Department of Teacher Education

Spring 2018 Edition

OCTELA Conference

On February 23 and 24, 2018, Wright State University (WSU) students presented at the Ohio Counsel for Teachers in English Language Arts (OCTELA) Conference.

Current WSU Literacy Master’s students Erika Lauver and Megan Weir, as well as recent WSU Literary Master’s graduate, Candy McCoy, each shared a 45 minute teaching presentation to literacy educators around the state of Ohio.

In her presentation, Lauver shared her experiences from working in an urban inner city school. She presented concrete strategies on how to engage struggling learners to read for meaning and increase their vocabulary in content areas.

Weir discussed tools and strategies educators can use to help children in the primary grades become writers. Her presentation entitled, 'Kids Can Write' shared the possibilities for engaging writers in kindergarten, first, and second grades.  

McCoy presented on culturally relevant instruction for high school students. She shared not only her personal experiences, but also on how to incorporate strategies and not approach it as an 'add-on' for HS English teachers.

Dr. Hannah Chai, the co-director for the Reading Endorsement/Literacy and Middle Childhood Education Programs at WSU, also presented at the OCTELA conference.  She talked about the importance of supporting and educating teachers on the AIR ELA for grade five.

Photo 1: Candy McCoy presenting at OCTELA

Photo 2: Candy McCoy with illustrator Loren Long

Photo 3: Erika Lauver giving her presentation

Photo 4: Erika Lauver, Megan Weir, Candy McCoy

Photo 5: Dr. Hannah Chai, Megan Weir, and Erika Lauver at the OCTELA Conference