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2023-2024 Events

Please note that any programs offered virtually by KSLABVF (via Zoom) will not be recorded. 

September Program: In Person at CCIU

SEL & Literacy: Building Success Through Morning Meeting

Facilitators of Learning:  Cindy Kruse & Lauren Bryant

Saturday, September 30, 2023 at CCIU

Registration/Sign in starts at 8:30 AM

Program begins promptly at 9 AM.  

ACT 48: 3 Hours will be submitted to PDE for full attendance.

Light refreshments will be provided. 

There are many social and emotional skills that students need in order to be successful readers and writers. These skills are essential for success in school and in life. By effectively weaving the teaching of social and emotional skills together with literacy instruction we can support students so that they are able to successfully navigate the challenges of learning in school and be prepared for success later in life. This interactive and engaging workshop will help educators discover the connections between literacy skills and social and emotional skills. When SEL and literacy are taught together, students are given the support and strategies they need to be successful.  Learn simple ways to weave SEL and literacy into your daily instruction through Morning Meeting, Energizers, Read Alouds, and End-of-the Day Wrap ups. Have fun and leave equipped with new ideas and digital tools! Participants will be given time to reflect and apply these strategies as they plan for implementation with their students. 


As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the need for developing social and emotional skills in students  

  • Discover how to plan effective Morning Meetings that integrate literacy content

  • Experience and explore activities and strategies for developing social and emotional skills

  • Plan for implementation using digital tools to apply the framework in their own learning environments

Author bios:

Cindy Kruse is an educational consultant, keynote speaker, and instructional coach with over 30 years of experience in the field of education. She is a strong believer in the power of relationships to help all children reach their full potential. Cindy holds a master’s degree in education and is certified as a reading specialist, administrator, Restorative Practices Trainer, Youth and Mental Health First Aid Trainer, and Positive Parenting Educator. She is the owner of Cindy Kruse Consulting, LLC, where she has trained thousands of parents and educators as she partners with schools, districts, organizations, and universities around initiatives related to restorative practices, trauma-informed classrooms, social and emotional learning, and literacy. Cindy is the author of The Ultimate Morning Meeting Playbook. 


Lauren Bryant is a passionate educator who is committed to helping teachers create positive and effective learning environments for all students. She has taught in kindergarten through third grade classrooms, and holds a master's degree in education with certifications as a reading specialist, special education teacher, and Positive Parenting Educator. For the past eleven years, Lauren has worked as an educational consultant and instructional coach for Cindy Kruse Consulting, LLC. She is the co-author of The Ultimate Morning Meeting Playbook.


See PDF of the announcement for more details and PINK button below to register in advance. 

February Program

Teaching News Literacy with the News Literacy Project

Thursday, February 15, 2024

4:30-6:30 PM


Sponsored  by KSLA Brandywine Valley Forge

ACT 48: 2 Hours will be submitted to PDE for full attendance.

Facilitator of Learning:  News Literacy Project 

Mike Webb


Teaching news literacy: Where do I start?

This session provides an overview of the news literacy concepts and skills that students need to be reliably informed, such as recognizing the difference between news and opinion, how news judgments are made, using the standards of quality journalism to identify credible news sources, identifying misinformation, using fact-checking and digital verification tools, and discerning various types and forms of news media bias.

Exploring the misinformation landscape: Learn how to teach students to move beyond the unhelpful term “fake news” to more precisely identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate and false information that they encounter. Explore motivations behind different types of propagators of misinformation and learn fact-checking basics to help encourage student learning. By teaching a deeper understanding of misinformation, students can become less susceptible to it and more likely to prioritize reliable, verified sources of news and information.

About NLP:

The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit, is building a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy throughout American society, creating better informed, more engaged and more empowered individuals — and ultimately a stronger democracy. Our vision is to see news literacy become an integral part of American life, and people of all ages and backgrounds know how to identify credible news and other information and understand the indispensable role a free press has in a democracy, empowering them to play a more equal and active role in the civic life of the country.  

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March Program

Using Literacy to Design & Implement Intentional Acts of Kindness

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Time: 4:30-6:00 PM

Virtual - ZOOM

Sponsored  by KSLA Brandywine Valley Forge

ACT 48: 1.5 Hours will be submitted to PDE for full attendance.

Facilitator of Learning:  Dana Kramaroff

Description: In this session, Pennsylvania educator and author, Dana Kramaroff will share her journey using literacy to design and implement intentional acts of kindness.  Dana has used this approach to making the world a better place through action with students of different ages. NOTE: Learners will engage in various experiences to enrich the lives of their students as well as themselves. To gain as much as possible from the workshop, we highly encourage each learner to bring an illustrated text, short story, or novel in which there is a character they admire.   

Author bio:  Dana Kramaroff is a mom, an elementary school teacher, and a fellow of the National Writing Project. Her publishing credits include multiple articles about parenting on Scary Mommy. She hails from rural Pennsylvania (where her kids are often the only Jews in their schools as well) and is easily impressed by stickers, washi tape, colorful pens, and notebooks.

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April Program

Trevor Muir:
Making Learning Epic: Using Purpose to Inspire

Monday, April 29, 2024
4:30-6:00 PM
ACT 48: 1.5 hours

KSLA BVF is pleased to welcome Trevor Muir: inspiring educator, author, motivational speaker, educational consultant, blogger, and podcaster! 

Purpose is a powerful motivator, for educators and their students. Using inspirational stories and researched-based strategies, Trevor shares how to use the power of story, brain science, and authentic learning to help teachers achieve true student engagement. Educators leave with proven practices to design authentic learning experiences, motivation to foster deeper student connections, and a compelling reminder of the impact they have on their students’ lives.

Check out his web site: 
Trevor Muir and Trevor's YouTube Channel!!!
Listen to one of his many podcast episodes.  Here are 2 favorites: 
There Are No Perfect Teachers   (18 minutes) 
Creating A Positive & Engaging Classroom Climate  (25 minutes)
Enjoy watching one of his videos:

The Pain & Joy of Teaching    (4 minutes) 


KSLA Conference - November 2023


Pennsylvania: Literacy Starts Here

November 26, 2023- November 28, 2023
Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA

Click here for more information

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