The mission of the IRC Communicator is to provide information and resources to members as they promote and teach lifelong literacy. 

If you would like to share teaching tips, helpful hints, and/or short literacy articles on the following topics, please email articles to the IRC Office.  Articles can be submitted as a Word document with up to 400 words.

Each issue is filled with valuable information that you will not want to miss!

 
April 2021 IRC Communicator
  • Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 2021 IRC Conference by Katie Russell
  • Implementing a Summer Book Club by Alaina Weatherford
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf
  • Literacy Links
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
March 2021 IRC Communicator
  • If Only We're Brave Enough To Be It by Laura St. John
  • Book Review of Bored and Brilliant by Melissa Stinnett
  • Balanced Literacy - A Deeper Understanding by Dick Koblitz
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf
  • Literacy Links
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
 
February 2021 IRC Communicator
  • IRC Workshop Series Online in March 2021 by Katie Russell
  • Illinois Reads Book Festival on March 13, 2021
  • Read Around the CASEL Books to Spark SEL Conversations (Part 2) by Maria Walther
  • Strategies for Struggling Readers by Rachel Lesinski-Roscoe, Leigh Cavanaugh, Jenni Clesen
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf
  • Literacy Links
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
 
January 2021 IRC Communicator
  • IRC Conference – October 19-20, 2021 by IRC
  • Let Them Talk by Andrea Mear and Jessica Doneske
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf by Barb Ashton
  • Literacy Links by the Educational Media Committee
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
December 2020 IRC Communicator

  • Simple Ways to Incorporate SEL into your Remote Learning by Laura St. John
  • Two Simple Mantras to Good Teaching (Part II) by Melissa Wheeler
  • Equity and Title I by Nancy Oesterreich
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf by Barb Ashton
  • Literacy Links by the Educational Media Committee
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
November 2020 IRC Communicator

  • Respecting Names is Respecting Identity by Nancy Steineke
  • Two Simple Mantras to Good Teaching (Part I) by Melissa Wheeler
  • Don't Pandemic About Time Management by Jaclyn Turner
  • An Equity Precedent by Marygrace Farina
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf by Barb Ashton
  • Literacy Links by the Educational Media Committee
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
 October 2020 IRC Communicator
  • Read Around the Casel Wheel:  Books to Spark SEL Conversations (Part I) by Maria Walther
  • Sharing Stories to Foster Reading Fluency by LaShay Jennings, Jessica Dunker, and Edward J. Dwyer
  • Digital Literacy by Christy Ziller
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf by Barb Ashton
  • Literacy Links by the Educational Media Committee
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
September 2020 IRC Communicator
 
  • Beginning of a New School Year by Stephanie Benson
  • Tips for Remote Learning by Sheila Ruh and Sherry Sejnost
  • Keeping It Real by Laura St. John
  • No-Pressure Text Parking Lot by Andrea Mear
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf by Barb Ashton
  • Literacy Links by the Educational Media Committee
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
August 2020 IRC Communicator
  • Flipping Out Over Flipgrid by Alaina Weatherford
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf by Barb Ashton
  • Literacy Links by the Educational Media Committee
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC
 
July 2020 IRC Communicator
  • IRC Conference – March 11-12, 2021 by IRC
  • New Look for the IRC Communicator by IRC
  • Family Literacy Bookshelf by Barb Ashton
  • Literacy Links by the Educational Media Committee
  • Upcoming PD Events by IRC

 

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