, Teacher
Description: This interactive session will explore one teacher's efforts to develop writing and thinking in high school students who have not previously met with academic success, drawing upon the lived "text" of everyday experience and developing habits of self-consciousness about their own and their peers' thinking and writing. These strategies have quickly increased the success rates of ELD and low-performing students on standardized tests, including the CAHSEE, SAT, and ACT. Copies of the curriculum with student models will be provided.
Presenters: Kelly Camak, Teacher, Gateway to College Early College High School, RUSD
Description: Participants will be provided an idea and examples of how real world, interdisciplinary thematic units create project-based assessments that challenge students to use higher level thinking skills. Incorporating multiple disciplines creates more relevant curriculum for students, and using themes helps emphasize how the concepts students are learning are relevant to their lives. The thematic concept examples will focus on civic and character attributes and their expansion of a purposeful education beyond simple literary concepts.
Presenters: Bathina Jyothi, Assistant Professor of Literacy, CSU Fresno
Description: The presenter will demonstrate proven strategies for increasing literacy, engagement, and motivation among traditionally underprepared adolescent students through the use of personal narrative in the classroom. The learning life map as an introductory writing and speaking activity and publishing student work as a motivating tool will be explained and demonstrated to participants.
Presenters: Elyce, L. Silva, Teacher, Manteca USD, GVWP
Description: Summary is one of the key skills needed by students for reading comprehension as well as successfully responding to text-based writing prompts. In this session the presenter will offer unique summary options that enable students to understand text in a more concrete way. A template for summary writing based on They Say/I Say by Graff, Birkenstein, and Durst will also be introduced and incorporated as a lead into text-based academic writing.
Presenters: Diana Combs, Teacher, Monta Vista High School, Fremont UHSD; and Matt Brashears, Teacher, Monta Vista High School, Fremont UHSD
Description: Welcome to the 21st Century classroom, where students power-up for class, create for authentic audiences, and impact their community. Presenters will share their experience leading students through a research-based study of contemporary non-fiction to the creation of video documentaries. Participants will leave with materials, strategies for reading film, and tips for technology on a budget. Looking to engage your students in collaborating with purpose? Join us in changing the word on world human rights.
Presenters: T.A. Barron, Susan Casey, Carolyn Cohagan, Eileen Rosenbloom, Carol Snow, Tracy Trivas, and Mark London Williams
Description: Much of today’s YA literature pushes the limits of what is real and possible. Join five Los Angeles YA authors as they discuss using out-of the-box ideas, mixing realism with paranormal elements and modern inventions to tell stories.
Presenters: Courtney Evans, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; Tasha Beaudoin, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; Krista Sharp, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; Marci Ruiz, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; Mindi Cottriel, Teacher, Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley USD; and Jeanene Ames, Teacher, Rialto High School, Rialto USD
Description: This session will explore the wiles of moving from a traditional professional setting to that of the "Professional Learning Community." Participants will hear the journey of six teachers and how this team is working together to achieve beyond. Topics covered include setting the tone for planning together in a world of standards-based instruction, dealing with dissenters, and planning a standards-based curriculum with non-standards-based teachers. Participants should plan to walk away with an idea to implement on Monday.
Presenters: Jan Stallones and Chris Jacobson
Description: The Corona Norco USD is in the second year of a writing initiative focused on raising CAHSEE-proficient writing to the level of sophistication expected from students entering colleges and universities. Participants will receive an overview of the California writing gap, the strategies CNUSD used to significantly raise basic proficiency in writing across genres, and a detailed explanation of the CAHSEE to College strategies. Models of student writing and teacher reflections on the process will be available for participants to review after the session.
Presenters: Margot Kinberg, Associate Professor, National University
Description: Mystery novels reflect the culture and society of their authors, subjects, and readers. As such, they can be useful tools for exploring history, society, culture, and language, as well as literature. This session presents the mystery novel as a tool for helping students explore social issues such as culture, class, race, and language. Example novels and projects are offered, and participants will have the opportunity to develop ideas for integrating the genre into their own curricula.
Presenters: Erika Daniels, Assistant Professor, CSU San Marcos
Description: The reading and writing processes are often discussed and taught as requiring two discrepant sets of strategies. When we think about reading and writing as reciprocal and teach students what the strategies look like in both tasks, we can be more efficient in our teaching, and our students can be more purposeful in their learning. This session will discuss how reading and writing inform each other. Participants will brainstorm strategies for classroom use.
Presenters: Cynthia Thorburn, National Consultant, Glencoe-McGraw Hill; and Natalie Barber, National Consultant, Glencoe-McGraw Hill
Description: In this session, teachers will learn about research-based instructional strategies, modified to meet the needs of our EL and struggling learners: graphic organizers, cooperative learning, summarizing, and note-taking. Teachers will learn the research that supports the use of these strategies and experience using each strategy with content.
Presenters: Angus Dunstan, Professor, CSU Sacramento
Description: The main way students show us their understanding of a literary text is by writing about it. This is especially true at the higher levels of student achievement (AP classes, for example), but it begins very early. We use their writing skills to measure their reading skills. But where are our models for writing about literature? In this session we will look at some examples of writing about literature—from professional literary criticism to novice journal entries in an attempt to determine the most appropriate models for our own students writing.
Presenters: Brad Ruff, Teacher, Avid Region 8 Coordinator, Kern County/ English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield
Description: Cornell notes, learning logs, graphic organizers, and many additional reading and writing strategies used in middle/junior high school and high school AVID classes help to prepare students for the rigors of college/university courses. These strategies can also be integrated into college classes to afford students the cognitive toolkit they need to improve their literacy skills and be successful at all levels of their educational experience.
Anne Keller, Teacher, Miraleste Intermediate School, Palos Verdes Peninsula USD; and Chelsey Meek, teacher, Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Palos Verdes Peninsula USD
Description: This session will take the participants on a journey explaining how a group of disgruntled middle school teachers decided to rid themselves of an antiquated, district-wide standardized writing assessment, only to end up creating their own. Presenter will discuss the impact of rhetorical reading on student writing, a variety of writing assessment tools, and the value of teacher-driven professional development.
Presenters: Liz McAninch
Presenters: Jennifer Pust, Teacher, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, UCLA WP
Description: Finally...a unit in which no one dies or is left broken-hearted! Through The Importance of Being Earnest, selections from The Onion, editorial cartoons, and satiric images, students see how humor effects change in society. The unit culminates with a creative project in which students make satires of their own. The presenter will model activities, and participants will be able to immediately implement this fun and educational unit. It's time to make mastering the standards fun again.
Presenters: Myra LeBendig, Teacher, Foshay Learning Center, LAUSD; Miles Myers, Senior Researcher, Institute for Standards, Curricula, and Assessments; Charlotte Higuchi, and Day Higuchi
Description: Participants will see how an interdisciplinary team of teachers—science, technology, history, English—use the lesson design study process to create a unit that enabled students to research a major discovery in genetics and its historical significance and create a website design that enhanced that information, all without plagiarizing. Handout: Teacher-developed unit with assessments.
Presenters: Daniel Reynolds, Teacher, Mt. Diablo USD
Description: I am Jack's CATE session. Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 novel is intense, engaging, and highly literate. Saying you'll teach Fight Club raises blood pressure in some colleagues, pulses with some students, and smiles from those who've read it. Session will cover what makes Fight Club teachable (with lesson ideas provided), and will examine the struggles, responsibilities, and incredible educational rewards involved when teachers include this or other challenging and challenged books less traveled in our curriculum.
Presenters: Miroslava Vukelich, Retired Teacher, Inglewood USD
Description: In a hands-on manner, this session will demonstrate how learners' reading/writing skills can be awakened in a fun-filled and fast way. This presentation will discuss a strategy that helps learners learn what they don't know and what they ought to know; this strategy is applicable to all instructional levels. Finally, the presenter will share with participants personal stories she uses to lessen learners' levels of anxiety.
Presenters: Maria Rankin-Brown, and Morris Brown, Jr.
Description: Writing teachers can experience burnout at some point in their careers. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss how to realize when one is burned out and how to cope with it in a constructive manner. Participants should come prepared to discuss their experiences and offer their suggestions.
Presenters: Kathleen Dudden Rowlands, Associate Professor, CSU Northridge, and Director, CSN WP
Description: What are the essay requirements of the CAHSEE, the SAT, the Cal State’s Early Placement Test, and the UC’s Analytical Writing Placement Examination? Beginning in middle school, what might teachers teach students about on-demand writing? In this session, participants will analyze typical essay prompts, determine the literacy demands made by each, and discuss sample instructional materials designed to develop student proficiencies in this genre. Ample time for discussion will be embedded throughout the session.
Joel Albritton, Teacher, Sylmar High School, LAUSD; and Thomas Adams, Teacher, Sylmar High School, LAUSD
Description: Explore ways to elicit student responses in discussions and papers that bring joy back to learning and teaching. Practice using proven tools that enhance rigor and eliminate student perceptions of teacher-as-entertainer and source of inert knowledge. In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to integrate inquiry-based discussion, Depth and Complexity, and Toulmin argumentation to improve the quality of students' interaction and the value of all their reading and writing experiences.
Presenters: Laura Peet, English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield and Bakersfield College
Description: Grammar, although an important part of English, is always difficult to teach while keeping students engaged. These easy grammar games will help students grasp grammatical concepts while also having fun.
Presenters: Ben Esch, Cara Haycak , Sally Nemeth , C. Leigh Purtill, Allen Zadoff
Description: A Vietnamese orphan, a 306-pound boy, an ample actress, a shoplifter and a dwarf—teen heroes of today come in all shapes, sizes, and dispositions. Join a panel of Los Angeles young adult authors to discuss writing protagonists that shock, surprise, and redefine the idea of the heroic in modern YA literature.
Presenters: Tasha Johnson, School Services Coordinator, youTHink
Description: Poverty, violence, racism—what do we (and our students) know about these and other pressing social issues? What can we do about them? Experience youTHink, an innovative, hands-on program that uses the power of art to foster critical thinking, engage diverse learners, and serve as a tool for social change. Participants will explore applications of this approach to their curricula and learn how to bring youTHink to their schools at no charge.
Presenters: Mark Muranyi, Teacher, Rising Stars Academy, Los Angeles
Description: Educators lose between 5-9 hours each week of instructional time due to low-level behaviors. The ability to regain these hours exists. Participants will learn expert strategies and techniques that will eliminate lost time and allow them to do what they truly love to do—teach and motivate students. They will learn how to deal with frustrations and maintain self-control, positively impact the classroom environment, teach expected everyday behaviors, and diffuse low level misbehavior.
Joel Freedman, Teacher, King Drew Medical Magnet, LAUSD, UCLA WP; Lonee Lona, Teacher, Roosevelt High School, LAUSD, UCLA WP; and Deborah Lowe, Teacher, Roosevelt High School, LAUSD, UCLA WP
Description: Join us in deepening attention to LGBT issues by taking small safe steps to make your curriculum more inclusive. We'll introduce participants to "Gay Straight Alliances Speak Out," our new online student writing anthology, and experiment with writing prompts that generated the pieces. We'll end by focusing on a short text involving a transgender character and consider the writing approaches that enabled us to integrate it into our curricula.
Presenters: Michael Glaser, High School Instructor, MDUSD; College instructor, Chapman University
Description: This presentation offers a series of carefully planned units on teaching poetry at the secondary level. I developed this material over 15 years in high school and college classes. Each aspect of the genre is addressed and teaching strategies taught. I provide "low-prep" teaching materials for participants to use in their classrooms.
Presenters: Miles Myers
Description: Come meet California English consultant Miles Myers and learn about submitting your writing for publication. The session will provide ideas for articles, tips about preparing manuscripts, and suggestions of ways in which you can make writing a natural part of your professional day.
Presenters: Jason Basom
Description: Discover fun, easy, and effective drama games and techniques for the English classroom that bring alive literacy skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. Learn how drama is a wonderful teaching tool for reaching the multiple intelligences, English Language content standards, and ELL students. No experience or talent needed; these are games for everyone! Don't miss this engaging hands-on workshop led by a Bravo Award Winner for Outstanding Arts Educator of California.
Presenters: Mary Carrig, Teacher/Actress/Director, Los Angeles
Description: Presenter Mary Carrig brings this live, interactive session to middle and high school teachers seeking to enrich their students with bold methods to discover Shakespeare. Based on her acting training, participants will learn creative and empowering ways to energize and enlighten their students, achieve greater understanding of the structure of the verse, and learn to make connections to contemporary society. Your view of Shakespeare will never be the same!
Presenters: Lynne Kelsey, Teacher, Westlake High School, Conejo Valley Unified
Description: Crowded classrooms. Limited supplies. The economic situation in California has hit everyone hard, and let's be realistic; it's going to get worse before it gets better. Let your presenter, a.k.a. the Frugal Teacher, help you stretch those precious resources. Participants will come away with ideas on how to prepare prudently, maximize materials, and save space.
Presenters: Lisa Waner, Teacher/Currilculum Coordinator, Big Bear High School, Bear Valley USD; and Michael Harrison, Teacher, Big Bear High School, Bear Valley USD
Description: The participants will learn to use perfect paragraphs to motivate students to pay attention to the quality of their writing. These paragraphs can address any writing objective easily and powerfully across the curriculum. The presenter will also demonstrate a way to easily and accurately assess student writing in the areas of fluency, maturity, and mechanics.
Presenters: Katherine A. Rowe, Teacher, Selma High School, Sdelma USD, SJVWP
Description: In this session, we will explore an effective process for helping English Learners and all students "jump" into writing, develop academic vocabulary, improve analytical skills, and deepen understanding through writing and extension opportunities. Participants will collaborate in hands-on activities designed to promote student interaction. Experiential learning strategies presented will reveal how discovery is an efficient vehicle for supporting diverse learners in all grade levels and content areas.
Presenters: Carole LeCren, Teacher, La Jolla High School, San Diego USD, Program Designer Extraordinnaire, CATE :-)
Description: What do oysters, the history of Negro baseball, and Ellen Page have in common? They are all topics of interviews on National Public Radio. Use technology and interviews to teach students the elements of non-fiction writing. Participants will experience three NPR radio interviews that the presenter has used with seniors, who then produce their own audio interviews. Examples, transcripts, and how to use the technology will be presented during the session.
Presenters: Brett Schmoll, English and History Instructor, CSU Bakersfield, SCWriP
Description: This presentation will focus on a letter exchange between Cal State Bakersfield English Composition students and students from four Kern County High schools. In this letter exchange program, college and high school students relate to each other in intellectually productive ways.
Presenters: Maria Rankin-Brown, Associate Professor, Pacific Union College; and Morris Brown, Jr., Assistant Professor, CSU Chico
Description: In this session, the presenters will show how to incorporate and use elements of popular culture (such as manga, vampire books, and spoken word poetry) to examine societal beliefs, expectations, and trends as applied to composition and literature courses. They have found that doing so makes both writing and analysis of literature more relevant and memorable to students, which leads to active learning taking place.
Presenters: Robyn A. Hill, Associate Professor, National University
Description: The Scrapyard Detectives is a free, high quality educational comic book series that has been proven successful in presenting an appreciation of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and diversity through compelling artwork and engaging stories by prominent writers. The session will include information on the series and its creator, major thematic aspects, additional teacher resources, and strategies for using these books in the classroom with students (ages 8-15) to promote critical thinking about issues of tolerance.
Presenters: Patty Moore, Teacher, Muscatel Middle School, Rosemead School District
Description: After 34 years of teaching, this presenter will provide you with three very special writing lessons that will both bring out the best in you and the best in the students. This presenter will share these writing lessons with her audience in an effort to Pay it Forward to new up and coming teachers and make sure these lessons continue for years to come.
Presenters: Jane Hancock, Co-Director of UCLA WP
Description: Students write constantly in college, and they need to build the stamina to do it. Let’s show them ways to get their thoughts on paper fluently and fearlessly, emphasizing exploration first, then structure and correctness, through commonplace books, daily logs, and fictional journals.
Presenters: Kevin Flinn, Teacher, Marymount High School
Description: This session will focus on teaching the early works of Bob Dylan—as poetry, songs, and snapshots of a generation. Dealing primarily with Dylan as a contemporary of the Beats, the session will provide writing prompts and activities to integrate Dylan's material into an English curriculum.
Presenters: Cherry Cheva, Amy Goldman Kass, Blake Nelson, Andrew Smith, Sonya Sones, and Carol Tanzman
Description: What are writers of books about good old-fashioned humans to do these days? Plenty! Hear a panel of Los Angeles YA authors talk about the engaging characters in their books.
Presenters: Sheridan Blau, Distinguished Lecturer of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College Columbia, and Professor Emeritus of English and Education, UC Santa Barbara
Description: This hands-on presentation will offer a theoretical framework and practical classroom strategies for helping all students become engaged, thoughtful, and critical readers of challenging literary and non-literary texts.
Presenters: Forest Blackwelder, Teacher, Summit High School, Fontan USD; and Kimberly Ragan, Teacher, Summit High School, Fontan USD
Description: This presentation will provide a structure for an in-depth analysis and application of Shakespeare as a playwright. Participants will receive a blueprint for an interactive unit on Shakespeare. Presenters will provide strategies for campus and community-wide involvement.
Presenters: Carla Carrarini, Teacher, Will J Reid Continuation Senior High School, Long Beach Unified
Description: This session will focus on bringing the most reluctant writers into print using simple-to-understand, practically painless methods! Three of the genres found on CAHSEE will be covered: expository, persuasive, and letters. Participants will have the student experience, examine student work, and take home formulas, graphic organizers, and other materials for immediate use as resources in their own classrooms.
Presenters: Jessica Grimes, Associate Professor, Taft College; Kamala Carlson, Professor of Reading, Taft College
Description: Foundational students confront many challenges; among these are gaps in vocabulary knowledge that affect students' reading and writing proficiency. This session pinpoints vocabulary strategies that augment students' ability to understand and synthesize concepts from reading to writing. Research suggests that multiple exposures through reading, discussing, and writing deepens stiudents' understanding of content-specific and text-based vocabulary that will prepare them for the transition from pre-collegiate to college-level courses.
Presenters: Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Teacher, Willmington Middle School, LAUSD, LAWP; and Agnes Pitlik, Literacy Coach, Willmington Middle School, LAUSD
Description: How can you get your students to read and construct meaning from text? If your goal is to get them to slow down and develop their critical analysis skills, then teach your students text tagging and annotating text! This hands-on session will demonstrate how students, especially English learners and students with special needs, benefit from C.U.B.S. and use it to prepare for discussion and writing.
Presenters: Roy Rogers, Teacher
Description: Minorities are often times misrepresented in the media. Sometimes they are underrepresented in the classroom. This interactive session will demonstrate how participants can increase their student engagement and participation through the incorporation of media in their lesson plans. The California State Standards will never be the same. Participants will be provided with lessons and projects to enhance student comprehension, critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as the appreciation of the language and texts of both print and non-print through the use of media.
Presenters: John Hundley, Instructor, UC Merced
Description: What are some productive ways to respond to student writing? What considerations should we keep in mind when we comment on student papers? There are no easy answers. We'll have to learn by doing. In this interactive session, participants will consider issues of when, where, and how as they respond to samples of student and participant writing.
Presenters: Kelly Baker, Teacher, Waite Middle School, Norwalk La Mirada USD
Description: Want students to be more engaged? Want students to think more critically? Let Socratic Seminars be your guide. Based on the book Socratic Circles by Matt Copeland, learn about the technique of Socratic Seminar and how it is used to engage students in rich conversation about what they are learning. In this session you will learn about facilitating, grading, and preparing for a Socratic Circle. Participants will also engage in the practice of Socratic Circle.
Presenters: Prad Kansara, Author-Educator, Flashpoint Interactive Shakespeare; and Bharti Kansara, Author-Educator, Flashpoint Interactive Shakespeare
Description: This session will raise consciousness on how far passive use of textbooks limit students. It will demonstrate how interactive learning inspires everyone to unlock the Bard's rich characters and imagery and stimulates critical thinking, creative expression, and collaboration. Participants will experience how interacting with the verse and each other engages the mind and doubles the growth of standard ELA skills in precious weeks of Shakespeare class. Participants will receive a gift to teach Shakespeare class interactively.
Presenters: Brooke Hughes, English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield; and Randi Brummett De Leon, English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield
Description: The session will delve into what course redesign is and how to start a course redesign if interested. The presenters will be discussing specifically how CSU, Bakersfield, implemented a course redesign in all developmental composition classes. They will address their journey from picking out the right model, problem-solving, and looking to the future.
Presenters: Pete, Barraza, Teacher, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica Malibu USD; and Jenna Gasparino, Teacher, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica Malibu USD
Description: Participants at this session will be introduced to the California Literary Experience, a course that provides students with opportunities to live out the works of John Steinbeck and other CA writers. Ultimately, classroom standards-based education moves into the field, allowing for the core literature, supplementary materials, discussions, writing, and students' own critical evaluations to culminate in an experiential examination of the many dreams, realities, and paradoxes that define the culture of our state.
Presenters: Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Teacher, Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel Unifeid, UCI WP
Description: Just because a student is a good book reader, does not make that student a good online reader or participant. For this reason, educators must teach specific Internet Literacy skills. This presenter scaffolds how to teach reliable research, reading websites, netiquette, and collaboration online. She targets specific skills so that even the most tech-tentative teacher can provide these vital lessons while enhancing their ELA content.
Presenters: Christine Parker, Retired Teacher, Del Norte County High School, Del Norte USD; and Cheryl Bradley, Teacher, Del Norte County High School, Del Norte USD
Description: Christine Parker, retired English teacher, just finished her MFA in Shakespeare in Performance with a thesis designed to blend scholarship with stagecraft in the tradition of the Master's Program at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA. Christine and Cheryl Bradley, along with drama teacher Debbie Scott, will share lesson ideas in which English or drama students can meet the Advanced Theater standard 1.2 and work as dramaturgs for a classroom or theater production of a Shakespeare play.
Presenters: Randy Cowen, Teacher, Sun Valley Middle School, LAUSD
Description: When a student says, "But I don't like to read," they generally mean it. Participants at this session will discover the synergy of a true "free voluntary reading" program in the classroom: How to set it up, energize it, and keep it going. Learn from a National Board certified middle school teacher whose students read a book a week, in class and at home, and love it—raising their grade equivalent reading levels (GE's) at least two years, in one.
Presenters: Tamara Doehring, Former Teacher
Description: This dynamic session presented by 2007 Florida English Teacher of the Year, shows how a relevant writing focus makes the best use of time in the secondary classroom. By utilizing the entire writing process, from writer's notebook to workshop to publication, reading and communication skills improve naturally and students are engaged. Participants leave with hundreds of ready-to-use lessons and ideas.
Presenters: Jane Hancock, Co-Director of UCLA WP
Description: Don’t just learn vocabulary to pass the CAHSEE or the CST or the SAT. Learn to love words, to explore them, to dance with them. Find joy in discovering the stories behind the words, their nuances, their histories, their sounds. Audition them to find the right ones for the right tone, the right emotion, the right picture. In this hands-on workshop we will learn the steps to begin the dance.
Presenters: Cylin Busby, Cecil Castellucci, and Davida Wills Hurwin
Description: Join Cylin Busby, Cecil Castellucci, and Davida Wills Hurwin as they discuss their latest books and the three different ways true moments in history, both the personal and otherwise, can be told in different ways to make for compelling narratives and springboards for conversation.
Presenters: Jim Burke, Auhor and Teacher
Description: Participants in this session will explore the use of questions in developing lessons and teaching those lessons in the English language arts classroom. The presenter will provide classroom-tested materials and examples from his own classroom. Content will demonstrate that it is possible to provide a rich, demanding learning experience for a wide range of learners while still teaching the academic essentials.
Presenters: Mary Adler, Associate Professor, CSU Channel Islands
Description: Explore how fiction writing can be a powerful opportunity for adolescents to build literate and developed selves. In addition to considering how and why adolescents play with writing, we will examine several ways to teach it successfully through all phases of the writing process, especially revision. Examples of student writing will be shared along the way.
Presenters: Lonee Lona, Teacher, Roosevelt High School, LAUSD, UCLA WP
Description: Many students struggle to learn the purpose of and format for responsibly documenting their research. In this workshop-style session, participants will use a say/mean/matter protocol to help their students make observations, analyze, and draw conclusions about the elements of a completed MLA works cited page. I will then share follow-up activities that enable students to responsibly incorporate their knowledge into their own research papers.
Presenters: Sheryl Grilione, Teacher, Dinuba USD, SJVWP
Description: In this session you will learn how to use a social networking site like MySpace instead of the "old book report." My Lit Space is a great way to teach character analysis and/or novel comprehension. Participants will be taught how to access MySpace and use this safely in the classroom. Using technology to teach writing brings the old book report full circle.
Presenters: Yetkin Yildirim, Vice President of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, UT Austin; Tom Gage/ Professor Emeritus in English, Humboldt State University and Lecturer, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Description: What are the implications for classroom instruction in a time of growing tensions among the world's major faiths and value systems natural resources diminish? One answer from Islam is a movement inspired by Fethullah Gulen, referred to by some as a Muslim Gandhi, a writer and educational reformer who was identified in a 2008 global survey as the number-one thinker among the leading one hundred living intellectuals. This Turkish scholar's writings that advance good will and mutual understanding have inspired a network of nondenominational schools that extends from the Philippines to Brooklyn, a "peer-to-peer"-like network that promotes dialogue and tolerance.
Presenters: Marilyn Reynolds, Author and Reading Specialist; and Kathy Riskin Orihuela, Teacher, Monterey Trail High School, Elk Grove USD
Description: Get them Reading! This interactive session will include practical techniques for connecting students with books that are meaningful to them. Metacognitive reading strategies necessary to deepen student understanding of their own learning processes, along with ways to ensure student buy-in and accountability will be provided. Evidence of student growth resulting from the use of such techniques will be shared. A comprehensive list of new and tried and true hit books will be supplied.
Presenters: Joshua Anderson, Teacher, Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach USD; and Tristan Matlock, Teacher, Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach USD
Description: Presenters will cover strategies for the writing portion of various high school exams, including the CAHSEE, SAT/ACT, and AP test. Participants will walk away with practical and effective lesson plans for teaching the in-class essay. Topics include prompts, time management, organization, summary vs. analysis, rubrics, grading, and more.
Presenters: Kim Monnie, Teacher/English Language Arts Specialist, Palm Springs USD
Description: The Japanese lesson study model has been traditionally viewed as appropriate for the disciplines of math and science. However, its use in English Language Arts is not only appropriate, but allows English teachers to focus on conceptual elements of their discipline in a novel way. Through the process, teachers collaborate to increase their expertise and ultimately increase student learning and understanding.
Presenters: Tina Orsini, Assistant Professor of English, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York; and Tisha Ulmer, English Instructor, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York
Description: In an attempt to help students in developmental English courses at our two year college, we experimented with a multi-genre unit on homelessness hoping to assist students in developing a stronger kinship with language and moving them beyond formulaic writing and thinking. The unit strives to help students engage and transcend the realities of a qualifying English exam, encouraging them to play with ideas and structures and to see how writing can bring awareness of civic engagement: taking action for change.
Presenters: Phil Bowles, Professor of English, Point Loma Nazarene University
Description: This presenter missed his first opportunity to participate in the Civil Rights Movement of his teen years. Now as a citizen, a layperson at church, and a professor at a church-related university, he is immersed in the critical process of navigating the minefield of participation and leadership on LGBT issues. This is his story, with bibliographies and other resource handouts.
Presenters: Deborah Duffy, Teacher, Guajome Park Academy, Vista, CA
Description: In this session, participants will learn how to support their literature curriculum through the use of different types of videos, including Youtube, movie clips, music videos, and iTunes. Participants will receive ideas as well as samples of different clips and videos for specific literature curriculum. Also, participants will actively participate in portions of a unit that uses different types of videos
Presenters: Tammy Stephens, Doctoral Student, Pepperdine University
Description: Access to technology has allowed us to engage in a range of new media activities including social networking, blogging, gaming, instant messaging, podcasting, creating videos, and sharing them on the web. These new forms of media allow us to communicate and collaborate in new ways. We will look at what the research says in terms of how people learn differently with the use of these new forms of media.
Presenters: Susan Pangelinan, Teacher, Davis Senior High School, Davis Joint USD
Description: Help technology savy students exceed writing standards using audience awareness and current electronic modes in literary projects. Excite them with MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Web projects that use workplace software templates while interfacing with literary study. Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath, The Scarlet Letter, and Macbeth, are just a few of the works used to excite students about writing with audience awareness and technology skills.
Presenters: Shifra Teitelbaum, Director, youTHink/Zimmer Children's Museum; and Erica Ramirez, Teacher, Manual Arts High School, LAUSD
Description: What are the greatest joys and challenges of teaching? What are the different roles that I am juggling in my life? How do I take care of myself? Through this hands-on art activity and discussion (no talent required), participants will reflect on the multiple identities they juggle in their lives, share strategies for maintaining balance, and connect with other educators.
Presenters: Deidre Harrison, Teacher, Roseland University Prep, Roseland SD; Travis Beall, Teacher, Roseland University Prep, Roseland SD; and Donna Thomas, Teacher, Roseland University Prep, Roseland SD
Description: See how one charter school is taking the road less traveled and triumphing against the grim odds facing Latino and low income students in Sonoma County. This session will profile the statistics, programs, and successful results of Roseland University Prep. After viewing video clips of students and teachers in action and participating in a panel discussion, participants will walk away with specific ideas they can implement in their classroom Monday morning.
Presenters: Galen Shotts, Teacher, Henry J. Kaiser High School, Fontana USD
Description: When teachers work together they can serve all students and improve learning. The focus will be on how collaboration helps all students achieve the standards in a school population that is low socioeconomically and has large percentages of ELL and Special Education. Ideas of how colleagues can collaborate within the work day will be shared, as well as how to use the standards to focus teaching and learning.
Presenters: Ron Koertge and Sonya Sones
Description: How do writers grab their readers and never let them go. We thought we'd talk about first pages, pace, foreshadowing and anything else that helps us keep a reader's interest. Both of us like to answer questions.
Presenters: Shifra Teitelbaum, Director, youTHink/Zimmer Children's Museum
Description: The best conversations are when everyone feels heard. Engage in meaningful, honest conversation with students from local high schools. Students will share what they want teachers to know about education and their experiences as students. Participants and youth will talk and listen, learn from each others' perspectives and find common ground to improve schools and education for everyone. Please join us for a stimulating and refreshing session. Student presenters are involved in youTHink leadership programs.
Presenters: Kim Flachmann, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program
Description: This session will provide information about the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum for use in 9-12. It will especially provide ways for high school and college instructors to collaborate on their work with this curriculum.
Presenters: Jill Hamilton-Bunch, Associate Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University, Bakersfield
Description: This session examines how secondary teachers may aid their students in generating writing, reflecting on their practice, and becoming members of a community of literacy. The presenter will address the writing process from response to literature to finished product.
Presenters: Dieago Uribe, Teacher, T. Roosevelt Elementary, Compton Unified
Description: This presentation will describe a study that examined the length of time it took a recent 13-year old Honduran immigrant to attain academic English proficiency as measured by her districts redesignation criteria. Findings indicate that despite favorable social and academic conditions, the subject of the study attained English proficiency after a period of more than 2 years—longer than the 1 year designated by Proposition 227. This presentation will discuss recommendations based upon this study.
Presenters: Kristin Land, Teacher and Puente Project High School Teacher Trainer and Coordinator; and Annette Gonzales, Teacher, Andrew Hill High School, East Side UHSD
Description: Join Puente Project teachers in using community-based writing assignments to create a rigorous yet inspiring curriculum that honors the diversity of California students and explicitly bridges academic learning to students' inherent funds of knowledge. Participants will engage in a community-based writing unit and reflect on the lasting significance of the wise words spoken by the elders in their communities. They will leave with the unit in hand and with new ideas for further community-based writing assignments that draw upon similar methodologies.
Presenters: Stephanie Etcheveria, Program Coordinator, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
Description: Imagine this: Get your students thinking and writing creatively! The activities that will be explored in this session will help students take a few words and ideas and turn them into quality short stories. Participants will be introduced to techniques that can be done with students to help build a foundation for strong writing skills while encouraging students to think creatively. Some activities include working with works and writing strong verbs. Free resources for participants!
Presenters: Molly Topf, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley; Jessica Tsuji, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley; Corynn Plumb, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley; and Rachael Byron, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley
Description: Too often, students forego voice, creativity, and passion when it comes to producing expository writing assignments. In this session, the presenters will model a series of mini-lessons following the general writing workshop style, but adapted to teach expository writing at the secondary level. Participants will leave with teaching points, writing strategies, prompts, and mentor texts aimed at teaching expository structure while still focusing on student choice, creativity, autonomy, and voice.
Presenters: Teresa Dowell, Teacher, Arleta High School, LAUSD, LAWP
Description: Participants will use the metaphor of finding a path (or a kind of writing) to finding the land (memory, reading material, research, or experience) from which to build their writing. Participants will then become architects with unlimited creative potential while working with the fundamentals that make their buildings sound and able to withstand earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. This metaphor celebrates each participant’s unique path in writing and the discoveries revealed in their writing while taking the road less traveled.
Presenters: Liz Harrington, Teacher, Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel Unified, UCI WP; Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Teacher, Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel Unifeid, UCI WP; Roxanne Smathers, Teacher, Las Flores Middle School, Capistrano USD, UCI WP; and Amanda Burns, Teacher, College Park Elementary School, Newport Mesa USD UCI WP
Description: This session will provide an overview of some of the most important skills teachers need to address in the 21st century, including safe and reliable uses of the Internet for research, online collaboration, netiquette, and more. Participants will learn the basics of podcasting, threaded discussion, and blogging.
Presenters: Lynn Culp, UCLA WP, and Tara Burk, UCLA WP
Description: This session provides a focus on Google Docs and National Gallery of Writing as tools to introduce adolescent writers to an increasingly broad audience for their ideas and understanding. Use of these tools with the writing (and reading) process, as well as time-tested peer response, will demonstrate ways that two teachers have addressed writing challenges students face today. Participants will evaluate samples of student work, examine student reflections, and discuss relevance to their own classrooms.
Presenters: Faye Peitzman, UCLA WP, and Norma Mota-Altman, Teacher, San Gabriel High School, Alhambra USD, UCLA WP
Description: Acknowledging strengths in our English learners’ writing—essential to comprehensive, fair assessment—is also key to building students’ self-efficacy. How can we use that positive perspective to guide students toward dynamic growth? How might we share these insights with colleagues? Together we’ll take a careful look at students’ writing and articulate what’s promising and possible next steps. We’ll also offer materials created for classroom use as well as for professional development workshops.
Presenters: John Creger, Teacher, American High School, Fremont USD, San Jose WP
Description: Could the disengagement and disrespect we see in so many students today mask a frustrated hunger for deeper learning? Participants begin this lively session researching widespread student enthusiasm for the systematic introspection of the NCTE-award-winning Personal Creed Project. This project’s consistent embrace in classrooms across the country points to a groundbreaking model of learning. Using this model, participants learn to deepen shallow prevailing notions of course design and curriculum—and create English courses that satisfy standards AND students. Ongoing support on English Companion Ning
Presenters: Darlene Stotler, English Instructor, CSU Bakersfield
Description: "Found in Translation" masters comprehension skills so students can proceed to the next task: critical analysis. In an urban high school where teachers initiated AP open enrollment, a significant percentage of students weren’t able to write cohesive critical analyses because they couldn’t comprehend the original text. Via a triptych, students "translate," or supplant original text with synonyms students have generated; therefore, students perform two essential tasks: paraphrasing text into their own 21st century translation and critical analysis.
Presenters: Robin Turner, Teacher, Magnolia High School, Anaheim UHSD
Description: When students take ownership of their papers, and the revision and editing strategies involved, the results are dynamic. In this session, participants will take part in active revising strategies that enable students to become independent writers and thinkers. These strategies are applicable for developing as well as accomplished writers.
Presenters: Forest Blackwelder, Teacher, Summit High School, Fontan USD; and Kimberly Ragan, Teacher, Summit High School, Fontan USD
Description: Are tragic heroes conductors of destruction as Frye believes? In this in-depth research project, participants will be given the tools to do the research into this puzzling question. This research will take the participants through the literature of Shakespeare and another author (one of their choice that is not from the Shakespearean Era). They will compare and contrast these tragic heroes culminating in an essay and a presentation.
Presenters: Bob Pacilio, Mt. Carmel High School, Poway USD; Randy Ertil; and Lian Gouw
Description: First-time novelists discuss first books. Three authors make their debut with books that portray how political and social forces shape future generations. Ertll’s autobiography Hope in a Time of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience describes his successful rise from the hard streets of South Central Los Angeles amid gangs, drugs, and social injustices; Gouw’s novel Only a Girl depicts three generations of Chinese women who struggle for identity against a political backdrop of the World Depression, World War II, and the Indonesian Revolution; and Pacilio’s novel Meetings at the Metaphor Café is narrated by four high school students trying to make sense of a complicated, fearful America. They learn from each other and their teacher that as long as they keep their minds open and their eyes focused on their True North, they will never be lost.
Presenters: Diane Luby Lane and the Get Lit Players
Description: Get Lit is a classical performance poetry and writing program that uses classic poetry to ignite a love of language in our youth, inspiring them to become lifelong learners. Understanding that live recitation of classic poetry is a lost art, Get Lit aspires to ensure it a central place in contemporary life. The Get Lit Players will demonstrate "Ignite Proactive Poetry," a brand new way of teaching poetry in the classroom. Students memorize selected classic poems and then "respond" in their own words, creating a one of a kind poem that is a combination of classic and spoken word. You will see heart-stopping performances of poetry by this troupe of award winning teens – who will share tips to engage your students in the classroom, making them poetry lovers as well.
Presenters: Kelly Gallagher, Teacher and Author, Magnolia High School, Anaheim UHSD
Description: This workshop will focus on what teachers can do to move their students into deeper levels of reading comprehension.
Presenters: Thomas, Jr. Roddy, Teacher, Manual Arts Senior High School, LAUSD
Description: English learners of all levels struggle to express and then write their thoughts clearly. Using writing frames helps to address this issue by helping students to blend their own thoughts with a carefully crafted scaffold provided by the teacher. I have found this to be an especially rewarding approach to teaching writing.
Presenters: Gai Jones, Teacher, Theatre Arts Consultant
Description: This session will help you discover an activity that will jump start students' creativity thinking, engage their five senses, build their cooperative spirit, and foster their creative thinking, while putting spirit into your classroom.
Presenters: David B. Cohen, Teacher, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto USD
Description: After years of using entrenched, traditional grading practices, is it possible to throw out a points-based system that yields grades based on average performance and switch to a system that really works in students' best interests? Participants will see a high-school grading and assessment plan based on the work of Robert Marzano, and learn how this approach can improve student motivation, reward growth, promote good academic habits, and adhere to California's ELA standards.
Presenters: Kate Coombs, Teacher, Carlson Home-Hospital School, LAUSD
Description: You ask them to be specific, and they just stare at you. You beg them to revise, and they correct two typos. How do you model heavy-duty revision, moving students from vague "blah-blah" language to crisply rendered detail? This session will give you tools for modeling and coaching the kind of student revision we all want to see.
Presenters: Kim Flachmann, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program
Description: This informal session will discuss how to enter the textbook world, from writing proposals, to choosing a publisher, to securing a contract.
Presenters: Andrea Fazel, Teacher, Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter High School, Natomas USD
Description: Are you interested in creating an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum that supports student engagement and success? How can we effectively integrate LGBTQ people and issues into our already-packed literature and writing curriculum? Come explore academic and developmental reasons for inclusion and strategies for effectively meeting implementation challenges. Practical ideas and materials, including full lesson plans and other resources, will be provided.
Presenters: Sarah Taylor, Teacher, Eastern Sierra Academy, Eastern Sierra USD
Description: Help students improve their analytical skills by teaching them to create detailed images that interpret literature. Learn how students can provide in-depth analyses of complex scenes, overarching themes, internal conflict, and paradox from literature without writing a word. Participants will draw a visual analysis of a poem (no artistic ability necessary) and see many examples of students pictorial interpretations and corresponding oral presentations. This activity complements the AP English Language image analysis requirement.
Presenters: Cathlyn F. Dossetti, Teacher, Fresno USD, SJVWP
Description: In this session we will utilize inductive reasoning and a student’s natural ability to analyze visual information to build analytical writing skills. The session will demonstrate how using art and three simple questions can create a foundation for analytical thought that transfers into both informal and formal writing tasks. Teachers will scaffold through the process and create the rough draft of an analytical essay. They will walk away with an immediately applicable lesson for any level of text or student.
Presenters: Susan Spica, Teacher, Jane Addams Continuation High School, LAUSD; and Gail Nettels, Teacher, Thoreau Continuation High School, LAUSD
Description: Session will demonstrate both reading and writing strategies for students who have had difficulty passing the ELA CAHSEE. Strategies which will be presented have been used in the classroom by both presenters; information will be both practical and accessible. Presenters have teaching experience with varied levels of 9-12 students who are not usually academically successful. Participants will leave with handouts and strategies to be implemented in the classroom the next week!
Presenters: Ramon Tovar, Teacher, Van Nuys High School, LAUSD; and Gino Pellegrini, English Instructor, Pierce College
Description: Educators and literacy experts recognize that some students are primarily visual learners. Moreover, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards requires accomplished ELA teachers to effectively teach visual media such as photographs, advertisements, magazines, newspapers, films, and works of art. Contributing to the growing field of visual literacy instruction, the presenters of this session model how to use their own original graphic organizer that helps all students read, annotate, re-read, and write about challenging visual texts.
Presenters: Sondra R. Miller, Teacher/Reading Specialist
Description: Students often camouflage their literacy problems with behavior problems, making learning and teaching difficult. These research-based and time-tested classroom management strategies eliminate 80%-90% of low-level discipline problems and increase test scores while bringing peace and order to the learning environment. Participants in this session will learn strategies that can be immediately implemented in their own classrooms.
Presenters: Liza Gesuden, Teacher, Oakland School for the Arts, Okland USD; and Stephanie Cariaga, Teacher, Animo Locke Tech Charter High School
Description: In this interactive session, participants will explore ways to develop critical literacy with students of color by engaging with Graciela Limon's Song of the Hummingbird and Octavia Butler's Kindred. Through performance pedagogy, oral her/history documentation, and similar creative modes of learning, presenters will share the ways in which we can encourage students to "read the world" and respond to challenges in their lives. Participants will walk away with unit/lesson plans, adaptable interactive activities, student sample writing and film projects, and processes for incorporating relevance and critical pedagogy into backwards planning.
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