"Integrating Technology into Your Reading/Writing Classroom"

Chris Wenz, Google Certified Trainer

"Empathy and Diversity in Children's Literature"

Lisa Kropp, Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library

"Making Grammar Stick: Embedding Grammar into Our Everyday Practice"

Debra Wachtler and Randi Bernstein Roschnotti, Literacy Consultants with Distinctive Educator's Institute

555 Reading Club - Becoming an Independent Reader

Kenneth Llinas, Asst. Field Director, CSA and Adjunct Professor at St. John's University

"Using Students' Backgrounds and Interests to Support Their Writing"

Dr. Elizabeth Morphis, Asst. Professor, Childhood Literacy at SUNY Old Westbury

"Going Global: What It Means and How Do We Do it?"

Dr. Roberta Robinson, Literacy Specialist, The Saltzman Center at Hofstra University

Photos From Some of our Past Programs

We welcome Professor Jan Harting-McChesney and her graduate students from St. Joseph's College as new RSCS members

"On the Wonder Pathway to Deepen Inquiry-based Learning and Amplify Voice"

Carol Varsalona, ELA consultant

 Amityville's Opening Word Program

Co-president, Christine Guercio (far right) 

"Unlocking Writing Minilessons Within Mentor Texts: A Closer Look at Various Genres with a Writer's Eye"

Debra Wachtler and Randi Bernstein Roschnotti, Literacy Consultants with the Distinctive Educator's Institute

"Mindfulness Practices for Education Professionals"

Deborah DeBetta, Certified Instructor, Mindful Schools

"Common Sense Ideas for Nurturing Young Writers"

Ralph Fletcher, Acclaimed Author and Consultant

"Simon Says...READ: Out-of-School Reading"

Peter Ward, Library Director

"Transforming Writers' Lives with Digital Tools"

Carol Varsalona, ELA Consultant

Co-President Christine Guercio (center) sharing and contributing children's literature to Amityville's Opening Word program

"Literacy and Life Lessons"

JoEllen McCarthy, Regional and National Literacy Consultant, AlwaysLearningLL.com

"Let's Create Effective Engaging Literacy Instruction in Today's Diverse Classroom"

Dr. Roberta Levitt, Associate Professor, LIUPost / Literacy Consultant and Jo Ann Estevez, MS - Sp. Ed. and Ed. Tech./NYS LATS & Assistive Technology Consultant with Nassau/Suffolk Schools

Co-President Christine Guercio donating and sharing children's literature with Wyandanch's Opening Word Program

"Introducing Media Archaeology to K - 12 Classrooms"

Jamie Cohen, Assistant Professor and Program Director,

Molloy College New Media

"Teaching Media Literacy"

Dr. Jeffrey Morris, Adjunct Associate Professor, Hofstra U. and former Social Studies Director, Half Hollow Hills Schools

Co-President, Fred Seiden and Past President, Lois Weiss with celebrated author and educator, Laura Robb

Lois Weiss and Fred Seiden with acclaimed author and educator, Dr. Lester Laminack

"When Books Become Best Friends: One Book / Many Friends"

Dr. Lester Laminack, award-winning children's author and celebrated educator

"It's not Fair! How to Teach Critical Thinking Skills Through Law and Justice to Young Learners"

Dr. Jeffrey Morris, Adjunct Associate Professor, Hofstra University

"Maximizing Instruction During Independent Writing Through Conferring and Small Groups"

Debra Wachtler and Randi Bernstein, Consultants from Distinctive Educator's Institute

Co-President, Christine Guercio, participating in the RSCS's outreach with Wyandanch's Opening Word program

Kathy Conway-Gervais, NRC President, Dr. Andrienne Andi Sosin, Past LI Regional Director, and Rochelle DeMuccio, the RSCS's newly-elected NYSRA LI Regional Director 

"Bringing Fairy Tales to Life with STEM"

Technology Educator, Dennis Ricci

"Revision & Editing: The Truth and Nothing but the Truth"

Author Brian Heinz

"Expectations, Structures, Curriculum, and Teaching Methods: The Essential Elements of the Common Core Aligned Reading Workshop, K - 5."

Shari Dorfman and Ruth Rosenberg, fifth grade teachers, Merrick UFSD

Sister Catherine with a student from The Opening Word program that teaches English and job readiness skills to immigrant women. The RSCS donates books to the women for their children to enjoy

"Mentors and Mindsets for the Common CARE Standards"

JoEllen McCarthy, Regional and National Literacy Consultant, AlwaysLearningLL.com and an Educator Collaborative Ambassador

"Building Comprehension in Rich Content"

Esther Fusco, Ph.D., School of Education, Hofstra UniversityOK

"Teaching Students to Ask Deeper Questions to Uncover Meaning in Text."

Carol Varsalona, ELA Consultant

"Deep Reading, Deep Writing Using Multiple Texts"

Laura Robb, Author, Teacher, Coach, and Speaker, Sponsored by Scholastic     

"Yes, You do have Time to Teach Social Studies! How to Integrate Social Studies with Reading Instruction"

Dr. Jeffrey Morris, Adjunct Associate Professor, Hofstra

"Common Core Duos: Fiction-Nonfiction / Teachers-Librarians"

Lisa Herskowitz, Director of Children and Family Services, Northport - E. Northport Library 

"Worldwide Publishing: Create, Inspire and Amaze Using Technology"

Katherine Homenides, Fourth Grade Teacher, Half Hollow Hills Schools

"Issues and Policies Facing NY State Education."


Roger Tilles, LI Representative, NYS Board of Regents

"Brain Research and its Application to Instruction"

Esther Fusco, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Hofstra University

"Core Instructional Routines: How to Use Them to Tier Instruction and Address Levels of Student Readiness"

Judy Dodge, Educational Consultant and Author

"The Reading - Math Connection"

Shari Rizzuto, Linda Scotto and Nicole Biscare, AIS math specialists, Elwood Schools with RSCS co-president, Christine Guercio

"Using Audio Blogs and Mobile Devices to Assist Language and Literacy Instruction"

Dr. Shiang-Kwei Wang, Associate Dean and Dr. Hui-Yin Hsu, Chair, Teacher Education, NY Institute of Technology

"Media Literacy and Information Curation"

Professor Jamie Cohen, Program Director and Instructor, New Media, Molloy College

"Multiculturalism, Our Global Society and the 21st Century."

Roberta Robinson, literacy specialist and Hofstra University literacy doctoral student

"Common Core Learning Standards: Reading and Writing Connections."

Kate Gerson, Senior Fellow for the Common Core and Educator Engagement at the Regents Research Fund

"Alternative Texts Across the Curriculum: Techniques for Achieving a Deeper Understanding."

Dr. Stephanie Schneider, Assistant Professor, SUNY College at Old Westbury


"Multiple Points of View, Character Development, Dramatic Irony, and Suspense Meet the Common Core: A Young Adult Novelist's Viewpoint"

Caroline Bock, Novelist, Poet and Screenwriter

"Achieving Common Core Rigor Through Author Studies for ELLs and Struggling Readers"

Silvia Maria Rey, Clinical Professor, SUNY College at Old Westbury

"More Than Meets the Eye: Six Lessons for Helping Children to Closely and Carefully Read Character"

Kim Yaris, Director of Literacy Builders

"Test Writing as Genre: How to Apply What the Students Already Know"

Comsewogue Teachers, Kathleen Masone and Tara Falasco

"Effective Question Strategies in the Classroom"

Dr. Esther Fusco, Chair, Dept. of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership, Hofstra U.

"Teaching the CCSS Reading Standards Using Informational Texts"

Laura Robb, Teacher, Author, Coach, and Speaker

"Storytelling Connections to the Common Core Curriculum"

Storyteller and Author Dr. Heather Forest

"Lifting the Level of Nonfiction: Keeping the Core in Mind"

Kathleen Masone and Tara Falasco, 4th and 5th Grade Teachers, Comsewogue Schools

"Using Picture Books to Link Social Studies to the Common Core Standards, K - 6"

Kellyann Gayer (left) and Susan Ehmann, Reading Specialists, Smithtown Schools

"Essentials of the Common Core for English Language Learners: Academic Language Development"

Dr. Andrea Honingsfeld, Professor of Education, Molloy College

" Math, Literature and the Common Core."

Lisa Minerva, President, Nassau County Math Teachers Association and Math Specialist, East Williston Schools

"Using Children's Literature as a Springboard When Creating a WebQuest"

Dr. Roberta Levitt, Associate Professor, LIU Post

"Rocking the 3 Rs (or Core is More!)"

Barbara Johnson, Literacy Consultant, Scholastic

"Going Global: International Literature for Children"

Doris Gebel, Head of Youth Services, Northport-E.Northport Library

Outgoing Co-President, Lois Weiss celebrating 30 years of service to the RSCS

"Bibliotherapy: Handling Difficult Subjects Through Picture Books - Illness, Death, Divorce, and Bullying"

Children's Author and Member, L.I. Children's Writers and Illustrators (LICWI) and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

NYSRA's IRA Coordinator, Wally Freeland (center) with Fred Seiden and Lois Weiss

"The Writing Workshop: Guiding Children to Write in Their Authentic Voices"

Celebrated author, Josephine Nobisso with daughter, Maria

 "Poetry as Flashlight: How Poetry is Language that Resonates with Essential Truths"

Gayl Teller, 2009 - 2011 Nassau Poet Laureate, Hofstra University Faculty Member Director, Mid-Island Y JCC


"Literacy in the Content Areas: How to Comply with What the Common Core Standards Say About Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects"

Louisa Kramer-Vida, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, C. W. Post Campus of L.I.U.

"Teaching Experiences Can Lead to a Second Career as Authors of a Children's Picture Book Series"

Sheila & Letty Sustrin, Retired Teachers and Co-Authors of The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Series. 

"The Road to Launching a Successful Picture Book"

Francine Poppo Rich, Publisher of Blue Marlin Publications

Dr. Richard Allington, Professor of Education, University of Tennessee

"Response To Intervention: Same Old, Same Old?

Dr. Heather Forrest, Author and Storyteller

"Listening and Literacy"

Johanna Hurwitz, Author of over 60 Children's Books

"What's New From an Old(er) Author"

"Stony Brook's News Literacy Program: A Critical Thinking Course to Promote Civic Engagement"

Professor Dean Miller, Director of Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy - "Stony Brook's News Literacy Program

Irene Ruddock, Author, Artist and Teacher

"Ekphrastic Writing: Using Art to Write Stories and Poetry"

Sandi Bloomberg, Author of Interactive Children's Books

"Bringing the Picture Book to Life with Creative Movement"

Dr. Howard I. Berrent, RALLY! Education

"Response to Intervention: What is RTI and its Impact on Instruction?"

Youth Authors Forum

Youth Authors Forum, Long Island published young writers: Mackenzie Lowry, Jacey Adler (Pen Name: Riley Pearson), Alexa Rivadeneira, and Jessica James