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UCF Literacy Symposium 2022 Recorded Webinars & Resources

December 8, 2022: Lessons Learned About the Role of Literacy in Science Teaching and Learning
An interdisciplinary team of science and literacy educators presented Lessons Learned About the Role of Literacy in Science Teaching and Learning from a two-year-long project that is funded by the National Science Foundation. The project is titled, Intersection of Science, Second Language, and Literacy Acquisition (ISSLLA); it focuses on redesigning a secondary education science to prepare teachers to teach science to all students, including English language learners. The presenters shared evidence-based ways to use collaboration to develop new knowledge about the role of disciplinary literacy in science teaching and student learning. They presented instructional tools, strategies, and examples in four areas: how to read science texts, vocabulary and concept development, scientific discourse, and science-specific writing. Today's teaching and learning demands call for new interdisciplinary collaborations!

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October 20, 2022: Instructional Coaching: Maximizing Literacy Collaborations with Teachers and Administrators
Two award-winning literacy coaches, Ms. Stephanie Brooks, Literacy Coach at Rolling Hills Elementary School, Orange County Public Schools, and Ms. Christine Lipham-Thomas, Senior Coordinator of Instruction with a focus on Middle Schools, Polk County Public Schools reignited attendees’ passion for literacy collaborations with teachers and school leaders. The presenters (a) shared lessons learned from their literacy collaborations with elementary and secondary school teachers and (b) inspired the attendees about reigniting literacy collaborations that are based on trust, observation and listening, modeling relevant instructional practices and strategies, and community-building!

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September 22, 2022: Reigniting Literacy Collaborations with Multilingual Families: The Bilingual Village
The multilingual team leading UCF’s Dual Language STEPS program (Dr. Joyce Nutta, Dr. Kerry Purmensky, Dr. Florin Mihai, Dr. Marjorie Ceballos, Dr. Laura Monroe, and Ms. Sophie Cuocci) presented lessons learned from a family and community engagement initiative, the Bilingual Village. This initiative is based on collaborative partnerships between a physical and virtual network of schools and community partners to support multilingual learners’ language and literacy skills and help them reach their academic potential. Click here to access rich resources for implementing the Bilingual Village in your community.

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UCF Literacy Symposium Express 2020-2022: Recorded Webinars & Resources

April 28, 2022: Literacy Live & Literacy Anytime: School-based Collaborations on Making the BEST K-12 ELA Expectations Accessible, Applicable, and Fun for Everyone!
Four literacy leaders, Mr. Brent Bechtold, Ms. Kathy Pyle, Ms. Cally Traetto, and Ms. Elisha Zuaro, from the FL K-12 School for the Deaf & the Blind shared how they created a culture of literacy with colleagues across content areas and grade levels. They demonstrated how to make literacy collaborations fun, engaging, and relevant to teachers and reminded us to honor teacher voices and needs when planning professional learning. Four literacy leaders made collaborative decisions and created a framework that engages all in learning about the B.E.S.T. ELA Standards and makes literacy fun, live, and accessible anytime!

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March 24, 2022: Reigniting Literacy Through the Power of Collaboration
Ms. Whitney Augustine, a FL DOE, Just Read, Florida! Region 8 Literacy Director shared many lessons learned about the importance of collaboration on teacher efficacy, student, and school success. She inspired attendees to reignite literacy collaborations with colleagues and others in schools and in other professional communities. Here’s her call to action: “Find your team, find your light (again), and share it with colleagues, students, and your community--together, we have the ability and power to change lives.”

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February 24, 2022: Igniting Joy in Collaboration
Ms. Sarah Painter, the 2022 Florida Teacher of the Year, and a fifth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in Pinellas County, shared collaboration stories of triumph and resilience over the past two years. She reminds us of the value of joining with others (students, colleagues, parents), owning our practice, serving our students, and of the power of “yet.” Ms. Painter’s message of finding joy in collaboration speaks to every educator with respect, encouragement, and inspiration.

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March 24, 2021: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Integrating SEL into Literacy Instruction (Grades K-8)
Ms. Jolynn Bernard and Ms. Tricia Bennett, from the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, shared about the role of SEL in literacy and academic learning, how to develop students’ SEL competencies, and teaching practices that promote student social emotional competencies. View the recording for tips and ideas for developing positive learning environments and supporting all students’ literacy engagement and social-emotional learning.

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March 10, 2021: Using Dialogic Reading to Promote Emergent Literacy & SEL (Grades PreK-2)
Ms. Jody Sylvester, an OCPS Early Childhood Educator, presented on the importance of dialogic reading for students’ language, literacy, and socio-emotional development. Children’s experiences with books are very important to their overall language and reading readiness. Ms. Sylvester demonstrated how teachers and parents can engage in dialogic reading with children and provided many resources and suggestions. View this recording to learn how to use dialogic reading as a way to equip learners with language that helps them express their thinking, questions, and feelings.

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February 27, 2021: SEL Tips for New Teachers: Surviving the Socio-Emotional Impact of the 1st Five Years of Teaching (Grades PreK-12)
Ms. Deanna Ferrante, a High School English Language Arts, Reading & ESOL teacher, gave an interactive and very informative presentation on SEL for teachers/educators. SEL is not referring only to self-care and self-compassion but also to resilience, decision-making, establishing boundaries and balance, and dealing with personal and/or professional challenges. See the webinar recording for relevant suggestions and resources about educator SEL!

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February 10, 2021: How Difficult Can Reading Be for Students with Exceptionalities? (Grades PreK-5)
Dr. Maria Reyes, University of Central Florida, Exceptional Education and Dr. Caroline Pratt-Marrett, University of Central Florida, Exceptional Education, presented an overview of common characteristics of reading difficulties and helped participants gain a better understanding of the challenges students with exceptionalities face when learning to read through simulated reading difficulties. They also shared multisensory evidence-based strategies that promote reading skills and reduce learning barriers.

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January 30, 2021: Addressing SEL through Family Engagement (Grades 6-12)
Lea Herbert, National Certified Counselor and Dr. Ann Shillingford-Butler, University of Central Florida, Counselor Education, presented many relevant research-based suggestions for parents and teachers related to students’ socio-emotional wellness. They offered many tips and concrete tools for building parent/family engagement in at-home and in the workplace SEL practices. SEL is not yet another thing to do. Instead, it is the foundation for student learning!

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January 13, 2021: Elevating Inclusion with Children's Literature (Grades K-5)
Sarah Hall (2020 Seminole County Public Schools Teacher of the Year) and Melissa Pappas (2020 Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year) shared lessons learned and meaningful and interactive resources related to children’s literature. Literature that is rich, diverse, inclusive, and representative creates firm pathways for children’s language, literacy, and socio-emotional skills. Check out the rich resources and classroom suggestions.

View the recording for many examples of children’s literature instructional tools, and practices that support children’s literacy and socio-emotional development.
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December 12, 2020: Providing Social Emotional Learning and Early Literacy Instruction within the MTSS Framework
A child’s social-emotional well-being and academic learning are interdependent. Given today’s remote, flipped, and blended teaching and learning contexts, there is a great need for teachers to view students’ SEL as a mediator for developing early literacy skills within an MTSS framework. Addressing children’s SEL, behavior, trauma, and academics should not be done in isolation.

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December 2, 2020: Academic Literacy and ELL: The Power of Culturally Relevant Age Appropriate Text for Language Acquisition

Ms. Sackna-Ebuwa emphasized that culturally-relevant teaching creates a bridge between students’ backgrounds and experiences with learning in the classroom. She shared many interactive ideas for scaffolding ELLs’ academic language and literacy skills. Sample strategies included using: (a) academic and content vs. general language word walls; (b) visuals such as highlighting words (e.g., nouns, adjectives, key details); (c) academic power phrases; and (d) engagement summary sentence frames.

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November 21, 2020: Resilient Children and Neurobiology: Helping Kids Overcome Chronic Stress and Trauma
Dora Henderson’s interactive presentation was full of brain-based tips and easy ways to help children and teachers overcome chronic stress and trauma through play and breathing exercises that calm the mind and create space for children to engage in learning. For more information, contact Dora Henderson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional & Registered Play Therapist at


November 11, 2020: PBS Kids for Grownups!
This presentation is chock full of amazing and relevant resources for teachers, educators, parents, and students! Check out the myriad of resources on literacy, socio-emotional learning, connecting with students in today’s remote and hybrid learning contexts.

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