Highlights from CRA Professional Development Institute 2018 

by Nancy Rogers-Zegarra, Ph.D. , Editor
Photos by Terry Rogers
CRA Team Literacy headed by quarterbacks, Dr. Erica Bowers and Tawnya Shaw PDI co-chairs, kicked off this year’s CRA PDI at the Riverside Convention Center on Friday night with a huge tailgate party complete with good food, fabulous cheers, a fantastic football toss contest, pong, a dazzling dance competition and goodie book bags for all new teachers.
The CRA Board, “Coaching Staff “at the 50 yard, line decked out in their 2018 CRA Literacy Team Jerseys, kept the CRA Team Literacy party spirit alive throughout the night. On Saturday morning Erica continued the “Team Literacy” theme by starting the morning with a rousing game of Football and Literacy Trivia Kahoot (a first) followed by the CRA Past Presidents’ Pom Pom Parade.
Keynoter Dr. Adria Klein, addressed teachers, administrators and librarians from around the state of California at the first general session with her inspirational speech” Powerful Small Group Practices: Scaffolding All Students to Read Complex Texts by Teaching for Transfer” which tied in perfectly with the PDI theme “Balancing Literacy- Increasing Access”. Dr. Steven Layne wowed us with his Read Alouds and Dr. Danny Brassell gave us a stimulating literacy pep talk, The Three Secrets to Reading Better. As promised, 2018 PDI participants were once again inspired, empowered, and energized by the ideas and strategies shared by an array of literacy experts, school leaders and noted authors. At the end of the PDI, attendees were motivated to return to their schools and students ready to continue the critical work of Advancing Literacy for All!