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                                                                   Getting Books into Kids' Hands & Hearts!

What is CCRA? 
The Contra Costa Reading Association, a non-profit chapter of CRA,
  •       Promotes literacy by helping students, parents, and teachers
  • Supports teaching Common Core Standards & aligned, research-based strategies

  • Champions teaching strategies that enable all students to decode, comprehend, think critically, collaborate and communicate effectively

  • Fosters a love of reading

Advances the mission of the California Reading Association (CRA)

We believe

  • "a room without books is like a body without a soul."* That’s why CCRA gives away quality books to our members! CCRA aims to inspire teachers with a passion for learning & teaching.
  • a good education can change anyone and that all of life is a constant education. A good teacher can change everything. That’s why CCRA offers good professional development for teachers.
  • children must be taught how to think, not just what to think. CCRA strives to educate the mind & heart of teachers. Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world!
  • Education is for improving the lives of others- leaving your community and world better than you found it.  Isn't CRA worth your membership?

* From The Game Changers: Book Access for ALL Kids by Donalyn Miller

                   Why Join CCRA?

1. CCRA Offers Unique Professional Support
  •          Local events plug you into top tips, trends & experts in literacy & job market
  • Statewide Institute with top presenters/ opportunities/ vendors to serve you
  • Online & local expert training earning 10 sem. units per yr. (for only $80)
  • CA Young Reader Medal  (CYRM) program encourages millions of CA kids to nominate, read, and vote for the winners of the CYRM book nominees
  • Eureka  Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards bring you lists of quality books  with connections to  implementing CCS and best practices in literacy
  • Our Great Winter Reading Challenge motivates kids to read & reap gifts!

Here’s what our members are saying:

Rebecca Delgado, 5th Grade Teacher, said, “CCRA meetings give me a sense of newness and ability to hit the restart button every morning.  This increases my energy and zest for teaching.”  Rebecca's zest inspired from CCRA meetings impacts student learning!

Teresa Haun said,  “CCRA meetings are very informative and I get great info.”  Teresa refers friends to join CCRA each year.  We gave her a gift card for her referrals, but Teresa's impact to CCRA & her friends’ lives is priceless!!

Our newest member, Ally Wilkey's take-away from CCRA meetings is to “focus on being your best and follow your passions.  Then you will find your people.  When you find your people, maintain those connections!” 

Be connected.  Follow your passions. Participate in CCRA! 

Be inspired.  Check out our blog. www.californiareading.org

Be informed.  Check out our newsletter.

2. Get Unmatched Recognition
We celebrated members Joni Smith, Tamra Golinveaux, and
Kryssie Mingst's literacy contributions with our Celebrate Literacy Award. 

We shared their accomplishments with our state organization, The California Reading Association (CRA).  

CRA awarded Joni and Tamra the prestigious Internationnal Litearcy Assn. Celebrate Literacy Award.  This could be you!

3. Join us in our quest to nurture literacy.  We get books into kids’ hands with our commniyt summer slide free book program!  Join our Book Blog on Facebook@ccreadingassociation.

Ready to join?  Visit our Membership page or email CCRA President lynn@gurnee.org for information. 

 You’ll be glad you did!

See our Fall Membership special:  The Best Professional Development Deal in Town.  CCRA programs are FREE for members!



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