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2014-2015 ACARC Meetings August 12, 2014

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The Changing Role of the Reading Specialist

Wednesday, October 8

4:30-6:00

Sand Creek Middle School Library

329 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Linda Carr, Ginny Goatley, Kim Healy, and Sherry Guice

Reading teacher, literacy specialist, literacy coach, data/testing coordinator…? How does a reading specialist juggle it all, and how do different stakeholders view this ever changing role? Please join us for a collaborative discussion with classroom teachers, reading specialists and other members of the school community, as we address these exciting issues with a panel and small group interactions.

Best Books of 2014

Sherry Guice, Marggie Skinner, Helen Stuetzel, and

Liz Yanoff

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

4:30-6:00

Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Our ever popular event returns. Find out what   local book experts recommend for readers of all ages. Thank you to Book House for hosting us and always offering a 20% educator discount. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Building Better Home-School

Partnerships to Support Children’s Literacy Learning

Dr. Jaime Puccioni

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 4:30-6:00

The College of Saint Rose, Events and Athletics Center, Standish Room A

Ultimately, children’s academic success and more specifically their literacy learning relies upon the successful partnership between two important stakeholders, that is teachers and parents. We all know the importance of home-school partnerships in supporting children’s literacy learning, yet many of us still struggle to build effective and sustainable partnerships that help support parents and children. This presentation will introduce you to a collaborative project between Dr. Puccioni and a group of kindergarten teachers in Albany that aims to build better home-school partnerships to support children’s literacy learning using mobile phone technology. Co-sponsored by The Thelma P. Lally School of Education, The College of Saint Rose.

Building Enthusiasm for Reading:

Tools for the librarian, reading teacher, classroom teacher, and administrator

March 10, 2015

Century House, Latham, NY

Collaborative event with regional literacy organizations. Separate registration required.

Writing to Explore: 

Adventures in the Common Core

Peter Lourie and David Somoza

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 4:30-6:30

Sand Creek Middle School Forum
Too often student research papers are simply regurgitated encyclopedia entries. Fifth-grade teacher David Somoza and award-winning adventure/travel writer Peter Lourie will demonstrate how to use adventure writing to build connections between nonfiction and fiction and motivate students to write with imagination, curiosity, and a hunger to learn everything about their topic. Presenters will explore specific elements of adventure writing: learning the basics of the craft, conducting research, developing a storyline that integrates history and geography, and discovering connections through technology. The result is an adventure-based paper rooted in real places, supported by facts, and developed with detailed description from real locations.

Highlights of 2014-2015 Programming July 11, 2014

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Albany City Area Reading Council Meetings Tentative Schedule

 

October 8, 2014

The Changing Role of the Reading Specialist with Linda Carr, Kim Healy, Sherry Guice, and Ginny Goatley

November 9-11, 2014

NYSRA Conference in Syracuse

December 3, 2014

Best Books of 2014

January 7, 2015

Family Involvement with Dr. Jaime Puccioni, University at Albany

March 10, 2015

Building Enthusiasm for Reading: tools for the librarian, reading teacher, classroom teacher, and administrator

Collaborative event with regional literacy organizations

 

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Authors and Teachers Peter Lourie and David Samoza

2013-2014 ACARC year May 6, 2014

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We’ve had a wonderful school year of professional development.  We started the year learning from Chris Lehman, celebrated Best Books and learned about vocabulary midyear and ended the year talking about Disciplinary Literacy with Ginny Goatley.  We also had a collaborative meeting in March with many local literacy organizations.

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Thank you to all of our volunteers including board members Susan Moose, Helen Stuetzel, Linda Carr, and Thea Yurkewecz.  We are already busy at work planning for next school year and will have updates soon.

Have a wonderful spring and summer!

Liz Yanoff, President of ACARC

April 8 next event March 11, 2014

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Engaging students

Disciplinary Literacy in Elementary Classrooms

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4:30-6:00

Sand Creek Middle School Library

329 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Dr. Virginia J. Goatley

What is disciplinary literacy? What does it look like in elementary classrooms? How do we use reading, writing, and talk as tools for learning in unique and discipline specific ways? This talk will address recent shifts in teaching the disciplines, introduce key concepts about current literacy instruction, and explore how to use literacies as tools for learning disciplinary content.  Drawing on examples from K-6, we’ll consider how to promote high-level thinking and engagement with disciplinary content and address implications of using the Common Core for curriculum development and instruction, situated in research-based best practices.

Flyer for Disciplinary literacy

Regional event hosted by Iroquois Reading Council February 16, 2014

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Digital Literacy: Using Technology Presentation Tools in Literacy

Presenters and Special Guests include:

Matthew McElligott, author and illustrator of “Benjamin Franklinstein Meets

Thomas Deadison,” “Bean 13,” “Lion’s Share” and “Even Aliens Need Snacks”

Arthur Gonzalez, young adult author of “The Photo Traveler”

Mary Boyd Ratzer and Paige Jaeger, authors of “RX for the Common Core”

Lisa Michaels presenting Digital Literacies as a Vehicle for Developing Vocabulary

Mary Miller, Education Services Director of the New York News Publishers Association, presenting Newspapers In Education & Multimedia Literacy

Guest speakers will address the connection between technology and literacy.

Presenters will engage our audience with interactive, practical strategies and a

toolkit for Implementing Inquiry Learning.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Century House

997 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110

4:008:00 p.m.

Click on the invitation below to register

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April 8 Disciplinary Literacy January 25, 2014

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Disciplinary Literacy in Elementary Classrooms

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4:30-6:00

Sand Creek Middle School Library

329 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Dr. Virginia J. Goatley

What is disciplinary literacy? What does it look like in elementary classrooms? How do we use reading, writing, and talk as tools for learning in unique and discipline specific ways?  With recent shifts and emphasis on English Language Arts in the disciplines, this talk will address elementary teachers’ needs, introducing key concepts from current trends in literacy education, in how to use literacies as tools to explore disciplinary content.  Drawing on examples from K-6, we’ll consider how to promote high-level thinking and engagement with disciplinary content and address implications of using the Common Core for curriculum development and instruction, situated in research-based best practices.

Vocabulary Discussion January 9 December 30, 2013

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Bringing Words to Life

A book club with Dr. Irene Rosenthal

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 4:30-6

The College of Saint Rose, Standish Room A/B Events and Athletics Center

Wondering how to teach vocabulary in ways aligned to the CCLS?  Want to know how to build a “word consciousness” for your PreK-12 students?  Join us as we answer your questions and  discuss the newly revised Bringing Words to Life by Beck, McKeown, and Kucan.  We will begin the conversation on ACARC’s Facebook page and our meeting will allow us to share what we’ve learned in applying the great ideas for teaching vocabulary in this book.  All are welcome–you don’t have to read the book to participate. Co-sponsored by The College of Saint Rose Thelma P. Lally School of Education

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Best Book Picks December 4, 2013

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Best Books of 2014

December 4, 2013

Elementary school book recommendations from Liz Yanoff

Bink and Gollie:  Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo

Brave Girl by Michelle Markel & Melissa Sweet

Floyd and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillio and K.G. Campbell

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Informational text recommendations from Helen Stuetzel

Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss

The Kite that Bridged Two Nations by Alexis O’Neill

Locomotive by Brian Floca

The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog by Marty Crump

Rotten Pumpkin by David Schwartz

Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock

Young adult book recommendations from Sherry Guice

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys

Torn by David Massey

The Wall by William Sutcliffe

Adult book recommendations from Marggie Skinner

Amsterdam by Russell Shorto

From Kristallnacht to Watergate by Harry Rosenfeld

Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Under One Roof by Barry Martin

 

Find links to all of the books at our Pinterest Page.

http://www.pinterest.com/acarc/

Best Books December 4 November 25, 2013

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Best Books of 2013book house

Drs. Sherry Guice, Helen Stuetzel, and

Liz Yanoff with Book House Expert Marggie Skinner

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4:30-6:00

Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Our ever popular event returns.  Find out what   local book experts recommend for readers of all ages.  Thank you to Book House for hosting us and always offering a 20% educator discount.  This meeting is free and open to the public.  We’ll also begin the third year of our “New Books for New Homes” campaign in support of Capital District Habitat for Humanity.

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October 15 meeting September 23, 2013

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