Ready Readers Conference 2020

The Piedmont Area Reading Council is pleased to partner with Liberty University and McGraw-Hill for our first annual Ready Readers Conference Saturday, February 22nd at DeMoss Hall. This event will be geared to emergent and beginning readers and is best for all preschool teachers and teachers in the primary grades. Our presenters, Cathy Collier and Andrea Crawford, will share with you information on how to teach early reading and writing skills. Additionally, we will feature hands-on reading activities in a gallery style setting that you can photograph and replicate in your own classroom. We hope you'll consider sharing an activity for the Hands On Reading Room. Teachers will have about an hour to see all of the activities on display in between our two presentations. (All attendees are invited to submit an activity idea to share. Please express interest via the registration form HERE, and we'll be in touch with you to learn more.


8:30-9:00      Check In and Networking Time
9:00-10:00    Give them Tools, Not Excuses: Writing for the Early Learner
                      by Cathy Collier
10:00-11:00  Hands On Reading Room and Networking
11:00-12:00  Building a Foundation by Andrea Crawford
12:00-12:15  Closing Remarks

About Our Speakers

Meet Cathy Collier from The WISE Owl

Cathy will be presenting her session on how to scaffold writing instruction with activities that are fun yet meaningful. She believes in giving kids skills and not excuses. Through her rich activities, students grow as authors and build vocabulary and reading skills too. Cathy is a reading specialist and coach with Chesapeake City Schools, past VSRA president, and frequent conference presenter. You can check out Cathy's blog, The WISE Owl using the link below.

The WISE Owl

Introducing Andrea Crawford from This Literacy Life

Andrea Crawford is a Reading Specialist in Bedford County Schools. She has a passion for helping students of all ages learn to read, and has attained Classroom Educator certification in Orton-Gillingham. She enjoys spreading her love of reading through her blog This Literacy Life. Building a foundation for reading starts early and effectively with multisensory methods. Andrea will show simple ways to incorporate multisensory methods into everyday instruction for young readers. Her session, Building a Foundation, will include ideas she's learned through her Orton Gillingham training.

This Literacy Life

How to Register

Registration for this event will remain open until conference day. All attendees will need to check in between 8:30 and 9:00 AM at the entrance of DeMoss Hall (ground floor) to receive their registration packet and name tag. Membership status will be verified at check in. The fee for members is FREE and just $10 for nonmembers. Breakfast will be provided by McGraw-Hill and offered after check in. All attendees receive 5 recertification points. Presenters in our hands-on reading room receive 15 recertification points and are asked to be present during the session to explain and demonstrate activities.


Hands-on Reading Room

Do you have effect strategies and activities that you've used with your emergent and beginning readers? Please share it! We need high quality ideas to showcase with those who are attending. Many of our guests will be education students, and we want them to see ideas that they can take to their classrooms. To share your idea, please complete THIS FORM and if you have a colleague with great ideas, encourage them to share too! We will notify presenters for the event by 2/15. 

We look forward to seeing YOU at the conference!
The PARC Board

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