1. Creating Family Literacy
This session will explore the crucial role of family partnerships in education and the factors that influence successful family involvement.   The presenters will share their school-based “baby initiative” focused on empowering families beginning at their child’s birth and throughout the child’s early literacy development.  Participants in the session will be provided with a template to begin a replication of the “baby initiative” or to create their own family literacy program.  

2. Quality Questioning
Questions are incredibly powerful tools that can open up the world of inquiry for your students.  This session discusses strategies on how to use effective questioning to advance student thinking, learning, and achievement.  It will also explore ways you can encourage students to partner in their own learning by teaching them to ask questions better.
3.  Process Writing/Writer’s WorkshopFIRST SESSION ONLY
This presentation will provide ways to take students through the entire writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) so they can produce organized and complete writing pieces. Discussions will focus around graphic organizers, mentor text, guided writing, and how to model and conference with students during the writing block.

4.  Exploring The New Jersey Dyslexia Handbook
The New Jersey Dyslexia Handbook: A Guide to Early Literacy Development & Reading Struggles provides information to schools and families about dyslexia, early literacy development and the best practices for identification, instruction, and accommodation of students who have reading difficulties. Join a member of its development committee to explore its contents, review its tools and resources, and discuss its potential impact on school-wide planning and student outcomes.


5.  Collegial ConversationsFIRST SESSION ONLY
Get help and share ideas with your fellow colleagues! In this edcamp-style session, attendees will choose the topics for discussion and will help facilitate the discussion of ideas, practical strategies, and resources to help conquer any literacy topic. Whatever your curiosity or struggle, we can work together to renew your pedagogy and passion for teaching!

6.  Behavior Management and Literature: A Powerful Way to Promote Positivity and Responsibility in your Classroom!
Promote positivity and responsibility in your classroom, rather than obedience and coercive ways  that create resentment and possibly rebellion. Come and be inspired by a world-renowned behavior management system that uses literature to teach kids to not only behave in responsible ways but also how literature can make kids WANT to behave responsibly. Literature can be a powerful force to foster intrinsic rewards within individuals.

7.  When Readers Struggle
Learn strategies to better support struggling readers in the classroom. There will be strategies presented to improve comprehension, word work, and phonics based on the book by Fountas and Pinnell, When Readers Struggle.

8. “Revving Up” Reading Workshop and Guided Reading (K-1)
Did you ever wonder how teachers get their students to read with stamina and enjoy Reading Workshop? Have you ever heard of flash light Friday, super hero reading mats, or word detective kits?  We are here to help you revamp your Reading Workshop and Guided Reading into an exciting, dynamic time of day for both you and your students. We are here to share some of our Reading Workshop and Guided Reading secrets to help you get the biggest “bang for your buck” during your Reading Workshop block. This K-1 workshop will give you resources such as stamina building activities, sample units of study to help you grow your yearlong curriculum, guided reading homework ideas, guided reading word work suggestions, helpful decoding strategies, and strategic partner work.  We are currently teaching the new Lucy Calkins Units of Study and we are ready to share our experiences with you!

9. Technology Integration with GOOGLE TRANSLATE for ELL

Engage in discussion and hands-on practice in the use of GOOGLE TRANSLATE to help your ELL students become actively engaged in your classroom discussions and activities.  Learn how to use the translation software to communicate with parents and students to enhance your home/school communication.  Actively engage your ELL learners in Pair/share activities with the oral translation software.  Allow your students to peer edit using the written translation software that is a part of this awesome product.  Come and see all that GOOGLE TRANSLATE can do for your students!  
Note: attendees should bring their own devices


10.  How You Can Be An Author, Too!
Writing is a journey.  Learn how you can create a writing project with your class or child that could potentially become a published book.  This presentation will offer guidelines on:

  • Developing a story
  • Identifying  literacy skills required to be a proficient reader and writer
  • Teaching steps in writing a story
  • Learning how to navigate the publishing world
  • Creating a program to use the child’s published work to provide future funds for your school
    You will hear how this experienced teacher has become a newly published author and how she yearns to share this process with future young authors.


West Jersey Reading Council is pleased to offer a comprehensive, professionally enriching program to area educators, administrators, and parents.  It includes the following:

  • Numerous sessions on current educational topics
  • Exhibits of the latest educational materials
  • Professional exchange of ideas, methods, and techniques
  • Resume benefit - PD

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Place: Pennsauken High School

$50.00 for registration - includes membership dues, complimentary dinner and the conference

$25.00 for full-time undergraduate student registration - includes membership dues, complimentary dinner and the conference (college ID is required at registration)

Note: Membership periods run September 2017 - August 2018

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 11, 2017


If you experience difficulty with registering, please email us at:

West Jersey Reading Council


        3:30 – 4:30 p.m.    Registration, Boxed Meal, Book Exhibits
        4:30 – 4:40 p.m.    Business Meeting (in the Cafeteria)
        4:45 – 5:45 p.m.    Session 1
        5:45 – 6:15 p.m.    Boxed Meal and Book Exhibits
        6:15 – 7:15 p.m.    Session 2
                        Boxed meals will be served from 3:30 – 6:15.  

                        Book exhibits will be open from 3:30 – 6:15.


11.  How ‘Close’ are You Reading? Strategies and Tips for Engaging Students in Responding to Text-Dependent Questions.
Do you students struggle with text-dependent questions?  This workshop will focus on the research of Dr. Doug Fisher as we explore strategies that will engage students with a clear 3-step plan for using close reading to respond to text-dependent questions.

12.  STEAM LIT: Ignite Imaginations, Strengthen Problem Solving Skills & Engage Students with Great Books and Intriguing Projects
One of the most engaging and effective ways to introduce STEAM problem solving to elementary students is through quality literature. STEAM stories strengthen children’s abilities to understand innovation, helps them learn about taking risks, encourages creativity, and inspires them to try new things. This session will provide a framework for integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math content by connecting books, projects, student reflection and presentation skills so students can delve into complex concepts with deeper understanding. Session attendees will learn about different literature based explorations and leave with many resources and ideas for bringing more STEAM to their classrooms!

13.  Developing Reading Fluency (Grades K-8)
Research clearly demonstrates that fluency is a foundational reading skill whose absence poses an obstacle to comprehension.  The good news is that there are several tried-and-true methods for improving a reader’s fluency.  These approaches require no special materials and very little time to implement.  They could be the answer for your struggling students!  Come and learn about them in this workshop.

14.  Scaffolding Comprehension for Below-Level Readers (Grades 3-8)
The NJSLS (formerly known as Common Core) for English Language Arts set high expectations for readers and, unfortunately, despite teachers’ best efforts, some students continue to struggle to meet them. In this workshop, we will consider ways of developing comprehension skills through simple instructional approaches and tools that require no additional purchases and minimal time to design and use. They just could be the break-through you are looking for to help your readers.

15.  Total Engagement: Tips and Strategies for Active Reading (K-8)
In this workshop, attendees will engage in strategies sure to hook readers in the K-8 classroom.

16.  Connected Reading in Today's Classrooms (GRADES K-8)
How do we prepare our students to be connected critical readers? First, we have to recognize that reading digital texts, those found on websites, eBooks, or in the Google environment, are vastly different experiences than their paper counterparts. As educators, we must acknowledge that digital reading is connected reading, and we must teach our students how to read digital texts effectively.  Whether or not you are struggling with increasing complex text in your classroom or helping your most challenged students to access your curriculum, digital text can be your biggest obstacle. So, come spend some time learning effective classroom practices, strategies, and digital tools to get the job done!
 Note: attendees should bring their own devices

17.  Ask the Right Questions…Your Students Will Soar (GRADES 1-8)
Help your students master the NJ standards by using a balance of the three types of higher order questioning strategies in your whole and small group instruction, as well as individual conferencing. Design the types of higher order assessment tasks that best align with basic, standard, and expanded questions.


18. Content Area Literacy: Strategies for Real-World Readers and Writers
As a result of challenging standardized testing and higher academic standards, all within a technologically advanced world, one of our biggest goals as educators is to help our students become competent, twenty-first century readers and writers.  During this workshop, we will be discussing, brainstorming, and experimenting with a variety of content-area literacy strategies to help students be successful in language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies classrooms.  Through exploring these content-area literacy practices, we can supply our students with the tools they need to effectively comprehend complex, discipline-specific informational texts.

19. Reflective Writing-Creating Models
Middle School and High School students need more than essay writing.  Learn about different types of reflective writing, based on Kelly Gallagher’s work, and begin to create models to use with your students.

20. Tech Throwdown
Hear about the latest and greatest applications and websites to make your teaching a breeze. In this open conversation, both the presenter and willing participants will share their favorite tech tools and strategies to reboot and enlarge your tech repertoire. Take advantage of opportunities to share or be a fly on the wall for this interactive session.