Over 1000 educators attended the NC Reading conference, March 10-12, 2013. Keynote speakers, Steven Layne made recommendations that would add “fire” or passion to reading. Newbery winner Jack Gantos discussed his approach to writing, the structure of his stories. Andrea Davis Pinckney ended the conference, singing and speaking about her advocacy for literacy and equal opportunity.
Sunday institutes took attendees to two area museums and included twelve two and three hour sessions, including sessions on publishing student writing, problem-based learning, technology, graphic organizers and other issues related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards. A panel focused on conducting research, and another, on how writers work together to improve their writing. Teachers as Readers, led by Renee Cameron and Rosemary Enos, featured Sheila Turnage and her 2013 Newbery Honor Book, Three Times Lucky, and Allan Wolf, and his N.C. Book Award-winning, Zane’s Trace.
In a ballroom set up for the 2013 Conference, NCRA served 43 exhibitors at 63 booths. Exhibits showcased programs and projects designed for educators across North Carolina.
Statewide Young Authors published a book that featured over 300 writers. The celebration attracted young authors, parents, teachers and adult, Forever Young, writers. Poet Allan Wolf spoke and signed the student publication, after the celebration. Next year’s Young Author theme selected by incoming president Treana Bowling is Happily Ever After: What’s Your Story?
The 2014 NC Reading conference is scheduled for March 16-18 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The Young Authors celebration will take place early afternoon, Saturday, March 15. To encourage planning ahead, a survey monkey proposal to submit for next year’s conference has been posted on the website. More details will come about next year’s conference and proposals for sessions.
June Leadership Conference
IRA’s Leadership Conference will be held in High Point at the High Point Plaza Hotel on June 18-20, 2013. Note that the conference location has changed, and it will not take place in Boone as in past years. Contact Barbara Falkenbury to sign up two leaders to attend the Leadership Conference from your local councils. Contact her and Treana Bowling, NCRA president for 2013-2014 with questions. Council leaders will be notified when the Leadership Conference form becomes available on the website. The website for NCRA continues to be under construction.
Lois Huffman, chairperson of the Studies and Research Committee for NCRA, offers this column, Viva Vocabulary: Practical Ways to Promote Word Consciousness (Different Name, Same Thing).