Sunday, November 8, 2015

Become an Illinois Reads Ambassador

About ILLINOIS READSIllinois Reads

Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, ILLINOIS READS will be a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens.  Beginning with read aloud books for babies, 6 books will be selected for each additional age band through adult readers.  A variety of topics and themes will be chosen for each age band.  The work of Illinois authors will be especially highlighted.  There will be a mix of hard covers and paperbacks, with several Spanish-language titles and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related books and the work of Illinois authors will be especially highlighted. 

Working with the Illinois State Library, State Librarian, Jesse White, is the Honorary Chair.   The Illinois Reads will focus on reading at home and in the classroom.  Illinois Reads will also emphasize summer reading as a way to not only bring the family closer together but also to combat what is known as “summer learning loss” in children.  Residents from Rockford to Carbondale and from Quincy to Danville will be able to partake in Family Literacy Nights sponsored by their local IRC chapters.

As part of Illinois Reads, which will culminate in a statewide celebration of literacy during Secretary White’s Family Reading Night in November, classrooms, public and school libraries, community groups, and community bookstores throughout the state will feature the titles of 36 books in six separate age groupings.  Please watch the Illinois Reads website for more information to be posted or consider becoming an Illinois Reads Ambassador today!  

Fox Valley Newsletter

Fox Valley Newsletter

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.