California Reading Conference

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow is opening day for California Reading Association’s 2022 virtual conference. Keynote speaker for the opening session is GEORGIA HEARD. The lineup of other speakers and topics is impressive as well.

I counted twenty videos that are available to those who are registered for the conference, include one by MARY JO FRESCH and LAURA ROBB and one by TIM RASINSKI and me. I look forward to feedback on those. Here are the program descriptions. If you know of someone who plans to attend the conference, I hope you will consider sharing the information.

David Harrison and Tim Raskinski … Why Poetry for Reading Instruction – Let us
Count the Ways! – Poetry for children is one of the least valued texts for teaching reading.
We will make the case that poetry offers such great potential for improving all aspects of
reading. Moreover, we argue that poetry is particularly beneficial for students who struggle
in reading.
Mary Jo Fresch and Laura Robb … Powerful Comprehension Tools: Three Reading
Strategies That Work – Fresch and Robb model and discuss how three strategies (visualizing,
comparing/contrasting, and inferring) engage and motivate K-8 students. The strategies trigger
students’ critical thinking for active and deep comprehension.

Presenting virtually is not anyone’s first choice but thank goodness it has become a viable option. The other conference I have in California this year is in person, next month in Anaheim. That’s for NCTE. I’ve mentioned it before but will get back to it before long. I’m working on my schedule now.

Lori Oczkus

Hi everyone,

Many of you will be familiar with the work of Lori Oczkus, a well known and respected literacy consultant and author. We met years ago when we spoke at a conference in New York and have remained in touch. Lori frequently uses my work in her publications and presentations and I continue to admire her work in the field of teaching literacy skills to young students.

The other day Lori shared with me two of her latest videos and with her permission I’m sharing them with you today.

How to Boost Reading Comprehension with the Fab Four

How to Improve Comprehension & Fluency with Poetry

Lori Oczkus, Literacy Consultant and Author
Reciprocal Teaching at Work ( ASCD, 2018) Foreword by John Hattie

Thank you, Lori. Looking forward to the next time our paths meet.