Sevier County Literacy News!
Nominated Dr. Stacia Lewis for the 2019 Corwin Literacy Leader Award for Administrators presented by ILA in October at the conference. Dr. Lewis won our LAT Administrator of the Year Award in December at the state conference.
East Cheatham Elementary School and the Retired Teacher Response Team for that school has been nominated to the Exemplary Reading Award 2019 presented by ILA. As part of the nomination process LAT is required to provide documentation of one additional year for the program to maintain it's consistency. We are giving the group an additional $1500, and if the school wins a $500 check to the school from the Exemplary Reading line item of the budget. A banner will be presented to the Cheatham County Council and school by Randall Kincaid at a date to be set.
On Saturday, February 16th, Randall Kincaid held a mini workshop on Close Reading for grades 3-5. Another workshop is planned in March for grades K-3, and 6-8 for Close Reading and Writing Workshop with the new TN Standards in ELA.
Don't you love the throw back picture found on the web!
Research supports the fact that the number of books in the home tends to correlate with the cultural and literacy capital of the children who live there. While books impact all children, it seems that getting books into the houses and hands of children who live in poverty provides them with the necessary tools to gain literacy skills. Thus, the first step in the literacy equation must be to get the books into the homes of children, but providing books is not enough alone. To create long-lasting and truly impactful success, communities need to form partnerships that involve all areas of influence in students’ lives. Schools, parents, and community organizations must have working partnerships to achieve success. Thus, UCLA is partnering with families, Putnam County Schools, and Tennessee Tech University to collect books for a bookmobile, create new literacy practices, and make literacy fun with a character fun run. Our community literacy project unites the efforts of multiple multi-level educational groups to impact the county’s Words on Wheels initiative while providing a fun family literacy event to increase literacy awareness and provide easy and engaging strategies for families to use at home. Join us on August 31, 2019, to have fun and support literacy!
Support Mike Shoulders
Please support in getting The Legend of the Christmas Pickle published. He has officially launched the book on Kickstarter and I only has till April 2nd to accomplish his goal. Here is the tiny url link: http://tinyurl.com/yyy24o7q
Cheatham County Chapter: Mallory Lemley has worked hard with her retired teacher rally. They are making plans to help students become successful in the classroom. In March, Claudette Fitzer and Tammy Rechless discussed ways to "Grant Wishes" by teaching all how to find and write a successful grant.
Notes from our friend Angela Shelton from the Gilbreth Reading Council has had an exciting year! We kicked off our membership drive with a "Superhero Start to a New School Year" in June 2018, including launching our Twitter account @GilbreathETSU, awarding a scholarship to a student leader, and welcoming over 50 members. Throughout the year, our council strengthened collaborative efforts between East Tennessee State University's Elementary Education (K-5) and Early Childhood Education (PreK-3) programs as well as grew our student membership and leadership efforts. The new student leadership team develops and maintains a quarterly newsletter, updating members with resources and topics of interest. In addition, Gilbreath members presented at the annual LAT conference, sharing classroom resources and picture books highlighting social justice concepts. We are looking forward to a another great year ahead as we launch our next membership drive and "Embrace the Magic of Literacy" in 2019-2020.
South Central Chapter
The South Central Literacy Chapter is continuing to try to grow membership. Two members from our council won awards at LAT’s conference last December: Sarah Gammon at Liberty School won the Librarian of the Year Award and Dr. Janolyn King at Cascade Middle School won the Administrator of the Year Award.
Two of our newest members are Dr. Joanne Coggins of Intensive Integrated Reading Systems and Dr. Vanessa Harriman special education teacher at Coffee County Central High School.
Our next council meeting is May 20, 2019. We’re hoping to partner with the Bedford County Imagination Library within the county to promote literacy.
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