Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fox Valley Fall Event!

Fox Valley Presents: Spark the Reading-Writing Connection with Dr. Maria Walther

October 19, 2013
11-2 P.M.
3895 Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
How can I inspire my writers? Learn how to boost ALL students’ writing skills and target the genres that appear in the Common Core State Standards by reading aloud quality literature, teaching students how to read like writers, and highlighting the qualities of good writing through targeted mini-lessons. Armed with an annotated bibliography of picture books, you will leave this evening re-energized and ready to go back to your classroom and help students read, think, and write!

Maria Walther, who earned a doctorate in elementary education from Northern Illinois University, has taught first grade since 1986. Along with teaching young learners, Maria inspires other professionals by sharing her knowledge through customized professional development experiences. The ideas she shares reflect her continued commitment to teaching, researching, writing, and collaborating with her colleagues. Maria was honored as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year and earned the ICARE for Reading Award for fostering the love of reading in children. She has co-authored five professional books with Scholastic.

For more information about Dr. Maria Walther visit her website: or follow her on Twitter @mariapwalther.

Register today!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

FVRC Spring Event

Due to the weather and road conditions we are canceling the event this evening. Please check back for a new date!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fox Valley Winter Event with Sunday Cummins

Fox Valley presents: Dr. Sunday Cummins

Moving Students towards Strategic and Independent Close Reading of  Information TextsFebruary 16, 2013
9:30am-12:00 pm
Batavia Public Library

Fox Valley Reading Council is bursting with excitement to bring Dr. Sunday Cummins to the Batavia Public Library. Sunday’s new book, Close Reading of Informational Texts: Assessment–Driven Instruction in Grades 3-8, is now available.
The registration website is:
The registration window is now open until February 5th. The online registration has a"merchandise" page where registrants can order the book. Those who order the book will add the book fee ($18.25) to their registration fee. We will also have plenty of books on-hand for purchase.
Please plan on attending and bring a friend for bagels, juice, coffee and a morning with Dr. Cummins. For any questions please contact:

Sunday Cummins  is a literacy consultant and a facilitator on the New Schools Project for the Erikson Institute. She has a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University ofIllinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College,Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught at National- Louis University from 2007-2012 in the Reading Program and she worked in the public schools for ten years prior to that as a middle school and third grade classroom teacher and as a literacy coach.

She continues to teach and learn alongside educators and students as a literacy consultant, author, and researcher with a focus on reading and writing informational texts. She shares her work on the power of teaching with non-fiction texts to transform students’ thinking by presenting at state, national, and international conferences. She has published articles in The ReadingTeacher, Book Links, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and TalkingPoints.

Visit Sunday’s website:www.sunday-<>