Summer Opportunities Sponsored by VSRA

Welcome Summer!

Your teachers, staff, and students are ready for those words to take action, and some are already out! No matter your status, we want to share with you important dates to add to your calendar for this summer and early fall.

Last week, the VSRA board shared a new initiative called Zoom Meetings. These mini conferences will be offered in various locations. The first two sessions will be in June. They include:

Building Literacy: Dyslexia and Diversity in Literature

June 15th from 8:30-12:30 at the George Mason University-Science and Technology Campus, Manassas, VA
Free for members and $10 for nonmembers

Building Literacy: Dyslexia and Readers' Workshop

June 22nd from 8:30-12:30 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA
Free for members and $10 for nonmembers

To register: Visit the VSRA website [HERE]

In the fall, PARC will be hosting our fourth annual Celebrate Literacy Learning Conference at CVCC in Lynchburg. We've set the date for Saturday, September 21st. Topics we're exploring include:

  • Readers Notebooks and Notetaking (MS/HS)
  • From Learning to Read to Reading to Learn: Strateties that Work (All)
  • Teaching with Strategy Groups (Elem)
  • Thematic Units and Paired Passage Instruction (Elem)
  • Diversity in Literature (All)
  • Technology Enhanced Reading Activities (Upper/MS)
  • Multisensory Activities (Elem)
  • Alternative Assessments and Backwards Planning (MS/HS)

As you can see, we'll have topics that appeal to ALL instructional levels. More information will be shared once all details are confirmed. Registration will begin August 1st when the VSRA opens up membership for the 2019-20 school year.

Why become a member?

Next year, our chapter will have many many opportunities for you and your staff. Membership costs just $30 per year, and for that membership, you get ALL of these benefits:
  • attendance at our Celebrate Literacy Conference
  • Launching Writer's Workshop (Martinsville)
  • Table Tails, an evening of learning about the Virginia Readers Choice Books and activities for integration into the school program (November)
  • support of our annual Young Writers Contest
  • our first annual Ready Readers conference for Pre-K/K teachers (January/February)
  • Summer Teachers as Readers Book Club (grant funded)
  • $25 discount on the VSRA Conference Fee
  • Reading Teacher of the Year Program
  • Literacy Grants
  • International Projects Grants (we gave 2 awards this year-$200 each
  • and more...

Membership to VSRA/PARC opens August 1st, and we'd love to see you and your colleagues join our group. Our board would love to welcome your involvement too if you'd like to take on a more active role. Please email us to learn more at Next year, we'd like to increase communications with all of our buildings. If you have a person who would be willing to disseminate information to your staff, please reply with the person's name, email information, name of your school, and your district (if you are a public school). We will add your person to our distribution list and send flyers for him/her to print and share with your team.

Award Celebrations

At the VSRA board meeting, our chapter was recognized for a few achievements including:
Merit Council for 2018-29 ($250 award)
Hall of Councils Conference Display ($75 award)
We're pleased to receive these awards and will continue to strive to serve our region with high quality professional development opportunities that match your needs.

Have a wonderful summer!
Carla Fedeler
PARC Secretary

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