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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. 

2022-2023 School Year

Walking and Talking: A Conversation About Culturally Informed Literacy Instruction

Join ACARC as we walk and talk or sit and discuss the article “What Does Culturally Informed Literacy Look Like?”.  This article and Teaching Tolerance’s Tool for selecting diverse literature will drive our conversation. (Articles linked below.)  ACARC leaders will support discussions as we delve into the impact of our own identity, discuss how to better know and understand our students, and take steps to transform our classroom libraries.  Participating educators are required to read the article “What Does Culturally Informed Literacy Look Like?” and use Teaching Tolerance’s Tool to examine books in their own classroom prior to the meeting (this is part of the 3 CTLE credits).  We will exercise our brains and bodies with thoughtful conversations that will elevate our thinking about diverse literature. 

  • Format: In-person

  • Location: The Crossings, West Pavilion, 580 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211

  • Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (**Please note: This event will be held rain or shine, as we have access to a covered pavilion.)

  • Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm 

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

  • CTLE Hours: 3 (Includes reading the articles on own time and the in-person portion of the event)

Best Books of 2022

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.

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

  • Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2022

  • Time: 4:30pm–6:00pm

  • Location: Virtual 

  • CTLE Hours: 1.5 

Let's Use ALL the Sciences of Reading... A Centrists' Perspective of the Reading Evolution 

In this presentation, Dr. Sam Bommarito, (@doctorsam7) will talk about what looking at ALL the research can do to inform our teaching.  Let’s stop weaponizing research and instead ask educators to consider ALL sides and ALL research as they try to help children become lifelong readers and writers.  Dr. Sam will include some hands-on activities, so please bring notebooks and your ideas about best practices and materials. There will be many different activities and discussions about how to scaffold students in decoding and understanding text. Some of these activities may challenge some of your current practices, and some may reinforce them.

Dr. Sam Bommarito is an educator with 50 years of teaching experience in Title 1 buildings with many at-risk children. Early in his career, he participated in several highly successful Title 1 projects and has taught every grade from Kindergarten to graduate school, including teaching university-level reading courses for teachers.   Over the past four years, he has taken a centrist position in the current iteration of the reading wars. See Dr. Sam Bommarito’s blog @doctorsam7 or his Facebook page to learn more!

  • Format: Online - Synchronous

  • Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

  • Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

  • CTLE hours: 1.5

Nurturing Readers, Nurturing Ourselves: Dinner and Inspiration with ENYSLMA and ACARC

Catch a firefly of inspiration from Coleen Paratore!  Coleen is the author of 20+ books including the Big Book about Being Big, a SEL picture book, The Wedding Planner’s Daughter for Middle-Grade, and Dear Writer for adults. Join us as Coleen Paratore discusses her inspiration for reading and writing and will guide us as educators, and as readers and writers ourselves.


Additionally, participants will enjoy a dinner buffet, the company of fellow teachers and school librarians, with a presentation on impacting our students. There will also be the opportunity to win books and one lucky attendee will win an overnight at Coleen's Vermont lake house. 

  • Format: In person

  • Location: Century House, Latham, NY

  • Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023

  • Time: Registration and book signing: 4:15pm – 4:30pm; Event: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

  • Speaker: Coleen Paratore, Award winning author of 20+ books (Big Book of Being Big, Fireflies, Dear Writer, Writing it Right, Wedding Planner's Daughter and more)

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  • Fee: ACARC and ENYSLMA members on or before April 11 - $25

    • Nonmember fee on or before April 11th - $30

    • Registration April 12th or after for members and nonmembers - $35

  • Registration is required.  Send checks to NYLA ℅ Mindy Holland 1140 Ruffner Rd. Niskayuna NY 12309.  

  • CTLE hours: 1.5 hours

Summer Reading for Teachers 2023

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, and we welcome Dr. Delicia Greene, University at Albany,  as part of our expert panel.  Dr. Dozier, Dr. Wissman, and Dr. Greene 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 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.

  • Speakers: Dr. Cheryl Dozier and Dr. Kelly Wissman, University at Albany, Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning

  • Location: In-person @ the Alumni House, University at Albany

  • Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

  • Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm

  • 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 12th and November 13th, 2022

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