Vermont Council on Reading Spring Conference 


Friday, April 12, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Stoweflake Resort and Conference Center 
1746 Mountain Road
250 Main Street Ste 202
Stowe, VT 05672

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Rebecca Cardone 
Vermont Council on Reading c/o Partnerships for Literacy and Learning 



Annual Spring Conference
Stoweflake Resort and Spa, Stowe VT

April 12, 2019

Join us for a day of lively professional learning with authors and literacy experts Donalyn Miller & Kate Messner!


Keynote addresses are:

Invest in Children’s Reading Lives All Year by Donalyn Miller

The institutional emphasis on standardized testing places students’ reading test scores in front of children’s reading lives. Extensive research proves that children with positive reading identities and the opportunity to read independently at school and home achieve at higher levels on reading tests. In this presentation, Donalyn Miller, describes the factors that engage children with reading both at school and home—ensuring both their academic success and their lifelong reading habits.

 Magical Mentors: The Power of Sharing Stories by Kate Messner

Author and educator Kate Messner explores the power of mentors that go beyond the traditional Albus Dumbledores of the world to focus on mentor texts, author connections, and teacher leadership in living a literate life.

Access to Books: Game Changer for Kids by Donalyn Miller

Children with meaningful access to books achieve at higher levels and experience greater engagement with reading. In this session, examine the current research on book access in schools, libraries, and homes; discuss intellectual and cultural access concerns like diversity and leveling; and explore resources and strategies for developing and sustaining high-quality classroom library collections that support students’ reading lives.

Agenda for the Day:

8:00 Registration: Continental Breakfast, Exhibits

8:45-9:00 Welcome: Rebecca Cardone, Vermont Council on Reading President

9:00-10:30 Keynote Address: Donalyn Miller

10:30-11:00 Book Exhibit Break

11:00-12:00 Keynote Address: Kate Messner

12:00-1:00 Luncheon, Award Presentations, Raffle

1:00-3:00 Keynote Address: Donalyn Miller

3:00 Closing Activities

Reserve early to secure your seat!