Activities Galore! Stephanie Harvey, TAR/Teachers’ Choice, and the ORAcle

pumpkins-300x200Opportunities galore to learn from and interact with other educators coming soon.

It’s not too late to join the TAR/Teachers’ Choice group that meets this month on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 at the home of Kim Fairbanks, 2189 Kenworthy Rd. NE, Albany. This year our Teachers as Readers Group is combining with the ILA Teachers’ Choice program to read many new picture and chapter books. There is a $25 fee for taking part in this activity, but each person taking part in the book reviews will receive a “ton” of books at the end of the program next Spring. A very nominal fee to see and read many new books and to be able to place them in your classroom/school!  Questions? Please email Kim:

If you missed Stephanie Harvey when she was in Oregon during our snow storm several years ago, you have an opportunity coming up on November 4, 2016. Stephanie will be speaking at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 8439 NE Columbia BLVD in Portland. Stephanie is a nationally well-known educator who is the author of Strategies that Work and Comprehension Collaboration- Inquiry Circles in Action. Her talk at ORA’s Fall Institute is entitled Reading is Thinking: Comprehension at the Core. For more information about her presentation and to register for the institute, please go to You may want to read the printed application first as it has the information regarding the talk, even if you choose to register online.

Have you read the latest issue of the ORAcle? If not, you will want to visit Oregon Reading Association’s website to find many articles about topics that are sure to be interesting to you, no matter what area of education you are in. This issue has information about books for teaching about the election, sharing culturally responsive material with young children, using the What Works Clearinghouse, information about ORA’s fall and winter institutes, and Patricia Gallagher book awards. Rene Dernbach and her fine columnists do a great job of bringing you a very informative newsletter 3 times per year.


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Are you a member of the Mid-Valley Council?

Dr. Seuss Day at the Mall

Mid-Valley Council Dr. Seuss Day at Heritage Mall

As the leaves turn color and fall, it is time for you to check your membership in the Mid-Valley Council and Oregon Reading Association.  $25 allows you to become a member of both the local council and the state organization.  If you are new as a teacher (within 5 years), are a substitute, or have let your membership lapse, we have a special deal: 2 years membership for only $25. However, this special is only good until the end of October.

Some of you may feel that since you don’t have time to take part in the council activities, you don’t need to become a member. However, just like the Oregon Education Association, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and state math and science groups, the Oregon Reading Association works with Oregon Dept. of Education leaders, and teachers of preservice teachers at Oregon universities, to provide the best professional development possible. ORA advocates for teachers to keep literacy practices developmentally appropriate, and focused on literacy for life, and not just to pass assessments. Each local council also provides activities tailored to local needs.

Please consider that your membership fee will go a long way to promote literacy in our state. It is a small price to pay for doing your part.

Membership forms are included in this post. Or you can go to the ORA website and pay with Pay Pal. Unfortunately, the special deal is not available online, but must be mailed to Katherine Inman, 447 NW Witham Dr. Corvallis, OR or sent via school mail to Linda Eng at Tangent School at GAPS.

ORA/Mid-Valley Membership Form:  midvalley-membership-2016-2017

ORA/Mid-Valley Alternate Membership: 2 Year Special for new teachers, substitutes, and teachers who have allowed memberships to lapse: alternate-midvalley-membership-2016-2017


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Grass Roots “Best of the Books”

The leaves are starting to change, so that means it is time for Mid-Valley’s annual Fall “Best of the Books” event at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis. We will be gathering to hear and see this year’s Patricia Gallagher Books, ILA Teacher’s Choice Book Winners, and a medley of newly released books. You will also receive lesson plans to go with a few of the books. Grass Roots generously provides attendees with 20% discount to purchase books used in the classroom on this night only. Refreshments and socializing at 4:00 with program to begin at 4:30pm.


What:  Grass Roots Best of the Books Event

When: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4:00-5:30

Where: Grass Roots Bookstore, 227 SW 2nd, Corvallis

Cost: Free for Mid-Valley Council Members. Others are welcome to join at the event.

PDU: PDUs are available at the event.



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Free Books at Teachers as Readers/Teachers’ Choice


Come join us for a Teachers as Readers/Teachers’ Choice meeting on September 22 at 4:30 pm.  We will be discussing how you can get free books for your classroom library and  what you will  need to do to get free books. You will be taking home books to review if you choose to participate.  Please bring with you bags or a box to take home all your books for review.  You will also need to bring your checkbook for a $25 Mid-Valley membership (if not already paid) and a one time activity cover charge fee of $25.   The location will be at 2189 Kenworthy Rd NE, Albany.


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Here is the Professional Development Series flyer! Print it out and share it with your colleagues! This is an easy and quick way to get PDUs.


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Professional Development Series: Teachers as Readers/Teacher’s Choices come together. Sept. 22, 2016 at 4:30 Email for more information. Come and find out how to get books for your classroom library!

Professional Development Series: Teachers as Readers/Teacher’s Choices come together. Sept. 22, 2016 at 4:30 Email for more information.

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Look for new professional development opportunities for 2016-2017! And ways to get books for your classroom library! More info to come soon!


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Evening of Professional Conversation

Integrating Literature Within Content Areas

Mid-Valley members will share books that will help you integrate math, social studies, science and writing. Books will be chosen for grades K-8. Bring favorite books and ideas to share.

Free for all Mid-Valley Members

March 10, 2016, 4:30-6:00pm

Tangent Elementary School, 32100 Old Oak Dr. Tangent.

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Fun at Dr. Seuss Day

IMG_1060Cat in the Hat Passing Out Stickers

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Dr. Seuss Day at the Mall

IMG_0018Dr. Seuss Event February 2016

Read Across America, the annual celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday will take place Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10:30am-12:00pm at the Heritage Mall at 14th & Geary in Albany.

Activities including a book walk, crafts, READ dogs, and puzzles will take place. All students will receive a free book and bookmark at the book walk. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend.



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