Volunteering is a great way to meet people and become a part of all the excitement at a KSRA conference. This year’s conference will shine in great ways, so come bask in the light and get involved.
- Kelly Gallagher – educator, author and speaker is passionate that we cannot let test preps kill our students’ love of reading and writing. Kelly’s ideas have influenced how many teachers, elementary as well as middle and high school, teach. He is a speaker not to miss!
- Dinah Zike – educator, author, and international speaker, is known for Foldables® which are hands-on manipulatives that show students how to organize and chunk data and can be utilized in all subject areas. Teachers who spend time with Dinah are inspired and empowered and have greatly helped their students by using these powerful tools for developing academic success.
- Ian O’Byrne & Greg McVeery – educators, presenters, and researchers with the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut. The focus will be on effective and authentic integration of technology into the classroom. Learn about technology programs and strategies that will enhance your teaching and motivate your tech savvy students! BYOD!
- Katie Garner – nationally recognized speaker, author, and educational consultant. Katie provides educators with practical classroom applications for aligning Curriculum and Instruction with the cutting-edge research models showing how our brains actually learn best! This brain-based BAG-OF-TRICKS for easy and accelerated literacy skill mastery is guaranteed to become one of the most relied-upon pieces of any K-3 teaching-repertoire!
9. A plethora of keynote, workshop, and featured speakers – Carrice Cummins, Mary Bigler, Barbara Marinak, Judy Willis, The Bag Ladies, Jerry Johns, Donalyn Miller, Vicki Gibson, Rita Bean, Richard Long, Maureen McLaughlin, Jane Feber, Rose Cappelli & Lynne Dorfman and many more, all of whom have motivated thousands of teachers.
8. Awesome Authors – Jerry Palotta, Shelley Gill, Steve Swinburne, Lee Harper, John Manders, Ralph Masiello, Judy Young, Fred Bortz, Kathy Miller, and many more.
7. Wonderful Exhibitors – who make this event possible through their tremendous support. Spend time in the Exhibit Hall; the exhibitors have much to offer!
6. Hot Topics – Common Core Standards, brain research, technology, online tools, RTII, comprehension, mentor texts, vocabulary, writing, differentiated instruction, motivation, and more.
5. Networking – always a unique opportunity to meet with other dedicated professionals and become energized and inspired.
4. Great hotel accommodations – much brighter, newly updated rooms. Don’t miss cookies and peanut butter fudge at the Gingerbread Dreams shop.
3. Renovated convention center – presentation rooms with a new attractive look and now you can get to each floor of the convention center by riding the new elevator.
2. Fabulous food – the meals are always wonderful at Seven Springs, don’t miss the breakfast buffet, or the crème brûlée!
And the number one reason:
1. This conference will be a wonderful learning experience and a lot of fun! Enjoy the light! We all need to READ and SHINE!
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What can you do?
What if our districts were not awarded?
Bottom Line: We are educators of children of all ages in PA. We need to ensure that we support our LEAs in being successful. This success could ensure the continuance of public education in the US. USDOE will be looking carefully into what PA does with this funding and the outcome. We need to be part of the change we wish to see in the world (Ghandi).I am here to support you in any way I am able. Please feel free to email, text and/or call me anytime. I am usually a rather quick responder, please understand that sometimes life happens, but I will always get back to you.
Thank you for your devotion to literacy and learning,
Bethann M McCain
KSRA has lost a dear friend and long-time KSRA leader. Frances “Murph” Crawford passed away on December 10, 2011. Murph was a long-time Regional Director who contributed to KSRA in many, many ways. She was also a past president and decades-long member of the Delaware Valley Reading Association Advisory Board. Her legacy will live on in the lives she touched and mentoring she did of many still involved in KSRA.
Frances Nelle “Murph” Crawford
FRANCES CRAWFORD Frances Nelle “Murph” Crawford age 79, a resident of the Rydal Park Retirement Community and Hallowood Acres, East Stroudsburg and formerly of Baederwood died peacefully, surrounded by her family and friends, on December 10, 2011. Born on June 13, 1932 in Lansdale, PA, she was the daughter of the late James O. Crawford and the late Frances “Susie” Gose Crawford. She earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University and later earned her Masters degree in Reading from Temple University. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Dormont, PA. In 1956, she moved to Abington and began teaching second grade at Highland Elementary School. She retired, in 1996, as Chairman of the Reading Department at Abington Junior High School. Know to all as Murph, her infectious laugh, extroverted personality and commitment and dedication to family, friends and her chosen field of reading, made her a respected leader, caring listener, devoted friend and mentor to all her know her. As a committed volunteer, she made many contributions to the Abington Civic Club, Abington Presbyterian Church as an Elder, Deacon and Chair of the Older Adult Committee. She was a member of the International Reading Association, held offices in the Keystone State Reading Association and the Delaware Valley Reading Association, where a conference was named in her honor. She was the loving sister of Janet A. Crawford of Pittsburgh, PA, and James O. Crawford of Virginia Beach, VA and was the devoted aunt of James Crawford and Casey Morris of Glenside and Patrick Kent Morris of Pittsburgh and the proud great-aunt of Emma Lily, Chloe Anne and Charlie Nelle Morris. Memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 16, 2011 at Abington Presbyterian Church, 1082 Old York Road, Abington, where friends will be received from noon until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Delaware Valley Reading Association, c/o Kelly Doyle, 84 E. Rose Tree Road, Media, PA 19063 (Reference-Murph Crawford Reading Conference) Arrangements were by Baron Rowland Funeral Home in Abington.
Read and Shine!
45th Annual KSRA Conference
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, PA
October 27-30, 2012
KSRA is heading west for its 45th annual conference. In all of its fall splendor, Seven Springs Mountain Resort will be aglow with special speakers, authors, exhibitors, teachers, and guests! The remodeled facilities are warm and inviting, and there’s always great food at Seven Springs!
The new program format, beginning on Saturday afternoon and concluding on Tuesday, is designed to accommodate various schedules. The conference committee is planning a shining conference. There is always so much to learn and we all need to feel good about our accomplishments. Our goal is for students as well as teachers to love reading and become lifelong readers: to read and shine!
Please plan to join us. It will be a fabulous time to read and shine.
Keystone State Reading Association
Smeach Drive, Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331