A history gathering called "Railroads in Native America (RNA)" which will be the second gathering held May 19-21, 2022 in the Ogden Union Station. The first gathering was in Omaha, Nebraska in 2019.
2022 RNA website:
RNA has been organized by the Utah Div. of Indian Affairs, and is sponsored by all of Utah's tribes and 20 history related organizations. RNA organizers will also be offering remote internet access for those who add their names and emails to the "I'm interested list."
The program includes Native American scholars (Native Am. & non-Native Am.), from around the United States, and there will be various types of nontraditional presentations. This gathering is free of charge; however they have limited seating.
The subject may seems remote but in short we are addressing Native American and non-Native American interactions, for over a 160 plus years, within predominantly Native American perspectives.
Visit the above link to sign up.
Naomi Watkins, Ph.D.
Secondary ELA and Library Media Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
Secondary ELA & Library Media News: February 2022
Dear Secondary ELA and Library Media Colleagues:
The month of February has me thinking about poetry. Maybe because it's the month of love or because I'm in the middle of former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's new poetry book or because we finally made it through January and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Regardless, a memory surfaced from my time as a student in AP English. We were reading and studying John Donne's poem "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," <https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44131/a-valediction-forbidding-mourn…> and I admittedly did not like poetry. It all felt too difficult, and I didn't care enough to struggle through the challenge. But this time, things went differently. I saw how the symbolism added depth and meaning to Donne's words. It clicked for me in that moment, opening my eyes to the wonder that language can hold, and I leaned into poetry after that moment. Do you have an experience like this one? And how do you cultivate similar experiences for students?
My Current Reads: Call Us What We Carry<https://amandagormanbooks.com/> by Amanda Gorman
My Current Music Listen: "Misty Morning"<https://open.spotify.com/track/6sJbj2bRgR3VQ0Jg7qjX7S?si=aa72b1a32b4346f6> by Sol Rising
My Current Watch: Groundhog Day<https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/> (how was this movie made almost 30 years ago?)
Gretchen Zaitzeff - District Library Media Specialist, Canyons School District
How long have you been teaching? Education is my third career, and I have been working in school libraries for the last 13 years. [cid:image001.jpg@01D819BE.0EB911C0]
Who/what inspired you to become a teacher? My inspiration for becoming a school librarian heralds back to my elementary librarian and fifth grade teacher at Layton Hall Elementary in Springfield, VA, and of course, there's a story there. Also the amazing school librarians of District Unit 5 and University High School in Normal, IL who served my children were inspirational in my choosing school librarianship as my current career.
What has been the most rewarding part of teaching? Handing a book to the student who requested it and for whom you bought it is the happiest part of my job. The way that they light up and the joy they express is extremely fulfilling. I received a lot of spontaneous hugs from the recipients.
What are your hobbies/interests when you are not teaching? I collect signed books, socks and Legos. When I am not working, I am enjoying my family and serving in my faith community. I like reading (no surprise), decorating, traveling and all the fandoms.
What do you think is the most important thing about teaching ELA to kids? Readers are leaders. Students who can read can learn anything, be anything and achieve anything.
What is your favorite book? Author? I am a HUGE Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice fan. I read all of the P&P mash-ups, re-works and fan fic. I also consume all the Austen movies, plays and other media. As you can see from my photo, I am also a big Harry Potter fan. My post COVID goal is to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in NYC.
PHOTO: Gretchen Zaitzeff, Virtual Storytime
Registration Open Now: Professional Learning Opportunity
Robert Austin, USBE Humanities Coordinator, and I are excited to offer the following virtual professional learning series to secondary ELA and social studies folks (classroom teachers, instructional/literacy coaches, district leaders) with Cornelius Minor called "Put The Oxygen Mask on Yourself First: What it Means To Learn Right Now." This is a series on meeting the needs of a changing learning landscape by focusing on ENGAGEMENT, CRITICAL THINKING, and CREATIVITY.
* Session #1: February 8, 3:30-6:30pm MST
* Session #2: February 15, 3:30-6:30pm MST
* Session #3: March 8, 3:30-6:30pm MST
*Please note that this is a 3-part series. Participants will need to attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions.
Registration: MIDAS<http://usbe.midaseducation.com/> course ID: 60758 | Receive 1.0 USBE Credit for 3 sessions; 0.5 for 2 sessions
For the schedule, learning intentions, and success criteria, visit here<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kXxXZalAqHWL_TKEq0qjmmhh_eQg411m7QXY-Uu…>.
UCTE 2022 Conference
Friday, Feb 11, 2022at Megaplex Theaters at Jordan Commons
Registration is closed.
The 2022 annual conference of the Utah Council of Teachers of English will feature exciting keynote speakers and inspiring teacher-led breakout sessions. Our keynotes this year will be about identity, inquiry, and identity led by Sara K. Ahmed and digital literacies led by Dr. Shelbie Witte and Dr. Sara Kajder.
Our teacher-led breakout sessions will cover topics ranging from teaching literature to best writing practices to incorporating digital literacies into the classroom. Join us for what promises to be an energizing and inspiring day of professional development!
UELMA 2022 Conference
Registration for UELMA's annual conference is now open. The UELMA conference is Thursday, March 10, 2022 at Weber State University. Register now to receive a discounted rate at <https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsites.goo…> https://sites.google.com/uelma.org/annual-conference-2022/home
UELMA is in need of volunteers! If you would be willing to help at the conference, please let us know. More information here<https://sites.google.com/uelma.org/annual-conference-2022/volunteers>.
2022 Round-Up of Children's & Young Adult Book Award Winners
School Library Journal provides an overview of all of the recent book award winners <https://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2022/01/2022-winter-childrens-and-you…> including:
? 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards
? 2022 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Charlotte Huck Award
? 2022 International Literacy Association (ILA) Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CLR SIG) Notable Books for a Global Society
? 2021 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Books
Black History Month
* Through children's books, interviews with Black children's authors and illustrators, classroom activities, online history resources, and powerful documentaries, Reading Rockets<https://www.readingrockets.org/calendar/blackhistory> celebrates and learns about the lives and contributions of African Americans. They encourage educators and librarians to look for opportunities to include these stories throughout the year and across the curriculum.
* UEN Resources here<https://www.uen.org/core/socialstudies/africanamerican/> and here<https://www.uen.org/news/article.php?id=1018>.
* 2022 Winners of the Coretta Scott King Book Award: https://www.ala.org/rt/emiert/cskbookawards
Standards Implementation Institute Summer 2022
See this flyer<https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q2d34oWWEaeZcbdIEn4djbbVSGy_GJ3Q/view?usp=…> for information about this summer's Standards Implementation Institute. Registration will open at the end of March. Secondary ELA topics include:
* Day 1: Strategies for Success in Argumentative Writing'
* Day 2: Engagement and Endurance with Complex Text
* Day 3: Informational Text and Writing
* Day 4: Working Effectively with Students Who Face Reading Challenges
Update on Acadience Reading Expansion
SB 145<https://le.utah.gov/~2022/bills/static/SB0145.html> sponsored by Sen. Stevenson was heard in the Senate Education Subcommittee this week and moves forward with full recommendation from the committee. This bill would expand LEA access to Acadience Reading (a reading diagnostic assessment) through grade 8.
2021-2022 Secondary Literacy Director Meeting Dates
Mark your calendars! Next Meeting: March 22, 2022 from 1-3pm
To receive a meeting invite, contact Brenda McMurtrey at brenda.mcmurtrey(a)schools.utah.gov<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
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**Please note: LEAs have the duty to select instructional materials that best correlate to the core standards for Utah public schools and graduation requirements. (UCA 53G-4-402(1(a)). Posting of these resources by USBE staff curriculum content specialists does not imply the resources have received official endorsement of the State Board. Educators are responsible to ensure use of these materials complies with LEA policies and directives.
Naomi Watkins, Ph.D.
Secondary ELA and Library Media Specialist
Utah State Board of Education