Malia Hoffmann, Keynote Speaker Nov 8th

Hoffman“Flipped Side of ELA Learning with Common Core” 

We are pleased to have Professor, Malia Hoffmann as our keynote speaker for the 51st annual Orange County Reading Association’s Fall Conference.  Dr. Hoffman will explain what a flipped classroom is, the support theories behind it, provide examples and tools on how to your own flipped ELA classroom. By putting the typically lectured material online in vidcast/podcast tutorials, students will be able to come to class, collaborate, , and share their experiences making better use of class time. She will share her resources, show you how to use them and suggest ELA content to flip. These suggestions will help educators incorporate TPACK and Common Core effectively to build on students’ prior knowledge by including appropriate technologies and best pedagogical practices.
Malia has been a classroom teacher since 2003. She inspires lifelong learning through seamless technology integration with students and educators as an Assistant Professor at Concordia University, web publications and presentations. She earned her MA in Educational Technology in 2007 from Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Pepperdine University, West Los Angeles campus.

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OCRA’s 51st Fall Conference November 8, 2014


Concordia University, Irvine

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Saturday, November 8,  2014 at Concordia University

Keynote Speaker:  Malia Hoffman

Top notch small session speakers, exhibits, continental breakfast, door prizes and more!  Come ready to learn useful strategies to use in your classrooms immediately!

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Fall Conference Flier


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flora ulyssesWritten byKate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell c. 2013
Kate DiCamillo is the Newbery Award author of The Tale of Despereaux, and also Because of Winn-Dixie, which has won several awards as well. Here she offers the story of a squirrel and a vacuum cleaner. Subtitled “the illuminated adventures” this is part graphic novel and part regular narration, with chapters that vary in length from one page to several, sometimes only illustrations and sometimes not, with a total of 68 chapters and an epilogue in 231 pages!

It begins with Flora reading her favorite comic, The Illuminating Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto! when she hears a loud noise outside, and it is her neighbor Mrs. Tickham chasing after her runaway powerful vacuum cleaner named Ulysses, which is heading straight toward an unsuspecting squirrel. Sure enough, the squirrel is vacuumed up. But it survives, minus some of its fur coat, and Flora names it Ulysses and together they start out to right the wrongs of the world, at least in their neighborhood, just like the Amazing Incandesto does. These include trying to put right the divorce between Flora’s parents, helping a young neighbor named William Spiver who is temporarily blind, and meeting an interesting lady named Dr. Meescham who is from Blundermeecen. Have I got you thoroughly confused yet? It’s not an easy read, but it’s a rewarding one!

P.S. This book has won the 2014 John Newbery Award, the top award for children’s literature!

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Book Review: Dog Loves Books

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DOG LOVES BOOKS Written and illustrated by Louise Yates

Dog loves books, so he decides to open a bookstore.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t get many customers, and those who do come in are looking for something besides books.  But that’s all right, because Dog can lose himself in a story and find lots of friends there. But don’t despair! He finally does get a customer who loves books as much as he does!  This simple, easy book expresses the enjoyment and excitement anyone can find in a good story!

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Photos from our 50th Annual Fall Conference

President Yvette Ortiz, Erica Bowers, Joan Macon and Ann Jones

President Yvette Ortiz, Erica Bowers, Joan Macon and Ann Jones


Fall  Conference

Door prizes, registration, attendees.

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