On November 30, 2016 the Nobscot Reading Council held their Community Engagement professional development at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham. Jane DeHaven, the David McCord Scholarship winner presented an overview of her winning submission from the Early Childhood Alliance. Laurie Wodin and Kate Sheehan offered an informative session on the Heifer Project. Julie DeFrancesco (pictured below), the featured speaker from the Boston Herald presented “Proven Winners: Newspapers in Education, Mass Literacy, & Literacy Champions,” three programs for educators to increase their access to literacy programs.
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the NRC held a professional development program at Milford High School. Terrie Marr, a retired reading specialist from the Westborough Public Schools and the winner of the Massachusetts Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy award, presented “Comprehension Strategies for Helping Students Dig Deeper.” Sue Ellen Szymanski, Children’s Librarian from the Milford Town Library, displayed an array of fiction and nonfiction books that supported the theme of the program. Participants included educators from Milford, Mendon-Upton, Hopedale, Blackstone Valley Tech, and Framingham State University.
Nancy Verdolino, NRC Literacy Chair (and MRA 2014 Conference Chair) is shown with Caldecott Medal winner, Mordicai Gerstein, 2013 NRC Spring Dinner speaker.
Cris Tovani, Sylvia D. Brown Luncheon speaker, and Pattie Kelley, the 2013 NRC and MRA Celebrate Literacy winner, comparing notes at the 2013 MRA Conference.