Winter Institute Registration Give Away

The Oregon Reading Association Winter Institute is Feb. 12 and 13 in Portland. There is great professional development available on both days, including Kylen Beers, Robert Probst, Kristin Ziemke and 25 small group workshops. See the ORA website for more info at

Capital Reading Council is again giving away one fully paid registration for one lucky member. You must be a member in good standing (current membership). This is a $250 value!!!!

If you would like to be entered in this giveaway contest, please send an email to  and let me know which  presenter you are especially hoping to see. All entries must be received by January 29.

The winner will be selected and notified by January 31.

Good luck!

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Upcoming ORA Fall Institute

It’s not too late to register for the ORA Fall Institute on November 6. We have two great speakers.

Carol Jago is a fascinating presenter who has a practical, strategy-based message for middle school and high school ELA teachers. From close reading to source-based writing tasks, Carol has the keys to empowering our students.

Carl Anderson is a special treat for our elementary teachers. Performance tasks require students to independently plan, draft, revise, and edit by 3rd grade. Carl brings hope to the process of gradually releasing quality writing to our students.

Fall Institute 2015

Online Registration for Fall Institute 2015

Flyer and Registration Form

PSU graduate credit is available for this institute!

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Great Rockin’ Gallagher Books event

We had a great turnout and a great event at our Gallagher Books Kick Off. All sets of the books are checked out, and teachers were treated to some wonderful ideas to incorporate the standards while using the books with their students.

We were so pleased to have Patricia Gallagher herself attend.  Attendees also enjoyed networking with others interested in promoting literacy, and had some delicious snacks, too!

Michelle Nelson sharing a book and great ideas.

Michelle Nelson sharing a book and great ideas.


Heather Anderson shares some great ideas.

Patricia Galalgher with one of her favorite nominees.

Patricia Gallagher with one of her favorite nominees.

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Rocking the New Gallagher Books Event

Capital Reading Council presents

Rocking the New Gallagher Picture BookAward Nominees

Thursday, September 24 at 4:30 pm

Rock-n-Rogers, 4250 Salem Dallas Highway. Salem

Here’s your chance to hear about the new nominees, get activities to use in your classroom, and get some free appetizers at the SAME TIME!

You will also be able to check out a set of books for use in your own classroom and join the Oregon Reading Association at reduced rates.

Questions? Email CRC at

What is the ORA Patricia Gallagher Book Award? The award is a children’s choice award founded in 1997. It is named for Patricia Gallagher, a retired Western Oregon professor of children’s literature who is a former president of ORA.

How are the books chosen? A committee that may consist of ORA leaders, school librarians, public librarians, teachers, and school administrators review and select the books. The books must be readily available in paperback, be no more than eight years old from the original copyright date (usually hardback), hold an innate appeal to children, and have quality text and illustrations. They should also qualify as good read-alouds.

Who may vote? Oregon school children of all ages.

When to vote? Voting will occur between September 1st and May 1st. Votes must be reported by May 1st.

Where to vote? Voting may take place in any participating classroom, school library, or public library in the state of Oregon. Votes should be sent to

Where to get books? Capital Reading Council sponsors five sets of books for our members to use in their classroom.

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A Rocking Gallgher Picture Book Event!

Mark your calendar for 4:30 on Thursday, September 24! That’s the day and time of our annual Gallagher Picture Book Award Kick-off Event. Join us at Rock-n-Rogers at 4250 Dallas Salem Hwy NW at 4:30 for some yummy snacks and information about the newest nominees.

You’ll learn some great ideas to use these books in YOUR classroom, and will have a chance to renew your membership to the Oregon Reading Association for discounted rates. You won’t want to miss this. Bring along a friend!

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Bevery Cleary Children’s Choice Award Nominees Announced

From our friends at the Oregon Library Association

Now in our 14th year, we’d love to encourage your students and staff to read the following 2015-16 Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (BCCCA) nominations:

                                                      2015-2016 BCCCA Nominations

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Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley (AR 3.5)

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Wissinger (AR 2.6)

The Mystery of Meerkat Hill: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers by Alexander McCall Smith

Ukelele Hayley by Judy Cox  (AR 3.4)

White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan  (AR 3.1)

For more information on the BCCCA program, please go to the BCCCA homepage and also to for the wonderful powerpoint and video links to kick-start your staff and students in reading the 2015-2016 BCCCA nominations! We also have bookmarks and spine labels under the “merchandise” tab!

Any student who listens/reads at least 2 of the six titles can vote with the designated adult at their school/public library and vote between March 15 – April 10, 2016. Every child’s vote counts!

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Tips for Parents on Reading at Home

It’s back to school time! Would you like to supply the parents of your elementary students some motivation and help for reading at home with their children? We’ve found some great graphics to share with them. The first one explains the importance of reading at home each night. The second is chock full of hints for supporting those children while they are reading. Several schools have sent these home in their back to school handouts for parents. Feel free to copy and send these home, too.

Why read at home

Hints for parents

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