Friday, April 11, 2014



Don't miss out on a great Saturday event. Fox Valley Reading Council is hosting an event Tim Shanahan: Meeting the Challenges of the ELA Common Core. The event will take place at Hubble Middle School  in Warrenville, Illinois on April 26th from  9AM-12PM.
 Members: $35 (discount code: member)
Non-members: $40
Student Rate: $15  (discount code: student)
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Breakfast will be provided
·  Lots of prizes
·  Vendors will be available to purchase children and professional texts
 

All about Tim Shanahan...
Tim Shanahan was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools, serving 437,000 children, and has authored or edited more than 150 publications including the books, Developing Literacy in Second- Language Learners, Teachers Thinking—Teachers Knowing, Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Literacy, Reading and Writing Together, and Understanding Research  in Reading and Writing. In 2006, he received a presidential appointment to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy, and he was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007. His research focuses on reading-writing relationships, disciplinary literacy, and improving school reading achievement. Shanahan helped write the Common Core State Standards that Illinois has adopted, and he was a first-grade teacher. 
Timothy Shanahan is a Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the UIC Center for Language Learners, Teachers Thinking—Teachers Knowing, Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Literacy, Reading and Writing Together, and Understanding Research in Reading and Writing. Tim Shanahan's research emphasizes reading-writing relationships, reading assessment, and improving reading achievement, and he is frequently quoted in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek, and has appeared on Bloomberg News and the O'Reilly Factor.

Professor Shanahan is an immediate past president of the International Reading Association. In 2006, Tim Shanahan was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy. Shanahan is on the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Family Literacy and Reach Out and Read, and has served on the National Reading Panel, a group convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the request of Congress to evaluate research on successful methods of teaching reading. Tim Shanahan has chaired two other federal research review panels: one on the literacy learning of language minority children and one on preschool and family literacy. He is author of Elements of Literacy: Fluency (Harcourt an instructional program for Grades 1-3, Treasures, a K–6 core reading program, and the AMP Reading System, an intervention program for striving readers in Grades 6-8

Register today!: 
Register Now!http://classic.regonline.com/timshanahanmeetingthechallengesofthecommoncorestan

We will be collecting Books for Babies at the event. We will accept new or gently used books. 

If you have any questions please contact : Katina Kastrantas


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Books for Babies is a national literacy program that acquaints parents of newborns with the important role they play in the development of their children. Parents are presented with a Books for Babies kit containing a board book for baby, baby’s first library card, and a variety of brochures with reading tips and early literacy information from nationally-recognized educational organizations. Kits are available in both English and Spanish with an optional bib. By reading to their babies and by becoming regular library users themselves, parents help their babies develop language skills and start them on the path to success in reading and learning.

The Pencil Project

We are collecting pencils at all our events this year for the The Pencil Project! Click on the link for more info.! Help us support a great cause by donating pencils for students in need. http://www.thepencilproject.com/