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March 11 Meeting Tentative Program January 27, 2013

Posted by lizyanoff in Uncategorized.

Why Read? Making the Case for Passionate Reading

March 11, 2013, 4:00-8:00 pm.  The Century House, Latham, NY

Preregistration is required and the form is here:  March 11 invite


Dr. Peter McDermott, President of the New York State Reading Association and Professor of Education, Pace University



Barb Haverly, Vice President, Schoharie County Reading Council


Making the Case for Passionate Reading and Writing

Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson, Professor of literacy in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, will serve on the IRA Board from 2012-2015. A former elementary classroom teacher in Alberta and then assistant professor at Ohio State University, Shelley now teaches, conducts research, and writes articles and books about writing instruction, feedback on writing and writing assessment, as well as about professional learning through teacher inquiry, and children’s literature. She received PhD and B.Ed. degrees in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Dinner and Conversation

How do you foster passionate reading in your work with youth? How do you and your students answer the question “Why Read?”


Kathy Pfeiffer, President, Iroquois Reading Council


Why Read Nonfiction?

Steve Sheinkin is a former textbook writer who is now trying to make amends by writing history books kids and teens will actually want to read. Recent titles include Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, and The Notorious Benedict Arnold, winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. He lives with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, NY.



Janice Toomajian, Co-President, Children’s Literature Connection


Look at the Words, Read the Pictures! Why Visual Literacy Matters.

Matt McElligott is the author and illustrator of many books for children. He’s been writing and illustrating and speaking at schools for over twenty years, during which time his books have been nominated for many, many awards, none of which he has won. Not even once. Some of the awards that Matt’s books did not win include the Texas Bluebonnet Award (for Benjamin Franklinstein), the Children’s Choice Awards (for Even Monsters Need Haircuts), the Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book award (for The Lion’s Share), and the Charlotte Award (for Backbeard). Matt, now a bitter, bitter old man, is also a professor at the Sage Colleges where he teaches in the Graphic and Media Design program. He lives just outside Albany with his beautiful wife, his terrific son, and a whole lot of animals.


Dr. Liz Yanoff, President, Albany City Area Reading Council

The authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing following the program.







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