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!
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
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.
North Carolina Reading Association Conference
What? A conference which explores all things reading with keynote speakers, workshops, and opportunities to meet children's book authors
When? Sunday, March 22-Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Where? In downtown Winston-Salem at the Benton Convention Center
Mark your calendars! This is a wonderful professional development opportunity that's right in our own city!
For more information and to register to attend, please click link here: www.ncreading.org/
Young Authors Project
2019-2020 Theme: The Magical Power of Words
Young Authors (and those who are Young at Heart) are encouraged to write about the power and impact that words have in our lives. Authors may write prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction.
Submissions are accepted from FCRA members and their students. These will be judged by our council, and a limited number of submissions will be sent for state judging. Those winning the state competition will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Winston-Salem and will receive a bound copy with the writing of state winners. Local council winners will be honored at a reception hosted by FCRA.
For more ideas and guidelines, check out the NCRA information page: 2019-2020 Young Authors Project--The Magical Power of Words
Our local council contact for Young Authors is Debbie Cranfill. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Community Project - Book Collection for Ronald McDonald House
Our chapter receives a wish list of specific book titles needed by the Winston-Salem Ronald McDonald House library, and members select books from this list to purchase and donate. These books are resources for adults and siblings that are chosen to help families who have sick children at Brenner Children's Hospital. In the past we have also used grant money to help buy books.
Local Community Project - City Lights Ministry
We are exploring ways that we can form an ongoing partnership with City Lights Ministry in Winston-Salem to supply food and books to support their tutoring ministry.
International Project - Peruvian Hearts
Peruvian Hearts works to end poverty and gender inequality by educating young women and creating community leaders in Peru—one girl at a time. We have used some of our funds and also grant money to contribute to this worthy educational project.
This is a video from the founder of Peruvian Hearts explaining her mission: Peruvian Hearts
International Project - Funding tuition for an Ugandan child
We have used some of our funds and grant money to pay the tuition for an Ugandan student to attend school.