Welcome to the Placer Area Reading Council’s website. It is our hopes that this site will provide resources and tools for building or enhancing your love for reading. Let uwelcomes know how we can make this site better.

The Placer Area Reading Council (PARC) is a professional organization affiliated with the California Reading Association (CRA) and the International Reading Association (IRA). We are composed of teachers, administrators, parents, librarians, paraprofessionals, students, and others interested in promoting literacy.

ourmissionPARC seeks to foster the love of reading, and improve the teaching and writing at all educational levels by providing informative meetings and in-services; recognizing the efforts of local educators, students and community members; and promoting mutual understanding and cooperative efforts among teachers, administrators, parents, and the community.

Join us for our Balanced Literacy Series!!!!

Sign up for all 5 classes in the balanced literacy series or just one. Get 5 people at your school site to sign up and registration is discounted! Different people from your school can attend the various classes. REGISTER  BUY CLICKING HERE.

Balanced Literature Series[FLYER & REGISTRATION HERE]           [MEET THE PRESENTERS]

October 16: Adria Klein, Small Group Instruction and Assessment
January 23: Judy Lynch/Betsy Stenklyft, Phonics, Word Study, Phonemic Awareness
February 26: Lori Oczkus, Comprehension
March 22: Joanne Devine/Jody Anderson, Shared Reading, Centers, Read Aloud

Phonics & Word Work Workshop Flyer


Steve Dunn

Over 65 teachers and administrators were “infotained” by national consultant and speaker Steve Dunn at PARC’s kick-off event of their Balanced Literacy Series.  Steve shared laughter and practical, innovative strategies for teaching specific writing skills such as compare/contrast.  He sent all participants home with smiles and their brains full of ideas! 


Our next outstanding speaker in this series will be Dr.Adria Klein who will discuss small group literacy instruction.  The cost of the individual class is $40.  Sign-up through this website or by contacting Kristin Cox at kcox@ofy.org

Dr. Steve Layne

Dr. Steven Layne, author of Igniting a Passion for Reading and In Defense of Read Alouds visited several schools in Placer County last spring. His presentation to teachers at Creekside School drew a standing ovation. PARC members enjoyed reading his books and discussion them. Students loved Dr. Layne’s author presentations of his children’s books.

Barrett Ranch awarded the ILA Exemplary School Award

Barrett Ranch Elementary was awarded the ILA Exemplary School Award at the ILA Conference in Austin, Texas. Dr. Don Vu, Karina Almanza, Corrie and Kayla Barrett represented the Broncos! Barrett Ranch modeled their reading motivation program, “Broncos Read,” after Steven Laynes book, “Igniting a Passion for Reading.”

Young Author’s Celebration, 2018

Students were active participants in Erin Dealey’s personal and interactive presentation on becoming an author. Parents, grandparents, siblings and teachers celebrated our young authors in a packed auditorium at John Adams High School. Face in a Book bookstore and the Roseville Library were on hand for book buying and information on book lending. Did you know teachers can check out entire STEM kits from the library?

Placer Area Reading Council made our annual donation to Lerato Educational Centre near Johannesburg in South Africa. This school supports families in need with classrooms and a library which serves over 450 children and members of the area community. Our donation helps the library staff purchase books and literacy materials. Check out the photos of the centre below:

PARC Supports Global Learning

For many years Placer Area Reading Council has donated funds to support a library in a school for homeless children located near Johannesburg in South Africa. The photos show renovations being made due to some recent corporate donations. Cleaning, painting, new bathroom fixtures. A visit from Sister Mary (retired director), children in their new “Toms” shoes helping paint, and the busy school library.  Check out the Facebook page for “Lerato Educational Centre”! Thanks to Rene Taylor for the articles and photos.

Click on the photo above to read this interesting article.


Click above to watch an interview/StorySmashup with Dav Pilkey & Jeff Kinney (Captain Underpants & Wimpy Kid books) They describe how they plan, and organize a book.


Promoting literacy and love of reading by building free book exchanges.
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Here’s a link for a copy of the hand outs from the CRA PDI.


Click on the logo to the right to access Resources for the California Young Readers’ Medal Books:


facebookbannerEvery principal who has 10 teachers “like” us on our facebook page will receive one free membership. [more information here]

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Follow what is happening at a fellow
CRA Council , the Sacramento Area
Reading Association (SARA).[SARA Website]