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Welcome Back!

The new school year is always an exciting time for both teachers and students. The building is freshly cleaned, adults and kids alike are refreshed from the summer break, and there is a hum of expectancy that is different than any other time of year.


Over the course of this school year, I'm hoping to bring you articles, resources, and ideas that can bring back some of that back-to-school energy, even in the midst of January. I hope you'll find something to strike your curiosity. Of course, I'd love to talk about these articles and ideas! Drop me an email or stop by room 330, and we can find time to work together!

What's in your RSS Feed?

Over the summer, I read a bevy of great blog posts, most of them centered around literacy instruction. One of my favorites was this one by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell, authors of the new book Writing With Mentors. In this post, Marchetti and O'Dell write about the places where they find current, engaging mentor texts to use with their teenage writers. Included in the post is a great chart of what are you looking for?/where to go.


Another thought-provoking blog post was written by our Meadowbrook colleague Jess Lifschitz on her blog, Crawling Out of the Classroom. In "What My Reading Conferences Have Become", Jess describes her frustration with the quality and usefullness of her reading conferences and the changes she implemented in order to make them truly individualized learning opportunities. As we all, language arts and content-area teachers alike, work to differentiate and personalize learning for all of our students, the quality of the conference becomes paramount.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Illinois Reading Council Conference

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 8:30am to Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 12pm

Peoria, IL, United States

Peoria, IL

The annual Illinois Reading Council conference features literacy experts from across the state and across the country. For more information, check out the IRC website: http://www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org/conference.html

SCIRA Fall Conference

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 4-8pm

1000 Capitol Drive

Wheeling, IL

The annual SCIRA fall conference features writer and Poet Mary Heard. Ms. Heard will be presenting a session entitled Nonfiction and Wonder. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for LA teachers and content area teachers alike.


For more information, check out the SCIRA website: http://scira.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/9/9/21997846/georgiaheardflyer.pdf

39th Day of Reading sponsored by the Secondary Reading League

Saturday, Nov. 14th, 8am-3:30pm

18451 Convention Center Drive

Tinley Park, IL

The 39th Day of Reading features Mary Ehrenworth from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and YA author Matt De La Pena as well as sessions from secondary educators from across the state.


The conference also offers a pre-conference workshop with Mary Ehrenworth for an additional fee.


For more information, check out the Secondary Reading League website: http://dayofreading.org/