Developing Our Expertise for Wise Decision-Making


Upcoming Council Events:


SCVRC Winter Event

December 5, 2022 Meeting: In-person meeting with holiday book shopping. 
The winter meeting of the St. Croix Valley Reading Council will be held at
Hillside Elementary School Library in New Richmond
Monday, December 5th, 2022
 

Featured Speaker  

Daniel Bernstrom

Join us as we learn with Daniel Bernstrom, picture book author and English instructor (Children’s Literature, College Writing, and Developmental English) at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Daniel’s fifth book, A Bear, a Bee, and a Honey Tree, was released November 1st.

The Nuclear Power of the English Language: the darkness and the light of teaching reading

The teacher of English offers her student a gift. What is that gift? Well, English. Yes, English is one of the worst languages in the world! It's lawless, awkward, messy, tangled, defiant, dangerous, and hopeless. Yet, this cobbled-together language gives us an almost endless repository of words to probe the darkness of the mind and heart. Its twisted machinations allow us to conceptualize possibilities, ideas, and dreams that were once closed off by ancient language structures. Even its faults reveal that the imperfect can be true and good and beautiful. It serves as the reader's great mirror, reflecting what she is and what is possible. It reveals that she, like her language, though sometimes lawless and awkward and messy and tangled and defiant and dangerous and hopeless, can glory this world. Do you see? English is the incomparable gift we offer our students, a nuclear-powered reactor capable of turning the darkness to light and filling the world with beauty and wonder!

Schedule:
4:15-4:30 Check-in and refreshments
4:30-5:30 Presentation by Daniel Bernstrom
5:30-6:00 Book shopping with Valley Booksellers

 

 


 Conference coming February 9-11, 2022!

Click here for more conference information.


 

Summer Institute 2022:

Annalee Good, author of Teachers at the Table: Voice, Agency and Advocacy in Educational Policymaking along with Molly Garner Carroll,  Kate Roberts, Deonte Iverson, LaToya Holiday and Shahanna McKinney-Baldon presented to an enthusiastic group of WSRA members and leaders. Although teachers are central to the implementation of educational policy, they are rarely involved in the design of it. Clearly, teachers are not at the table. Today's presentation gave tools to attendees with how teachers can be policy advocates. Attendees determined a personal case study, created an action plan and power map to address issues for policy changes.