Enhancing Literacy

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A number of educators from the district recently attended the Distinctive Educator’s Institute’s sixth annual “Final Stretch” Conference that took place at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Stony Brook University campus in an effort to share best practices regarding the district’s premier English language arts department.

At the literacy conference, which is targeted toward K-8 educators, Ronkonkoma Middle School educator Hallie Weil presented a workshop, “The Powerful Impact of Independent Reading in Middle School.” During her presentation, Ms. Weil provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of the powerful impact that setting aside independent reading time in the middle school classroom can have upon student performance.  

Additionally, Connetquot faculty occupied the spotlight once again when Helen B. Duffield Elementary School teachers Karen Pitka and Stephanie Russo presented, “A Delicious Literary Treat: A Book Tasting to Delight Readers.” This dynamic duo highlighted their creative, motivating spin on teaching genres in which they set up a mock “restaurant” setting in the school’s library where students are able to sample a number of literary genres.    

“In sharing their best practices in literacy instruction with other Long Island educators, Connetquot’s faculty shone brightly at the ‘Final Stretch’ Conference,” said Connetquot Central School District Director of ELA Christina Poppe. “It is with great pride that the district recognizes their drive, professionalism and accomplishments.”