The K-2 Reader

Vol. 3, March, 2016

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The K-2 Reader

The K-2 Reader newsletter serves to provide announcements, upcoming events, and other relevant information for the entire department. The mission of the publication is to highlight the contributions that each specialist (that's YOU) brings to the department, ultimately serving the teachers and promoting success for each student of Dallas ISD.

Happy Birthday Luncheon

Wednesday, March 9th, 11am

415 West 12th Street

Dallas, TX

Come enjoy the company of your co-workers as we celebrate Leslie's birthday. Please RSVP to by end of day Tuesday so that we can inform the restaurant as to the size of our party.

Biggest Loser Contest Ends 3/11 and one dedicated person will win!

Face Your Reflection. An article in Women's Health Magazine reminds the reader to face the mirror's reflection rather than avoid it. A study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that mirror-exposure therapy--staring at your body in the mirror and stifling the usual criticisms--can improve body image, which can help keep you committed to healthy eating. Try it: Speak to your reflection without using any negatively charged words. For example, instead of "I have a huge ___," say, "My waist looks smaller thanks to my curves."

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2016 Literacy Summit

On February 12 and 13, the 2016 Literacy Summit: Literacy Research and Practice, Celebrating 20 Years of What's Hot was held. The Summit was co-sponsored by the Specialized Literacy Professionals Special Interest Group, the Texas Association for Literacy Education (TALE), and the University of the Incarnate Word. The theme of the conference was built around the annual research done for the International Literacy Association (ILA) by Dr. Jack Cassidy on "What's Hot in Literacy" education.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Cassidy and his colleagues surveyed and interviewed dozens of leading literacy experts. They asked the experts which literacy topics were currently "hot"--or garnering lots of attention and interest and which literacy topics "should be hot."

The keynote session on Friday afternoon featured literacy researchers, Dr. Cassidy, Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, and Dr. Evan Ortlieb, who each discussed one topic that was deemed "hot" according to this year's survey. The highest scoring topic was Common Core Standards. The second and third "hottest" scoring topics were close reading/deep reading and disciplinary/content area literacy.

Next, there were presentations on which literacy topics should be hot and why. Dr. Victoria J. Risko discussed literacy coaching, Dr. Jill Lewis-Spector discussed teacher preparation, and Dr. Estanislado S. Barrera IV discussed English Language Learners. Finally, Dr. Linda B. Gambrell spoke about motivation to read. Dr. Gambrell challenged us to take time each year to weed out the older books from our classroom libraries so we can see the good stuff (much like how we go through our closets to get rid of old clothes that no longer fit.) The second day of the conference was devoted to other keynote sessions, workshops, roundtables, author signings, awards, and business meetings.

If you've never been to a state-level literacy conference, you are truly missing out on one of the best opportunities for professional development and networking. Consider attending the 2017 TALE Conference which will be held in February at Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi. Better yet, consider proposing to present a workshop. Keep watching for details at

--Submitted by Dr. Jill Culmo

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