Wednesday? Seriously?

Hi everyone,

This morning I’ll go read for a while to 1st grade students at David Harrison Elementary School. I haven’t been out since school started this year so I’m excited about seeing the kids and wonderful faculty.

This afternoon is a zoom meeting with LAURA ROBB and JANAY BROWN-WOOD to go over what we’ll each present during our event at NCTE Sunday morning. Hope to get a few hours of work done between the two activities.

NCTE schedule

Hi everyone,

I’m pulling together my schedule in Anaheim for the NCTE conference later this month. We’ll arrive on Friday the 18th and leave on the 20th. Three of my publishers are having happy hour or receptions that fall back to back the first evening. I hope our arrival is on time!

On Saturday I sign at two booths — Astro and Scholastic — have lunch with the editor I’m working with on a book currently, and meet with friends. MARY JO FRESCH and I will be together at the Scholastic booth. It will be great to see her again.

On Sunday, I present with LAURA ROBB and LANAY BROWN-WOOD and that afternoon we’ll fly home.

Every conference is different and I’m sure this one will be too. It’s the first in-person conference I’ve attended since the Pandemic. I’m looking forward to it.

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.

News from the wheel

Hi everyone,

Yesterday went well. I worked on some slides for the video I’ll make soon with TIM RASINSKI. It’s for this fall’s California Reading State Conference. The event is virtual this year so our video, plus a companion video being created by our partners, MARY JO FRESCH and LAURA ROBB, will be available on command for those who register for the conference wherever they live.

ELAINA KERSEY, my editor for THERE ONCE WAS A BOY, is in the process of editing the script and I spent part of my time working on it too. Sometimes we were in real time, which was interesting and productive. I need to get back to that this morning. First item of business is to do a better job of explaining what I mean when I tell about the window air conditioning unit we had when I was six years old and we lived in Ajo, Arizona. It was a hot, desert town not far from Mexico and summer temperatures were usually 100+. To help cool our living room, we had a contraption that fit into the window with a reservoir for a cake of ice. A large fan behind it blew the ice-cooled air into the room. Ahhh. Heaven.

The third thing I worked on yesterday was my least successful effort. I’m writing poems for first grade level for a new book and have finished the first five. Number six started well but ended like I did, tired and tired of it. Maybe today I’ll find the problem and fix it. The week I was sick cost me dearly so I don’t have a lot of time for error.

Coming up in November

Hi everyone,

Mary Jo Fresch
Laura Robb
Tim Rasinski
David L. Harrison

Here’s the new flyer from the upcoming California State Reading conference. The four of us (MARY JO, LAURA, TIM, and I) have an article coming up in the CA Reader this fall but we had to split up into to make videos for the conference.

We are thrilled to announce that we have added Virtual Workshops to our
Connected with Literacy 2022 Conference. CRA is excited to bring a collection
of 20-30 minute prerecorded videos, featuring presenters ranging from
researchers, award winning children’s authors to teachers who will bring
hands-on practical strategies and ideas you can take back and use with your
students.

VIEW VIDEOS FROM THESE OUTSTANDING PRESENTERS . . .
Donald Bear, Darl Kiernan and Sarah Negrete … Advancing Emergent and Beginning
Readers – Activities to develop Concept of Word, Phonological Awareness and Early Reading.
Learn to establish a personal reader routine. Phonics and fluency for emergent and
beginning readers are discussed.

Carol Jago … The Role of Literature in Troubling Times
In this workshop participants will explore how imagination can be a tool of response and
resistance. We will reflect upon works that pose complex, compelling questions and learn
protocols for scaffolding such texts for classroom use. Carol will also introduce you to vibrant
new fiction and nonfiction titles sure to engage young readers.
Lori Oczkus … The Science of Reading Comprehension : Short and Sharp Mini Lessons
that Work! – When students look for C’s and Q’s (words to clarify and questions) as they read
they stay engaged and their comprehension dramatically improves. Lori Oczkus, author and
literacy consultant, will demonstrate her favorite “Go To” lessons that dramatically improve
comprehension using any text at any grade level! Join us for this lively session loaded with
ideas to use immediately!

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.
Stephanie Jeppson … A Passion for Poetry

Viewers will learn a variety of easy to use poetry formats teachers can take back and use with
their students.
Kate Bowen … Using Picture Books to Spark Historical Inquiry and Empathy
This session will discuss historical inquiry in the classroom, offer quick-inquiry suggestions to
use with students, discuss picture books you can use in the elementary and middle school
classroom to support student inquiry and empathy, and provide examples of primary sources
to pair with picture books. Possible topics include titles by California authors, FAIR Act, Voting
Rights, Civil Rights, Indigenous Voices, AAPI, Environment, Women’s History, Labor, and Social
Justice.

ALL VIDEOS ARE
INCLUDED IN YOUR
CONFERENCE
REGISTRATION!
Videos will appear in the
conference program where
attendees will have access to
workshop links that they may
watch at their leisure for a
period of time after the
conference ends.
TO REGISTER . . .
Visit the CRA
website at:
californiareading.org
OR
Contact the CRA
office at:
949-547-6664
California Reading
Association
485 Camino De Los Mares
Suite H150/476
San Clemente, CA 92673
Phone: 949-547-6664
Fax: 949-481-8163
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If you plan to attend the conference or know someone who will, mark your calendar and spread the word. This year is whizzing by and we’ll be in California (virtually) before you know it!