Upcoming Events in 2016

The 23rd Annual Conference on Literacy, Family and Community Engagement: Strategies for Success, will be held on April 16, 2016 at Mount Saint Mary College. Learn more…

This summer, CELL will present Beth Olshansky and her Picturing Writing Institute at the Mount on August 1-5, followed by Image Making on August 8-12. Learn more…

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Fall 2014 – Students at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center Take Flight!

Newburgh Armory Unity Center - 321 South William Street

Fall 2014 – Saturdays 9am to 10am  & 10am to 11am

On Saturday mornings at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, students grabbed their passports and traveled to a destination of their choosing!  Students chose which location they wanted to travel to, read a book that takes place in that location, pinpointed it on a world map, filled out their passports, and learned some BIG words! Teacher Candidates from Mount Saint Mary College guided the students on their journeys to numerous countries including: China, Ireland, Mexico, Tanzania, and Pakistan. The students also read books that take place domestically in cities and states of the United States. The students enjoyed learning about new places and filling the pages of their passports! The Spring 2015 session has already begun and it is never too late to catch a flight!



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22nd Annual Literacy Conference: Saturday, April 18, 2015

22nd Annual Conference on Literacy: Engaging All Readers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hudson Hall – 8am to 1pm

Keynote Presenter: Tony Abbott

 Tony Abbott is an award-winning American author who has been writing children’s literature for over 20 years. Mr. Abbott has written over 100 books including titles such as Firegirl, The Secrets of Droon, Kringle, The Postcard, and his newest The Copernicus Legacy series. Mr. Abbott is not to be confused with the current Prime Minister of Australia as Mr. Abbott the author resides in Trumbull, Connecticut. The Postcard won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile in 2009 which is a prestigious award in the mystery genre.

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CELL In the News

April is a great month for literacy.

At the Mount, on April 1, there is an ANYSEED Conference: Engaging Challenging Youth with Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Stop by Hudson Hall from 4 to 6 pm. Register by emailing Dr. Robert Michael at michaelr@newpaltz.edu.

On April 3, join us at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center for the Family Literacy Night from 5:30 to 7:30. Bring your family to hear Pat Edwards, an expert in family literacy, and Laconia Therrio, a professional storyteller. You can also participate in literacy centers such as Readers’ Theater, Science and Literacy, and more. Register at the Armory or drop in.

On April 5, join us for our annual Literacy Conference. Please see our conference page for registration details.

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Literacy conference was great success; photos now online

The 20th Annual Conference on Literacy was a great success. In keeping with the theme, “Embracing Equity Through Multimodal Literacies,” this year’s conference drew attention to the issues and range of possibilities for effectively meeting the literacy needs of all students. Keynote speaker Joseph Bruchac emphasized the importance of diversity, enjoyment of reading at all grade levels, and the powerful roles played by storytelling and imagination in literacy development in his presentation entitled, “Seeing the Circle: How Storytelling Builds Literacy and Connects Us All.”

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