MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


UPCOMING MEETING:

December 1 and 2, 2017
30th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference

Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Venue: UOG's Tan Lam Pek Kim English and Communication Building (Fri.) and Dusit Thani Guam Resort, Tumon (Sat.)
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November Book Fair 2017 Snapshots




Guam IRA Donates Children's Books to Organizations -

On November 18, 2017, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its 17th Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center. The organizations that received the book donation include the Micronesian Resource Center; Philippine School; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association.

Guam IRA Donation to organizations on November 18, 2017: Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA Webmaster and Immediate Past President; Rufina Mendiola, Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) member; Aileen Namelo, Micronesia Resource Center Project Manager; Rose Cruz Castro, Guam IRA President; Liwanag Dominguez, Philippine school representative; and Geri Charfauros, Guam IRA Treasurer.
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November Newsletter


Inaugural IRA Anthology


Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Martha Sudo at the Grants table.

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Click on the following links to access important grant information and the IRA grant application, which are now Word-ready! Just download them, and you are ready to type!


IRA Grant Schedule for SY2017-2018

IRA Grant Application for SY2017-2018




September 9
October 21
November 18
December 2
January 13
February 10
March 10
April 21
May 19

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

IRA Contribution - Effective Literacy Websites Feature: Keeping parents and teachers connected with 5 popular apps

Twitter
Once considered inappropriate for classroom use, Twitter and other social media are becoming commonplace in schools across the nation. Teachers can use Twitter to engage students on lessons and assignments, and parents can view classroom accounts to see what is being taught. Parents can follow teacher accounts to stay connected. Shannon McClintock-Miller, the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School in Iowa, is a great example of how Twitter can help connect parents, educators, and students. She can be followed @shannonmmiller.
The Twitter app can be downloaded in the App Store and Google Play.
Facebook
Unlike the microblogging site Twitter, which is limited to 140 characters, Facebook lets users post content, including images and video, without length restrictions.
Some teachers have students create a classroom Facebook page to discuss and keep up with assignments and projects, while some districts have a page to share news and updates related to the school. John Skretta, Ph.D., is the superintendent of the Norris School District in Firth, Neb., and explains how Facebook can be an integral part of the school district for educators, administrators, and parents alike.
Access the Facebook app in the App Store and Google Play.
Skype
Did you know that more than 80,000 teachers worldwide use Skype in the classroom? One of the marvels of modern technology is the ability to communicate instantly with someone halfway around the globe. The free audio/visual messaging service Skype is already implemented in language courses, and can be used in lieu of a telephone for the busy or traveling parent wishing to speak with their child’s teacher.
For more on how Skype can turn classrooms into virtual field trips, read here.
Skype is offered in the App store and Google Play.
BuzzMob
No, it’s not a 70′s punk band. BuzzMob is a new mobile app that brings parents, educators, and administrators together. How does it work? The app syncs with your current location and connects you with the people around you in a real-time, live community. By joining GPS-defined “Rings” in the smartphone app, “BuzzMobbers” within the same location can connect instantly and talk, exchange ideas, and share multimedia.
Download BuzzMob in the App Store or Google Play.
Remind
Looking for a safe and secure way for teachers, parents, and students to communicate? Remind (formerly Remind101) offers a unique way to keep students and parents connected with text messages about academics and school activities. For more on how this app works, watch this brief informational video clip.
Remind is available in the App Store and Google Play.
Source:  Sharnoff, M. (2014). eSchool News, http://www.eschoolnews.com

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For previous website features, visit http://ed638effectiveliteracywebsites.blogspot.com.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Apply for an IRA grant

IRA GRANT DUE OCTOBER 11, 2014 AT 11:00 A.M.

Click on the following links to access important grant information and the IRA grant application, which are now Word-ready! Just download them, and you are ready to type!

IRA Grant Schedule for SY2014-2015
IRA Grant Application for SY2014-2015
IRA Grant Application Guidelines for SY2014-2015
IRA Grant Evaluation Form

For more information, see Martha Sudo and Evelyn Topasna at the Grants table or contact them at the following:

Martha Sudo                 Evelyn Topasna (HSTES)
969-1455/727-1455      565-6710/689-9455
mjsudo@gmail.com        edptopasna@gdoe.net
                                      evelyntopasna@gmail.com

September IRA Meeting Snapshots

Guam IRA President, Mary Livingston, welcomes
 members to the first IRA meeting on September 13, 2014.

Evangeline Chaco conducts her presentation
 at the September IRA meeting.

Rachel Douglas conducts her presentation
at the September IRA meeting.

Guam IRA President, Mary Livingston, thanks
 members for participating in the September IRA meeting.