Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Institute featuring Jan Richardson. Want to order more resources? Attached is the order brochure for Jan Richardson's Guided Reading resources.
Jan Richardson Guided Reading Resources Ordering Brochure.pdf
NDRA President Tara Jordan and President Elect Melessa Bosch attending Literacy at the Ballpark in Boston for ILA 2016!
Keep your kids engaged during the summer. Need some suggestions check out this link:
Suggested by Donna Young Writer's Chair.
During our Spring NDRA meeting, President Brenda Seehafer passed the Ceremonial Gavel
to incoming President Tara Jordan!
Last year, the International Literacy Association (ILA) started a conversation about literacy leadership, beginning with the impact collective action makes on eliminating illiteracy around the world. To propel the movement forward, experts in the field were brought together on April 14, 2015, to share ideas and inspiration.
This April 14, ILA will convene its second annual Leaders for Literacy Day gathering in New York City. This year’s program Literacy Leadership: A Critical Driver to Advancing Literacy for All will focus on how leaders must steer conversation and action in the #AgeofLiteracy.
We'll hear from leaders in the field through keynote and spotlight addresses and then a dynamic panel to allow discussion among experts. These leaders will address collaborative approaches to develop and advance literacy worldwide, offering multidisciplinary approaches from their varied backgrounds in the education, nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Afterward, discussions will be more informal as panelists and attendees come together for networking and continued engagement. All of the action will be live-tweeted and then covered in depth on Literacy Daily.
This year’s literacy leaders include Lily Valtchanova, Research Liaison Officer at UNESCO; Rebecca McDonald, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Library for All; Steven Duggan, Director of Worldwide Education Strategy at Microsoft; Leslie Engle Young, Director of Impact at Pencils of Promise; Jody Spiro, Director of Education Leadership at the Wallace Foundation; Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID; Marcie Craig Post, Executive Director of ILA. The panel will be moderated by Liz Willen, Editor in Chief at The Hechinger Report.
Celebrate Leaders for Literacy Day and join the conversation April 14 starting at 10 a.m. ET by following @ILAToday and #AgeofLiteracy on Twitter. Engage in our virtual dialogue by writing about the topic on your personal or your organization’s blog or by posting about the event and theme to your social media channels using #AgeofLiteracy. And, if you are in New York, please RSVP today and join us at the Institute of International Education.
Nicole Lund is ILA’s communications intern.
Join us on Saturday, March 5th at the Fargo Public Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss. We will have a variety of Dr. Seuss themed activities and prizes. This is a family event from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sunday night it was the Golden Globes. It seems like that is the start of every week there being some kind of entertainment show giving themselves awards. Did you know that yesterday was the children's literature awards day? Yesterday the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King and other awards were announced?
I myself get a more excited about those awards than the ones that are televised. What do adults think are the best books for kids from past year. I was surprised this year and something happened that I have only seen happen once before (I have only seriously been following the awards for 15 years) a book won the Newbery and got honorable mention in Caldecott. LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET was the big winner in the Newbery category.
So check out the list of winners and add to your To Be Read list.
The New Year is here and also the chance to reset my reading goals for the year. I have accounts on many sites that allow you to keep track of the books you have read. Today in my email I got a reminder from GoodReads to set my reading goals for the year. I keep track more on Shelfari for that so went in today and set a goal. I am breaking it up into shorter time periods this year. I found that last year I had to set new goals in the middle of the year. I like that I can set them for shorter time periods. Like when I set a goal for summer reading.
So have you thought about your reading goals for the year? Do you do a certain number of books, or do you following something like what came across my feed from Follett Learning? That you try to read books with certain criteria? Whatever it is remember to keep reading and broadening your reading circle. There are great books out there to discover.
Exciting things have been happening at NCRC and we want to share!
Downtown Minot has been undergoing a major facelift, it has impacted many of the businesses and even made our kickoff night - A Night on Literacy Lane interesting! Due to the construction, The Taube Museum's basement was flooded, more than once! The Museum does so much for our schools and community, we as members knew we needed to help! During our classes we had a donation jar and before our EdCamp class we had a pizza fundraiser dinner.
Our council is VERY excited to announce that we were able to present Margaret Lee of the Taube with a donation of $230!
Next - this year as a council we decided to give back to our members! We offered four $250 grants! Our members had to submit an application on how they would use the grant to improve literacy in their classrooms/schools. We were able to share the news via a fun video featuring our officers! We hope to continue this in future years! Congratulations to all of our winners!! Stay tuned to updates with what each member spent their donation on!
Our next class included in our Reading Connections class was a Parade of Rooms. This was a new adventure for our council and we weren't quite sure how it would work. We tied in a Scavenger Hunt, so the members would be looking for something specific in each classroom. We traveled to 3 different schools and went to 4 classrooms in each school. We usually get to see classrooms in our home schools, but rarely classrooms in other schools. Our members were excited to roam around and explore each classroom, it turned out to be a huge success and something we would like to do every year!
Here is what some of our members had to say about the evening:
I really enjoyed the Parade of Classrooms! It was so fun to see how teachers used their classrooms to make cozy reading nooks & math stations! I loved the creativity I found in each classroom and found myself taking lots of pictures so I could remember all the great ideas! I especially loved how teachers throughout the district had the same standards posted. It was nice to see the follow through from school to school. Great opportunity to see colleagues at their best! -Amy Larson
This September, I had the chance to participate in NCRC’s Parade of Classrooms. As a middle school teacher, I appreciated the elementary teachers who opened their classroom doors to permit others to peek into their learning environment. I saw many rich and exciting things that I could easily adapt to my level. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to see and reflect on what others are doing! -Lora Rochholz