Events

Upcoming Events

October 9, 2016

Storytime Salon: An Afternoon of Music and Words
Facilitated by Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan

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November 4-5, 2016

Virginia will be a featured speaker, an author presenter, and a facilitator for two author panels at the California Reading Association’s 49th Annual Professional Development Institute in Visalia.

February 3-5, 2017

Virginia will be a featured speaker, an author presenter, and a facilitator for four author panels at the California School Library Association’s Annual Conference in Sonoma, CA.

February 2017

Virginia will be a featured author at various schools in Chino, CA.

 

Past Events

NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • July 2016 – 45th Parallel Press: From Struggling to Striving Readers. Delaney Educational Enterprises Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • February 2016 – The Importance of Asian-American Children’s Literature. Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Festival. Redlands, CA.
  • November 2015 – Effective Text-Based Questioning for Student Attainment of CCSS. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Costa Mesa, CA.
  • November 2015 – We Need Asian-American ChildLit. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Costa Mesa, CA.
  • July 2015 – Vocabulary Strategies for Guiding Early Readers Through Informational Texts. International Literacy Association Annual Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • November 2014 – Current Status of Asian-American Children’s Literature.  National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference.  National Harbor, MD.
  • April 2014 – Panel: Shattering the Silence – Social Justice and Asian-American Children’s Literature. Asian American Representation in Angel Island Children’s Fiction.  Paper presented at annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies.  San Francisco, CA.
  • October 2008 – Young Adult Literature.  Panel discussion featuring myself, Chris Crutcher, Robin Brande, Lisa McMann.  State convention of the Arizona English Teachers’ Association.
  • January 2006 – Current research on Asian-American children’s literature. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, San Diego, CA.

STATE AND LOCAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • June 2016 – Featured Speaker:  Let’s Argue About Arguments. Dodge Learning Resources’ Georgia Conference on Learning and Teaching. Perry, GA.
  • June 2016 – Featured Speaker:  Crafting Clever Questions for Writing Arguments and Explanations. Dodge Learning Resources’ Georgia Conference on Learning and Teaching. Perry, GA.
  • April 2016 – Keynote: The Importance of Diverse KidLit in Early Education. Riverside Early Literacy Conference. Riverside, CA.
  • April 2016 – Using Multicultural Children’s Books to Teach CCSS. Riverside Early Literacy Conference. Riverside, CA.
  • April 2016 – Keynote: Utilizing Resources and Effective Strategies for Aligning Multicultural Books to the CCSS. Riverside Early Literacy Conference. Riverside, CA.
  • April 2016 – From Struggling to Striving Readers. San Diego County Office of Education. Professional Growth Day.  San Diego, CA
  • February 2016 – Hi-Lo Books: From Struggling to Striving Readers. California School Library Association, Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • February 2016 – Host and Facilitator of Author Panels. California School Library Association, Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. (Panel Titles: Class of 2K16: Debut Authors Talk About Diversity, Inside the Award-Winning Illustrator’s Studio: Rafael Lopez, Examining Diversity in KidLit, Writing About Women Who Rock It So Hard)
  • October 2015 – Featured Speaker: Eureka! Awards. CYRM Banquet. California Reading Association. Annual Professional Development Institute. Riverside, CA.
  • October 2015 – Featured Speaker: Share the Joy of Stories. California Reading Association. Annual Professional Development Institute. Riverside, CA.
  • October 2015 – Host and Facilitator of Author Panels. California Reading Association. Annual Professional Development Institute. Riverside, CA. (Panel Titles: Inside the Minds of Eureka! Award Honorees, Writing for Young Readers, Examining Diversity in KidLit)
  • October 2015 – Featured Speaker:  CRA’s Book Awards.  Greater San Diego Reading Association.  Fall Conference. San Diego, CA
  • October 2015 – Using Multiculltural Children’s Books To Teach the Common Core.  Greater San Diego Reading Association.  Fall Conference. San Diego, CA
  • June 2015 – Research for Fiction and Non-fiction Books. Mini-Retreat. Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – San Diego Chapter. San Diego, CA.
  • May 2015 – Kids Give Us What We Expect of Them: Prompts/Questions That Matter. CVESD Professional Growth Workshop. Chula Vista, CA.
  • March 2015 – CCSS literacy unit: Scaffolding complex tasks for ELs. California Association of Bilingual Education Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • February 2015 – Effective Questioning. Learner-Centered Teaching Conference. Palomar College. San Marcos, CA.
  • February 2015 – CCSS for Librarians. California School Library Association. Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  • February 2015 – California Stories in Children’s Literature. (Panel). California School Library Association. Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  • January 2015 – Being Chinese in America. Diamond Women’s Gateway Organization. Chapter Meeting. San Diego, CA.
  • December 2014 – Text-Based Questioning for the CCSS.  California Educational Research Association Annual Conference.  San Diego, CA.
  • October 2014 – Featured Speaker:  School Library Advocacy in the age of CCSS. San Diego County Office of Education. Professional Growth Day.  San Diego, CA
  • October 2014 – Historical Fiction and CCSS – Part 2. San Diego County Office of Education. Professional Growth Day.  San Diego, CA
  • October 2014 – Asian American Representation in Graphic Novels.  San Diego Comic Fest.  San Diego, CA.
  • October 2014 – Analysis of Historical Fiction:  Close Reading Strategies.  California Reading Association Annual Conference.  Sacramento, CA
  • October 2014 – Eureka! Awards.  California Reading Association Annual Conference.  Sacramento, CA
  • April 2014 – CCSS and Authors. San Diego Chapter of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  San Diego, CA.
  • February 2014 – Featured Speaker:  Five Reasons Why School Librarians Should Love CCSS. San Diego County Office of Education. Professional Growth Day.  San Diego, CA
  • February 2014 – Historical Fiction and CCSS. San Diego County Office of Education. Professional Growth Day.  San Diego, CA
  • February 2014 – Historical Fiction and the CCSS.  California Association of Teachers of English.  Annual Conference.  San Diego, CA.
  • January 2014 – Angel Island:  Significance to Chinese-American History and Culture.  San Diego Chinese Women’s Association.  San Diego, CA
  • December 2013 – Lessons Learned.  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Educators Annual Retreat.  San Diego, CA.
  • Fall 2013 – Historical Fiction and the CCSS.  California Reading Association Annual Conference.  Sonoma, CA.
  • July 2013 – Nonfiction and the CCSS.  SDSU-IRA Summer Reading Conference.  San Diego, CA.
  • May 2013 – Common Core State Standards and the Public Library.  Escondido Public Library.  San Diego, CA.
  • March 2013 – Using WebTools to Promote Children’s Book.  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Educators Annual Retreat.  San Diego, CA.
  • November 2012 – Asian-American Children’s and Young Adult Literature:  A Qualitative Study of Cultural Authenticity.  California Educational Research Association.  Annual Conference, Monterey, CA.
  • November 2012 – Using Web Tools to Promote the Reading of Multicultural Children’s Literature.  San Diego Computer-Using Educators.  Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • November 2012 – Best Practice in Online Teaching.  San Diego Computer-Using Educators.  Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • November 2012 – Moderator.  Social Justice and Gender Politics in Children’s Literature.  Panel for Literacy Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • October 2012 – Multicultural Children’s Literature:  What’s Hot and What’s Not.  California Reading Association.  Professional Development Institute, San Diego, CA.
  • December 2011 –  Technology and Children’s Books.  Panel for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, San Diego, CA.
  • May 2011 – Asian-American Children’s and Young Adult Literature:  Problems and Best Practices.  San Diego County Office of Education.  Professional Growth Day for Librarians.  San Diego, CA.
  • February 2011 – Keynote Address.  Creative Writing Awards Ceremony.  Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English and California Association of Teachers of English.
  • September 2010 – Asian-American Authors. Panel presentation for World Cultures program.  City College, San Diego, CA..
  • May 2010 – Featured Speaker.  American Association of University Women’s Annual Cover to Cover Luncheon.  Poway, CA.
  • Spring 2010 – An Asian State of Mind.  Panel presentation with three other local Asian-American authors.  Locations:  Miramar College, Mesa College, Carmel Valley Public Library.
  • October 2009 – Panel on Tween Authors.  Page One Celebration. San Diego County Library.  San Diego, CA.
  • October 2009 –  Using Social Networking to Promote Your Writing and Your Life as a Writer.  San Diego Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  San Diego, CA.
  • October 2009 – Writing Workshop:  Best Practices.  San Diego County Library presentation.  Jacumba, CA.
  • June 2009 – Local Author Presentations.  30th Annual Reading/Language Arts Conference.  San Diego State University.  San Diego, CA.
  • November 2007 –  Post Virginia Tech:  Remembering, Reflecting, and Responding.  Coordinated and facilitated a panel featuring Mayor Cheryl S. Cox and others at the University of San Diego’s 18th Annual Social Issues Conference:  Walking Together in Peace.  San Diego, CA.
  • September 2007 –  Panel on “What’s Hot and What’s Not in Children’s Literature Today.”  Presented at chapter meeting of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. San Diego, CA.
  • April 2007 – Panel on Using Children’s Literature in Today’s Classrooms.  Presented on behalf of San Diego State University’s Children’s Literature Program and the National Center for Children’s Literature.  San Diego, CA.
  • December 2006 – Panel of Local Published Authors.  Presented at chapter meeting of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. San Diego, CA.
  • September 2006 – Making the case for Asian-American children’s literature.  Paper presented at annual graduate research symposium of the Doctoral Student Council in Education, San Diego, CA.
  • September 2006 – The Jade Dragon.  Young adult literature panel and public presentation at the Central Coast Book and Author Festival.  San Luis Obispo, CA
  • October 2005 – Asian-American voices:  Lost in the literature. Invited paper presentation on dissertation research at the University of Virginia’s chapter of the Student Virginia Education Association meeting.  Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • October 2005 – Asian-American female leaders in education:  Case study of the impact of race and gender on career advancement.  Paper presented at annual graduate research symposium of the Doctoral Student Council in Education, San Diego, CA.
  • October 2004 – Asian-American voices:  Lost in the literature. Invited paper presentation at annual conference of the Magkaisa High School Conference.  Sweetwater Union High School District, California.

AUTHOR VISITS & BOOKSIGNINGS:

  • April 2016 – Cherry Lake Publishing/Sleeping Bear Press. Texas Library Association. Houston, TX.
  • March 2016 – Author’s Fair.  Greater San Diego Reading Association and Bonsall West Elementary School.  Oceanside, CA.
  • July 2015 – Sleeping Bear Press. International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • June 2015 – Tiffany Elementary School. Chula Vista, CA.
  • March 2015 – Learn2Earn. Carmel Valley Library. San Diego, CA.
  • March 2015 – Author’s Fair.  Greater San Diego Reading Association and Kimball Elementary School.  National City, CA.
  • May 2014 – Sleeping Bear Press.  International Reading Association’s Annual Conference.  New Orleans, LA.
  • March 2014 – Author Celebration and Meet & Greet.  Greater San Diego Reading Association and Yellow Book Road.
  • March 2014 – Author’s Fair.  Greater San Diego Reading Association and Pacific Beach Elementary School.  San Diego, CA.
  • January 2014 – The Children’s School, La Jolla, CA. (Skype)
  • July 2013 – Warwick’s.  La Jolla, CA.
  • June 2013 – Sleeping Bear Press.  ALA Conference.  Chicago, CA.
  • June 2013 – Balboa School.  San Diego, CA.
  • June 2013 – Yellow Book Road. San Diego, CA.
  • April 2013 – Sleeping Bear Press Book Launch.  International Reading Association’s Annual Conference.  San Antonio, TX
  • January 2012 – Author’s Faire.  Canyon View Elementary School.  San Diego, CA.
  • February 2011 – Language and Culture Week.  Francis Parker School. San Diego, CA.
  • September 2010 – Yellow Book Road.  San Diego, CA.
  • September 2010 – City College.  San Diego, CA.
  • June 2010 – West View Elementary School.  Imperial Beach, CA.
  • December 2009 – Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Oceanside, CA.
  • December 2009 – Rolling Readers.  Head to Toe’s Women Expo.  Del Mar, CA
  • February 2009 – Dingeman Elementary School.  San Diego, CA.
  • December 2008 – Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Chula Vista, CA.
  • August 2008 – Pre-centennial Commemoration of Chula Vista’s 2011 Centennial.  Chula Vista, CA.
  • May 2008 – Welcome to Hollywood Author Reception for BookExpoAmerica. Hollywood, CA.
  • March 2008 – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  San Diego, CA.
  • November 2007 – Mistletoe Mercado.  Junior League of San Diego.  San Diego, CA.
  • September 2007 – San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • April 2007 – Paul Ecke Elementary School.  Encinitas, CA.
  • April 2007 – Madison High School.  San Diego, CA.
  • February 2007 – San Diego State University.  San Diego, CA.
  • February 2007 – Explorer Elementary School. San Diego, CA.
  • November 2006 – Rancho Del Rey Middle School.  Chula Vista, CA.
  • November 2006 – Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  La Mesa, CA.
  • April 2006 – Palm Springs Book Festival.  Palm Springs, CA.
  • June 2005 – Arroyo Vista Charter School.  Chula Vista, CA.

 

Event Photos

  • My picture book, PAPER SON, was featured in the “Writing with Pictures” art exhibit at the California Center for the Performing Arts in Escondido.

  • I’m feeling like a rock star, signing books at an author visit in San Diego.

  • I was thrilled to present at an author’s fair celebration at Pacific Beach Elementary.

  • This is my first ever booksigning event at Barnes and Noble in 2008.

  • I’m hanging out with author-friends at CRA 2015 conference in Riverside.

  • Lisa Yee took this picture of me after an infamous dim sum outing.

  • Here’s a pic of me and my Sleeping Bear Press publisher at IRA 2015 conference in St. Louis

  • I like to use my hands when speaking – this is me presenting at a SCBWI event.

  • Here’s me and Helen at a booksigning event at Warwick’s.

  • Here’s me and some fans at a Yellow Book Road booksigning event.