Sunday, September 18, 2016

NCRA Kick-Off Session: Day 20 of Workshop Model..Now What?

We are excited to begin another year of NCRA. I know many of you have been  wondering about when membership will start. We decided to kick-off a bit later in hopes of giving teachers time to settle in to the school year and be more open to joining NCRA. 

This year our ongoing focus will be to support you with the Literacy Framework components. With the 1st 20 days of Workshop Model nearing the end, we want to focus our attention on "What's Next?" Our kick-off session will be on the topic of Guided Reading. Below is the flyer that will provide you with more specifics. We will have  extra treats and give aways to get this NCRA year off right! We hope to see you all there! Spread the word!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Deb Rosenow: A Return Engagement on Comprehension

NCRA: How to grow a reading council.

NCRA was asked to present at the TRA conference on how we are growing our local council. This is the powerpoint we used during our presentation. Feel free to contact us or visit our sessions for more information on how to grow and strengthen your own council.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Join us for an Afternoon with the Authors

Hope you can join us for a fabulous afternoon with Tennessee Authors
Michael Shoulders and Mary Ann Watson. They will share their ideas on the importance of reading and writing, all while filling our afternoon with laughter and inspiration.

**Coffee/Water/Tea and treats will add to this enjoyable, relaxing session!

Building a Community of Readers

Our October session was all about Building a Community of Readers. The session focused on Building a Community of Readers within your classroom, school and community. We explored the variety of ways which we can promote life-long reading. Dr. Karen Carpenter and Mary Truka shared the power of the read aloud and ways to make it happen within an already-packed daily schedule. Officers brought books or titles of books that can be used as read alouds to facilitate science and social studies instruction. Members were able to do a Book Explore/Gallery Walk thus creating a content area resources list. In addition, Mary and Kim Harkreader shared an initiative they are using to promote a reading community at the school level-One Book One School and Book of the Month. And last but not least, NCRA will take on the building of a Little Library (or maybe libraries) within our communities. Links to the Little Library website, video snip-it, and survey are included below. We hope you will be able to join us for our November session: Afternoon with Authors Michael Shoulders and Mary Ann Watson!

Link to website:
Little Free Library | Take a Book • Return a Book
Get the Little Free Library Book, the definitive guide to starting a Little Free Library, complete with hundreds of beautiful photos, stories, blueprints and more.
Link to video:

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out in Google Forms.
Little Library Questionnaire

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Boosting the Power of Readers!

NCRA is ready to kick-off this year with an amazing session to support Guided Reading. 
Debbie Rosenow will be sharing her knowledge and experience at our first session on September 21, 2016 4:30pm-7:00pm. Guided Reading can be one of the most powerful teaching practices implemented in the classroom. Not only does it naturally provide differentiation, but allows for individual teaching opportunities. Learn specific strategies that will build students’ strength in decoding, fluency, determining meaning of unknown words, and comprehension. Participants will leave with practical teaching ideas that can be implemented immediately into guided reading instruction.
Debbie Rosenow, is the Lead Literacy Coach for Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, TN, and a part-time literacy consultant. She has been a classroom teacher for grades K-9, served as a school-based literacy coach to support teachers in improving student growth in reading and writing, and now works at the district level supporting literacy coaches in their work. She was trained by Dr. Richardson and consulted with her in the development of the Teacher’s Guide for Next Steps in Guided Reading Assessment (Gr. 3-6).

She is passionate about providing instruction to students that meet their needs and has seen significant growth and progress in her own students, as well as that of other professionals with whom she works with as a coach. She has a love for teaching children to read and write and believes these skills are not just needed for surviving life but for enjoying it!

She holds a B.S in Elementary Education, is certified as an Urban Specialist, has a Masters degree as a Reading Specialist, and obtained National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading and Language Arts for Early and Middle Childhood in 2009. She has presented for districts across the country and at state and regional conferences.

UPDATE: What a fabulous session! Here are a few snapshots...


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