The NYS Reading Association (NYSRA) held it’s annual conference in Rochester, NY this week.  The conference was focused on “The Power of Literacy” and inspired by Frederick Douglass’ quote, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”  Many of the conference keynote and featured presenters hold world wide recognition for their work in the area of literacy.   My favorite speakers were literacy guru Lucy Calkins, Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, author Nicki Grimes, and award winning author, teacher and researcher, Ernest Morrell, Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  All gave inspiring presentations on literacy and how it influences the learning of today’s students as well as its impact on society.  I participated in a variety of sessions including flipping reader and writer workshops, technology & literacy, poetry, culturally responsive teaching, literacy skill development and assessment of reading and writing skills.  I brought back many best teaching practices that will be integrated into my courses and shared with my students.  My sincere gratitude extends to Dr. Macur, Dr. Quiqley, and the Faculty Development Committee for providing me with the FDC Award and opportunity to attend the conference.  Your support for continued professional development is greatly appreciated!

  • : Mary Beth Scumaci

Posted by: Mary Beth Scumaci