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Eric MacDonald
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Here is an outstanding literacy mini-conference being held at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA, on May 2, 2015, entitled: ENGAGED LEARNING TO FOSTER THOUGHTFUL RESPONSE TO TEXT. Keynote speaker - Linda B. Gambrell, Distinguished Professor of Education in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University, in addition to many other literacy leaders and topics presented in breakout sessions throughout the day (7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Register at: http://goo.gl/Wq6DY0
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Sharing Saturday - Sharing the new Keystone to Reading 2015-2016 Elementary Book Award nominees. Find trailers for most of the nominated titles at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-LGEpMAeflogDV1GW_Y2lDS3LeCse2bn

Find the list of books and how to have your students participate at: http://ksrapa.org/?page_id=866
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We are urging our members to contact their senators today to express their firm opposition to the Cassidy amendments. Your voice counts and we can make a difference here. Use the link below to vote NO on the Cassidy Title II #2 amendment: http://goo.gl/M19xjX
The bi-partisan draft bill released for ESEA reauthorization last week by the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee is entitled the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 and includes in Part D of Title II the LEARN Act, Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation. The LEARN Act runs from page 292 to 314 of the draft bill (http://www.help.senate.gov/…/S_EveryChildAchievesActof2015.…). As written, LEARN will:

Prevent all types of reading failure for ALL students by providing resources to improve reading and writing instruction in the regular classroom that will reduce the number of children who fail to learn how to read.

Provide resources to schools with large numbers of children living in poverty.

Allow all schools to make local decisions about how to improve instruction in reading and writing for the groups of students most in need of help in their school buildings. This means that students who have a possible disability will be helped, as well children who are English learners, based on the needs of the school.

Provide funding to improve reading and writing instruction by using evidence based techniques and providing supports for teachers and principals.

Markup of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 draft began in the Senate yesterday afternoon and continues today. Sen. Cassidy (R-LA) is putting forth two amendments, one of which shifts the focus of the LEARN provisions to children with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, and the other of which calls for the entire LEARN Act, Part D of Title II, to be stricken in its entirety.

Use the link below to vote NO on the Cassidy Title II #2 amendment: http://goo.gl/M19xjX

Thank you for your help,
Julie B. Wise, KSRA President
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Technology Thursday - Did you know that IRA has podcasts from your favorite literacy authors? Check it out here, http://www.reading.org/general/Publications/Podcasts.aspx Please like and share.
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Writing Wednesday: Helping Silent Kids Talk in a Conference, https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/helping-silent-kids-to-talk-in-a-conference/ Great strategies to read about.
Helping Silent Kids Talk in a Conference
Helping Silent Kids Talk in a Conference
twowritingteachers.wordpress.com
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Extremely excited to share on this Children's Lit. Friday, a video interview with Janet Wong, where she shares her thoughts about Books & Poems and Writing Poetry, http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/wong?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=RRSocialMedia Janet is a Keynote Speaker at this year's Conference in Lancaster #KSRA15 Details can be found at ksrapa.org/. Please like and share.
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Technology Thursday: 8 for 8: Eight iOS Apps You Can Learn to Use with Students in Under Eight Minutes, by Matt Renwick, http://readingbyexample.com/2015/04/02/8-for-8-eight-ios-apps-you-can-learn-to-use-with-students-in-under-eight-minutes/
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