jump to navigation

Calendar of Events

Our 2016-17 Program

Membership form  brochure2016-2017

The Reading-Writing Connection

Dr. Timothy Shanahan

October 19, 2016

4:30 – 6:30

Sand Creek Middle School Forum

 

Co-sponsored by McGraw Hill

Dr. Timothy Shanahan will share important instructional connections between reading and writing.  Dr. Shanahan will show how engaging students in writing activity can have a positive impact on reading comprehension through the grades.

 

Best Books of 2016

December 6, 2016

4:30 – 6:00

Saddlewood Elementary School Library

Our ever popular event returns at a new location! Quality literature helps hook kids into books and helps teachers meet the NYS standards.  Find out what’s new in children’s and Young Adult literature as four local experts share their recommendations for readers of all ages.

 

Digital Literacy in the Classroom

January 12, 2017

4:30 – 6:00

Thelma P. Lally School of Education, Events and Athletics Center, Standish Room A

 

Co-Sponsored by the College of St. Rose

Join us as local educators explore integrating literacy and technology in engaging ways that motivate readers and writers and expand knowledge of digital literacy.  Our expert presenters will demonstrate effective strategies using digital composing, digital storytelling, iMovies and Green Screen, and Google as an interactive coaching platform for writing.

 

Who’s Doing the Work?: Teaching that Transfers

Kim Yaris

March 9, 2017

4:30 – 6:00

Thelma P. Lally School of Education, Events and Athletics Center, Standish Room A

Co-sponsored by The College of Saint Rose

Teachers are eager for strategies that engage students in difficult work, that make complex ideas simple, and that give students language for communicating about their reading processes. Join us for an interactive webinar with Kim Yaris, co-author with Jan Miller Burkins, of the new book, Who’s doing the Work?

 

 

Summer Reading for Teachers

Dr. Cheryl Dozier and Dr. Irene Rosenthal

May 16, 2017

4:30 – 6:00

University at Albany, Alumni House

 

Co-Sponsored by the Literacy Teaching and Learning Department, University at Albany

Let’s celebrate our year of exciting PD with professional book talks and pizza as we prepare for summer.  Please join us for lively discussions of professional books and articles you might want to put on your summer reading list!

Check out our 2015-16 Calendar of Events!

ACARC Brochure 2015-2016


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*   


Best Books of 2015 

Sherry Guice, Helen Stuetzel, and

Mindy Holland with Book House Experts

Wednesday, December 2nd , 2015

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.


Connecting Comprehension and Technology

Interactive Skype session with Kristin Ziemke

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

4:30 – 6:00

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

Acquire practical lessons that teach students how to navigate, evaluate, collaborate, and communicate through digital resources.


Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers

March 9, 2016, 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Century House, Latham, NY

Co-sponsored with Iroquois Reading Council, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, and the Children’s Literature Connection

Speakers:

Amy Merrill, school librarian and literacy specialist, will share books, authors, and strategies to motivate children to read

Lois Miner Huey, author of historical children’s books, will discuss the research process for her books.

Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director of Albany Public Library, will present “Growing Recreational Readers: Igniting the Joy and Empowerment of Reading in Everyone”

Eric Devine, YA author and English teacher, will present “The Sound and the Fury: Why YA Lit Matters”.

Enjoy an evening focused on literacy and children’s books.  Great conversations over a fabulous dinner!!!

Reservations are required by February, 26th. Please reserve your spot today by returning the registration form https://acarc.wordpress.com with a check payable to ACARC.


 

2014-2015 ACARC Meetings

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.

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

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. Click on the link below.

ACARC-and-ENYSLMA-cosponsored-Spring-Event

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.

Book Order Form

Writing-to-Explore Flyer and order info 12-14

Albany City Area Reading Council Meetings  Schedule 2014-2015

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 Programs

Preregistration is not required for our events.

 

Energize Your Research

Reading and Writing Instruction

Tuesday, October 15

4:30-6:00

Sand Creek Middle School Library

329 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Chris Lehman

We will join Christopher Lehman (twitter: @iChrisLehman), international speaker, educator, and author of professional books including Pathways to the Common Core (2012) with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth, and Energize Research Reading and Writing (2012) for an interactive web session. Chris will describe key shifts in the teaching of research reading and writing that support student independence, achievement, and learning while avoiding boredom and plagiarism. Chris will help us think through the CCLS expectations related to research and informational text and provide practical strategies for supporting our students.

NYSRA Conference

October 27-29, 2013

Albany, NY

http://www.nysreading.org/Conference/2013

Best Books of 2013

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.

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.  Co-sponsored by The College of Saint Rose Thelma P. Lally School of Education

Digital Literacy

March 11 event hosted by Iroquois Reading Council.  Details forthcoming.

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.

2012-2013

Are We About to Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater?

The CCLS, Text Complexity & Close Reading

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

4:30-6:00

Sand Creek Middle School Library

329 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Linda Carr and Helen Stuetzel

Books, articles, and blogs are plentiful and offer multiple yet often conflicting viewpoints on text complexity and close reading.  Understandably, this is causing much angst among teachers and supervisors who want to know what these emphases mean for instruction.  In this session, we will present what we’ve learned in our investigation about text complexity and close reading referring to what the Common Core says and does not say, as well as what this means for instruction, K -12.  For those interested in further study of these topics, we will be offering two study group sessions that will explore the topic further on 11-13 and 12-4-2012.

2012 NYSRA Conference

Common Core and Beyond

October 28-30, 2012

Syracuse, NY

http://www.nysreading.org/Conference

Best Books of 2012

Drs. Sherry Guice, Helen Stuetzel, and Liz Yanoff with Book House Experts

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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 second year of our “New Books for New Homes” campaign in support of Capital District Habitat for Humanity.

Teaching Tier 2 Words to Primary Students

Dr. Irene Rosenthal

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

4:30-6:00

The College of Saint Rose, Standish Room A

Events and Athletics Center

According to Beck, McKeown and Kulcan (2002), teaching 400 tier two words in any given school year will improve students’ comprehension. This workshop will give teachers many ideas and suggestions for teaching tier 2 words to K-3   students explicitly, while conducting interactive read alouds and as a part of writing instruction.

Why Read?  Making the Case for Passionate Reading

Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson, Matthew McElligott and Steven Sheinkin

March 11, 2013, 4:00-7:30

The Century House, Latham

Why Read? A significant question in a time of challenging standards and multimedia immersion.  Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson, professor and IRA board member, will join a authors Matthew McElligott and Steven Sheinkin to address this question on the minds of all readers and literacy educators.

Email acarcny@gmail.com for the invitation.  Cosponsored with IRC, SRC, and CLC.

2013 NYSRA conference

Literacy for All Learners

October 28-30, 2013. Albany, New York

Albany City Area Reading Council, 2011-2012

The Albany City Area Reading Council presents programs on critical issues in reading.  They provide a forum for teachers and librarians of all students from preschool to college to discuss current issues in the teaching of reading.  These presentations and ensuing discussions are designed to support conversation on specific topics which incorporate recent research in reading, grappling with issues involved in balanced reading programs, new testing requirements, academic intervention issues and any other current issues of interest to our participants.  Each program is facilitated by a local expert in the field of reading.  Participants are encouraged to come with questions, observations, and dilemmas for informal discussion following each presentation.

All programs  are free for ACARC members and for students with an ID and $10.00 for non-members.  Professional development certificates are provided.   To get more information contact us at acarcny@gmail.com.   No preregistration is required for most of our programs.

Response to Intervention and Literacy Development

Dr. Peter Johnston

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sage Colleges Albany Campus, New Scotland Avenue, Kahl Campus Center

4:30-6:00

Views of literacy development, disabilities, assessment, and intervention are closely linked, and this is particularly evident in approaches to RTI. This talk will explore those links, the critical decisions we need to make, why some RTI structures and practices are more useful than others and how research can inform the choices we make as we implement RTI.  Cosponsored by the School of Education, The Sage Colleges.

 

NYSRA Annual Conference

October 23-25, 2011

Rye Brook, NY

http://www.nysreading.org/Conferences

Members receive a reduced rate to this wonderful professional conference.  Hope to see you there!

Best Books of 2011

Drs. Sherry Guice, Helen Stuetzel, and

Liz Yanoff with Book House Experts

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

4:30-6:00

Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Join local children’s literature experts as they recommend what they consider to be the best books published this year. All reading levels and genres will be addressed.  Thank you to Book House for hosting us and always offering a 20% educator discount.  This meeting is free and open to the public.

Teaching Reading in Small Groups:  Book club and video conference with author Jennifer Serravallo

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The College of Saint Rose, Lally School of Education, Room 228

4:30-6:00

Join us as we discuss the book Teaching Reading in Small Groups:  Differentiated instruction for building strategic, independent readers.  Following our discussion, we have arranged for the author Jennifer Serravallo to join us via video conference.  Members can attend the face-to-face discussion or   participate through video conference by contacting ACARC prior to the meeting. Cosponsored by Thelma P. Lally School of Education, The College of Saint Rose.

Strategic Word Solving:  A Critical

Component of the Interactive

Strategies Approach (ISA)

Dr. Donna Scanlon

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The College of Saint Rose, Standish Room A

Events and Athletics Center

4:30-6:00

A major purpose of Response to Intervention is to prevent children from experiencing long-term reading difficulties.  The ISA has been found, across a series of large scale studies, to be   effective in preventing reading difficulties when implemented in classroom, small group, and one-to-one settings.  The ISA is a comprehensive and coherent approach to early literacy instruction which relies on teacher knowledge and expertise.  In this session, we will focus on one aspect of the ISA – the method used to help children develop a strategic approach to word solving.  Instructional practices and illustrative videos will be discussed.  Cosponsored by Thelma P. Lally School of Education, The College of Saint Rose.

%d bloggers like this: