IRC Presentation 2014

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Information about IRC Presentation 2014

Published on March 13, 2014

Author: bmuench



Tips and tricks for running Family Reading Night, Poetry Nights and connecting with your school community through literacy. by Christina Basham and Cheryl Broderick

IRC Grants to our district Family Reading Night 2007 $1000  2008 $850  2009 $500  2010 $300  2011 $400  2012 $400 2013 $650 Pickin’ Perfect Poetry Presentation and In-service by Poetry Alive! $1000-April 2010 Author Visit 2010-2011 $800 2013-2014 $600 Baggin Some Books 2012-2013 Basham $440 Broderick $400 2013-Little Free Lending Library $300

Grand Total In seven years we have received: Thanks in part to Illinois Reading Council Literacy Grants $7,640

How do you do it??? • Get a wonderful idea!!!! • Go to Illinois Reading Council website to get the grant form. • Follow the rubric!!! • Evaluation is an important key component.

IRC Grant Guidelines Needs Statement: Explain why this project is needed, include local statistics like test scores (ISAT, MAP, AIMSWEB, etc.) Special populations that will be included in this project, trend data for your service population. Just stating low socio-economic level and high mobility is not enough to justify need.

Sample Needs Statement The area serviced with this Family Reading Night is primarily a rural areas comprised of four surrounding communities. The small Pre-K-3rd buildings consist of approximately 300 students of those roughly 53% of students are categorized as low income with 35% being of Hispanic decent according to the most recent school district report card. This event provides an outstanding opportunity for language enrichment activities for our second language learner population and their families.

Description of Project • Project and timeline are well thought out and implementation plans are detailed. • Scope of project involves: school/institution and family/community • Lasting impact on literacy

Itemized Budget • Budget is detailed and demonstrates outstanding stewardship of funds. • Be cost conscious, especially with supplies and refreshments. • Limit the number of incentives you ask for-think of intrinsic values and low/no cost useful items(homework passes, pencils, etc. rather than trinkets.

Sample Budget

Plans for Publicity • Additional points on grant for local announcements recognizing IRC as a funding source • Presenting at conference or writing an article for the IRC Communicator • Weekly teacher newsletters • Raffle ticket for students to bring to event • Local newspapers and radio stations • Provide links to materials on teacher’s website • Twitter

Plans for Evaluation • How will you measure success of the project? • Using rubrics • Evaluation forms • Unique evaluation process that is described

Sample Evaluation Form Family Reading Night Parent Survey Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions. Your input will help us make the program even better next year! 1.) Was this the first time you attended Family Reading Night? Yes or No 2.) What was your favorite part of Family Reading Night? _______________________________________________________ 3.) Which guest reader did you like the best? ________________________________________________________ 4.) What could be changed to improve Family Reading Night? ____________________________________________ 5.) Will you attend this event next year? Why or why not? _________________________________________________________ 6.) Any other comments or suggestions? ________________________________________________________ Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. We appreciate it! Please return this completed survey to school by Wednesday, November 24th. Your child will receive a special prize for turning this in.

Other tidbits • No identifying information!!!!!! • If you have local support(of any kind) state it in the application • Have others read your application

Family Reading Night


Family Reading Night Schedule of Events 3:30-5:00 p.m. Set Up 5:30 – Registration begins 5:30-6:55 – Open all evening Craft in the gym Reading Room - south end of cafeteria Snack – north end of cafeteria 5:40-5:55 - First Session of Guest Readers 6:00-6:15 – Second Session of Guest Readers 6:15-6:20 – Passing Period 6:20-6:35 – Third Session of Guest Readers 6:35-6:40 – Passing Period 6:40-6:55 – Fourth Session of Guest Readers 6:45-7:00 pm-Return to Gym for Goodie Bags 7:00-7:30 pm-Tear down and Thank you gifts

Illinois Reads!

Poetry Alive!® An IRC grant was written for a presentation by Poetry Alive!® This presentation helped to give our students an appreciation of poetry as a performance technique.

As a result of our Poetry Alive Presentation in 2010, we decided to have a Poetry Night to encourage students to use the skills they learned after having Nadine and Ken visit. The students used their poetry performance skills for a great night of poetry. Poetry Night Gilman Elementary

Poetry Night has continued as an annual event…

We All Get Into the Act…………

Poppin’ Into Poetry-2012

Poetry in Bloom-2013

Author Visit In October, 2010 we invited Alice B. McGinity to our school to give presentations to students in Kindergarten – Third Grade. Alice discussed her book writing process and how she chooses topics to write on. She also mentioned that she has received many rejections before her books have been published. Don’t give up!

Projects from the Author Visit

Books in a Bag •In 2012, we both wrote grants to create literacy bags for our Title I students. •Most books in the bag consist of two books on the same theme with a fiction and nonfiction selection. •Each bag has ideas for parents and additional activities that coordinate with the books. •All ideas were found at

There are titles for Kindergarten – Third Grade We have 22 topics available for students to share at home.

“Little Free Library” What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! You can find more info on this at

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