NYSRA Assembly of Delegates Meetings
Next Assembly meeting, March 10-11 in Syracuse, NY
Dear Council Leader,
Every fall and spring, NYSRA members meet as an Assembly of Delegates. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate the work of NYSRA and our local councils, to learn together about the latest in literacy, and to make plans for the great work ahead.
This March, in addition to our regular business, we will be sharing important information about upcoming changes with NYSRA and local councils’ relationships with the International Literacy Association. It is very important that we have all councils represented in this discussion. Materials will be sent to all Assembly delegates before the meeting for your review.
Please join us.
March 10-11, 2017
6646 Old Collamer Rd S, East Syracuse, NY 13057
Councils in good standing can send 2 delegates. Confirm your standing with NYSRA's membership chair. Official delegates can attend the event for free and will be compensated for a hotel room as described below. Additional attendees are welcome to attend and will be charged a $25 fee for lunch.
Please RSVP no later than March 3 to Liz Yanoff firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space at the meeting.
Reservations for a hotel room should be made by calling the hotel at 315-446-3200 and indicating you are with the NYSRA Assembly Meeting. You will make the reservation with your personal credit card. Board members and official delegates of the Assembly will have their bills moved to the NYSRA master bill when attendance is confirmed. NYSRA will pay for double occupancy; we will pay for half of a double room so if you room with a board member or delegate your room will be covered. If you have a single room or room with someone else you will need to pay half (room rate is $100).
All the best to you in 2017!
Liz Yanoff, NYSRA President
Friday, March 10
Digital Literacy Committee
Charlotte Award Committee
5:00-6:00 Dinner on your own
6:00-8:00 NYSRA Board of Director’s Meeting
8:00-9:00 Teachers as Readers—Professional development certificates provided
New York State Teaching Standards
Element II.6: Teachers evaluate and utilize curricular materials and other appropriate resources to promote student success in meeting learning goals.
NYSRA Assembly of Delegates meeting
Saturday, March 11
7:30-8:30 Regional Directors Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Welcome, introductions
9:00-10:00 Professional development: Erik Sweet, ELA Associate, NYSED (videoconference)—Professional development certificates provided.
New York State Teaching Standards
Element II.4: Teachers establish goals and expectations for all students that are aligned with learning standards and allow for multiple pathways to achievement.
10:00-10:15 Break, Room Check out
10:15-12:00 NYSRA business meeting
12:00-12:45 Lunch & NYSRA Regional Meetings.
1:00-3:00 NYSRA business meeting continued
3:00-4:00 Professional development: Best Practices Roundtables
Professional development certificates provided.
Parent involvement—Cherie Gerych, Rochester Area Literacy Council
Gifted readers—Fran Levine, Brooklyn Reading Council
Technology—Keith Newvine, Central NY Reading Council
Interventions for struggling readers—Sharon Kelly, Greater Thousand Islands Literacy Council
Accommodating students with testing modifications—Carrie Lake, North Country Council
New York State Teaching Standard
Element III.4: Teachers explore and use a variety of instructional approaches, resources, and technologies to meet diverse learning needs, engage students, and promote achievement
Fall Assembly Meeting, September 23-24
Regional Highlights—All regions in attendance at the AOD were asked to share 3 highlights.
Western Report –
Highlights: Rochester Area Literacy Council – Children’s Publishing Project – Student work is collected though out fall and winter and selected entries are published in a book which is presented to the students and their families.; Niagara Frontier Reading Council – Fall Mini-conference with Teacher of the Year; Niagara Frontier Reading Council donated books and school supplies to Nicaragua; Chautauqua has a Hot Read event (Common Children’s books) that is popular and has repeat attendees.
Collaboration: Niagara Frontier and Rochester are discussing doing a joint book study.
North-Western Report – Highlights: Sip & Paint Event at the Thousand Island Winery (GTI); Pinterest Workshop; Collaboration with Ogdensburg’s SnackPack program to provide books to local students and families (NCCIRA); Regent Ouderkirk visited our region and presented to our members (NCCIRA) – All councils are encouraged to connect with their regents as well.
Central Report –
Highlights: Mohawk Valley has a member only meeting/dinner in June for planning; Oswego is celebrating 35 years of their annual writing contest; Central has a conference coming up in March; Central has a new President – Keith Newvine.
New York City Report –
Highlights: Brooklyn will have a Boro-wide professional conference in November; Brooklyn will have an Author Dinner with Elizabeth Uhlig in December; Staten Island will have the 2016 Literacy Symposium in October.
North-Eastern and East Report –
Highlights: Dr. Seuss Birthday party event at Crandall Library is growing every year (IRC); ACARC has 5 programs this year and coordinated with Greater Capital Region Teacher Center; Harvest Children’s and Youth Book Swap & Drive at the Glens Falls Farmers Market; Dirtmeister Dinner: Hands on Science via NF reading on September 26th
Hudson Valley Report –
Collaborations: Bookdrive at Margetts Elementary; Brrok Haven Project – for children of parents who have gotten out of violent situations; Books for Babies – Vassar Medical Center give a Children’s book to new babies.
Highlights: Collaboration with Higher Institute – STAC/VASSAR/ Mt. St. Mary; STAC Professional Conference; Bookdrive – reaching out into the community.