by Treana Bowling, NCRA President
Colleagues and friends, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2014 Annual North Carolina Reading Association (NCRA) Conference in Raleigh, NC, March 16 -18, at the Raleigh Convention Center. Our theme, Pathways to Literacy: Looking Back to Move Forward gives us an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments, engage in dialogue and collaborate with colleagues on ideas that will move literacy initiatives and policies forward. In addition to a number of featured presenters, including Nell Duke, Jacqueline Woodson, and Richard Peck, the conference will include general session speakers, workshops, engaging small group sessions and preconference institutes on Sunday. Please go to the NCRA Conference link and register to attend the conference March 16 -18, 2014 and learn about featured speakers and topics. Early Bird registration ends February 15, 2014.
The North Carolina Reading Association Young Author’s (YA) Celebration will take place one day prior to the conference on Saturday, March 15 at the Raleigh Convention Center. For the Young Authors 2014 project, twenty-three (23) reading councils across the state submitted 625 entries that will be showcased locally. In early January, twenty-seven members of local and state councils served as readers and chose 262 entries for statewide recognition. Entries include stories and poems written by young authors (K – 12) and forever young authors (adult members of local reading councils). The 262 selected entries on the topic, “Happily Ever After: What’s Your Story?” will be compiled into a book and given to statewide winners at the Young Authors celebration scheduled for 1:00-3:00 p.m. Additionally, individual winners receive their medals and books as part of the celebration.
Finally, author, singer, parent, former teacher and Piedmont Laureate John Claude Bemis will speak. His published works include the Clockwork Dark trilogy and The Prince Who FellFrom the Sky. Photo opportunities will be available, extra books and T-shirts for young authors will be on sale. Both will feature this year’s logo on the Young Authors topic: Happily Ever After: What’s Your Story?
Parents, friends, family members, and educators are encouraged to come; registration for the YA celebration begins at 11:00 a.m. We look forward to your participation at the conference and the YA celebration.