Vermont Council on Reading Spring Conference
Donalyn Miller & Kate Messner
Stoweflake Inn and Conference Center, Stowe, VT
April 12, 2019
Invest in Children’s Reading Lives All Year by Donalyn Miller
The institutional emphasis on standardized testing places students’ reading test scores in front of children’s reading lives. Extensive research proves that children with positive reading identities and the opportunity to read independently at school and home achieve at higher levels on reading tests. In this presentation, Donalyn Miller, describes the factors that engage children with reading both at school and home—ensuring both their academic success and their lifelong reading habits.
Magical Mentors: The Power of Sharing Stories by Kate Messner
Author and educator Kate Messner explores the power of mentors that go beyond the traditional Albus Dumbledores of the world to focus on mentor texts, author connections, and teacher leadership in living a literate life.
Access to Books: Game Changer for Kids by Donalyn Miller
Children with meaningful access to books achieve at higher levels and experience greater engagement with reading. In this session, examine the current research on book access in schools, libraries, and homes; discuss intellectual and cultural access concerns like diversity and leveling; and explore resources and strategies for developing and sustaining high-quality classroom library collections that support students’ reading lives.
Agenda for our day together:
8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast, Exhibits
8:45-9:00 Welcome: Rebecca Cardone, VCR President
9:00-10:30 Keynote Address: Donalyn Miller
10:30-11:00 Book Exhibit Break
11:00-12:00 Keynote Address: Kate Messner
12:00-1:00 Luncheon, Award Presentations, Raffle
1:00-3:00 Keynote Address: Donalyn Miller
3:00 Closing Activities
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