Fox Valley Reading Council

August 2016 Newsletter

Note from the Presidents

Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! We hope you are prepared for a successful year. FVRC board members have put together several unique events. Join us in sharing our experiences, developing professionally, and collaborating with peers in a friendly, comfortable environment.

We hope you have a sensational school year. Each of you help to make the FVRC and Illinois Reading Council strong literacy organizations. Mark your calendars to attend each of our events, as well as the 2016 Annual IRC Conference: Reading: Unlocking Opportunities. Don’t forget to bring friends, colleagues, and administrators to join us for the learning and fun!


Bobette Dodson and Denise Mitchell

FVRC Co-Presidents

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Co-President- Bobette Dodson

Co-President-Denise Mitchell

Co-Vice President-Dawn Lutz

Co-vice President- Camille Lutz

Membership-Karen Ringas

Secretary-Katina Kastrantas

Treasurer-Teresa Thompson

Illinois READS-Ryan Schaeffer

Past President-Beth Herrig

Welcome Back! We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

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Save the Date!!! FVRC Fall Event with Troy Hicks

Come and learn how to engage your students using digital writing.

"There is not a writer in our classrooms today who will not be producing something with a digital writing tool in her or his lifetime." -- Troy Hicks


Saturday, Sep. 17th, 8:30am-2pm


1801 North Eola Road Aurora, IL

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Dr. Troy Hicks, an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. He recently published The Digital Writing Workshop and Because Digital Writing Matters.


8:30-9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Sign-in

9:00-10:30 Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in an Information Age

10:45-11:45 Post-Keynote Conversation

11:45-12:30 Lunch/Members Meeting

12:30-2:00 Teaching, Revising and Assessing Digital Writing

Register Now!


Reading: Unlocking Opportunities
September 29-October 1, 2016
Peoria, Illinois

Thousands of literacy advocates, educators, and researchers will gather from September 29-October 1, 2016 for the 49th Annual IRC Conference, Reading: Unlocking Opportunities, at the Peoria Civic Center and Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.

Sign up TODAY by clicking on the link below!

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Join IRC Members in an online Book Club!

Join educators from all over the state in an online book club!

Read, reflect, and respond to Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. This nine-week course, beginning October 16, will focus on principles and strategies presented in Beers and Probt’s text that will help students comprehend nonfiction text. Participants who complete all assignments are eligible to receive 15 PD clock hours at the conclusion of the book club. The expected time commitment for participants is approximately 1.5-2.0 hours/week.

Required for participation:
Gmail address (free at The Book Club uses Google Sites.
Text: Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. Text available through Heinemann (

Register by October 9, 2016 to participate in the book club. Registration isFREE for IRC Members. The cost for non-members is $45, which includes IRC membership for one year. Book club participants also have the opportunity to attend sessions with Kylene Beers and Robert Probst at the 2016 IRC Conference. PLEASE NOTE: Conference registration and cost of book is not included.