MRC Vice President
As a new member and current vice president of the Metropolitan Reading Council I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a member of an organization. I was not sure what a reading council would have to offer me, a high school
English teacher. I have since realized that the Metropolitan Reading Council has plenty to provide, and that I have plenty to give my fellow council members. When you join the Metropolitan Reading Council you are gaining access to a vast networking system that can help you better navigate your school and classroom. You gain valuable curriculum and literacy strategies that can help you refine your teaching practices. Most importantly, you give back to the community. This past year we were able to donate books to a refugee family with four children. This coming year we are planning on working with Habitat for Humanity. When you join the Metropolitan Reading Council you are gaining the expertise and research backed knowledge of hundreds of fellow educators and are gaining a chance to give back to the community that you know and love. Please think about referring fellow educators to this great organization!
If you know someone that is interested in joining MRC, more information can be found at http://www.metroreadingcouncil.org/
Have you RENEWED yet? Don't forget to renew your Metropolitan Reading Council membership for 2017-2018. You should have received a renewal notice and membership card in the mail. You can also renew online at
The Metro Reading Council is going digital! You will receive The Reader and other publications via e-mail. When completing your renewal, please be sure your e-mail address is up to date! If you are not sure whether we have your correct address on file, feel free to contact Renee McArthur, MRC Information Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us for 1, 2, or all 3 days of literacy experts, authors, exhibits, and professional networking!
Nebraska’s Premier Conference for Reading and Language Arts
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 Exhibits Open
A.M. & P.M. Workshops Douglas Fisher - President of
International Literacy Association, professor of educational leadership, Visible Learning for Literacy
Ralph Fletcher - educational consultant, and author for children and professional educators
Welcome Reception social with wine, snacks, and door prizes
Mary Ann Manning Scholarship & Awards Banquet Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Exhibits Open
Nell K Duke - educator and literacy researcher
Jordan Sonnenblick - author, books for children and young adults fiction
Monica Burns - EdTech & Curriculum Consultant
Breakout Sessions Author Luncheons Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Early Childhood Institute Featured Speakers
Dinah Zike & Judith Youngers - Foldables for Early Learners: Manipulatives and Stations
Penny Gildea - Early Language and Literacy for Infants and Toddlers Mary Beth Pistillo - Early Learning Guidelines, Literacy and Language Development
The Featured Speaker list will grow and weave into Nebraska’s Premier Literacy Conference. Check out: https://goo.gl/4LbtmK or the provided QR Code below.
Conference Proposals are now open until November 3, 2017. https://goo.gl/forms/Bjf0hALjDlpMozBA2
Become an NSRA member in order to receive the discounted registration fee and join a group of professionals dedicated to Promoting Literacy in Nebraska. Join online on our website.
All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen.
-Roald Dahl, Matilda.
This fall, MRC sponsored a book drive with the goal of providing a personal library to two children whose families were partnering with Habitat for Humanity. It was such a treat for MRC President Abby Burke and Vice President JoAnna Hale to meet many of the women who participated in the building process. ‘Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity program that encourages women to make a difference while having fun building/renovating homes in their communities. This build brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children.’ You can learn more about this powerful program at https://habitatomaha.org/volunteer/local-opportunities/.
Abby and JoAnna also had an opportunity to attend the dedication of the two newly built homes and present books that were collected during the book drive for the children. These children will now have a collection of books for their personal library. The smiles on the children’s face as they opened their packages was priceless.