The Virginia State Reading Association will host educators from around the state to unlock the treasures of literacy from March 14-16, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia at The Norfolk Waterside Marriott & Hilton Norfolk The Main.
During this time, educators will explore all areas of literacy with nationally-known speakers who will share a variety of approached, methods, and strategies. Attendees will immediately be able to incorporate this information into their daily instructional routines.
Each year, the RARC works with one school to facilitate a Parents and Reading Workshop that includes free books! Parents and children attend this fall 2018 workshop together and will leave with books to take home. This workshop is designed to help schools with a financial need provide books to families. A flier is attached with additional information.
● At least one staff member at the school must be a CURRENT RARC member
● Students in the school must have a financial need for books (50% or more reduced lunch)
● Parents must attend the HOUR long RARC workshop at school with their children/students
● School groups, such as Title 1, CIS, PTA, etc., will be invited to support the workshop
Applications due by 3/9/18. Apply online at: http://bit.ly/RARCparents2018
Use this link to nominate: http://bit.ly/RARC2018RTOY
OFIE T. RUBIN READING TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Richmond Area Reading Council Guidelines and Application Form
The Richmond Area Reading Council is pleased to announce that we are collecting nominations for our local council’s Reading Teacher of the Year. In addition to the honor of representing the RARC in the state’s Reading Teacher of the Year process, the RARC recipient will also receive $500 to use in the classroom to promote literacy. The RARC Reading Teacher of the Year Committee will review all information received, and the selected RARC Reading Teacher of the Year will be submitted to be considered for the VSRA 2018-19 Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year.
The Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year is selected by the VRSA and honors exemplary literacy instruction in the classroom. Each year, every local council nominates one outstanding teacher of reading to compete for the VSRA Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year. The candidate selected as the VSRA Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year will receive a $1000 Professional Development Award at the VSRA conference banquet in 2019.
To nominate an outstanding colleague: Please complete the form located at http://bit.ly/RARC2018RTOY VSRA 2018-19 Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year.
. Once the nomination is received, we will ask your colleague to submit additional required materials.
The candidate must be a member of RARC in the 2017-18 school year. If selected as the RARC RTOY, the candidate must be a member in the 2018-19 school year to be eligible for the VSRA 2018-19 Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year.
The candidate must teach reading a minimum of one third of each school day to students in grades K12.
Once nominated, all applicants will be asked to complete the following:
- The candidate’s vita (2 pages) 30 points
- The candidate’s philosophy of reading education (1 page) 20 points
- Proposal for using the $500 RARC award to further literacy instruction (1 page) 30 points
- Two letters of recommendation (principal, supervisor, or colleague) 10 points each
A digital photo (jpg file) of the candidate
All RARC nominations must be received by February 1, 2018
The applicant must submit all supporting materials listed above by March 15, 2018.
All nominees will be recognized at the RARC RTOY celebration (to be held in late April or early May 2018).
Supporting documents should be mailed to:
Kathy Rohr, Reading Teacher of the Year Chair
13418 Greenwood Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059
804.226.8765 (c) 804.814.6102
We are so fortunate to be the host city for the annual VSRA conference March 8-10th, 2018 at the Richmond Convention Center. Registration is NOW OPEN, with early bird deals ending January 8th. Be sure to check out the VSRA site for more information about registration.
There are so many amazing speakers lined up for the event that you will not want to miss! Check out the featured speakers here!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual fall conference last week at Greenwood ES. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces! Tracy Robertson shared some great information about the upcoming changes to the Standards of Learning. Click the following link to access her PowerPoint: RARC_2017
Don’t forget, the deadline for the Teachers as Readers grant is next Tuesday, 10/31. Click the following link for more information: RARCTeachersasReaders2017. You can apply online as well! It’s a great way opportunity to create your own collaborative learning experience with colleagues!
Apply here: http://bit.ly/RARCreaders2017
Summer is winding down—hopefully you had a chance to recharge your batteries for the 2017-2018 school year!
We are pleased to announce that membership is open for 2017-2018 school year!
Your membership in RARC gives you free admission to our local RARC conferences and a discounted registration fee for the annual VSRA conference(held in Richmond this year!)
Our RARC board has already been hard at work planning for this year and we have some exciting new ideas for the year. We look forward to collaborating with YOU as we engage students, parents, teachers, and the community to promote a life-long love for literacy!
To become a member of RARC/VSRA for the 2017-2018 year:
- Go to www.vsra.org
- Click on the link on the VSRA homepage.
- Complete the membership form.
- Don’t forget to click on the SUBMIT button (scroll down to bottom of page).
Things to know:
- Select Richmond Area as your council – your membership is for both VSRAand RARC!
- Members can pay via PayPal or by check. On-line payment is encouraged. If using a check, follow the directions on the screen. Membership is not complete until payment (online or check) is received.
- Members are asked to use personal emails, to prevent VSRA emails from being blocked or going to spam.
Don’t delay – cross RARC Membership off your “to-do” list before going back to school!
We look forward to this year and wish you all the best.
See you in October at our fall conference!