October 22, 2013
Reading Council of Southern New Jersey
The Weird School Series
5 Literacy Workshops
Focus on Fluency
Reading Excellence Through the Arts
Technology Strategies for Reading Lessons
Handmade Guatemalan Crafts available for sale to benefit
The Guatemalan Reading Project
Gloria M. Sabater Elementary School
301 South East Boulevard
Vineland, NJ 08360
Book signing, vendors, light dinner, door prizes
Workshop of your choice
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PO Box 69
Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059
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We look forward to seeing you!
Please join us for our
Annual Spring Conference
(formerly The Big Apple Cafe)
528 Harding Highway
5:00- 7:00 Dinner
Dr. Jill Lewis-Spector
Vice President of International Reading Association
and Professor of Literacy Education
Visit our Web Store and register on line
As we all know, Stormy Sandy has destroyed our shores, but not our spirits. Many efforts are already in place to begin rebuilding structures and lives. The flood waters of Stormy Sandy have not only impacted families by damaging homes and businesses, but also significantly impacted our children and their schools. Schools have been damaged and in many cases their libraries of books have been destroyed.
As a caring, South Jersey community we are pulling our talents and skills together during the week of
January 28th – Feb. 1st, with a community outreach called, “Restoring our Shore Schools through Literacy
BOOK BLAST!” We invite you to join in this effort.
RCSNJ is currently accepting donations for this project. Please use the Donation link at the top of this page to make a donation.
STEM Literacy occurs when the core academic content of the nature and process of Science, the application of Technology, the literacy of English/Language Arts, the designing qualities of Engineering, and the universal language of Mathematics interact. The keynote speaker for the conference is Jeremy A. Ervin, Ph.D. He is an Assistant Professor in Science Education and general pedagogy at Richard Stockton College of NJ. Dr. Ervin holds a B.A. in Comprehensive Science, a M.A. in Science Education, and has earned his Ph.D. in Science Education from Ohio State University. As a certified 7-12 grade mathematics & integrated science teacher, his research interest has been aimed at building connections between teachers, professors, and teacher candidates (future teachers). Jeremy has a wealth of experience in K-12 STEM education background and enhancing scientifically literate citizens.
If you would like to register for this conference, you may pay online at the web store, or you will find a copy of the registration form under documents that you may print and mail in with a check or purchase order.
Light refreshments will be served.
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RCSNJ is carrying out a fund raising campaign to support the efforts of the International Project in Guatemala. This project focuses on the training of teachers in Guatemala. Four times a year, members of RCSNJ travel to Guatemala City to meet with members of the Guatemala Reading Council to train their teachers in strategies for teaching literacy skills.
Through the fundraising efforts of RCSNJ and the Nassau (NY) Reading Council, several teachers a year are brought to the US to visit our schools and add to their professional knowledge of teaching reading and writing.
RCSNJ is currently accepting donations to support this project. If you would like to make a donation, please contact us at email@example.com.
Several members of our board are busy packing for next week's IRA Convention in Chicago. Janice Betts will be presenting with her SIG, Reading Excellence through the Arts. Estelle Brown will be joining the Nassau Reading Association to raise awareness and funds for the International Project in Guatemala. Jane Arochas will be accepting our council's Honor Council Award. We wish them all safe travels, and we look forward to hearing about the latest research and recommendations for best practice at our Spring Dinner on May 16.
RCSNJ is the proud recipient of an International Reading Association Honor Council Award for 2012. This award recognizes local councils around the world for their work in the local, national, and international community. Our council was chosen to be part of this distinguished group because of the various activities we supported and sponsored to promote literacy. These activities include the facilitation of four Professional Literacy Discussion group grants, planning three professional development events, presentation of over $1000 in scholarship and award money, support of council members activities with the International Literacy Project in Guatemala, organization of children's book collections for community centers, support of legislative action to promote literacy causes, and more.
RCSNJ has plans for another fruitful year. We look forward to working with our members to continue supporting literacy causes in our community.
RCSNJ is preparing to celebrate our golden anniversary at our Annual Spring Dinner on May 16. At this exciting event, we will look back on 50 years of literacy service, honor past past presidents, and present our Celebrate Literacy Award. We will also look to the future as we present two scholarships to future teachers of reading and discuss the teaching of reading and writing in the digital age. Dr. Midge Madden, Rowan University, will deliver the keynote address.
Please join us on May 16 at Terra Nova Restaurant in Sewell, NJ. Click here for more information.
RCSNJ turns 50 this year! We are celebrating this milestone at out Annual Spring Dinner on March 16 at Terra Nova Restaurant & Wine Bar in Sewell, NJ. On that evening we will honor our past presidents and other council members who have contributed to our organization. Dr. Midge Madden, Rowan University, will talk about the future of literacy in her keynote address on literacy in a digital age. Please join us as we Honor the Past, Look to the Future. Click here for more information and for a registration form.
In August 2011 a group of eight teachers in the Pitman School District were the happy recipients of a Susan Mandel Glazer Professional Literacy Discussion Grant. Members of our PLDGroup include Sam Cangiano, Diane Eisenhart, Debbie Harrison, Christe Leakan, Chris Lenentine, Donna Magee, Laurie O’Donnell, and Dare Spinosi. We are a mix of regular and special education teachers in grades 3-5.
We applied for the Grant because we wanted to learn ways to teach our students to become more active and strategic readers. To accomplish this, we needed to extend our students’ reading experiences beyond the stories and skills-based lessons in our basal reading programs.
Our group chose the text, Guided Comprehension in Grades 3-8 by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, which has become a valuable resource for the teachers in several ways. For example, it provides an overall framework for teaching reading comprehension in the upper elementary grades using novels, short stories, and nonfiction and adapting instruction to passages in the basal reading series. Also, there are numerous specific and concrete strategies and techniques for teachers and students to use. For example, some members of our group have incorporated the use of bookmark templates to help students set purposes for reading, self-question, and monitor their comprehension. Other teachers are teaching “Thick and Thin Questions” to facilitate higher-level thinking about the texts they are reading. They like the graphic organizers provided in the text because they help make abstract processes more concrete.
The strategies in the text are flexible and teachers can easily use them with a variety of learners. They also provide opportunities for authentic assessment.
The benefits of the group extended beyond what was learned from the text. Discussions about the readings often led to other topics about teaching literacy, especially writing. The weekly meetings became an opportunity for us to share ideas and questions, to piggyback off each other’s ideas, and to troubleshoot problems that arose. We left the meetings excited to try new ideas. Although we have finished reading the book, we plan to continue to meet and share our experiences as we continue to incorporate McLaughlin’s and Allen’s ideas into our teaching.
Would you like to start your own Professional Literacy Discussion group? Click here for more information about applying for a grant.
CELEBRATE LITERACY AWARD
The Reading Council of Southern New Jersey plans to recognize an agency or institution that has made significant contributions to literacy. It is hoped that the “CELEBRATE LITERACY” award will focus attention on the work that is being done by the schools, communities and the INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION in promotion of literacy as a “universal” concern.
If you have a friend or colleague deserving of such recognition, nominate him or her today.
A. Candidates can be suggested from any of the following areas for consideration as the “CELEBRATE LITERACY” recipient(s):
1. Direct teaching at any level.
2. Organize local literacy program.
3. Promoting support from the public.
4. Producing teaching materials or special media for literacy programs.
5. Carrying out research in fields related to literacy.
6. Carrying out special surveys of importance for literacy planning.
7. Providing young people the opportunity to help in literacy activities.
8. Carrying out informal educational activities of social, cultural, economic, or political nature, in which literacy and related literacy activities are included (radio and TV programs, publications and press, library programs, and projects for special population, such as the handicapped and the aged).
B. The following information should be submitted to the screening committee/jury for