Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MRA Conference and Aps and Selma.. OH MY!

The holidays are a distant memory, and it seems like everyone is back to work with an increased urgency and excitement. While this makes my job incredibly exciting, it also leaves me with A LOT of information I want to get out there- and every time I go to draft a blog, something new catches my attention. Blogger problems right?

Massachusetts Reading Association
The annual MRA Reading Conference is coming! The conference will be held on Thursday April 9th and Friday, April 10th at the Boston Marriot Quincy. This year's lineup has caught my attention. Keynote speakers include Georgia Heard, founding member of Teacher's College, children's author Jon Scieszka (Math Curse, Time Warp Trio) and Stephanie Harvey, author of Comprehension, Collaboration and Curiosity, 21st Skills that Matter, just to name a few. In addition to the keynote speakers, the workshops happening throughout the day will not disappoint. For more information, please check out their brochure or click here for a more detailed breakdown of events. If you have not done so, you can sign up here.
Apps and Appetizers
Another exciting event, hosted by the New Literacies Committee of the Massachusetts Reading Association is Apps and Appetizers. This event will take place from 5:00 - 7:00pm on Thursday, February 26th, at Tavern in the Square (Porter Square T Stop). Stop by with colleague to learn and share your favorite literacy apps with other techie literacy professionals. To register for what promises to be an exciting event, register here.
Hopefully, many of you have seen previews or the trailer for the movie, Selma; the true story of a three month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights, culminating in one of the most significant victories in the civil rights movement; the signing of Voting Rights Act of 1965. In and effort to spread knowledge and share this movie with others, 27 African-American business leaders created a fund promoting the viewing of this movie for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students free of charge. Spread the word! The following Greater Boston movie theaters will be offering this viewing opportunity for a limited time:
AMC Assembly Row 12
AMC Braintree 10
Apple Cinemas
Capitol Theatre
Regal Fenway Stadium 13
Showcase Cinema De Lux Legacy Place
AMC Loews Boston Common 19
For more information, click here

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