“Teaching ELA in Challenging Times” with Sonya Ballantyne and Dr. Troy Hicks
October 23 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sonya Ballantyne is a filmmaker, writer and public speaker from Misipawistik Cree Nation. Her short films have played in festivals worldwide including most recently the Vancouver International Film Festival. She was the winner of the 2016 ImagineNative Short Film Pitch Competition and the 2014 winner of the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Competition. Her work focuses on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional genres and presenting them as the heroines they are. Sonya recently published “Kerri Berry Lynn” a children’s book about a little Cree girl and her 7 dogs and will be publishing a graphic novel about professional hockey player Brigette Lacquette in 2020. She has spoken at such events as We Day 2017, San Diego Comic Con 2018, and New York Comic Con 2019.
Dr. Troy Hicks is a former middle-school teacher and current professor of English and education at Central Michigan University who focuses his work on the teaching of writing, the intersections of literacy and technology, and, more broadly, teacher education and professional development. He directs both the Chippewa River Writing Project and the Master of Arts in Learning, Design & Technology program. Dr. Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co – author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey – Bass, 2010), Create, Compose, Connect! (Routledge/Eye on Education, 2014), Connected Reading (NCTE, 2015), Research Writing Rewired (Corwin Literacy, 2015), Coaching Teacher-Writers (Teachers College Press, 2016), Argument in the Real World (Heinemann, 2017), and From Texting to Teaching (Routledge/Eye on Education, 2017). His edited collection, Assessing Students’ Digital Writing (Teachers College Press, 2015) features the work of seven National Writing Project teachers. Hicks has authored or co – authored over 40 additional scholarly contributions and blogs regularly at hickstro.org. He is the father of six digital natives and is always learning something new about writing and technology from them. Follow him on Twitter: @hickstro