This past weekend was the 48th Annual VSRA Reading Conference in Richmond, Virginia. It was such a fantastic event. Tiffany Brocious was the 2015 Conference Chair and she did a terrific job. It is such a big job, but it went off without a hitch. I attended so many great sessions and talked to so many wonderful professionals, I know I'm going to offend someone when I forget to post something.
General SessionsVSRA offers 3 General Sessions. These sessions offer top-of-the-line speakers who are known in the literacy community. They were real, inspiring, and entertaining. They provided good information about literacy in presentations that made us laugh and think, all at the same time. Dick Allington had been a speaker at VSRA previously, but spoke this time about the Summer Slide. Every teacher knows it and every teacher fears it. His research clearly connects the number of books available to students and the degree of Summer Slide. Mary Howard was wonderful about inspiring teachers to be GREAT by reading, reading, and more reading. She also shared that "when we integrate reading and writing we multiply outcome! Here's another good one..."A teacher on her feet is worth a million in their seat." Get up and get involved with the student learning. Finally, we were about to hear the inspirational words of Valerie Ellery. This is the best quote of the day:
"It's not how smart you are, but how you are smart."
Featured SpeakerI was very happy to present for VSRA. This year I had the pleasure of meeting so many teachers who were excited about teaching and learning and doing the BEST they can. It is why I LOVE teacher training. I hope they were able to take at least one thing back to their classrooms this week.
My first session was a writing session. If you know me at all, you know this is my favorite thing. I could talk writing all day...but I only had 2 hours. I'm pretty sure I fit 3 hours of information in that 2 hours.
Make plans now for Norfolk. I'll see you there.
FREEBIE from my session.