Building Readers Conference Information

The VSLA-Piedmont Area Chapter invites all K-8 teachers to attend our second annual Building Readers Conference being hosted by Randolph College in Lynchburg (conference flyer attached below). On Saturday, February 5th from 8:30-12:30, the VSLA-Piedmont Area Chapter in partnership with the Randolph College Education Department will meet in Leggett Hall on the Randolph College campus according to the schedule below:

8:30-9:00 Welcome and Registration

9:00 AM Keynote Address: 

Winning Moves to Teach Reading (all)-Kristi Arthur and Rebecca Simmons, Campbell County Schools

10:00 AM Breakout Session #1:

  • Alternative Assessments and How to Use Your Data (2-8) Dr. Corrie Kelly, University of Lynchburg
  • Integrating the Virginia Readers’ Choice Books Into Instruction (K-8)-Andrea Crawford, Bedford County Schools
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness: The missing link in phonics instruction. (K-2)-Tiffany Ellis, Lynchburg City Schools

11:00 AM Breakout Session #2:

  • Bunnyland Economics-Lessons for the Primary Classroom (K-2)-Dr. Lynne Stover, JMU
  • Responsive Writing for the Middle Grades (3-8)-Tracy Foster & Mary Bailey, Lynchburg City Schools
  • Using a Readers Workshop Model for Your ELA Instruction (K-5)-Kelly Cyrus, Campbell County Schools

12:00 PM Closing Comments and Door Prizes

Randolph College does have COVID 19 safety requirements. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask while inside buildings on campus and socially distance as able. We hope that these protocols will help your staff feel safe to attend. We will limit attendance to the first 100 registrations. Additionally, we will have a virtual option available on a password protected website page from February 12-26th. The cost is $20 for nonmembers and free for members. (Teacher memberships are $40 per year from the time of enrollment. Click HERE for reasons to join.)

For staff to sign up, we will use the form linked below. We ask that you share the attached flyer which includes a description of each session as well as presenter bio information. Each attendee will receive 5 recertification points for this event and an opportunity to win special door prizes (includes virtual attendees too). Once the form is completed, we will forward a confirmation email with the details on room assignments, directions, etc.

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