As I am writing this message, it is a frigid 2° outside. It is a workday, though, so there will be no “staying in, cozying up under a warm blanket and reading a good book”! I only wish that were true. Sometimes it is a struggle to push ourselves out the door when the weather is cold. However, once we get to our destination, everything seems to work out okay and our day moves along as it normally would (at least in most cases). Why do I mention this scenario? Our next general St. Louis Suburban IRA Council meeting is Thursday, February 6. We would love to see as many of our members as possible at this meeting. It may be cold, but the weather inside will be warm, you will have opportunities to see friends and colleagues, and most importantly, you will receive some outstanding professional learning.
I am pleased that Dr. Nicholas Husbye, Assistant Professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis, will be speaking to our group on integrating technology into literacy. His areas of expertise and research include digital literacy, multimodal instruction, and technology. With Common Core State Standards now in implementation, it will be more important than ever to stay on top of our game concerning the use of technology when it comes to reading and writing instruction. You won’t want to miss his engaging presentation. We will also have our annual poster contest. PLEASE encourage your students K-12 to enter a submission (guidelines are on our website). We especially would like to see entries from our secondary students. Remember, attendees at the meeting are the judges. Everyone gets to vote on his/her favorite poster!
Finally, one thing we are trying to do at St. Louis Suburban is boost our membership. It’s not about numbers, though. It’s about finding educators, librarians, and community members who are passionate about literacy and ensuring that we are growing future readers and writers. We would like to encourage you to invite a colleague or friend to come with you to our February meeting. Are you friends with your local librarian or school librarian? Invite him or her! OR…reach out to your building principal if you work in a school setting and invite him or her to the meeting. School leaders have the power to make change. We need them in our organization, too. What will your goal be for this meeting? Think about it and we’ll see you February 6!
Mitzi Brammer, Ph.D.