2018 Conference Program

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2018 Arizona English Teachers Association Conference
September 22, 2018
Chandler-Gilbert Community College (Pecos Campus)
2626 East Pecos Road, Chandler, AZ 85225
All events will take place in Agave Hall (AGA) and Bradshaw Hall (BRD)
● 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
○ Registration (AGA 1240-1242)
● 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
○ Welcome Message (AGA 1240-1242)
● 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
○ Keynote: Jeff Zentner (AGA 1240-1242)
● 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
○ A Sessions (see below)
● 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
○ B Sessions (see below)
● 11:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m.
○ C Sessions (see below)
● 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
○ Lunch and Awards (AGA 1240-1242)
● 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
○ Writing Workshop: Jeff Zentner (AGA 1240-1242)
● 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
○ Workshop: Dr. Beverly Ann Chin, Improving Students’ Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking Through Inferencing
● 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
○ Local YA Authors Panel
● 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
○ Book Signing (AGA 1240-1242)
Recipe for a sizzling Saturday:
Soaring temps
Hot coffee
Edgy desert landscape
Intellectually stimulating speakers
and passion for reading and writing.
Welcome to the Annual AETA Conference at Chandler-Gilbert Community College! We are glad you can join us for our exciting speakers and a chance to rekindle relationships and make new friends.
Jeff Zentner – is the author of The Serpent King, Goodbye Days, and Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, He is the recipient of many notable awards like the William C. Morris Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the International Literacy Association Award, and the Westchester Fiction Award. His books have been nominated and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and he has been a finalist for the Indies Choice Award and the Southern Book Prize, and been named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time and in high school and college he worked at various bookstores. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years. For more information about Jeff visit his website: http://www.jeffzentnerbooks.com/
Dr. Beverly Ann Chin – Dr. Chin is a long-time friend of AETA who constantly provides us with engaging, up-to-date strategies to improve our teaching practice. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of English at the University of Montana in addition to serving as the Director of the English Teaching Program and the Director of the Montana Writing Project. She has served as a Past President of NCTE, an NBPTS Board Member, and the senior project Consultant for the 2011 NAEP Writing Assessment. She received the Richard W. Halle Award for an Outstanding Middle Level Educator in 2015 and the 2012 NCTE Distinguished Service Award. She continues to be an active voice for reading and writing strategies through her numerous presentations nationwide and abroad.
2018 Executive Board
Lisa Ashley, Traci Avalos (past pres.), Esther Bateson, Jim Blasingame (past pres.), Colleen Carscallen, Shannon Carscallen, Anthony Celaya, Chris Hazeltine, Mallory Heath, Joann Martin, Kelly O’Rourke, Stephanie Palenque, Duane Roen, Sean Ross, Renée Rude, Brian Taylor, Kena Taylor, Sylvia Vega, Maria Zafonte
Past President Kelly O’Rourke
Treasurer Joann Martin
Secretary Available
Executive Secretary Kelly O’Rourke
NCTE Affiliate Liaison Mallory Heath
Diversity Director Anthony Celaya
Webmaster Stephanie Palenque
Connections Newsletter Editors Maria Zafonte and Esther Bateson
Regional Director Head Chris Hazeltine
Regional Directors Chris Hazeltine (Cave Creek/Deer Valley), Joann Martin (Phoenix), Traci Avalos (Scottsdale), Esther Bateson (Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert), Lisa Morris-Wilkey (Casa Grande), Shannon Carscallen (Buckeye), Kamian Harmon (Eloy/Florence), Lisa Ashley (Cottonwood/Camp Verde/Prescott), Carissa Morrison (Northwest AZ/Seligman), and Kat Stokes (Charter/Private Schools)
Available Regional Director Positions, contact Chris Hazeltine if interested:
(Navajo Nation) (Glendale/Peoria) (Tucson/Southwestern AZ) (Flagstaff/Payson)
University and College Liaisons Jim Blasingame, Duane Roen, Colleen Carscallen, and Lisa Coleman Ashley
Department of Education Liaison Sean Ross
Awards Coordinators
“Teachers as Writers” Sylvia Vega
“Teacher of Excellence” Chris Hazeltine
“Four Corners Scholarship” Anthony Celaya
2018 Conference
Conference Co-chairs Esther Bateson, Renée Rude, Maria Zafonte
Site Coordinators Renée Rude & Tricia Sindel-Arrington
Program Director Brian & Kena Taylor
Proposal Review Committee Esther Bateson, Jim Blasingame, Chris Hazeltine, Joann Martin, Kelly O’Rourke, Sean Ross, Brian & Kena Taylor
Conference Registration:
Registration is required for all conference events. Please wear your name badge.
Lot 2 is closest to the Agave building.
Connect With Us:
AETA is on Twitter and Facebook: @ArizEngTeachers
Please post pictures and comments: #AETAFreetoRead
Special Thanks:
To Chandler-Gilbert Community College for providing conference facilities.
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A Sessions: 9:30-10:20 a.m.
A.1 Roundtables (AGA 1242) Facilitator: Esther Bateson
Table 1 – “Encouraging Engagement in the Online English Classroom”: Stephanie Maher Palenque, Jan Wakefield-Darvas, Rebecca Foy, Jennifer Chinn. Engagement is a key to success in any classroom, but engagement in the online environment has unique challenges that require teachers to use technology, humor, authenticity, and social currency.
Table 2 – “PEERS = Promoters of English Education, Rhetoric, and Service: A Discussion of Classroom Peer Mentors and Service in a Time of Uncertainty for the Humanities”: Jennifer M. Santos, Timothy Sims, Katelyn Watson. Classroom peer mentorship not only strengthens student learning, engagement, and assessment metrics; the act of mentorship also helps the peer mentors finetune the soft skills required to sustain success.
Table 3 – “Research, Writing, and Argument through a Student Congress Unit”: Justin Scholes
This session describes how students adapted congressional debate materials from the National Speech and Debate Association to write legislative bills, researching and debating them in mock senate sessions. Session attendees will receive materials to replicate the unit within their own secondary classrooms.
Table 4 – “Revolving a College Composition Course around Ota Benga: The Pygmy in the Zoo”: Eileen Landis-Groom. This session revolves around the discussion and assignments for Phillips Verner Bradford’s book, the goal to encourage critical thinking about culture and the importance of history in literary art.
A.2 Classrooms
Classroom BRD 147 – “Who We Be: Identity-building Activist Curriculum by Teachers to Support the Intersectionalities within the ELA Classroom”: Fernando Sanchez, Bryan Willingham, Morgan DiFelice, Charmar Williams, Rayco Branch. This panel will offer advice to diverse educators on how to transform their ELA classrooms into spaces that do not remove sensitive issues like gender, race, sexuality, abuse, and mental health.
Classroom BRD 149 – “Inspiring Digital Natives: Multimodal Writing Projects in the Secondary ELA Classroom”: Kristina Bybee, Sharon Shumway, Stephanie F. Reid. Composing with digital tools can be a powerful resource in your classroom. With some guidance, our secondary ELA students can use technology to speak out on current and historical social justice and equity issues.
Classroom BRD 151 – “Liberating Student Voices through Writing”: Katie Alford, Kate Hope, Michelle Glerum. This panel will share approaches to reimagining teacher-student writing conferences, frequent and authentic writing, collaboration with peers, and approaches to developing classroom writing communities through a recursive writing formula.
Classroom BRD 161 – “From Intersectionality to Community Action: Celebrating students’ identities, communities, and voices through writing” Monica Baldonado-Ruiz, Ashley Yap, Steven Arenas. This panel showcases approaches to teaching writing that explores students’ identities and communities. Three secondary ELA teachers will share ways to use narrative, mapping, poetry, and visual imagery as a way for students to make arguments, voice their opinions, and prepare for writing beyond the classroom.
B Sessions: 10:30-11:20 a.m.
B.1 Roundtables (AGA 1242) Facilitator: Chris Hazeltine
Table 1 – “Multiple Roads to Rigor: Designing and Implementing Multimodal Curriculum in ELA Classrooms”: Michelle Glerum. This presentation offers teachers specific, tangible methods for using multimodalities in secondary and post-secondary classrooms, and feature three multimodal projects and an infographic workshop for possible classroom use.
Table 2 – “Practicing Empathetic Intercultural Communication in the Writing Classroom”: Kevin Cassell
Using a university-level business writing class adapting for ELA writing classes, this session introduces a learning module that helps students understand how to communicate empathetically with people from different cultures.
Table 3 – “Surveying–>Knowing–>Serving Students”: Shelley Rodrigo. Online instructors share similar concerns about making connections with their remote students. This session will introduce a “welcome” survey strategy to encourage student voice, and for teachers, coded batches to help streamline workload.
Table 4 – “Stimulating Writing Freedom: Bringing Strategies from the Writing Center to Your Classroom”: Darby Simpson, Kelsey Corrigan, Catherine Woner. Practical strategies will be provided to improve teaching practices, enhance peer conferencing, and aid in the transition from high school to college writing while stimulating students’ freedom to read and write.
Table 5 – “Goldilocks: Should she be tried as a felon?”: Brian and Kena Taylor. Would you like to have students to synthesize a fictional text with a non-fiction one—in a fun way? We will show a user-friendly way to teach multi-source or multi-quote paragraph writing (like those tested on the AZMerit).
B.2 Classrooms:
Classroom BRD 147 – “Using Social Justice Pedagogy and YAL to Empower a Community”: Steven Arenas, Jozeca Ruth, Kristin Roberts. This session will focus on the implementation of a YA novel using a justice-oriented approach intended to engage critical conversations and activities on race/ethnicity, class, and oppression.
Classroom BRD 149 – “Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow: Teaching Drama in the ELA Classroom”: Kelly O’Rourke. From methods such as tableaux, monologues, recitation, scriptwriting, and staging scenes in lit circles to actually performing short plays, this presentation will share different ways to help activate students’ imaginations using Shakespeare in the 21st-century classroom.
Classroom BRD 151 – “Young Adult Literature Bookshelf: A Selection of Current YA Titles that Deserve to be in your Students’ Hands”: Maria Zafonte, Kayla Sally, Stephen Parisi, Aley Sharpnack, Katie Hanks, Destiny Harris, Justin Berchiolli. With brief presentations on a selection of titles, presenters will discuss why these books belong in your classroom collection.
Classroom BRD 161 – “Cultivating a Freedom to Read the Word and the World through Postcolonial Theory and YA Literature”: Darby Simpson, Heather O’Loughlin, Amanda Luszeck, Kristina Bybee, Michelle Dyer, Chair and Respondent: E. Sybil Durand. Five educators share their approaches to teaching postcolonial texts and theories with students in secondary settings.
Classroom BRD 172 – “Creating Confidence, Courage and Community in your Classroom”: Suzanne Sosnowski, Michelle Salcido, Katie McElheny, Thomas Cooper. With poetry as the driver, this interactive workshop will take you on a journey and empower you to ignite and inspire your students. You will walk away with tangible ways to transform the climate and culture of your classroom, and you will experience teacher and student spoken word poetry performances.
C Sessions: -11:30-12:20 p.m.
C Classrooms
Classroom BRD 147 – “Advice from High School Students: Student Perspectives on what Works in the ELA Classroom”: Samantha Gorgan, Sybil Durand, Fernando Sanchez. This session will offer advice on how to talk about sensitive issues with secondary students, from secondary students.
Classroom BRD 149 – “You either see it or you don’t”: Engaging students in Reading Stories told through Image and Word”: Stephanie F. Reid, Michelle Dyer. Attend this session to learn how eighth grade students responded to a curriculum unit centered on stories (non-traditional, visual young adult novels) constructed from both words and images, before creating their own. Presenters will share visual literacy strategies, learning resources, and student-created texts.
Classroom BRD 151 – “Underrepresented Indigenous Literature: Native American Literature, Poetry and Nonfiction”: Kathleen Shull. Teachers will walk away with specific lessons that introduce historical perspectives through an indigenous lens through using various visual and textual mediums.
Classroom BRD 161 – “Engaging in the Freedom to Write through Peer-writing Tutoring”: Lisa Cahill, Darby Simpson, Tristan Rebe, Adam Ferguson. The ASU University Academic Success Programs will share strategies and tips for creating or enhancing peer writing tutoring services.
Classroom BRD 172 – “How the Use of Images and Music Assist in Highlighting Themes”: Emma Gomez. This session will identify the cultural influence of the Harlem Renaissance and its impact on the art, literature, and music of Black communities.
Reading Workshop with Beverly Ann Chin: 2:30-3:15 “Improving Students’ Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking Through Inferencing”: In this reading workshop, Beverly Ann Chin will model scaffolded instruction to teach inferencing. Sometimes our students read only at the “literal” level. By showing students how to make inferences—or “read between the lines”—teachers can support students as critical readers and thinkers. Beverly will show how teaching inference can guide students to discover the literary elements of character development, plot, setting, and theme.
D Session: 3:30-4:15 p.m.
D.1 Local Authors Workshop (AGA 1240-1242), Chairs: Traci Avalos
“Local YA and Middle Grade Authors Help Teens Find Their Voice” Nathan Price Evans, Picture Book & Middle Grade Sara Fujimura, YA Contemporary
Erin Jade Lange, YA Contemporary
Joanna Ruth Meyer, YA Fantasy Paul Mosier, Middle Grade Contemporary Abigail Johnson, YA Contemporary Shonna Slayton, YA Historical Fantasy
Kate Watson, YA Contemporary
Join us for an inspiring panel discussion from some of Arizona’s best authors for Young Adults. Panelists will discuss their latest books, the road to publication, and suggestions for supporting young authors and helping them find their voice. There will be an audience question and answer portion, and time for participants to chat with individual authors.

Let Freedom Read!


Keynote Speaker, Jeff Zentner

Conference Registration is Open!

Join us at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Saturday, Sept. 22 for:

  • Jeff Zentner’s speech on “The War of Stories”

  • presentations by classroom teachers from all levels

  • YA author panel

Register now at: aetaconnect.wordpress.com



2018 Arizona English Teachers Association Conference

September 22, 2018

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (Pecos Campus)

2626 East Pecos Road, Chandler, AZ 85225


All events will take place in Agave Hall (AGA) and Bradshaw Hall (BRD).

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration

8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome Message

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Keynote: Jeff Zentner, The War of Stories 

author of Goodbye Days and The Serpent King

winner of ALAN’s Amelia Walden Award 

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. A Sessions

9:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. B-C Combined Session

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. B Sessions

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. C Sessions

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Awards

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Writing Workshop: Jeff Zentner

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Teacher Workshop: Dr. Beverly Chin

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. YA Author Panel

Stephanie Meyer, Nathan Price Evans, Kate White, Paul Mosier, Sara Francis- Fujimara, and Abigail Johnson

4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Book signings

Teachers as Writers Contest

AETA would like to extend an invitation to share your writing. We write to model a writer’s life for our students, we write to express ourselves because we find complexity and beauty both inside and outside of the classroom, and we write because it is one of the most cherished intellectual endeavors. Share your writing with AETA by joining the annual Teachers as Writers Contest.

TAW flyer June 2018
ELIGIBILITY This contest is open to English language arts teachers at all levels, as well as to administrators, specialists and graduate students within the field. Current membership in AETA is a requirement for entry.
ENTRIES Entrants are limited to one entry in each of the three categories. Entries should comply with the maximum length requirements:
Poetry (120 lines) Short story (3000 words) Nonfiction prose (3000 words)
AWARDS DEADLINE AUGUST 1 Winning entries will be honored during the Fall Conference. Additionally, the winners will be published in an upcoming issue of the Arizona English Bulletin.
To enter the AETA Teachers as Writers Contest:

1. Include a cover page with your name, the title of the entry, the genre (poetry, short story, or nonfiction prose), your work/cell/home number, and your email address.

2. Double space all entries (except poetry).

3. Include “TAW Contest” in the subject line of the email. Email submissions to: Sylvia Vega: sgvdanndy@hotmail.com