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Check out ACARC 2015-16 Events October 1, 2015

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ACARC Brochure 2015-2016

Literacy Snapshots-October 6 August 27, 2015

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Literacy Snapshots: Timely Topics for the New School Year! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Sand Creek Middle School Library

329 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Topics and presenters include: 

  • Accountable Talk, Alice O’Neill 
  • Grammar, Pegeen Jensen 
  • English Language Learners, Irene Rosenthal 
  • Literacy Coaching 2.0, Stephanie Affinito 

Please join us along with four of our local educators who are presenting at NYSRA in November 2015. The presenters will provide a brief version of their NYSRA session for our first ACARC meeting. Participants will have an opportunity to choose two topics for lively discussions with colleagues and the presenters.

*This event will also include a Professional Text Swap.  Bring a professional book related to education/literacy on your shelf to exchange with colleagues at this event*   

Thank you for a great year of professional conversations! May 29, 2015

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We had a great year of professional discussions with Albany City Area Reading Council.  You will hear from the officers again in the fall when our new programming year begins. In the meantime, check out the 2015 NYSRA conference.  ACARC members receive a discount! http://nysreading.org/Conference/2015

April 29 Meeting March 17, 2015

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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. Free to ACARC members.  $10 for guests.

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March 10 meeting January 27, 2015

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Eastern New York School Library Media Association, Albany City Area Reading Council, Iroquois Reading Council, Schoharie Reading Council and The Children’s Literature Connection present
Building Enthusiasm for Reading:
Tools for the librarian, reading teacher, classroom teacher and administrator
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Find out how to build enthusiasm for reading in your classroom, library and school.
Our presenter will be Dr. Steven Layne, Professor of Literacy Education at Judson University in Elgin, IL. He is a passionate, dynamic speaker and a self–proclaimed “reading arsonist.” His newest book, In Defense of Read-Aloud, and his other titles will be available for purchase and signing.

Mail in the registration form to attend: ACARC-and-ENYSLMA-cosponsored-Spring-Event


January ACARC meeting December 19, 2014

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Preparing Literacy Teachers to Use Data to Inform their Instruction

Dr. Jaime Puccioni

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

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

Teachers are increasingly being asked to effectively analyze and draw conclusions from school and classroom-level literacy assessment data to inform instructional decisions.  Literacy coaches are often responsible for facilitating this process.  Dr. Puccioni will discuss the ways in which she prepares educators to work in constructive professional learning communities to use literacy assessment data to inform their literacy teaching.

Co-sponsored by The College of Saint Rose, Lally School of Education. Free to ACARC members and Saint Rose community. $10 for guests

**We expect sunny skies and beautiful weather, but if the weather is questionable, we will announce any program changes by email and on our website and Facebook pages.**

New Books for New Homes December 7, 2014

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Albany City Area Reading Council has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Capital District in collaboration with The Book House and The Albany and Troy Public Libraries to provide new books and library information to new homeowners through our “New Books for New Homes” campaign.  To date, we’ve supplied 956 books to new homeowners in Albany and Troy.  We believe a lifetime of reading starts at home.

Please visit The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza between now and January 6 to buy a book for a new homeowner.

IMG_1705Sample from last year’s book drive. Donations from the Albany Public Library.

Best Books of 2014 December 5, 2014

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We had a wonderful meeting to celebrate great reads of 2014.  Here are our presenters’ favorites.

For Elementary Readers by Liz Yanoff For Adolescent and YA Readersby Sherry Guice
In New York by Marc BrownDraw by Raul Colon

Hermelin by Mini Grey

Lucky by David Mackintosh

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Red Rising by Pierce BrownSkink: No Surrender by Carl Hiassen

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesley Walton

Also noted: Sekret: Am Empty Mind is a
Safe Mind
by Lindsay Smith

For All Informational Text Readersby Helen Stuetzel For Adult Readersby Marggie Skinner
Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Changed the Earth by Molly Bang & Penny ChisholmThe Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet

Sniffer Dogs; How Dogs (& Their Noses) Save the World by Nancy Castaldo

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & the Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai (Young Readers’ Edition)

Also Noted: Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale

Red Madness: How a Medical Miracle Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow

Figuring Sh!t Out by Amy BiancolliCan’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis

The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonja

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Writing It Right by Coleen Paratore & Peg Murtagh

December 3, 2014 Best Books of 2014 November 2, 2014

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Best Books of 2014

Sherry Guice, Marggie Skinner, Helen Stuetzel, and Liz Yanoff

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Our ever popular event returns. Find out 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.  This will be the kick off event for our New Books for New Homes 2014!

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October 8 Meeting October 8, 2014

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The Changing Role of the Reading Specialist

Wednesday, October 8


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.

Article discussed at the meeting:

Roles of RT 4-14


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