Welcome To The Greater Washington Reading Council

The Greater Washington Reading Council sets its mission as promoting literacy and literacy education in this Northern Virginia region. A local affiliate of the Virginia State Reading Association, the Greater Washington Reading Council members are committed to supporting teachers, administrators, and the general public in the best practices of literacy instruction, pre-K to college and beyond.

Through professional conferences, an online newsletter, an evolving website, and a members-only journal, the Greater Washington Reading Council works to support the goals of the Virginia State Reading Association and the International Literacy Association.   Through these professional opportunities and continuing education events we, the members and literacy leaders in our region, assist the children of Northern Virginia in reaching the literacy standards set by the Commonwealth and the robust literacy objectives of the 21st century.  Click Here To Join GWRC! 

GWRC Proudly serves the following locations:
Arlington - Alexandria - Falls Church - Fairfax - Fauquier - Loudoun - Manassas - Manassas City - Prince William - Washington DC

GWRC Professional Conversation Series

GWRC invites you to participate in a regional conversation about students and reading motivation. Members are free and guests are asked for a nominal donation, suggested $5.00.

No More Reading For Junk: Best Practices for Motivating Readers
Written by Barbara A. Marinak, Linda Gambrell, Edited by Ellin Oliver Keene and Nell K. Duke.

Pizza. Pez dispensers. Nerf balls. When we give students “junk” to reward reading, we are focusing their intention away from the act of reading and from their own independence as readers. Instead, we can create classrooms where reading is seen as its own reward. In this book, esteemed researcher Linda Gambrell provides a research-based context for cultivating children’s intrinsic motivation to read and identifies three essential principles, the “ARC” of motivation:

  • Access: giving kids a wealth of reading materials and opportunities to discuss texts
  • Relevance: offering high interest, moderately challenging and authentic reading experiences
  • Choice: allowing students to self-select texts and reading activities

What exactly do those principles look like in action? Reading specialist and researcher Barbara Marinak shares the strategies and techniques that make a difference for student readers’ motivation, turning disengaged readers into passionate ones. “Pizza and Pez dispensers are short lived,” Linda and Barbara write, “but confident and empowered readers are likely to remain motivated for life.”

Loudoun County Public Schools
Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148, Room 102 A/B
April 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Registration Link  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444aead22a2fa7-nomore7

Prince William County Public Schools
Independent Hill Complex (IHC), 14800 Joplin Road, Manassas, VA 20112, Building 51, Room 203
April 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Registration Link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444aead22a2fa7-nomore8

Arlington Public Schools
2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, Conference Room 354
April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Registration Link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444aead22a2fa7-nomore9

VSRA Calendar of events

Link to VSRA Events.