Spring Conference


Vermont Council on Reading Spring Conference
Donalyn Miller & Kate Messner

Stoweflake Inn and Conference Center, Stowe, VT

April 12, 2019

Donnalynn Miller
Donalyn Miller has taught upper elementary and middle school students in northeast Texas and received TCTELA’s 2018 Edmund J. Farrell Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to literacy education. She is the author of several books about engaging children with reading, including The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. Donalyn is the co-founder of the popular blog, The Nerdy Book Club, and co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat #titletalk.
Kate Messner
Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Pond, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Over and Under the Pond, The Brilliant Deep, and How to Read a Story; novels that tackle real-world issues like Breakout, All the Answers, and The Seventh Wish; mysteries and thrillers like Capture the Flag, Eye of the Storm, and Wake Up Missing; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series; and the popular Ranger in Time chapter book series about a time-traveling search and rescue dog.

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.
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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


Lodging Information:
Stoweflake Mountain Resort Hotel and Spa http://www.stoweflake.com/