Reading Summits Planned to Motivate Student Reading Practice and Increase Achievement

By education consultant and summit speaker Marsha Thauwald, former principal of China Spring Elementary School, China Spring, TX

Scholastic Book Fairs has partnered with authors and educators nationwide to host daylong programs designed to motivate student reading practice and achievement. The Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Principals and Educational Leaders will provide a place for educators to connect, share best practices, and hear from national experts on creating a reading culture on campus.

The Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit is not just an event. It’s a time for school decision-makers to join together for professional development and insights into how to build upon children’s literature in developing school improvement plans.

Participants in the 2011 conference reported coming away from the event inspired and better equipped to address student literacy and performance. “The conference was full of easy, practical ideas and real-world advice. It wasn’t another theory presentation,” said teacher Ana Pena of Winnetka Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. “Each session was tailored to build excitement about student reading,” observed Kathryn Roberts, assistant principal of Valley Ranch Elementary School in Porter, Texas. “Sessions were inspirational, with practical tips and great keynote speakers,” shared Katiuska Herrador, assistant principal of Schulze Elementary School in Irving, Texas.

The 2012 Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit will feature best-selling authors and nationally known educational experts. Participants at the annual summits, which will be held in seven locations across the country, will receive continuing professional educational credits. Professional development and summit breakout sessions will focus on:

  • Creating a Reading Culture on a School Campus through the Power of the Booktalk
  • Developing a Summer Reading Plan to Prevent the Summer Slide
  • Engaging Parents as Reading Partners Through Family Involvement Programs
  • Providing Leadership Tips to Promote Reading Practice
  • Implementing Book Studies for Boys and Girls to Inspire Student Reading
Other session topics, which will vary by location, will include learning how to promote reading best practice, the secrets to launching a book club for boys, how to employ 21st-century learning skills, and strategies for using technology to motivate reluctant readers.

Educators who attend the Scholastic Book Fair Reading Summit will have the opportunity to hear from some of the most revered educational experts, as well as some of their colleagues, both of whom will share best practices for improving student achievement. They will be excited to begin their new school year and replicate what they learn in the Reading Summit on their own campuses.

The $99 cost also includes professional development breakout sessions, lunch, parking, and a gift bag of books. Fellow staff members can attend for just $49. Dates, locations, and keynote speakers are:

  • June 12 – Atlanta, Ga.; Superintendent Dr. Valya S. Lee of Twiggs County Public Schools
  • June 14 – San Francisco, Calif.; Pam Allyn, author of The Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives
  • June 25 – Minneapolis, Minn.; Pam Allyn, author of The Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives
  • June 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa.; Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
  • July 12 – Parkridge, N.J.; University of Tennessee professors, authors, and researchers Drs. Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen
  • July 17 – Dallas, Tx.; Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
  • July 24 – Alexandria, Va.; Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
Register now for one of these great events! For more information or to register, go to www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/reading-summit.
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