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Online Class with Dr. Donald Bear

Looking for a great Professional Development opportunity? Try this online class with Dr. Donald Bear! Click the link below for more information!

PD Online Class

Join us for the WORD Fall Conference – October 18th!

We are excited to welcome all of you to our Fall Conference on October 18th in Spokane, WA! Come see Dr. Donald Bear and learn about:  Helping Your Students Become Word Scientists with Word Analysis Skills!  Dr. Bear is a contributing author for McGraw-Hill’s Reading Wonders in the area vocabulary and word study.  He is also a co-author of Words Their Way. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to come learn with your peers and make connections with teachers, administrators and literacy experts across the state.

Click here to view the invitation! Click to register!

Bonnie Campbell Hill Winners Selected!

Each year WORD celebrates the Bonnie Campbell Hill recipients.  This special award is part of Bonnie’s Big Idea.  The award fulfills Bonnie’s dying wish to continue providing professional development to teachers.  What a gift to teachers across Washington.

Bonnie and Megan

This year the selection committee reviewed many applications and are awarding two teachers $1500 to pursue unique professional development opportunities.

Michelle Hornof

Michelle Hornof, Bellingham School District

Erika Larson

Erika Larson, Highline School District

Michelle Hornof will be traveling to Mexico to immerse herself in Spanish and the culture of many of her students.

Erika Larson will be attending the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Institute to learn more about effective literacy instruction.


Bonnie’s Legacy Continues…

Bonnie Campbell Hill was a literacy leader from Washington and was known throughout the world.  You can learn more about her at Bonnie’s Website.  Her passion for teaching and learning were contagious and continue to support teachers throughout Washington.  Each year two educators are selected recipients of the Bonnie Campbell Hill Washington State Literacy Leader Award supporting their professional development and leadership vision. 

Previous recipients include:


Dawn Christiana and Pam Pottle began a district wide renewed focus on literacy including a book study, committee retreat and on-going opportunities to learn together.


David Lowe attended the Literacy Coaching Institute at Teachers College of Columbia in New York to continue developing leadership in literacy capacity.

Colleen DeLorenzo attended professional development, supported a book study and ongoing learning with her colleagues.


Sara Betts is implementing a book study to develop understandings of the CCSS will attend the International Reading Association conference with a colleague.

Melissa Thienes will attend the Literacy Coaching Institute at Teachers College of Columbia in New York to continue learning about leadership and literacy. 

2014-2015 Could be you!  Visit the Awards page for more information.

Happy New Year! Events to support your literacy learning…

WORD is excited to invite you to join our membership and learn from literacy experts from around our state and beyond.  In January Seattle Reading Council will host a session specific to Digital Literacy and the Common Core State Standards.  Across the state, Inland Northwest Reading Council will host Terry Young in a special morning session focused on weavng poetry and folk literature into the 21st Century literacy curriculum.  For more information about both of these events and upcoming local events, you can click on the “Events” tab at the top of our home page.

In addition to the local events we are pleased to announce, Dr. Donald Bear will be our keynote speaker next fall!  For more information, see “Events” tab too!

Remember, WORD is here to support you, if you have ideas or requests of how we can best do that, don’t hesitate to let us know!

May your new year be full of great reading and many memories to write about,

WORD Executive Board

Learning Together

As we embark on the shifts to the CCSS, it is more and more important that we lean on one another.  Sharing our understandings and thinking about what it means to teach “aligned to the CCSS” will make a difference for our students.  Some of our WORD members share at local events and others share with a wider audience.  If you haven’t signed up, “What’s in Your Book Bag III?” will be a great place to share and learn with the Snohomish County Reading Council.  Click here for:  SCRC Event

Heather Rader, author and literacy consultant, is maintaining a blog to help literacy leaders think about our work.  Enjoy reading ideas on her blog:  Coach to Coach

If you have blogs or resources you think our members would benefit from, please feel free to send them our way!