ATTENTION MEMBERS:  While CCIRA transitions to a new website, please refer to The Colorado Communicator sent on Sept. 2 for updated grants and awards info and applications. For the Technology and New Literacies Grant (due on Sept. 30), please click here. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. 


The 51st Annual Colorado Language Arts Society Fall Regional Conference will explore the variety of stories humans share, and the stories teachers ask students to read and write. Keynote speakers Chris Crutcher, Rebecca Rule, and Ted Conover will share their powerful stories and describe the role of narratives in the Common Core. In addition, numerous sessions and workshops will address important topics like censorship; fostering LGBT identities in ELA; flipped classrooms; preparing for PARCC; teacher as writer; story poems; the latest YA Lit; and, research and reasoning as the neglected standard (among many others). The conference will be held October 10-11, 2014 at the School of Mines in beautiful Golden, Colorado. For more information and to register, click here.

Pikes Peak Reading Council
Fall Literacy Conference “Reading Lights the Way”
Featured Speaker: Anne Goudvis (co-author of The Comprehension Toolkit)
September 6th at 8:00
El Pomar Julie Penrose Center in Colorado Springs

San Luis Valley Reading Council
Assemblies Birds of Prey 
Sept.18   
LCIS 10:00
1:00
West Park

Adams County Council
James Erekson - Teacher Quality and Effectiveness
September 24, 2014
4:30-6:30
CB&Potts

Southern Colorado Reading Council
Kick-Off with Guest Speaker:  Eric Ursich
September 26th
6:00-8:00 pm
Main Street Banquet Hall in Pueblo 


Sagebrush Reading Council
Membership Drive
September 24, 2014
4:00-6:00
Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant


Collegiate Peaks Reading Council
CCIRA Grant Writing Session
Sept. 19
Custer County School

Meet, Greet, and Refresh at The River’s Edge - Membership Drive
September 25, 2014
4:30-6:30
The River’s Edge, Salida

Buena Vista Membership Drive
TBD
Buena Vista
Cotopaxi Membership Drive
TBD
Cotopaxi

Ten Mile Reading Council
Guest Speaker: Patrick Allen
September 9th, 2014
4:30-7:00
Summit Middle

Weld County Reading Council
guest speaker: Terry Highfield
Sept. 10th 5-7pm

Platte Canyon Council
Fall Literacy Night
September, 25, 2014
Pelligrini's restaurant 2400 17th st. Greeley, CO

Douglas County Reading Council
What Student Writing Teaches Us: Formative Assessment in the Writing Workshop featuring Mark Overmeyer
September 16, 2014
4:30-6-30 pm
Redstone Elementary, Highlands Ranch JCIRA Guest Speaker
September 16, 2014

Fort Collins Council
The Reading Promise featuring Eric Ursich
September 25, 2014 4:10-6:20
Bauder Elementary School

Thompson Council
The Common Core Writing Book by Gretchen Owocki
Presenter: Jill Date
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thompson Administration Building

Windsor Council
Amy Nicholl - *CCIRA Membership Benefits, Awards, Grants
September 11, 2014
3:30-5:30
Severance Middle School Library

Rocky Mountain High Reading Council
September 16,2014  First meeting to plan future meetings and events Meetings once a month.
****September 18th” Birds of Prey” assemblies
 Lake County Intermediate school at 10:00 and
West Park school at 1:15

Southern Colorado Reading Council
Grand Opening of Greenhorn Valley Public Library
(Date to be announced)

Collegiate Peaks Reading Council
Teacher as Writer Overnighter
(Date to be announced)

“Text Complexity” Book Study
Oct. 8 & 10
4:15-6:15
Custer County School

Sagebrush Reading Council
Family book check out
Councils will be developing a bank of read-aloud books at each elementary school for families to check out. We will track which families have participated in the program through a display in each school.
4:00-6:00
Sandrock Elementary School

Fort Collins Council
Global Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Project Based Learning featuring Cheryl Arnet
October 23, 2014 4:10-6:20
Bauder Elementary School

Weld County Reading Council
Technology in classrooms
Guest speaker: Hollyanna via Skype
Oct. 15th 5-7pm
Pellegrini's restaurant 2400 17th st. Greeley, CO

Thompson Council
Phonemic Awareness & Phonics
Presenter: Barb Kruse
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thompson Administration Building

Thompson Council
Content Writing
Presenter: Amy Nicholl
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thompson Administration Building

Windsor Council
Jill Lewis - Progress Monitoring (Tentative)
October 9, 2014
3:30-5:30 (3:30-4:00 Business, 4:00-5:30)
Severance Middle School Library

Platte Canyon Reading Council
October 16, 2014
Book study presentation

Collegiate Peaks Reading Council
Emotional Intelligence Movie
November 24, 2014
4:15-5:15

“Text Complexity” Book Study
Nov. 12 & 14
4:15-6:15
Custer County School

Fort Collins Council
How to write a star grant featuring Cyndi Branson,  New Children Books featuring Marcie Haloin, The upcoming CCIRA conference featuring MaryJo Ziegman

Weld County Reading Council
Digital Storytelling
Guest speaker: Suzette Youngs and Mia Williams
Nov. 19th 5-7pm
Pelligrini's restaurant 2400 17th st. Greeley, CO

Thompson Council
Close Reading
Presenter: Suzette Youngs
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thompson Administration Building

Sagebrush Reading Council
Guest Speaker (yet to be determined) - parents as the target audience with the intent of promoting the importance of reading WITH your child.
November 11, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm CMS auditorium

Windsor Council
Hollyanna Bates
November 12, 2014
3:30-5:30 (3:30-4:00 Business, 4:00-5:30)
Severance Middle School Library

Pikes Peak Reading Council
Outreach Project: Welcome Home
(Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Colorado Springs)
Date TBA (December timeframe)

Boulder Valley Council
Family Literacy Night   TBD

Collegiate Peaks Reading Council
Community Service Project w/Salida Pregnancy Center

“Text Complexity” Book Study
Dec. 10
4:15-6:15
Custer County School

Thompson Council
The Common Core Writing Book by Gretchen Owocki
Presenter: Jill Date
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thompson Administration Building

Windsor Council
James Erekson - Literacy and Graphic Novels
December 11, 2014
3:30-5:30 (3:30-4:00 Business, 4:00-5:30)
Severance Middle School Library

Windsor Council
Community Family Literacy Night January 29, 2015 4-6pm

Adams County Council
Erik Palmer - Meeting Common Core Standards: Speaking and Listening
January 14, 2015
4:30 - 6:30
CB&Potts

Sagebrush Reading Council
Family Literacy Carnival
January 14, 2015
5:00-7:00 pm at Sunset Elementary

Collegiate Peaks Reading Council
“Text Complexity” Book Study
Jan.14
4:15-6:15
Custer County School

Family Literacy Night
Jan. 29
5:00-7:00
Custer County School

Fort Collins Council
Integration of Reading and Writing in the Content  Areas featuring Amy Nicholl
January 22, 2015 4:10-6:20
Bauder Elementary School



Weld County Reading Council
Technology in classroom : collaboration and Conference Sessions
Jan. 21st 5-7pm
Pellegrini's Restaurant 2400 17th st. Greeley, CO

Thompson Council
Technology - IPAD APPS for Literacy
Presenter: Barb Randall
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thompson Administration Building

Pikes Peak Reading Council
CCIRA Conference Follow Up: Time for Tea
February 19th, 2015
Agia Sophia Coffee Shop in Colorado Springs

Weld County Reading Council
CCIRA conference Follow Up
February 14th 9-11am
Your Place Coffee Shop in Greeley, CO

Collegiate Peaks Council
Council Collaboration Event
Feb. 5
Time TBD
CCIRA Conference

Douglas County Council
Council Collaboration Event
Feb. 5
CCIRA Conference

Family Literacy Night
End of Feb.
5-7 PM
Longfellow Elementary School, Salida

“Text Complexity” Book Study
Feb. 11
4:15-6:15
Custer County School

Fort Collins Council
James Erekson
February 19, 2015 4:10-6:20
Bauder Elementary School

Sagebrush Reading Council
Literacy Teach Meet - Teachers will meet to share a literacy resource, strategy or idea related to literacy.
February 12, 2015
4:00-6:00
Sandrock Elementary School

Southern Colorado Reading Council
P.D.  (T.B.A.)
6-8 PM
Pueblo

Collegiate Peaks Reading Council
TBD Speaker on Emotional Intelligence
4:30-6:30 PM
Longfellow Elementary School, Salida

“Text Complexity” Book Study
Mar. 11
4:15-6:15
Custer County School

Windsor Council
Ellin Oliver Keene
March 12, 2014
3:30-5:30 (3:30-4:00 Business, 4:00-5:30 Presenter)
Severance Middle School Library

Fort Collins Council
TBD

Thompson Council
The Common Core Writing Book by Gretchen Owocki
Presenter: Jill Date
Thursday, March 5, 2015
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thompson Administration Building

Thompson Council
District Family Literacy Night
Presenter: Jennifer Dezmang - Author of Harry Hornacre
Thursday, March 26th
Time: TBD
Place: TBD

Sagebrush Reading Council
Book Mobile organization
Our council will be working through the spring to collect, organize and divide up books to distribute via a summer book mobile that will be driven through the community with stops in each of our 4 elementary school zones.
March 12, 2015
4:00-6:00pm
East Elementary

Southern Colorado Reading Council
April 19th
Back at the Ranch Family Literacy Night
6-8 PM
Pueblo County

Sagebrush Reading Council
Book Mobile Organization
Our council will be working through the spring to collect, organize and divide up books to distribute via a summer book mobile that will be driven through the community with stops in each of our 4 elementary school zones.
April 16, 2015
4:00-6:00pm
Sunset Elementary


Adams County Council
Jovan Mays Slam Poetry - Your Words Matter
April 15, 2015
4:30 - 6:30
CB&Potts

Douglas County Council
Erik Palmer - Speaking and Listening
April 14, 2015
4:30-6:30
Redstone Elementary, Highlands Ranch

Collegiate Peaks Reading Council
“Text Complexity” Book Study
Apr. 8
4:15-6:15
Custer County School

Fort Collins Council
You Can Do It! The Keys are Passion, Determination and Persistence featuring Jill Tietjen
April 23, 2015 4:10-6:20
Bauder Elementary School

Central Denver Council
Grant Ranch School Family Literacy Celebration
April 30, 2015
6:00-8:00
Grant Ranch School

Weld County Reading Council
Family Literacy Celebration
Guest Speaker: Mark Ludy
April 15th 6-8pm
McAuliffe Elementary Greeley, CO

Collegiate Peaks Reading Council
‘15-’16 Planning Meeting
May 13
4:15
Custer County School

Sagebrush Reading Council
Book Mobile Organization
Our council will be working through the spring to collect, organize and divide up books to distribute via a summer book mobile that will be driven through the community with stops in each of our 4 elementary school zones.
May 14, 2015
4:00-6:00pm
Ridgeview Elementary
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