BRC Newsletter

August 2015

Note from the President

The Black Hawk Reading Council is excited to announce that we have some awesome events planned this year! We’ll start the year off on August 27th with a Back to School Social. Please join us at Legends Corner in Rock Island to learn more about the Black Hawk Reading Council, upcoming events, and how to become a member or renew your membership. We will also be doing a book swap.

On September 22nd, our very own Michael Carton will be presenting on LEGOs, Literacy and 21st Century Skills! October 24th, we’ll welcome Karen Biggs-Tucker and her “Best New Books to Inspire Your K-8 Readers and Writers.”

Keta Foltz, Christa Curley, and Amber Findlay will be giving us a “double shot of writing, extra vocabulary, blended with author visits and a community read” when they help us “Learn a Latte’” in February!

March will bring Sheila Ruh and Sherry Sejnost and their approach to Using Technology to Implement CCSS. Finally, this spring, we have Children’s Book Auhtor Jill Esbaum joining us!

Please make sure you share these amazing opportunities with your friends and co-­‐workers so they can take advantage of all the benefits of being a member of Black Hawk Reading Council! You’ll find more specific details about these events (and much more) in this newsletter, but if you have any questions about anything BRC related, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m really excited about everything we have to offer this year, and I hope to see you at some of our meetings. Until then, have a great start of the school year!


Illinois Reading Council

If you would like to renew your membership OR become a member please click follow the instructions!

BRC Officers


Aubry Moorman

Thomas Jefferson Elementary

President Elect

Annie Pavlik

Frances Willard


Leah Quintana

Frances Willard


Julie Hansen

RI Center for Math and Science


Julie Reed

Literacy Coach

Past President

Michael Carton

Director of Education and Outreach for WQPT

Back to School Social

Thursday, Aug. 27th, 4:30-6:30pm

3008 7th Avenue

Rock Island, IL

Back to School Social Information

Please click to get information about our Back to School Social at Legends Corner in Rock Island this month!

2015 IRC Conference

Passport to Possibilities
October 1-3, 2015
Peoria, Illinois

Thousands of literacy advocates, educators, and researchers will gather from October 1-3, 2015 for the 48th Annual IRC Conference, Passport to Possibilities, at the Peoria Civic Center and Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.

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Illinois Reads

ILLINOIS READS is a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. Six books have been selected for each of the six different age bands (which range from birth to adult).

A variety of topics and themes are chosen for each age band, and the work of Illinois authors are highlighted.

The Illinois Reads campaign will focus on reading at home and in the classroom as well as emphasizing summer reading as a way to not only bring the family closer together but also to combat what is known as “summer learning loss” in children. Residents from around the state will be able to partake in Family Literacy Nights sponsored by local Illinois Reading Council chapters.

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