Virginia State Reading Association


We are Unlocking the Doors to Literacy at the VSRA Conference in  Richmond.

Thanks to our IT department, I was able to assist Ruth Okoye (PPS TRT and Portsmouth Reading Council) and Melissa Warren (Bristol TRT and Web Master for VSRA) with the first hands-on 2 hour Literacy Institute session on Digital Storytelling using Photo Story 3.  Our department allowed us to bring a set of training laptops. It was very successful.

I was also very excited to co-present with Ruth Okoye with a Special Interest Session by the Technology and Reading Committee on Friday morning. Our presentation was on Web 2.0 for Language Arts Instruction.   Take a look at our resources:

Concurrent Sessions that I Attended:


Literacy in the Content Areas    Come and discover ten exciting strategies for promoting literacy in the content areas. Applications and examples of strategies such as Exit Slips, Popcorn Review, and RAFT Writing will be given.    Presenter was Shirley J. Atkinson from Options Publishing Co.

Opening the Doors to Content Area Literacy    This is an interactive session sharing books and resources aligned with SOLs and TESOLs that will enable students to apply reading strategies within content area reading and offer differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners.    Presenters: Peggy Jones and Patsy Swecker from Newport News Public Schools.


Reading and Technology: Finding the Time for Meaningful Instruction    Integrating technology in your reading block is easy and fun for teachers and students and provides opportunity for self directed learning. Leave with ready make handouts and plans.    Presenters: Janean Trimble and Pamela Blevins from Chesterfield County Public Schools.

EBooks, IPods, and Assistive Technology: Helping All Students with Reading    This session will provide hands-on exploration using the latest technology and (AT) assistive technology to assist students with their reading skills. Free and low cost tools will be explored along with the latest software programs and a handout will be given.    Presenters: Brenda M. Lucus, Mona D. Pruett, and Mary Wilds from TTAC.

Picture This!    Entice students to develop reading , writing and presentation skills using technology in the classroom. Use digital cameras to capture images of a variety of activities to use in creating SOL materials. PowerPoint presentations, Photo Story projects, and newsletters. Handouts will be provided.    Presenters: Brenda Price and Dawn King from Chesterfield County Public Schools. 


Using a Sentence Maker:    When writing isn’t scary, it’s successful. Most students fear writing because they don’t know what to write. A Sentence Maker is a tool developed and used by my kindergartners to create 3-4 sentences on a topic. The Sentence Maker allows the student to be creative without fear.    Presenter: Cathy Collier from Chesapeake Public Schools.

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