Happy Valentine’s Day! This time of year is so cozy, the cold and gray weather makes me long to curl up with a great book! Yet another reason to share with our students our love of reading and books. This is my favorite time of the school year; the students know the ropes, and we’re clicking along. MAP testing still seems far away so the pressure is not upon us yet. Hopefully parent teacher conferences are behind you and it’s smooth sailing until spring break – and even more time for reading then! Whether you are in a new position or a new seasoned veteran, it’s revitalizing to attend high quality professional development. My wish for you is that you find a comfortable balance of learning, teaching and taking great care of yourself.
We continue to work hard to provide you some helpful and inspiring programs and resources to help you be successful during your schoolyear. Our next evening is on Thursday, February 23rd, featuring Angie Muse, Ed.D, from Hazelwood School District. She will be sharing information and strategies for helping students who have experienced trauma and some strategies to help them feel comfortable and successful. Sounds like a lifesaver, right? Check out the rest of the newsletter to see the amazing programs planned, and please let us know any other suggestions for PD needs you or your school may have. We are here to be of service to you.
One of our goals is to increase membership. Please try to encourage your colleagues to join us. When teachers join our professional organization they gain the latest literacy information, as well as updates from the Missouri Reading Council, not to mention the networking opportunities, and lots of chances to meet other like-minded people in the area to network with and learn alongside. You’ll grow as a professional and have a great time in the process!