Sunday, June 15, 2014

How to Join or Renew Your WARC Membership for 2014-15

     The Williamsburg Area Reading Council has news on joining or renewing your WARC membership for the 2014-15 school year! Please refer to the membership flier which is available for viewing and downloading at Google Docs.

Start Thinking of Your Nomination for WARC's Teacher of the Year!

   Do you know a fabulous teacher whose effectiveness of reading instruction inspires you? One amazing way WARC members can recognize outstanding WARC colleagues is through the Williamsburg Area Reading Council's Reading Teacher of the Year Award. 

    In the 2013-14 school year, WARC recognized its first Reading Teacher of the Year recipient, Leslie Goldhardt! A wonderful reception was held to honor her and her fellow nominees Susan Alis, Sue Scherling, and Kelly Parsons. 

    The application is available through this link on Google Docs. Applications are due no later than October 17, 2014. WARC's nominee will go on to represent WARC at the state level at the VSRA conference, which will be held March 12-14, 2015 in Richmond. Please refer to the application for all the details!

Teachers as Readers Grants from WARC for Fall 2014!

    Are you and your colleagues interested in seeking funding for a Teachers as Readers group? There is now a fantastic opportunity for WARC members to apply for funding!  Please click on this link which will take you directly to Google Docs. You can download the PDF of the application document. Feel free to share with colleagues! The application must be postmarked by September 26, 2014. Please see the flier for additional guidelines. The summer is the perfect time to think big dreams and fuel your own learning through a Teachers as Readers grant!

How One Lucky Local School Could Win an Author's Visit from Brian Floca!

     Current and future members of WARC, there is a wonderful opportunity for your school to possibly win a visit from author and illustrator Brian Floca! 

     Please click on this link to download the PDF flier with all the details from Google Docs. Building representatives and members of WARC, you can save the document and email it to your colleagues. You can also print out a copy and share it with your fellow teachers at your school in August. Let everyone know about this wonderful opportunity, and the dream may become a reality at your own school!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Williamsburg Area Reading Council's Reading Teacher of the Year!

    On February 27th, The Williamsburg Area Reading Council held a reception to recognize the WARC Reading Teacher of the Year nominees, as well as hand out the award to this year's winner. There was a fantastic turnout to help honor these wonderful educators! All of the nominees were given the opportunity to select a picture book which was donated to their school library with a name plate in honor of their nominations. This year's WARC Reading Teacher of the Year was Mrs. Leslie Goldhardt, a first grade teacher at J.B. Blayton Elementary in the WJCC Public School Division. Mrs. Goldhardt also represented WARC at the state level Teacher of the Year Competition with the Virginia State Reading Association. 

(From left to right) Sarah Litchel, WARC Treasurer, presented this year's Reading Teacher of the Year, Leslie Goldhardt, with a check for $250. Dr. Denise Johnson is holding the presentation platter which was also awarded to Mrs. Goldhardt.
(From left to right) The nominees for the 2013-14 WARC Reading Teacher of the Year honor: Sue Scherling (recently retired Reading Recovery teacher/Matthew Whaley), Susan Alis (second grade teacher/Matthew Whaley), Leslie Goldhardt (first grade teacher/J.B. Blayton), and Kelly Parsons (second grade teacher/Norge).

     Please consider honoring one of your colleagues with a nomination next fall for the 2014-15 WARC Teacher of the Year Award. Be sure to follow WARC on Facebook: and on Twitter: for the most current updates and exciting news in the world of reading!