April 15, 2015: Illinois Reading Councilwill co-sponsor the Wired Wednesday Webinars with Matt Copeland on Facilitating Student Discussion With Socratic Circles. All webinars start at 7:00 pm. and only availabe for IRC members. Pre-registration is required by emailing the IRC Office.
April 16, 2015: Macon County Reading Council will host Put a Poem in Your Pocket: Strategies to Teach Poetry in the Classroom with Christina Field and Katie Fuller from 4:15-5:30 PM at Decatur Public Library at 130 N Franklin St. Decatur, Illinois. The event is FREE.
April 18, 2015: Chicago Area Reading Association will host a Spring Conference at 9:00 AM at Chicago Teacher Center, 770 N Halsted Suite 420 Chicago, Illinois. Registration is $30 for members and $50 for non-members.
April 18, 2015: East Central-EIU Reading Councilwill be participating at the Festival of the Young Child from 9AM-12:00 PM at Cross County Mall, 700 Broadway Ave, Mattoon, Illinois. The event is FREE.
April 21, 2015: Illini Reading Councilwill host English and Language Arts Apps: "Appy Hour" with ISBE Speakers Lisa Ward and Jill Brown from 5:00-7:00 PM at Garden Hills Elementary, 2001 Garden Hills Drive, Champaign, Illinois. Registration includes a pizza dinner for $12 for Illini members, $17 for non-members, and $7 for Preservice teachers. Register by April 17, 2015.
April 23, 2015: MID-State Reading Council will host Wine-a-Read from 5:30-7:30 PM at White Oak Winery, 8644 E 2100 North Rd. Carlock, Illinois. Registration fee is $5.
April 25, 2015: Northern Illinois Reading Council will host the Teachers As Readers Book Discussion Meeting at 10:00 a.m. at Katie's Cup, 502 7th Street, Rockford, Illinois. The book will be Donalyn Miller's Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Key to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits. There is no registration fee, but email firstname.lastname@example.org to register today.
April 25, 2015: Western Illinois Reading Council will hold a Young Author’s Visits Western Illinois University from 9:00-11:00 AM at Western Illinois University. This event is FREE.
April 27, 2015: Southern Illinois Reading Council will hold a Spring Celebration with Illinois Author Aaron Reynolds at 6:00 PM at Carbondale Civic Center, 200 S Illinois Ave. Carbondale, Illinois. This event is FREE.
May 1, 2015: MID-State Reading Councilis accepting applications for the Carol Berry Memorial Grant to award a financial grant up to $1,000 to individual council members for the purpose of promoting the literacy of children in the classroom. The guidelines, review process, and submission are available online. The notification and award date is May 15, 2015.
June 18-19, 2015: Suburban Council of IRA (SCIRA)will host the Teachers Renewal Summer Conference with Lester Laminack and Kelly Gallagher from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Skokie Holiday Inn, 7200 West Touhy, Skokie, Illinois. Lester Laminack will be the featured speaker on Thursday, June 18th and Kelly Gallagher will be the featured speaker on Friday, June 19th. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served daily as well as vendors, book browsing and collegial conversations. Participants will receive 12 clock hours. Registration information is available at http://scira.weebly.com/.
June 2015: Mississippi Valley Reading Council will participate in a Town Social from 2:00-4:00 pm at Spirit Knob Winery, 2211 E 640th Pl, Ursa, Illinois. The event is FREE.
July 1, 2015: IRC Officers take office.
July 7, 2015: IRC Executive Committee Meeting is scheduled. For more information, please contact the IRC Officeby email or phone at 1-888-454-1341.
July 8, 2015: IRCBoard of Directors Meeting, Grand Bear Lodge & Resort in Starved Rock, Utica. For more information, please contact the IRC Office by email or by phone at 1-888-454-1341.
July 8-9, 2015: IRCLeadership Retreat at Grand Bear Lodge & Resort in Starved Rock, Utica. Local Council Officers, State Committee Chairs, Regional Directors, and Executive Officers will attend a comprehensive training and team-building workshop. Please watch your mail for registration materials. Contact your local council leaders for information on how you can be more involved in your local council.
July 17-20, 2015: International Reading Associationwill host the 60th Annual Convention, Transforming Lives Through Literacy, in St. Louis, Missouri. To find out more about this convention, check out the Annual Convention section at www.reading.org.
July 28, 2015: Southern Illinois Reading Council will host a Summer Mini-Conference. More information will be available soon. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Katie Russell.
September 1, 2015: IRC deadline for submitting information for the Winter IRC Communicator. Please send your information to the IRC Office.
September 10, 2015: College Instructors of Reading Professionals(CIRP) is accepting applications for Student Conference Stipends for education majors who attend the 2015 IRC Conference. Applicants must be full-time education majors attending a college or university in Illinois. Up to ten $75 stipends will be awarded. Winners will be notified by email by September 18, 2015.
September 24, 2015: Northern Illinois Reading Councilwill host the Fall Literacy Conference featuring Maria Walther from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, Illinois. Other break outs will feature book talks from Becky Anderson of Anderson's Bookshops and Bert Crossland and Beth Olson of Heinemann Publishing Company. Books will also be for sale. Registration will be available at a later date. NIRC is also lookin for presenters for breakout sessions. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Coats at 815-751-4784.
October 1-3, 2015: Illinois Reading Council will host the 48th Annual IRC Conference, Passport to Possibilities, in Springfield, Illinois. Please take a moment to peruse the online Conference Preview. Housing and Registration forms will be available in the Conference Preliminary Program in April 15th!
October 3, 2015: Illinois Reading Council Annual Membership Meeting at the conference in Peoria, Illinois. IRC Election Ballot results will be announced.
November 1, 2015: Illinois Title I Association (ITA)is accepting applications to award financial grants to members of ITA for innovative programs and projects for the purpose of promoting literacy development in the school and community. Grant receipts will be notified by November 17, 2015. The application process and guidelines are available online.
November 19, 2015: Illinois Family Reading Night is an annual statewide event sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian, and the Illinois Center for the Book at the Illinois State Library that encourages families to spend quality time reading together. Participating organizations create programming that works best for their group. This year, IRC’s ILLINOIS READS Program has partnered in the program: Read Across Illinois. Plan now to participate in a Family Reading night in your area. For more information, visit the website about the Illinois Family Reading Nights.
November 25, 2015: IRAHonor Council materials due electronically to IRA.
December 1, 2015: IRC deadline for submitting information for the SpringIRC Communicator. Please send your information to the IRC Office.