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					September 2003

President's Message
We l c o m e B a c k t o S c h o o l ! The El Paso Reading Council Executive Board has been working hard to bring the best of reading to our members. I would like thank all board members for their commitment and professionalism in performing their duties.

The ElPaso Reading Council of the International Reading Association

The Lectern

The Recipe to Succeed... READ is our theme for the 2003-2004 school y e a r. T h i s t h e m e h a s p r o v i d e d m e t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o p r e p a r e a m e n u o f e v e n t s t h a t w i l l a d d r e s s d i ff e r e n t s t r a n d s o f r e a d i n g . We k i c k o ff t h e y e a r o n S e p t e m b e r 11 w i t h D r. St e v e n L a y n e . H i s m e s s a g e “ R e a d t o C h a n g e Yo u r s e l f , Wr i t e t o C h a n g e t h e Wo r l d : L i t e r a c y L e s s o n s f o r a L i f e t i m e ” w i l l e n l i g h t e n u s t o b e g i n t h e y e a r w i t h t h e e ff i c a c y t o c h a rg e f o r w a r d . I n O c t o b e r E r m i n d a G a r c i a w i l l p r o v i d e u s “ Av e n u e s o f TA K S Wr i t i n g S u c c e s s f o r A l l St u d e n t s . ” E d w a r d B l o o r, c o m i n g i n N o v e m b e r, will show us the realities of assessment and how we can rise to the o c c a s i o n . St r u g g l i n g R e a d e r s w i l l b e t h e f o c u s f o r J . D a v i d C o o p e r. H e w i l l b e o u r J a n u a r y s p e a k e r. To h o n o r t e a c h e r s w e w i l l h a v e D r. K a t h y Escamilla as our speaker for our April dinner meeting. It is a menu of outstanding individuals who bring a wealth of recipes to our council. In addition to our dinner meetings we will have a series of institutes for superintendents and administrators. These institutes will provide our leaders a wealth of information in regards to literacy development. O u r f i r s t o n e w i l l b e o n O c t o b e r 1 7 a n d w i l l f e a t u r e D r. M a rg a r i t a C a l d e r o n , R e s e a r c h S c i e n t i s t / D i r e c t o r, E l P a s o C e n t e r f o r R e s e a r c h o n t h e E d u c a t i o n o f St u d e n t s P l a c e d a t R i s k , J o h n H o p k i n s U n i v e r s i t y. H e r t o p i c w i l l a d d r e s s “ Te a c h i n g R e a d i n g t o E n g l i s h L a n g u a g e L e a r n e r s a t K-12.” She will also include the following in her presentation: What we know from scientific research, applying program features, instructional s t r a t e g i e s a n d c o n c l u d e w i t h e l e m e n t s o f e ff e c t i v e s t a ff d e v e l o p m e n t d e s i g n s . D r. C a l d e r o n i s c u r r e n t l y o n t h e N a t i o n a l L i t e r a c y P a n e l f o r L a n g u a g e M i n o r i t y C h i l d r e n a n d Yo u t h . T h e r e m a i n i n g t h r e e i n s t i t u t e s will be announced in the next issue. I would also like to mention our Newsletter. “Bit & Bytes” will feature websites for teachers. “Appetizers” will provide mini-lessons. "The Book Nook" is a section of our newsletter devoted to book reviews. And you can look forward to many other articles s u b m i t t e d b y o u r m e m b e r s h i p . We hope it will be an informative and u s e f u l n e w s l e t t e r. My best wishes for a successful school year and I know that all students will receive recipes of success throughout the year! S i n c e r e l y, Eliza Simental President

The El Paso Reading Council held the Annual Membership Drive at the Ysleta Cultural Arts Center on August 14, 2003. Attendees enjoyed food, door prizes and the time to network with other

The Book Nook
As educators and parents interested in the promotion of reading, we are always on the lookout for good books and stimulating reading materials for our children. A wonderful source for a wide variety of quality current books for children and young people may be found in the reading lists put out annually by t h e Te x a s L i b r a r y A s s o c i a t i o n .

The event was a success! Bringing together teachers, administrators and other professionals who are committed to enriching our literacy community.

Members of the Executive Board address the group. Eliza Simental, president, introduces Susan Erbe from Educational Sales. Those campus representatives who were unable to attend will receive their
Eliza Simental Denise Sowers Norma De La Rosa Connie Loya Paul Haupt R e b e c c a T. C a l d e r o n Barbara Contreras M a rg a r e t C l a r k L i s a F l o r e s - Vi d a l e s Phyllis Sully Maria Garcia Celebrate Literacy Susie Frescas Decorations Carol Leonard Lisa Martinez-Medina EPRC Advisor Dee Cramer Governmental Relations D r. A n t o n i o F i e r r o I n t e r n a t i o n a l P r o j e c tC o n s u e l o F l o r e s Ana Soto Newsletter Christina Lara Packets R o s e m a r y Te l l e s Public Relations Esther McCarthy Angie Gabaldon Reservations Marta Alvarez Te r e s a N a v a r r o Researcher/University D r. Va l e r i e C h a p m a n We b m a s t e r D r. R o b e r t Wa l s h e A s s i s t a n t We b m a s t e r F r a n c i s c o N o r i e g a I I I TSRA Development Specialist Patricia Carrington Newspaper in Education/ Anna Piña Read Across America President President-Elect Vi c e - P r e s i d e n t Secretary Tr e a s u r e r Membership Director Asst. Membership Director Historian Past-President Awards

T h e Te x a s L i b r a r y A s s o c i a t i o n s p o n s o r s four different reading lists for children aged two through high school. These lists contain titles of some of the best new literature being published for children t o d a y. T h e 2 X 2 R e a d i n g L i s t p r o v i d e s recommended titles for children from age t w o t h r o u g h s e c o n d g r a d e ; t h e Te x a s B l u e b o n n e t Aw a r d f o c u s e s o n t h i r d through sixth grade students; the Lone Star list is for sixth through eighth grade s t u d e n t s ; a n d Ta y s h a s i s g e a r e d t o h i g h school students. This article and those in subsequent newsletters will feature books from the 2003-2004 Bluebonnet list.

2003-2004 EPRC Board and Committees

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Sfrescas@aol.com jdcaleonard@msn.com mmedinafour@aol.com deewcramer@aol.com afierro@esc19.net cflore@sisd.net asoto21@sisd.net chlara@seisd.net r x t e l l e s @ e p i s d . o rg emccarthy@sisd.net agabaldon@sisd.net 937-8318 eprcreservations@yahoo.com navarrote@yahoo.com v c h a p m a n @ u t e p . e d u 747-7660 rcwalshe@aol.com Reader0007@aol.com Patriciaann520@aol.com annapina@hotmail.com

434-5671 872-3960 872-3950 434-5619 872-3950 434-3556 434-6515 434-5800 937-4800 886-6510 852-4881 434-5635 434-5677 780-6542 937-4800 937-4800 872-3920 887-4040 937-0309 593-8314 872-7000 851-2344 779-7105 434-4439 7 6 4 - 3 7 11

Corrections: Our previous issue incorrecty listed Dee Cramer's email address. Her corrected email address is deewcramer@aol.com O u r We b m a s t e r ' s n a m e i s D r. R o b e r t Wa l s h e .

The Lectern is published four times a year (September, November, January & April) by the El Paso Reading Council of the International Reading Association. Comments and information may be sent to Christina Lara, P. O . B o x 9 7 2 6 8 4 , E l P a s o , Te x a s 7 9 9 9 7 b y p h o n e , 9 7 2 3920 or email, chlara@seisd.net.

Although the Bluebonnet program targets third through sixth graders, you will find that many of the books on the list are great for younger children, and some are terrific for m i d d l e s c h o o l s t u d e n ts a s w e l l .

Menu of Events
Bosses’ Night S e p t e m b e r 11 , 2 0 0 3 at the Marriott Pre-Conference Institute October 17, 2003 Marriott hotel EPRC Literacy Conference October 18, 2003 at the Marriott Newspapers in Education November 8, 2003 Librarians’ Night November 13, 2003 at the Marriott Leaders’ Night January 22, 2004 at the Marriott Te a c h e r s ’ N i g h t April 22, 2004 at the Marriott 31st Annual TSRA Conference March 4-6, 2004 C o r p u s C h r i s t i , Te x a s 49th Annual IRA Convention May 2-6, 2004

T h e Te x a s B l u e b o n n e t Aw a r d r e a d i n g program was established in 1979. Its stated purpose is “to encourage Te x a s c h i l d r e n t o r e a d m o r e b o o k s , explore a variety of current books, d evelop powers of discrimination, and identify their favorite books.” Each year the program puts out a list o f 2 0 b o o k t i t l e s w h i c h Te x a s students are invited to read. Then all third through sixth graders who have read, or have had read to them, at least five of the books on the list may v o t e i n J a n u a r y f o r t h e i r f a v o r i t e. T h e v o t e s o f a l l e l i g i b l e s t u d e n t s i n Te x a s are tabulated, and the winner is announced. This year provision has been made for home-schooled students to participate as well.

D r. St e v e n L a y n e
“ R e a d t o C h a n g e Yo u r s e l f , Wr i t e t o C h a n g e t h e Wo r l d : L i t e r a c y Lessons for a Lifetime” S p o n s o re d b y E P R C a n d P e a r s o n Learning EPRC Dinner Meeting Bosses’ Night S e p t e m b e r 11 , 2 0 0 3 a t t h e M a r r i o t t . Ti c k e t s a re $24 for EPRC members $48 for nonmembers D e a d l i n e f o r re s e r v a t i o n s i s September 4, 2003

The Bluebonnet list contains books of f i c t i o n , n o n f i c t i o n , b i o g r a p h y, a n d p o e t r y. A b o u t a t h i r d o f t h e m a r e chapter books, and the rest are p i c t u r e b o o k s . Ac c e l e r a t e d R e a d e r quizzes are available for all of the books on the list, and this year the A R re a d i n g l e v e l s r a n g e f r o m 3 . 9 ( To a s t i n g M a r s h m a l l o w s : C a m p i n g Po e m s b y K r i s t i n e G e o r g e ) t o 6 . 9 (Bull’s-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley by Sue Macy).

Yo u c a n f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t these reading lists and the reading p rograms by going to http:// w w w. t x l a . o r g / h t m l / r e a d i n g . h t m l .

MENU Iced Tea with Lemon Wedges Rolls and Butter Fresh Garden Salad Smoked Chicken Penne Pasta Fresh Vegetable Medley Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce Regular or Decaffeinated Coffee Tea Social hour 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reservations Deadline is September 4, 2003 fax, 852-6377 email, eprcreservations@yahoo.com phone, 593-8314
Please note: no reservations accepted after deadline because of arrangements with hotel. Make reservations early as there is a 600 person capacity

Ask your school or public librarian if your library has the books on these lists. Then sit back and enjoy some quality reading time with the children in your life!

Submitted by Nancy Williams, Librarian Josefa L. Sambrano Elementary San Elizario ISD

A special thanks goes out to Pearson Learning for cosponsoring Dr. Steven Layne. Thank you Laura McDonald Shelly Thompson Joey Rovira

Aw a r d W i n n i n g R e c i p e s
O u ts ta n d i n g P ro g re s s i n Aw R e a d i n g Aw a r d
S u b m i t t e d b y P h y l l i s S u l l y, E P R C Aw a r d s Chairperson
We l c o m e b a c k E P R C m e m b e r s . E P R C w i l l b e presenting the Outstanding Progress in R e a d i n g Aw a r d a t e a c h o f o u r d i n n e r m e e t i n g s in the school year 2003-2004. Re c o g n i z i n g t h e i m p o r ta n c e of t e a c h e r a n d parents working together with the student to ensure their progress in reading, EPRC will honor a student that has overcome many o b s t a c l e s t o b e c o m e a s u c c e s s f u l r e a d e r. T h e student will receive a $50 check plus a plaque a n d t h e t e a c h e r w i l l r e c e i v e a c h e c k f o r $ 10 0 and a certificate. E P RC , i n c o l l a b o r a t i o n w i t h t h e s t u d e n t ’ s school, will ensure that the student, teacher and parents are guests at our dinner meeting when the award will be presented. Students nominated may be from the past school year o r f r o m t h e c u r r e n t s c h o o l y e a r. A t e a c h e r a t any grade level may nominate a student for t h i s Aw a r d , b u t t h e t e a c h e r m u s t b e b o t h a l o c a l a n d s t a t e R e a d i n g A s s o c i a t i o n m e m b e r. Each building representative will have copies of the nomination form. The deadline for September nominations is August 29, 2003 . A p r i l 2 0 03 w i n n e r fo r O u ts ta n d i n g Re a d i n g Aw a r d : Student: Diana Lujan 3rd Grade School: Frank Macias Elementary Te a c h e r : C l a u d i a U r e ñ o - O l i v a s A p r i l 2 0 03 P ro f e s s i o n a l D eve l o p m e n t Aw S c h o l a r s h i p Aw a r d : Te a c h e r : J e n n i f e r J o n e s

Aw T h e C e l e b r a t e L i t e r a c y Aw a r d
Submitted by Susie Frescas, Celebrate Litera cy Chairperson
Do you or someone you know have the perfect recipe to succeed in reading? If so, t h e E l Pa s o R e a d i n g C o u n c i l o f t h e I R A w o u l d like to recognize you with the Celebrate L i t e r a c y Aw a r d ! T h i s a w a r d i s a n a w a r d l o c a l l y i m p l e m e n t e d b y t h e E l Pa s o R e a d i n g C o u n c i l a s a way to re c o g n i ze i n n ova t i ve, quality instruction of reading or contributions to the enhancement of l i t e r a c y. C a n d i d a t e s f o r t h i s a w a r d m a y b e considered in one of the following areas: 1. direct teaching at any level 2. organizing local litera cy programs 3. promoting support from the public relative to enhance litera cy 4. producing teaching materials or special media for literacy programs 5. conducting research in fields related to literacy 6. conducting special surveys of importance for litera cy planning 7. providing young people the opportunity to help in literacy activities 8. conducting informal educational activities of a social, cultural, economic, or political nature in which literacy activities are included P l e a s e g o t o o u r w e b s i t e, h t t p : / / members.aol.com/elpasoira, to download a Celebrate Literacy nomination form or email Sfrescas@aol.com for more information. Nominations will be accepted through O c t o b e r. T h e p e r f e c t b l e n d of i n g re d i e n ts to s u c c e e d i n re a d i n g w i l l b e re c o g n i ze d a t the January 22, 2004 dinner meeting. P rove c h o !
students. It is the website of the National clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition on Language Instruction Educational Programs. h t t p : / / w w w. k i d s r e a d s . c o m Tr e a s u r e t r o v e o f r e s o u r c e s o n p o p u l a r k i d s ’ b o o k s . Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 http://members.aol.com/elpasoira/ Have you seen the new EPRC website?

Bits and Bytes
h t t p : / / w w w. t e a . s t a t e . t x . u s / a y p / i n d e x . h t m l 2 0 0 3 A d e q u a t e Ye a r l y P r o g r e s s ( AY P ) St a t u s f o r D i s t r i c t s a n d C a m p u s e s w i l l b e a v a i l a b l e S e p t 1 0 . T h e AY P G u i d e w i l l b e online Sept 2. h t t p : / / w w w. t s r a . u s T h e Te x a s St a t e R e a d i n g A s s o c i a t i o n h a s a n e w a d d r e s s . w w w. n c e l a . g w u . e d u This website is a great resource for teachers of bilingual

El Paso Reading Council P. O . B o x 9 7 2 6 8 4 E l P a s o , Te x a s 7 9 9 9 7

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U . S . P O S TA G E PAID E L PA S O , T X PERMIT NO. 2716

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AGENDA Pre-Conference Institute October 17, 2003 Marriott hotel 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Audience: A re a S u p e r i n t e n d e n t s and Principals
M o r n i n g S e s s i o n : W h a t We K n o w A b o u t Te a c h i n g R e a d i n g To E n g l i s h L a n g u a g e L e a r n e r s 1. What we know from scientific research: w The National Literacy Panel for Language M i n o r i t y C h i l d r e n a n d Yo u t h , w The El Paso ISD/Socorro ISD longitudinal study a n d c u r r i c u l u m d e v e l o p m e n t p r o j e c t o n E L L’s transition from Spanish to English reading, w T h e N a t i o n a l I n s t i t u t e s o n C h i l d r e n ’s H e a l t h a n d D e v e l o p m e n t S t u d y o n Tr a n s f e r o f R e a d i n g Skills in El Paso, Boston and Chicago, w Te a c h i n g R e a d i n g i n S e c o n d a r y S c h o o l s through Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. 2 . A p p l y i n g p ro g r a m f e a t u r e s . w Hands-on activities for participants 3. Applying some instructional strategies. w Hands-on activities for participants L u n c h e o n P r e s e n t a t i o n : N o E l P a s o Te a c h e r L e f t Behind! w E l e m e n t s o f E f f e c t i v e St a f f D e v e l o p m e n t Designs, w S u p p o r t M e c h a n i s m s f o r Te a c h e r E m p o w e r m e n t , w E s t a b l i s h i n g Te a c h e r s L e a r n i n g C o m m u n i t i e s i n Schools.

Te a c h i n g R e a d i n g t o E n g l i s h L a n g u a g e Learners at K-12 Margarita Calderón, Ph.D. R e s e a r c h S c i e n t i s t / D i r e c t o r, E l P a s o C e n t e r for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, Johns Hopkins University
EPRC members: $60 EPRC nonmembers: $90 Mail your completed registration form to El Paso Reading Council P.O. Box 972684 El Paso, Texas 79997

Registration forms will be mailed out or d o w n l o a d a c o p y f ro m t h e E P R C w e b s i t e . Questions? Please call Eliza Simental 872-3920


				
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