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...

Open Membership 2015-2016

That's right! NCRA membership for 2015-2016 has officially started.  We are so excited about the sessions we have planned and are focused on providing valuable learning experiences for our members. With all the changes in education, we must pull together as educators and provide support and encouragement for one another.  Our motto this year is, "Strength in Numbers", as we want to see this literacy organization grow not only in membership, but also by expanding the expertise and knowledge base of our members. We hope this is an endeavor you want to be a part of!
We are proud of our organization and look forward to providing valuable sessions for our members throughout the school year!  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tanny McGregor's Visit to NCRA

Our evening with Tanny was, to no surprise, AMAZING! The evening was filled to the brim with new insights, thoughts, suggestions and a wealth of wonderful lesson ideas! You can not help but be filled with excitement for teaching when you are in her presence! NCRA is thrilled that we were able to share Tanny with our members. She is truly an inspiration!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NCRA Honors SCS Celebrate Literacy Winning Authors

MHMS Librarian: Scotti Harris    MHMS Kindergarten Teacher: Tracy Duncan
MHMS Kindergarten Winners: Luree Kirkpatrick and Mattie Graham

Recently, North Central Reading Association honored Sumner County students who were recognized through the Elizabeth Brashears Celebrate Literacy contest. Every year, the Tennessee Reading Association sponsors the "Elizabeth Brashears Celebrate Literacy Awards Program." "Celebrate Literacy" is a writing contest that promotes creative writing. Students in grades prek-12 may submit original books to their local council. Books are judged at the local level, and the winners are submitted to the state competition.  Sumner County had 14 young authors who received recognition at the state level. NCRA and Sumner County are so proud of these young authors. 

Merrol Hyde Magnet
Mattie Graham, Luree Kirkpatrick, Sophia Zhang, Addison Hannold, Brody Hitchcock, Natalie Bricker, Asher Worrell, Sydney Yim, Amory Flynn Hopper, Sofia Hackett, Greta Sue Hansen, Olivia Hande

Indian Lake
Lincoln Elrod, Mik Lester

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