Wednesday, October 21, 2015

#Literacy - 20th Annual Literacy Extravaganza at St. Thomas Aquinas College - Sparkill, NY

I'm delighted to be participating in the...

20th Annual Rockland Literacy Professional Conference 
Saturday, October 24, 2015 
7:45 am - 2:30 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas College 
Romano Center 
125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976 

Learn on Saturday What You Can Teach Beginning Monday! 

Opening a World of Positive Possibilities for Real Life Literacy Reaching and Teaching All Students 
Across the Curriculum: PreK – 12 

Keynote Speakers 
Laura Robb 
“Engagement and Motivation Define Meaningful Learning” 
Literacy Coach, Educational Consultant and Teacher 
Author of more than 25 books for teachers – as well as articles in educational journals – on middle school reading, unlocking complex texts, close reading, and more! 
MiddleWeb Blog, “Our # 1 Reading Problem: Persistent Inequalities” 

Ruth Culham 
“Writing Is the New Black" 
Author of over 40 books and resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection for countless educators around the globe. Groundbreaking work with the writing traits - the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion.
President of The Culham Writing Company 
  • Complimentary continental breakfast 
  • 20 professional development workshops by excellent literacy specialists, PreK -12 
  • Publisher's display 
  • Free raffle for professional books and classroom resources 
  • Certificates of Attendance for professional requirements 
  • Author signings 
  • 5 hours professional learning, N.Y. and N.J. 
Register securely online (scroll down to Grant Funded Opportunities and click on link).

Pre-registration by October 22: $40 / Full time student: $25 Pre-registration closes on Thursday, Oct. 22 
On-site registration: $50 / Full time student: $30 

Rockland Reading Council Annual Membership: $20 with $10 instant rebate at RRC table at conference. 

Free RRC membership for full-time undergraduate and graduate students 

For more information: 

Dr. Michael Shaw, St. Thomas Aquinas College, 

Deborah Studnitzer, Rockland Teachers’ Center, 


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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  1. You have so many events in your area. I wish we had more.

    1. I've been participating in this one for several years now and it's a great way to connect with teachers!

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    1. I agree...bummer. Maybe some day we will finally meet! I'm sure you get that all the time!

  3. Sounds like an exciting event. I bet you had a great time.


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