June 9, 2022 Virtual and June 10-11, 2022 In Person
The Summit on the Research & Teaching of Young Adult Literature
at Lied Library, UNLV, Las Vegas
Join young adult literature authors, scholars, educators, and librarians to explore the latest in children's and YA lit, learn research-informed classroom activities, engage in critical conversation reading practices, and nurture your reading life.
2022 Summit Overview
Our Theme: Books, Classrooms, Communities: Young Adult Literature as a Lifeline
Authors Brendan Kiely, Gae Polisner, and Sonia Patel will begin the day with a panel discussion of their latest work and the state of YA lit in publishing and media. Authors, scholars, and classroom teachers will lead over 15 sessions that share research and pedagogy with YA lit. Mid-day, authors will debrief the sessions with attendees and presenters to synthesize what are hearing and discuss the implications of the sessions for our ongoing advocacy of reading. Las Vegas educators will join us in the afternoon, and Clark County School District administrators will offer insights on the impact of new reading and book policies to dispel myths and engage in critical conversations about how we can nurture inclusive classroom reading practices across all grade levels. If you are in town for the 3-day conference, you can join the organizers at UNLV to engage in the online sessions with strong wi-fi.
11:30 coffee & tea, 12PM-3PM (PST) sessions at Lied Library
3PM-7:30PM Hendrix Auditorium
The focus of this day is teaching with children's and YA Lit, so there will be many practical, hands-on sessions that support teachers in using YA lit across grade levels. Authors Brandy Colbert, Malinda Lo, and Gae Polisner will begin the day with a panel discussion about their work and offer their perspectives on YA literature in media and classrooms. CCSD educators will join around 3PM with time to socialize. At 3:30 PM, Brandy will offer her keynote. There will be afternoon workshops for teachers, a debut author panel, a writing workshop with author Gae Polisner, and a closing keynote from Malinda Lo.
9AM-4:30PM (PST) Lied Library
All sessions will be teaching-focused and standards-informed. Classroom teachers, children's' literature experts, YA authors, and teacher educators will lead amazing sessions with activities teachers can apply in classrooms. Author Varian Johnson will give the morning keynote and debut authors will lead a panel on classics retellings. As a follow-up to her writing workshop on Friday, author Gae Polisner will offer a collaborative writing workshop at two different times. The final session of the day will offer time to synthesize the entire Summit with the organizers, educators, and authors in small groups. There is always so much to process, so this last part of the day will be time to gather, share insights, and discuss next steps.
The Summit Directors
Sarah J. Donovan
Dr. Sarah J. Donovan is a former junior high ELA teacher of 15 years and teacher educator at Oklahoma State University. She is the author of the YA novel Alone Together, editor of Rhyme and Rhythm: Poems for Student Athletes, and facilitator of teacher-writers through Writers Who Care and Ethical ELA.
Dr. Gretchen Rumohr is a professor of English, department chair, and writing program administrator at Aquinas College, MI. She is the chief curator for YA Wednesday and editor of Contending with Gun Violence in the English Language Classroom. Dr. Rumohr lives in Zeeland, MI with her four daughters and a tiny baby Yorkshire Terrier.
Sophie M. Ladd is an Associate Professor in Residence at UNLV specializing in pedagogy and school library administration. Dr. Ladd's research interests include teacher negotiation of literature discussion, early literacy education for at risk populations, multi-literacies, and classroom pedagogy. She is the site director for the Southern Nevada Writing Project.