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Wednesday, April 18


Metacognition and Reading Strategies to Bridge Students Toward Inquiry
Discover ways to assist high school and college students to avoid the binaries of search-and-find and pick-and-plug in, which they can mistakenly rely upon to finish research projects quickly. Through small group work and reflection, participants will experience how surfacing students’ previous knowledge and their personal experiences ensures their ability to better engage in the process of inquiry. The focus on inquiry can engender frustration for students because it requires gaining comfort with ambiguity, plus constant questioning, a difficult developmental stage in critical thinking and academic achievement.

Using concepts and practices from frameworks which emphasize metacognition, such as the Reading Apprenticeship Framework, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and the learning goals (in draft) from the Oregon School Library Standards, participants will practice various ways to use reading routines and metacognitive practices to support topic exploration as a process— which requires reflection, sharing and discussion—and leads to making new connections and discoveries. This workshop will apply to all discipline areas, not just composition or writing, and has application for librarians where independent research projects are required (including high school through college).


Bill Bogart

Developmental Education Faculty and Department Chair, Portland Community College
Bill has been an active participant in a Reading Apprenticeship community of practice with instructors at Portland Community College since 2012. He currently teaches courses in college Reading, and Integrated Reading/Writing.
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Pam Kessinger

Reference Librarian, Portland Community College
Pam Kessinger is the Reference Librarian at Portland Community College, Rock Creek campus. She is the Chair of the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO). She serves as the Higher Education Rep to the Oregon Association of School Libraries Board, and is a member of... Read More →

Theresa Love

Developmental Education Faculty, Portland Community College
Theresa has been a practitioner of Reading Apprenticeship for many years in a community college setting. She has facilitated online courses in RA Leadership for WestEd. She currently teaches courses in Reading and Pre-college level Composition for Portland Community College.


Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ferber Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Understanding Autism
Limited Capacity seats available

This train­ing is offered through the Oregon Training and Consultation (OTAC) and will provide a good framework for anyone who would like to learn more about autism and neurodiversity. Participants will gain knowledge of:

· the history of autism
· diagnostic criteria and experiences shared by self-advocates
· how autism impacts learning, communication, and behavior
· a positive approach to support people who experience autism

Kelli Downey, an OTAC behavior consultant with more than 10 years of experience in her field, will explain best practices on how to both interact with people who experience autism and ways to structure environments to support learning needs. While this training will be geared toward teens with autism, it also provides foundational information that libraries could use to build services for all patrons with autism. Participants will be provided with a training activity workbook, resource list, and a paper copy of the presentation slides.

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Kelli Downey

Behavior Consultant, Oregon Training and Consultation
Kelli has professionally collaborated with people who experience developmental disabilities for the past ten years focusing on providing holistic, person centered supports to aid people in developing life skills. During her graduate work at the University of Kansas Medical Center... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Wilder Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA