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Autumn 2012

Washington Organization for Reading Development Dedicated To Increasing Literacy & Instilling A Love Of Lifelong Learning


October 20, 2012 Fall Conference Engaging Students with Highly Effective Instructional Strategies: Implementing the Common Core State Standards

our In order to increase literacy and instill a love of lifelong learning, WORD is dedicated to connecting educators to literacy ideas, innovations, and best practices, through state and local conferences, workshops and publications.

The WORD is a publication of the Washington Organization for Reading Development, in affiliation with the International Reading Association.

Message From the WORD President —

Dawn Christiana, 2012-2013 WORD President 360.296.1670

“Mom, why couldn’t you have been a PE teacher, I’m good at PE.” We were sitting at the dinner table discussing literature with my two other children, Nathaniel and Haillie, and my youngest, Noah, wanted to change the conversation. As an elementary teacher since 1996, reading specialist, literacy coach and avid literacy learner, I have a strong desire to support all readers. It is my goal to encourage those children to be just as excited about literacy as we are and the striving readers like my son. It is with that passion that I am hopeful to serve you well as President of WORD this year. Though each of us works with different populations, different districts with different initiatives and brings different experiences, we all share one thing — the desire for our students to learn. This year I would like to learn from you, what is it that WORD can do to best support you? As I learn from you, I have set three goals: 

Get connected: develop ways to link with other organizations and use social media

Celebrate teaching: find ways to truly honor the dedication and passion

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we share for literacy learning and the amazing things that you are doing in your classrooms, buildings and districts 

President - Dawn Christiana 360.296.1670

Capacity: strengthen WORD’s member support with strong professional development opportunities and resources.

This newsletter is our new revised format, short and sweet. You can access additional information on our web page at In addition to our social media, website and newsletters, this year we will host two events. Our fall conference in Everett on October 20th with Colleen Cruz, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff developer and author, and our CoSponsored event in Bellingham March 9th with “Smokey” Daniels.

Past President - Kristin Courtney 425.753.3560 President Elect - Pam Pottle

Thank you for connecting with WORD this year and continuing to build capacity for literacy learning throughout our state. I look forward to learning from you and celebrating literacy learning with you this year!

360.384.5360 Long Term Conferences - Cheryl Vance 360.748.1158 Current Conferences - Jennifer Lomis 360.7439.7681 Secretary - Jennifer Dressel 714.475-4396 Treasurer - Deb Glatt 509.967.6375

October 20, 2012 — Everett High School Common Core State Standards in writing call for students who are able to independently write narrative, expository and opinion pieces as part of a performance tasks, in response to reading, as an isolated task and the standards are specific. Co Membership - Mary Jane Rants 360.491.6167 Co Membership - Denise Gudwin 510-iREAD4u Communications - Christine Colestock 509.487.7507 Pre-Service Representative - Lisa Toedtli

Who better than Colleen Cruz, author of Independent Writing and Teachers College staff developer, to help us develop our understandings of the Common Core expectations and strengthen our craft of teaching writing? Nikki Elliott Schuman-OSPI Writing Assessment Specialist will also share her knowledge of the upcoming ELA Smarter Balance assessment. Educators from across Washington will share sessions focused on implementing the common core with different populations, focusing on understanding different standards and engaging students in highly effective instruction.


Please help us promote this conference by sharing our conference flyer found on page 7 with your colleagues.

IRA Coordinator - Joan Cohee 425.746.2329

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn!

A Whole Week September 27 - October 4 —

Read for the Record with WORD and IRA Joan Cohee, WORD/IRA Coordinator 425.746.2329

For the fourth year WORD will participate in ”Jumpstart’s Read for the Record” campaign. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for high quality early education in America by having adults and children set a record for the largest shared reading experience. In 2011, more than 2.2 million people took part in the movement.

2012-2013 Local Council Contacts Benton Franklin Council Christine Clem

Central Washington University Sharryn Walker, Advisor Jackie Robertson, President

Eastern Washington University

For the first time this year, instead of a one day read-in, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record will take place over a full week— September 27 through to the record setting day on October 4. Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis is the official book of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign in 2012. Jacky Davis and David Soman are a husband and wife creative team. The characters in the New York Timesbestselling Ladybug Girl books are inspired by the authors’ own children, Lucy and Sam. For more information about Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, visit

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Lake Washington Cim Dew, President

Lower Columbia Mary Mendoza, President

North Sound Pam Pottle, President

Invite fellow educators, parents, and community leaders to read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad to many groups of children from September 27 to October 4, but especially on October 4. You may access the book for free at We Give Books (, the free digital reading initiative created by Penguin and the Pearson Foundation. After October 4th report the number of total participants to Jumpstart at Since the campaign began in 2006, more than seven million people have joined local Jumpstart’s Read for the Record reading celebrations. Jumpstart has raised more than $7 million to support its year-round work in preschools in low-income neighborhoods. The Pearson Foundation has donated nearly one million books to local schools, libraries, and community organizations in conjunction with the annual campaign. Read for the Record is supported by IRA and the Pearson Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning and great teaching. . More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at

Seattle Denise Gudwin, President

Snohomish County Alysia White, Co-President Kristi Sherman, Co-President

South Sound Mary Jane Rants, Co-President Joan Bower, Co-President

Spokane Area Suzi Slaton, President


Variables That Influence Student Achievement—

Don’t Delay It’s the beginning of the school year and the end of another WORD membership year. WORD is a low-cost professional organization with BIG benefits! For just $20*,you can: Attend WORD conferences at a reduced rate Obtain clock hours for just $2/hour Attend most any local council event Network with professionals across the state Go to to renew today or join through your local council. *Associate members join for just$10. Associate members include substitute teachers, college education students, instructional assistants or retired teachers. Go to to renew or become a new member of IRA! Price for basic online membership of IRA is $29 and includes the publication, Reading Today.


Dawn Christiana, 2012-2013 WORD President 360.296.1670

There has been no greater time of change in education than right now. Across the country teachers, schools, districts and entire states are agreeing on the same proficiency standards. As a child I grew up all over the United States, in fact, I could be the poster child for the Common Core State Standards. As a young learner on the west coast I was doing, “just great,” but in the Midwest I was considered “gifted.” Highly capable me arrived in California to be placed in the remedial class for struggling learners. The vast discrepancies in my “ability” were not because moving made me drastically different as a learner, but because teachers had different expectations. They had different expectations of students, but they also had different approaches entirely. Some effective and others not so much. I’m quite sure the many times I had to paint Styrofoam planets did not lead to deep understandings of the solar system. Did my teachers know the impact they were making on me as a learner? Over the last couple of years the work of John Hattie has been highlighted in research presentations, professional literature and all over the web. This year John Hattie’s groundbreaking book, Visible Learning, which synthesized more than 15 years of research involving millions of students and represented the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research has been formatted for teachers. Hattie published Visible Learning for Teachers to assist us in applying the principles of visible learning to our classrooms. He didn’t write this collection of research into a recipe book or checklist of what everyone should do, but rather encourages us to use our professional judgment and begin discussions of our practice by knowing what influences were found to be effective in instruction and to “know thy impact.” Do you know the impact you make every day on the learners in your classroom? On page 20 of his book, Hattie cites thirty different variables that influence student achievement. Each of these influences may have high, medium or low impact on student’s achievement. Using the table below, what impact do you believe these variables have on student achievement? (High, medium or low) For the answers and more about Hattie’s research, go to




Ability grouping/tracking/streaming Acceleration (for example, skipping a year) Comprehensive programs Cooperative vs. Individualistic learning Direct Instruction (Active learning with specific corrective feedback/work at one, five & 20 hour intervals) Gender (male vs. female) Home environment Individualizing instruction Influence of peers Matching teaching with student learning styles Meta-cognitive strategy programs Phonics instruction Professional development on student achievement Providing formative evaluation to teachers Providing worked examples Reciprocal Teaching Reducing class size Retention (holding back a year) Student control over learning Student expectations Teacher credibility in eyes of students Teacher expectations Teacher subject matter knowledge Teacher-student relationships Using simulations and gaming Vocabulary Programs Whole language programs Within class grouping Table of Effect Sizes: An effect size of 0.5 is = to a one grade leap An effect size of 1.0 is = to a two grade leap An effect size of 0.4 is above average for educational research 5

Words To Treasure —

IRA Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards  Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage A happy-go-lucky Walrus escapes the zoo in search of adventure in this wordless instant classic. Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself. Will a yellow hardhat point to a new life as a construction worker? Or will a red swimming cap reveal his true talents? llow the happy-go-lucky runaway as he hides amongst firefighters, businessmen, and even high-stepping dancers in this wordless picture book.

Each year The International Reading Association awards newly published authors the Children’s and Young Adults' Book Award.

 Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor It's the summer before seventh grade, and twelve-year-old Raine O'Rourke's mother takes a sudden job at Sparrow Road--a dilapidated mansion that houses a group of eccentric artists. While Raine's mother works as the cook and housekeeper, Raine is left to figure out why she and her mother have really come to Sparrow Road. Secrets seem to be everywhere, but it's an unexpected secret from Raine's own life--the reason she's come to Sparrow Road--that changes her forever.  Flyaway by Lucy Christopher If they saved the swan together, could she then save her friend? In a heartbeat, in a wingbeat, it happens. Isla's father falls. They're racing across the fields, following the swans flying in to winter at the lake like they do every year, when something goes wrong. And before she can even catch her breath, they're in the back of an ambulance, she's holding his hand. At the hospital, upset and scared, Isla meets Harry. Unlike the boys at school, he doesn't laugh when she tells him about her love of birds. He listens. But what is he doing there? As Isla struggles with her father's frailty and the new feelings she has for Harry, she's determined to help the only way she knows how. Outside the hospital windows, Isla watches a lone whooper swan struggling to fly. If only she could save the lost bird, would that somehow heal her dad, and cure Harry, and make everything good again?

This award is intended for who show unusual promise in the children’s and young adults’ book field.

 Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions. Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously-and at great riskdocumenting events by drawing. This is a story strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.

The awards are presented and publicized at the IRA Annual Convention.

 My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey by Jeanne Walker Harvey As a young boy growing up in North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his greatgrandmother’s Cherokee stories and heard the whistle of the train that took his people to the North—people who wanted to be free. When Romare boarded that same train, he watched out the window as the world whizzed by. Later he captured those scenes in a famous painting, Watching the Good Trains Go By. Using that painting as inspiration and creating a text influenced by the jazz that Bearden loved, Jeanne Walker Harvey describes the patchwork of daily southern life that Romare saw out the train’s window and the story of his arrival in shimmering New York City.

In case you missed the convention, the books to the right were honored. 6

 How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.

Engaging Students with Highly Effective Instructional Strategies

Who better than Colleen Cruz, author of Independent Writing and Teachers College staff developer, to help us develop our understandings of the Common Core expectations and strengthen our craft of teaching writing? In addition, Nikki Elliott Schuman, OSPI Writing Assessment Specialist will share her knowledge of the upcoming ELA Smarter Balance assessment.

Breakout Sessions

Heather Craggs: Effective Practice for Primary Writing Using the CCSS (K-2) Roxann Rose: Reading Dialogue Journals: A Way to Motivate and Guide Readers and Writers While Teaching to the CCSS (K-8) Linda Lee and Mary Haymond: Building Independent Readers: A Systematic Approach (K-2) Katie Johnson: Why can’t some children learn to read? (K-2) American Reading: Ensure All Teachers, PreK-12, make the shifts required for Implementation of CCSS Sarah Collinge: Discovering the Author’s Message through Close Reading (3-8) John Slagle: Writing about Reading: Analytical Writing in the CCSS Classroom (K-5) Joy Lansdowne: Text Complexity and the CCSS Tiffany Rose and Bruce Denton: “Get Back to Your Roots”: Word Study with Greek and Latin Roots (3-12+)

Registration Details WORD Members: $75.00 with lunch or $65.00 without lunch plus processing fee

WORD Associate Members: $30.00 with lunch or $20.00 without lunch plus processing fee

Associate members include pre-service teachers, retired teachers, para-professionals, and substitute teachers.

NON-Members: $110.00 with lunch or $100.00 without lunch plus processing fee

Everett School District Employees

District ID required upon registration check-in

$65.00 with lunch or $55.00 without lunch plus processing fee

To register, visit or scan the QR code

Kristi Dominguez and Nina Mottola: Writer's Workshop with our Youngest Learners: Theory to Practice (K-1)

WORD: Washington Organization for Reading Development Dedicated to enhancing literacy instruction & instilling a love for lifelong learning

Washington Organization for Reading Development c/o Christine Colestock, Communications Coordinator 714 E Sinto, Spokane WA 99202

The WORD membership year is from July 1 through June 30. Renew or join WORD online by visiting For those who prefer a paper method, complete the following form. Membership Category: Đž Regular $20 Đž Associate $10 Name___________________________________________________ Home Address____________________________________________ City, State, Zip____________________________________________ Home Phone _____________________________________________ Email Address____________________________________________ IRA Number ________________ If you do not know the nearest local council to your place of employment, WORD will assign you to a local council upon receipt of your dues. If there is no local council within easy commuting distance, or if you prefer to be a member-at-large, you will become a member of the At-Large Council.

Dedicated To Increasing Literacy & Instilling A Love Of Lifelong Learning

____I prefer to join a local council, if there is one nearby. Name of local council _________________________ ____I prefer to be a member at-large Make checks payable to WORD. Regular membership is $20 and Associate membership is $10. Mail with this form with payment to WORD Membership Director, Mary Jane Rants; 2006 Roxburg CT SE; Olympia, WA 98513.

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