Spark the Magic: Creating a Passion for Literacy
The Forsyth County Reading Association (FCRA) is a professional organization of individuals who are genuinely concerned with the improvement and advancement of reading, writing, and language arts and their integration into all subjects. Membership in the council is open to all people, including teachers, administrators, parents, and full-time high school, college, or graduate students who are engaged in or interested in the teaching or supervision of reading at any level. Members can receive .2 teacher renewal credit for each meeting attended for a potential total of 1.2 reading credits for attending all six meetings. Certificates will be issued to show renewal credits earned.
Forsyth County Reading Association belongs to the North Carolina Reading Association, a group of more than twenty councils across our state who join together to promote literacy, sponsor the Young Authors Project, and host the North Carolina Reading Conference, which will be held in downtown Winston-Salem in the spring.
How to Join FCRA:
Standard dues: $35
Student (full-time high school or college): $20
This year, FCRA is doing registration online through the North Carolina Reading Association. You will be able to pay online by credit card (with a small convenience fee) or bring your check with you to the first meeting you attend. We need everyone to enter their registration information online regardless of whether you pay online or at the meeting. This is a new process of gathering member information for NCRA.
Click here to register for the 2019-2020 school year (Choose Forsyth County Reading Association as your local council): NCRA Membership Registration
or Scan the QR code below to register via your phone:
If you have difficulties registering online before our meeting, we will help you register when you come to the September or October meetings.
2019-2020 Meeting Schedule:
Please check our Forsyth County Reading Association Facebook page regularly for the most up-to-date information about our meetings and other activities!
Fall Dates--Mark your calendars!
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Young Author Project Theme and Writing Ideas
Sabrina Secrest will share about the upcoming NCRA reading conference and our Young Authors theme, "The Magical Power of Words".
Collaboration Time: We will have time to brainstorm about writing ideas for students to use in their Young Authors Projects.
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Turbo Charging Vocabulary Instruction to Build Word Wealth
Dr. Lois Huffman will share about vocabulary instruction activities.
Collaboration Time: How do you help your students develop word wealth?
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Developing Growth Mindset
Amy Lindsay and Becky Paynter will share about helping students develop a Growth Mindset--especially in reading skills.
Collaboration Time: How can you use Growth Mindset to facilitate reading progress in your students?
New! Winter/Spring Dates--Mark your calendars!
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - Recognizing and Identifying Characteristics of Struggling Learners
Psychologist Dr. Bill Michielutte with share about ways to help our students with special learning needs.
Please note that this meeting will be on a Tuesday evening--not a Thursday!
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Exploring Multicultural Books, Resources, and Activities
Cindy Pavon will help us discover ways to help our students learn about different cultures through reading and other activities.
Sunday-Tuesday, March 22-24, 2020 - North Carolina Reading Association Conference at Benton Convention Center
Pre-registration is required, and all educators and those with a passion for helping students with reading are invited to attend.
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - Young Authors Celebration and Teacher Book Sharing Location TBD
We will honor our local Young Authors and will have a special end of the year time together. Details and location TBD
Be sure to check our Facebook page regularly for meeting information updates!
Unless otherwise stated, we will meet from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Redeemer School Cafeteria, which can be best accessed by parking at 1013 Melrose Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Returning members should note that this is a different parking area and location at Redeemer School than last year.