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Registration for Events

Please register for all events through the Teacher Center at  Search for “ACARC." (**Please note: If you are an ACARC member, please select the "personal check" option at the payment part of registration. However, you do not have to send payment for the event. ACARC membership includes all ACARC events, unless otherwise noted.)

If you have any questions about your CTLE certificate, please contact Val ( from the Teachers Center. 

2023-2024 School Year



Come One! Come All!  Food, Fun, Literacy Trivia and Prizes! 

Join ACARC for an afternoon of collegial collaboration, conversation, and friendly competition.  Expand your literacy network and your professional development journey with ACARC’s Literacy Trivia Event.  Invite your colleagues to attend, earn CTLE credit and prizes.  Don’t miss an opportunity to work side-by-side with other colleagues through a game-based approach to professional learning and engage in an event that will spark your love of literature while walking away with titles and Literacy trivia you can introduce into your classroom the very next day.

  • Format: In-person

  • Location: Westmere Elementary6270 Johnston Rd, Albany, NY 12203

  • Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023

  • Time: Registration 4-4:30; Event 4:30pm-6 pm 

  • Fee: $10 for nonmembers, Free for ACARC members

  • 1.5 CTLE Hours

Best Books of 2023

ACARC’s ever popular event returns! Find out what’s new in children’s, young adult, and adult literature as local experts share their recommendations.

  • Format: Online - Synchronous

  • Speakers: Dr. Sherry Guice (South Colonie), Lucy Menard (South Colonie), Susan Kirby-LeMon (Shenendehowa)

  • Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

  • Time: 4:30pm–6:00pm

  • Location: Zoom meeting via NYSRA

  • Fee: $10 for nonmembers, Free for ACARC members

  • CTLE Hours: 1.5 

Help Young Students become Truth Detectors


Navigating the world of 24/7 information is complex and often overwhelming.  Give your students the skills to uncover their superpowers as Truth Detectors! We'll review the techniques of reading laterally, checking sources, verifying information and images online, teaching the nuance of facts vs. opinions, and understanding point-of-view and bias. 


Short bio: Mary Miller has been the Education Services Director for the New York Newspapers Foundation/New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA) for over 21 years.  Since creating the position, she has helped develop a growing library of News Media Literacy/Newspaper In Education (NIE) curricula for K/12 teachers and students.  Increasingly, she is asked to give presentations to audiences of all ages, highlighting news media literacy and the importance of authentic news sources in navigating our digital world. 

  • Format: Online - Synchronous

  • Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2024

  • Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

  • Location: Zoom meeting via NYSRA

  • Free!

  • CTLE hours: 1.5


Summer Reading for Teachers 2024

Let’s celebrate ACARC’s year of exciting Professional Development with engaging professional book and article talks, and pizza as we prepare for summer!  Dr Cheryl Dozier, University at Albany, and Dr. Kelly Wissman, University at Albany, are returning as part of our expert panel.  Dr. Dozier and Dr. Wissman will share recent favorite professional books and articles on Literacy in addition to children’s literature. There will be opportunities for discussion and for teachers to share favorite articles or professional books as well. 


Please join us for pizza, and for these lively discussions on professional books and articles you might want to put on your summer reading list! This event is co-sponsored by the Literacy Teaching and Learning Department, University at Albany and the Albany City Area Reading Council. 

  • Format: In-person at the Alumni House at SUNY Albany

  • Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

  • Time: Registration 4:15-4:30,  Presentation 4:30-6:30

  • Fee: $10 for nonmembers; Free for ACARC members

  • CTLE hours: 2 


Additional Professional Development Opportunities

  • Dr. Sherry Guice's book groups (sponsored by ACARC). Please register for this opportunity through the Teacher Center at

  • New York State Reading Association conference - November 8th - November 10th, 2023

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