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The Niagara Frontier Reading Council Fall Mini-Conference

Join the NFRC in celebrating the start of the 2016-2017 school year with the first event in our Professional Development series. Our morning includes a presentation by Jeanne Tribuzzi. Jeanne is a member of Teachers College Units of Study Team at the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and a member of Curriculum21 faculty with Heidi Hayes-Jacobs as well as a national presenter. We will launch our Professional Development Book Study, and registrants will attend two workshop sessions.

NFRC Fall Mini-Conference

Saturday, Oct. 1st, 8am-12:15pm

9625 Main Street

Clarence, NY


  • 8:00-8:45 Registration/Breakout Session Selection/ Continental Breakfast
  • 8:45-9:00 Welcome and NFRC News
  • 9:00-10:30 Jeanne Tribuzzi
  • 10:40-11:00 NFRC Book Club Introduction
  • 11:05-11:35 Workshop Session 1
  • 11:40-12:10 Workshop Session 2
  • Pick up your CTLE (Professional Development) certificate

The NFRC is a NYS Approved Provider for Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE)/Professional Development

Visit the NFRC Website for event registration and membership information. Click on Membership Registration in the drop down menu. Choose the $60.00 Mini Conference package. Your membership is included with your payment. Link is below.

Break-out Sessions: Attendees will choose two half hour professional development workshops from four available sessions.

Registration at each session will be limited to 25.

  • Maker Moves in the Writing Workshop: Presented by Angela Stockman

While the products that students create within and beyond our maker spaces often serve as gateways to great writing, a specific set of maker moves can transform the writing process into one that even the most resistant writers find manageable and rewarding. Explore the best of these approaches in this quick session and return to your classroom ready to transform your traditional workshop approaches. Angela's book, Make Writing will be available for purchase for $10 cash or check.

  • Strategies to help all Students Succeed in Reading: Presented by Kathleen Montesanti
This workshop will provide teachers with practical ideas to help students achieve their reading goals. DIY Literacy: The book Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts will be referenced.

  • Digital Literacy: Presented by Mary Beth Scumaci and Kirsten Smith
Learn how to use your educational technology to take your literature circles to the next level. We will also discuss digital breakout discussion groups, and allow attendees to explore how to translate these ideas for all grade levels

  • What’s new in Literacy in Social Studies? Presented by Ashley Dreibelbis

We will examine the changes in expectations for Social Studies students in grades 7-12 related to reading and writing. These changes include the use of primary sources, inquiry-based activities, and argument writing. Strategies that can be applied in grades 3-12 will be presented so all students are ready .

NFRC Mission Work in Nicaragua

At the Mini-Conference, the NFRC will continue collecting new and used school supplies for mission work in Nicaragua! Please support this worthy cause!