2018 Celebrate LIteracy Conference

The Piedmont Area Reading Council invites all teachers (public or private in the PARC region as well as homeschooling parents to our third annual literacy conference, Celebrate Literacy Fall Conference. This year, we are excited to be at Central Virginia Community College in Merritt Hall once again on September 29th from 8:00-1:00, where we will enjoy workshops to address the following topics:
  • Research and Strategies to Help Students with Dyslexia 
  • Best Practices in Guided reading 
  • Literacy Workstations for Big Kids
  • Mentor Text Lessons
  • Diversity in Literature
  • Technology enhanced ELA Activities and Resource Design
  • Hands-on Word Study
  • Make and Take Literacy Resources
  • Reader's Workshop
  • Multi-sensory Activities for Struggling Readers, and 
  • Comprehension Strategies for the Primary Student
We have licensed reading specialists and college personnel presenting each of the sessions offering quality information focused on best teaching practices. Each session will be held in classrooms conducive to focused learning and participants will receive electronic handouts and activities they can use in their classrooms.


Keynote Address

Dyslexia Discourse: Making Decisions Based on What we DO Know

Dr. Wendy Snow:

Dr. Wendy Snow is an Associate Professor of the Reading, Literacy & Learning Graduate Program at Longwood University. She completed her Doctorate Degree in Reading Education at the University of Virginia after 15 years as a public school educator.  Dr. Snow previously served as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher, special educator, literacy specialist, university reading clinic supervisor, consultant, and tutor.  At Longwood, she teaches courses on Preventing Reading Difficulties, Evaluation of Literacy Research, Writing, and Applied Practica in Assessment and Literacy Intervention. Dr. Snow's professional interests include dyslexia, early intervention, and the role of teacher responsiveness in early literacy instruction.   She enjoys partnering with school divisions for the provision of quality literacy instruction for all students.​ 

Dr. Angelica Blanchette:

Dr. Blanchette is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Reading, Literacy & Learning Graduate Program at Longwood University. She completed her Doctorate Degree in Reading Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Blanchette's career includes serving as an elementary classroom teacher, literacy specialist, tutor, clinic supervisor, consultant, and curriculum developer. She has a wealth of experience as an instructor and presenter with pre-service and in-service teachers. Dr. Blanchette's professional interests include dyslexia, assessment and intervention for at-risk and struggling readers, screening and remediation for literacy difficulties, English orthography, and formative assessment. At Longwood, she teaches courses on Preventing Reading Difficulties, Word Study, Evaluation of Literacy Research, and Literacy Practicum. Her current research is on the development of literacy specialist self-efficacy through school-based practicum experiences. Dr. Blanchette delivers professional development around the state.



Dr. Peggy Schimoeller:

Dr. Schimoeller received a B.S. from the University of Dayton, a master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and Reading from Oakland University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Virginia in Curriculum and Instruction. Her areas of emphasis include special education, educational law, math and science education and teaching and learning k-16. She taught in middle and high school in New York, kindergarten in Michigan, and fifth grade and kindergarten in Virginia, prior to joining the Randolph College faculty in 1993.  She is excited to share ideas and resources for using literacy work stations in the upper grades. She will be co-presenting with her colleague, Roberta Parker.

Roberta Parker:
Robbi will be co presenting with Dr. Schimoeller on the topic of Literacy Work Stations in the upper grades. She has a  M. Ed. in Special Education and an Ed. S. in Reading. In her 30th year in education, she is currently a Literacy Coach for Campbell County Schools and Adjunct Professor in MAT program at Randolph College.


Kelly Cyrus
Kelly is a 5th grade teacher at Rustburg Elementary School, where she’s taught for the past 7 years. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from Liberty University. Kelly loves teaching reading at the upper elementary level, as that was the age and stage when she herself became an avid reader. She is passionate about developing that same lifelong love of reading in her students as well. 
She will be sharing how she's implemented a workshop model for teaching reading in her classroom.


Dr. Stacey Bose

Dr. Bose will be sharing Best Practices in Guided Reading. Dr. Stacey Bose is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Liberty University. Dr. Bose is originally from Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate studies in elementary education and Bible at Clarks Summit University. She received her Masters of Education in Reading from East Stroudsburg University and her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. She is certified in Pennsylvania as an elementary teacher, reading specialist, and K-12 principal. Dr. Bose has been involved in public, private, and international education for 25 years in the United States and abroad, working in the countries of South Korea, Brazil, Panama, and Ecuador. Dr. Bose served as an elementary teacher, reading specialist, K-12 curriculum and instruction coordinator, assistant principal, accreditation consultant, and adjunct faculty prior to joining the School of Education at Liberty University in 2016. Her areas of interest include school accreditation, international education, and all aspects of literacy, particularly factors that contribute to the success of pre-field teachers in learning phonics and phonemic awareness.


Andrea Crawford
Andrea Crawford is a classroom teacher turned reading specialist at Montvale Elementary School in Bedford County. She spent 14 years in the classroom teaching 3rd and 4th graders and now serves as a reading specialist to students in kindergarten through 5th grade. She received her undergraduate degree from Longwood and her Masters in Reading from the University of Virginia. She shares her passion for literacy through her blog This Literacy Life, giving literacy ideas and tips to teachers all around the world.  


Rhonda Raines

Rhonda will be sharing simple ways to incorporate multi-sensory strategies in your literacy lessons every day. Rhonda Raines received her Masters in Reading from the University of Lynchburg and has worked in Bedford County for 13 years where she served as a Reading Specialist in the middle and elementary levels. Prior to that, she taught 5th grade for 2 years in Ohio. Her passion for helping striving readers shows as she earned her Classroom Educator certification through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators in order to better help reach students who were still struggling after conventional intervention methods failed. Rhonda now uses her teaching expertise to homeschool her 4 boys and in her private tutoring practice.


Carla Fedeler

Carla is excited to be sharing technology tips about resource design in one session and ways to use technology for comprehension and writing about reading. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and an MS in Reading Education from UVA. Last year, she retired from Lynchburg City Schools after 27 years of service as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. She is currently designing educational resources full time for her Teachers Pay Teachers store and caring for a family member. She enjoys sharing literacy and technology tips through her blog, Comprehension Connection, and social media platforms by the same name. She also enjoys helping with PARC activities as the current PARC president.


Melissa Gaylor

Melissa is employed with Bedford County Public Schools at Big Island Elementary where she works as a Reading Specialist. She has spent the last 23 years in the educational field as an elementary classroom teacher, remediation teacher, homebound teacher, and reading specialist. She enjoys assessing the reading strengths and needs of her students, providing that information to classroom teachers, parents, and specialized personnel, in order to effectively grow successful, lifelong readers. She also loves hands-on learning and will be hosting and supporting teachers in our Make and Take Room. She assists PARC as the membership chairman, so please see her if you'd like to become a member.


Dr. Autumn M. Dodge and Dr. Stefanie B. Copp are Assistant Professors of Language and Literacy Education and prepare reading specialists in the University of Lynchburg’s M.Ed. in Reading. 
Dr. Autumn Dodge
Dr. Dodge served on the International Literacy Association 2017 Standards Revision Committee, including work on Standard 4 and Standard 7; she has a master’s in TESOL and taught English language learners in China through the Peace Corps. Her research and publications focus on: intersections of literacy, diversity, and social justice, including LGBTQIA+ advocacy; White teacher identity studies; and synergies between literacy, pop culture, and multiliteracies. 
Dr. Stefanie Copp
Dr. Copp, in addition to university teaching, has experience in education as an elementary school teacher, reading specialist, and Title III coordinator. In the role of school consultant, Dr. Copp has supported teachers and reading specialists through coaching and professional development across Virginia. She currently serves as the director of the Reading Clinic and Masters of Reading program at the University of Lynchburg. Her research interests include language and literacy practices in the early childhood setting; she also investigates ways to promote reflective practice in teacher education. 


Need another reason to attend? Well, just like in the past, we will have a large selection of door prizes to raffle off to our attendees. Last year, the prizes were valued at over $500! Here's a list of what we've received so far:
$25.00 Gift Certificate to Zoey's Kitchen
2 Earring Sets from Stella and Dot-Kelly Chin
31 Bag from Sarah Hankinson
1 Gift Certificate, 1 tshirt, and 1 Totes from L. Paull Designs
Gift Certificate to V & T Cafe
Mary Kay from Meg Racenelli
Young Living Essential Oil Gift Bag
$25 Gift Certificate to A+ Images (Teacher Tshirts)
Gift Certificates and Conference Swag from Teachers Pay Teachers
$50 in resources from Comprehension Connection
$20 Gift Certificate to Little Dickens
2 Free Lunches including Drink and Cookie at McAllisters
5 Free Pizzas to Blaze Pizza
Chalk Marker Set from Crafty Croc
$50 Gift Certificate from Walmart-Wards Road
One Year Subscription to Reading A to Z
2 $50 Gift Certificates to Rainbow Resources
$25 Gift Certificate to Sam's Club
Show and Tell Apron from Sandy Welch

~and more TBD~


Since our group is small and space is limited, we are able to include approximately 200 teachers, reading specialists, administrators, homeschooling parents, and education students, so registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. The fee for the conference is $45 for nonmembers or $15 for members. The membership window for 2018-19 will open in mid August, and those interested in participaing in future activities, wishing to be elegible for VSRA grants, or who are wanting to support community literacy projects should join and register at the member rate. Membership must be completed separately from the conference registration this year via the VSRA website or prior to the start of the conference. (We will assist you.) 

Early bird registration bonus:

The first 100 to register will receive bonus door prize tickets for a special door prize drawing, so don't wait! Register today!

For more information, please email the Piedmont Area Reading Council at leadership@readingintheparc.org   You can register online at http://bit.ly/PARCFallConference. We look forward to welcoming you, your colleagues, and your administrative team!


Once your registration information is received, we will be in touch with all of the pertinent information you will need prior to the conference. We will send out information via email, so please be sure that PARC is added to your contacts. This will help ensure that you do not miss the information sent and will also help in future correspondence. We send periodic newsletters out to our members with information about what's happening with the council.

We hope you'll help us spread the word about this great opportunity. The image to the right is linked to our Facebook page. You are welcome to share the post on your Facebook page if you have one, and we look forward to seeing YOU on September 29th!


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