Thursday, July 9, 2015


Fox Valley Board has just returned from the IRC Leadership retreat. We have many new board members involved this year! In just two days, planning for the whole year has been tweaked and now underway. 

We are excited to announce our first speaker of the year! Camille Blachowicz, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at the National College of Education of National Louis University. Currently she is Co-Principal Investigator of the Multifaceted Comprehensive Vocabulary Instruction Program. She is also co-director of The Reading Leadership Institute, a professional learning network of literacy staff developers housed at National Louis University. She has researched, written and presented extensively on the topic of vocabulary instruction which is the subject of three of her books including Teaching Vocabulary in All Classrooms and Teaching Academic Vocabulary K-8:Effective Practices Across the Curriculum. 

Camille Blachowicz began her career as a classroom teacher and a reading specialist. As a university professor she directed the Reading Program, was chair of the Department of Reading and Language and was a Fulbright and Spencer Fellow and as well as co-editor of the Journal of Reading Behavior. Dr. Blachowicz has been a board member of the Literacy Research Association and continues to serve on many committees, boards, and commissions for professional organization and state and federal groups. 

Dr. Blachowicz was named to the roster of Outstanding Teacher Educators in Reading by the International Reading Association and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Register Today!
Peter Johnston is a Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany. His recent research has focused on the consequences of teachers’ classroom talk for the ways children learn and experience themselves and each other, and how engaged reading influences children’s social, emotional, moral and academic development. A member of the International Reading Association’s Literacy Research Panel and the Reading Hall of Fame, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities. His book Choice Words, was recently awarded the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award by the Literacy Research Association for having “demonstrably and positively influenced literacy teaching in classrooms and districts nationally.” His newest book is Opening Minds.

Opening Minds:  Using language to change lives


Research shows that the classroom talk and student engagement affect children’s learning and development, individually and collectively, and the qualities of the learning community.  The session will show how apparently small changes in classroom practice can affect student learning and leverage larger changes in school behavior, self-regulation, literacy learning, and, among other things, happiness (yes, happiness).