2020 GBC Newsletter


Complete Winter  Newsletter

CANCELED :Character Breakfast
GBC in conjunction with the
Medford Family Network
Starring Curious George

CANCELED: The first event is in conjunction with the Medford Family
Network.  If you have a few hours, please consider volunteering your
time at our Storybook Character Breakfast on March 14.

CANCELED: On March 26, Candlewick Press will host GBC members at their office
in Somerville for an afternoon of tea and books.

And finally, save May 7 for author Susan Tan at our Spring Dinner in

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2019 Fall Conference

The Greater Boston Reading Council
of the Massachusetts Reading Association

Cordially invites you to the

56th Annual Fall Conference 

Literacy:  Recharge and Revitalize

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

 Cotting School in Lexington, MA

Directions to Cotting School

3:00 – 4:15  Registration
Coffee, and Refreshments [Cafeteria}

3:00 – 4:45  Educational Sales Association of New England
Exhibits [Cafeteria]

4:15 – 5:15  Keynote Presentation [Auditorium]

   Clare Landrigan

“Getting the Best Bang for
Books:  Organizing Texts to Support Student Voice, Choice , and Development.”

5:30 – 6:30  Conference 2019 Breakout Sessions (Select One)

Literacy in the Making

Sue Cusack, Assistant Professor in the STEM Division, Lesley University,

Mary O’Brien, Grade Two Teacher, Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School, Boston Public Schools

What happens to children’s use of language and writing skills when they tinker, design and create?  Come and find out!  Join us for this hands-on session and experience the kind of wonder and curiosity that children demonstrate during maker activities.  Learn first-hand how these inquiry-based, standards-aligned maker activities can ignite engagement and support reading, writing, and speaking of your learners.  Target Audience:  Grades K-5


Everybody Reading Everyday

Liz Garden, Principal, Dr. Leroy E. Mayo Elementary School, Holden, Wachusett Regional School District

In this workshop, Liz Garden will share the story of how she turned two schools into places where everyone was talking about reading, spending time reading, sharing book recommendations, and doing various things to create a love of reading for both children and adults.  She will share ideas that attendees can take back to their schools and put into place immediately.   Target Audience:  Grades K-8


Revitalize Writing Conferences

Barbara Lindsay, Reading Specialist and Rena Rizzi, Grade 4 Teacher, Hanlon  School, Westwood Public Schools

Have you ever sat down beside a student and gotten stuck on how to move that student’s writing forward?  Is the feedback you are giving students changing the students’ future writing?  In this workshop, the presenters will bring to life the phrase:  “Focus on the writer, not the writing.”  (Calkins, 1994)   Participants will learn about the parts of a toolkit that help alleviate the stress of teaching writing by having a variety of solutions ready at your fingertips.  They will show attendees examples of tools they have in their own toolkits that maximize conference time.  Join them for a workshop that will have a huge payoff in your classroom.   Target Audience:  Grades K-8