While school may be officially out for the summer, a group of Pella area teachers have not stopped learning and developing new strategies for teaching literacy to the children of the Pella area. On June 25 and 26 teachers from Pella Christian Grade School and Pella Community Schools attended the Iowa Reading Association’s annual conference in Ames, IA. The theme for the conference was “Tune into Reading” and featured popular and nationally acclaimed authors Gail Boushey and Joan Moser – the 2 Sisters. They shared insights on their two books The Daily 5 and The Café. Their literacy block structure helps students in grades K-8 by encouraging habits that lead to a lifetime of independent literacy.
Teachers also had the opportunity to meet authors Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Tamera Wissinger and attend sectionals on a wide variety of literacy related topics such as “Developing Persistent, Strategic, Literacy Learners” and “Innovative Technology to Enhance Reading Instruction”.
The Iowa Reading Association is an interactive group of individuals interested in reading, who promote literacy through leadership, educational programming and legislative endeavors. To learn more you can go to www.iowareading.org or contact Angie Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kara Vander Werff (email@example.com), co-presidents of the local Three Rivers Reading Council.