On April 25, 2015, Mary Beth Scumaci and several of her students attended the Niagara Frontier Reading Council Spring Brunch to hear internationally acclaimed speaker, Dr. Linda Gambrell from Clemson University speak on Motivation to Read in the Age of Common CorePrior to the conference Medaille College students, presented poster presentations on digital literacy trends in education to a group of over 100 K-12 teachers, librarians, and administrators.  Samantha Kaziev presented on Flipping, Catherine Plessl presented on Digital Achievement Badging, Stephanie Timmons presented on Coding, and Katie Wilson presented on Blogging.  Dr. Gambrell was impressed with each of the student’s presentations and referred to the students and their research several times during her own address.  During the event, Mary Beth Scumaci was awarded the Niagara Frontier Reading Council Service to Reading Award for her advocacy of literacy in the community, blogging for Reading Today Online with the International Literacy Association, mentoring students in professional development, and for her service as an active member with the Niagara Frontier Reading Council.

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