2016 Celebrate Literacy Winners Announced

The Portland Reading Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Celebrate Literacy Award!                     

– Venisha Bahr, K-8 District Media Coordinator, Gresham-Barlow

– Donna Butuso, Instructional Coach, North Clackamas

– Chrissy Lawrence, Instructional Coach, Sherwood

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Winners will be honored May 11, 2016 at the Monarch Hotel Clackamas.

Please join us to celebrate these literacy superstars!  Celebrate Literacy Invitation 2016-1

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You are Invited to the Summer Institute 2016

writers K-5Engaging Diverse Student Writers: Classroom-Ready Strategies

Tuesday, August 23 @ Monarch Hotel, Clackamas, Oregon  8:00 am – 3:30 pm

By popular demand, we have invited back two of our favorite literacy presenters:

Grades 2-5  Megan Sloan, Heinemann author and classroom teacher in Washington “Inspired to Write: Helping Students Write with Purpose, Elaborate on Ideas, and Use Powerful Language”

Grades 6-12 John Golden, NCTE author, instructional coach and teacher, Portland “Writing and Reading the Real World: Teaching the Source-Based Argument Essay”

Session descriptions and author bios  (TBA)

One graduate credit available. PDU certificates provided.

$100 Portland Reading Council Member      $125 Non-Member     $75 Full time ed student

Payment Options:

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Please contact Penny Plavala for questions about this event:                    pennyplavala@gmail.com 503-319-3127

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Outstanding Benefits of Membership in the Portland Reading Council – $16 for Two Years!

index3Save $34! Join the Portland Reading Council and Oregon Reading Association for $16 and receive membership for 2 years.

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Benefits of membership include:                                                                                                         • Check out a set of books nominated for the Patricia Gallagher Children’s Choice Book     Award to share with your students                                                                                                      • Receive reduced registration fees at a professional development workshop and an ORA Institute                                                                                                                                                     • Nominate a peer for a Literacy Shout Out or the Celebrate Literacy Award                            • Join fellow educators at a local Literacy Happy Hour                                                                  • Learn literacy strategies and tips in “Literacy Bytes” published online each month              • Lending library of professional books and DVDs                                                                          • Members-only listserv featuring teaching ideas, inspiration for your classroom, news of upcoming events                                                                                                                                     • and much more!

Stay tuned for more information about these opportunities or contact us at pciraliteracy@gmail.com


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Check Out Our “Literacy Bytes”

We have a new images2online monthly digest with links to ideas and resources.

Click the link below to see our newest installment and let us know what you think of the new format!

Current Topic                                                                                     • Teaching the Critical Vocabulary of the Common Core

Go to Literacy Bytes


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Recognize Good Work in Literacy Instruction

The Portland Reading Council board wants to celebrate the literacy work of educators in our region. Even efforts that seem small can be very significant for students.shout out

Please take a moment to nominate a literacy educator (teacher, reading specialist, librarian, educational assistant, parent volunteer, etc.) who you believe is making a difference for students.

We will send a “heard about your good work” email to the educator you nominate and to their principal/supervisor, and will follow up with a special certificate created in their honor.

Please fill out this form: Literacy Shout Out

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