Come to my session on Saturday at 10:30am called "Can You Teach Me Now?" to hear how you can increase your time to teach and decrease your low level discipline problems by 80-90%. Research based and proven in schools across our nation!Continue
I can't wait to see all my IL teacher friends and also to make some new ones! I will be presenting Games Galore for the Common Core, 50 Teaching Tips to Save Your Sanity! on TH morning & Don't Wait to Differentiate the 5 Components of Literacy on FRI afternoon. I will also be in Booth #224 - please come by to chat and to pick up a "Smartie". 2 more days!Continue
The beautiful weather! And Gary Paulsen.Continue
I've got tried and true methods to increase love of reading in your classroom. Come to my presentation Thursday at 3:00 (Don't Bug Me! I'm Reading!) for great books talks and an approachable method for introducing a middle school reading workshop format into your classroom. You'll leave with concrete ideas and some major motivation to try the method this spring!Continue
This will take under five minutes, seriously. It's just about what makes you feel successful as a teacher. Please share with teachers from other states, too. This survey is just for elementary teachers, but next year I'll be surveying middle and high school teachers along the same lines. Thanks!Cindyhttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PP668V6Continue
Registering? On-site registration is recommended for those registering after March 1, 2014. Please note that the meal functions require pre-purchased tickets and will not be available for purchase on-site. Individuals who need special accommodations must make specific requests in writing to the IRC Office at least three weeks prior to the conference.
Already Registered? Your registration packet including your name badge and the final program book will be available at the IRC Registration Desk at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, 8th and Adams, Springfield, Illinois. Registration Hours are 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12th; 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13th and Friday, March 14th; and 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15th.
IRC has gone mobile! The IRC Conference APP is available now and features up-to-date session schedules, speaker listings, an itinerary planner, interactive maps and floor plans, exhibitor listing, Scavenger QR Code Game, and more. On your smart phone or tablet, download the FREE Guidebook App from the Apple Store or Android Marketplace. Then, search for the March 2014 Illinois Reading Council Conference Guide. Or, follow this link to the guide at http://guidebook.com/g/3ystc7gi. You can also join IRC on Face Book and Twitter at @ILReadCouncil #IRC2014!
Free Shuttle Service. IRC will provide FREE Shuttle Service between all the hotels except the on-site hotels listed and the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Thursday and Friday. Shuttles run approximately every 45-60 minutes from 6:15 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Night shuttles run every 90 minutes from 6:15 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, there are many parking options available and on-street metered parking is FREE!
Ordered a Conference or IRC Shirt? Preorders will be available for pick-up at the IRC Conference near the Registration Area in the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the conference. Please ask for details at the IRC Registration Desk.
Housing Reservations? The Online Housing Reservation System closed on February 19, 2014. Please call the hotels directly to make reservations. For those conferees that made reservations through the housing system, make sure that you received an email confirmation from your selected hotel. After February 19th, please make changes directly with the hotel.
Interested in CPDUs or University Course Credit? Forms for CPDU credit will be available at the conference in your Final Program Book. Conferees can also earn one hour of college course credit while attending the conference from National-Louis University. The Graduate Registration Form can be submitted until March 30, 2014.
Welcome Reception and Illinois Reads Launch. Plan now to attend the opening reception on Wednesday, March 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Old State Capitol. Many special guests have been invited to attend for the launch of the Illinois Reads project. Illinois Reads will be a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. For more information, please visit the Illinois Reads website at www.illinoisreads.org.
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