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Beyond the Common Core Symposium, Groton, October 15, 2014; CRA Annual Conference, Cromwell, October 23-24, 2014

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Leading Literate Lives

CARR Sponsored Institute at the
CRA Annual Conference, October 23-24, 2014

Institute B1 - A research-based institute being sponsored by CARR for all educators   Complex Text in the Primary Grades: Building Content Knowledge and Understanding Through Read-Alouds.
Thursday 1:40am-3:40pm

Even our youngest students need to know how to use complex texts to gather and synthesize information- to learn. This session presents a model for using rich text, read aloud, to develop important understandings from your science or social studies curriculum. Learn active, engaging, developmentally appropriate strategies for designing close reading, helping students to gather, record and synthesize information from text and then express that understanding in writing. Participants will learn how to use a simple conceptual planner to design a focused Read Aloud that seamlessly integrates literacy with content. The strategies introduced will support all learners in developing core reading and writing skills while deepening understanding of targeted content and concepts. Learn how to make your Read Alouds multi-faceted, meaningful and motivating!


Diana Leddy is a former Vermont State Teacher of the Year with over 30 years of classroom experience. A founding member of The Vermont Writing Collaborative ,Diana is co-author of Writing for Understanding and has published articles on integrating reading, writing and content in professional journals like “Science and Children” and “Social Studies and the Young Learner”. She is part of the team from Student Achievement Partners that developed the Read Aloud Project, which trains teachers throughout the country in designing Close Reading sequences for the primary grades, and the Text Set Project, which guides teachers and librarians in using sets of high quality text to build knowledge of content and concepts.

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The Connecticut Association for Reading Research is a dynamic organization that includes: classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, college teachers, media specialists and students.

The Connecticut Association for Reading Research (CARR) is a special interest council of the International Reading Association (IRA) and an affiliate of the Connecticut Reading Association (CRA). CARR is a professional organization concerned with the improvement of reading.


Improve reading instruction in the State of Connecticut.

Advance the status of reading research throughout Connecticut by aiding in the interpretation and application of research findings and, whenever possible, by sponsoring and participating in research studies.

Initiate, sponsor, and support legislation designed to assure high professional standards in the field of reading and language arts.


Professional Development
To enhance and improve the professional development of reading and language arts educators in Connecticut

To provide leadership in support of research, policy, and practice that improves reading instruction and supports the best interests of all learners and reading professionals

To form partnerships with other organizations including  universities and local agencies that share our goal of promoting literacy

To encourage and support research at all levels of reading and language arts education to promote informed decision making by reading professionals, policymakers, and the public

Global Literacy Development
To identify and support leadership and significant state, national, and international issues


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