Featured Author and Illustrator: Designing True Story Books: Tools of a Graphic Artist

Until recently informational texts have taken a back seat to fiction.  But no longer!  Informational text authors and “designers” use many tools to present information in innovative ways to highlight important information and pique a reader’s curiosity.  Jessica Loy, a graphic designer and professor of graphic design , will share some basic design tools you can use in your classrooms to help bring information to life, culminating in student-designed informational texts.  She will provide concrete examples of these tools by referencing her several books, including her latest

Iroquois Reading Council: Tech Mini-Conference

Iroquois Reading Council will present their annual Mini-Conference, this year with a focus on Technology.  Pod-casting - Flipped Classroom -TpT - Teacher Tube - Edmodo  - Do these terms stir anxiety for you as a teacher?  Join us for this day of learning in a "safe for teachers - by teachers" environment, focused on best practices in helping practitioners implement technology effectively.  Bring your own device for a hands-on learning experiecne!  6 PD hours available, lunch included.  Members $15, nomembers $35.  Register early, space is limited.  For Registration form: 

Date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 8:30am to 3:15pm

Iroquois Reading Council: Conversations with NYSRA Conference Presenters

Iroquois Reading Council hosts, "Conversations with NYSRA Conference Presenters."  Session will be held at  Gick Road in Saratoga Springs at the BOCES center.  You will have an opportunity to chat with local people who will be presenting at the NYSRA Conference in November.  Each will provide a brief version of their conference presentation in roundtabel discussion format.  Members $5, non-members $10.  No need to pre-register.  Just show up!  Light refreshmts and 2 hours of PD credit available.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Recipe for Riveting Nonfiction

Meet author Nancy Castaldo and listen to how a spark of an idea fuels the research journey and becomes transformed into compelling writing. Not all ideas end up as books. Nancy will discuss how some do and some don’t. Participants will see how students can turn their informational text into fascinating writing using fictional techniques learned through companion texts.

Designing Informational Texts: Tools of a Graphic Artist

Until recently informational texts have taken a back seat to fiction.  But no longer!  Informational text authors and “designers” use many tools to present information in innovative ways to highlight important information and pique a reader’s curiosity.  Jessica Loy, a graphic designer and professor of graphic design, will share some basic design tools you can use in your classrooms to help bring information to life, culminating in student-designed informational texts.  She will provide concrete examples of these tools by referencing her several books, including her latest,

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