The Piedmont Chapter of VSLA has selected this year's Reading Teacher of the Year, Caitlin Pugh from Robert S. Payne Elementary with Lynchburg City Schools. Caitlin has been with LCS for fourteen years. Her experience has been in the regular classroom grades 1, 3, and 4 as well as reading specialist for the past three years.  Caitlin has a bachelor of science in education and a masters in reading education from the University of Lynchburg. Caitlin has always been passionate about reading (personally and professionally), so it was a natural path for her career to pursue licensure as a reading specialist. She has a strong love of her students and her school. She was fortunate to be able to transition into a reading specialist position there. Throughout her tenure at Payne, instilling a love of reading has been her mission. She loves collaborating with her colleagues and helping them broaden their knowledge of reading instruction too. During this unusual year, Caitlin has been a hug...
During the past few months, Covid has changed everything. You've likely had a very strange and challenging year, and certainly, PARC's struggled too. We hate that we haven't been able to support you as we have in the past. As this post is being written, our team is talking about what we feasibly can offer. As plans evolve, we'll update this post with more information. For now though, we want to share opportunities that might work for you. VSLA Spring Conference The 54th Annual VSLA Conference will be held virtually this year March 18-20th and includes many wonderful literacy experts and a wide variety of topics. For a look at the agenda, you can click HERE   Just to grab your interest, here are a few names you might recognize: THE ART OF TEACHING: CREATING RESPONSIVE READERS: Kelly Gallagher INTENTIONAL LESSON PLANNING WITH CAFÉ: Gail Boushey and Allison Behne HERO, LEADER, KING: THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATING STRONG BLACK MALE PROTAGONISTS IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: ...
As we all know, there is a strong connection between reading and writing. For this reason, PARC loves to sponsor its annual Young Writers Contest. Even though last year's contest ended without the opportunity to honor our finalists at our awards recognition ceremony, we would like to offer the contest in a new format. This year, all entries will be done digitally!  Of course, there is no way to predict the future, but we are hopeful that we will be able to resume our annual awards ceremony in the spring.  Contest Information: As in the past, we will have three options for the contest. Students in grades K-3 can submit a poetry anthology or a fictional piece. Students in grades 3-12 have three categories including poetry, short fiction or essay. The essay topics are differentiated by age and level in order to better match writing standards.  The contest is open to all PARC public and private schools in the districts we serve as well as all homeschooling students within our area. If ...