FCRTA Presentation

Pat and I had the honor of presenting at the Fairfax County Reading Teachers Association’s annual conference yesterday at George Mason University. What a wonderful day! (and a huge kudos for the teachers who chose to spend a warm Saturday learning with us!)  We started the day with our keynote: Literacy Teaching: It’s All About the Passion. After a delicious lunch, we presented two break out sessions. Pat shared:  More Meaning-Making, Less Rote: Working with Struggling Readers in Grades 3-6 and I shared:  Merging the Old with the New: Literacy Teaching in the 21st Century, K-3. Below you can view Katie’s presentation. Enjoy!


  1. I’m having some trouble getting the New Brunswick video to play here. Please visit us on Facebook at “Catching Readers Before They Fall” to see the presentation with the video. I’ll continue trying to fix the problem. Thanks!

  2. Several teachers brought up the question about what to do with children who aren’t allowed to be photographed if you are making digital stories or posting to a blog. We certainly don’t want to exclude them, but it poses quite a challenge. Here are two great photo editing programs that might help. I found a tool that allows you to blur things that might give away identitiy or location, like faces or uniform shirts.

    If you go to http://www.lunapic.com/editor/ you can upload pictures from your computer, edit them and re-save them back to your computer before you upload to your blog. You can use the “Adjust” feature and select “Auto Blur Faces” to blur the faces in pictures.

    If you go to http://fotoflexer.com/ you can also upload pictures from your computer, edit them and re-save to your computer. If you want to distort another part of the picture, like uniform shirts or things in the background with school name/location on it, just select the “Effects” and “Super Pixelate.” You can select an area to pixelate making it unrecognizable.

    Hopefully this helps solve that problem!

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