Alemitu lives with her mother in a poor village in Ethiopia, where she must walk miles for water and hunger roars in her belly. Even though life is difficult, she dreams of someday knowing more about the world. When her mother has no choice but to leave her at an orphanage to give her a chance at a better life, an American family adopts Alemitu. She becomes Eva in her new home in America, and although her life there is better in so many ways, she'll never forget her homeland and the mother who gave up so much for her. Told through the lens that water connects all people everywhere, this eye-opening, emotional story will get readers thinking about the world beyond their own.

5 Hour Professional Development.

The purpose of this session is to describe the reasons for and components of Guided Reading. The following will be discussed:

1. What is guided reading?

2. How do you assess to form small groups and diagnose for needs?

3. Forming groups and reorganizing them when necessary.

4. How often do groups meet?

5. How long are guided reading lessons?

6. When do you do guided reading in the school day?

7. Diagnosing or instruction.

8. What is included in a guided reading lesson?

9. Creating independent station work during guided reading.

​10. Guided Reading as a response to intervention before and after school.

March 2, 2017

Presenters: Lesley Mandel Morrow, Phd, Kenneth Kunz, Ed.D. & Maureen Hall

During the session teachers will participate in hands-on activities. The participants will leave with the PowerPoint for presentation, the hand-outs and activities in order to turn key the project.

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Train the Trainer: Guided Reading

Author Visit - Christine Ieronimo

West Jersey Reading Council

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Columbia University bus trip - Reading and Writing Project - Saturday, March 18

One of the most misunderstood structures in classrooms today is guided reading. Therefore, in this presentation we will focus on how to select groups, assess students, select materials, design a lesson plan, and provide effective classroom management. Each participant will receive a link to the PowerPoint used, handouts needed and a guidance document so you will be able to work with your district to improve their guided reading. This training is targeted to all individuals, those who know Guided Reading well, and those who do not.

Please register soon to reserve your spot at this special event! Tickets include a signed, hardcover copy of the book, author presentation, and refreshments. Hurry as we must have your registration by January 31 in order to place an order for books with the publisher.

The West Jersey Reading Council board is planning the February 16, 2017 Winter Conference to be held at Garfield Park Academy, in Willingboro, New Jersey, 4:30-6:30 PM. Our special presenter will be Christine Ieronimo, author of A Thirst for Home - A Story of Water across the World