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.



PARC would like to welcome Sue Schofield, a second grade teacher at John Adams Academy, to our Board.  Sue will be acting in the capacity of Recording Secretary and will also help to organize and execute our events.  We are thrilled to have Sue on board and thank her for her desire to help out so that PARC can continue to fulfill its Mission of “Spreading the Seeds of Literacy from the Valley to the Foothills”.

If you are looking to help, PARC could use you!  Many positions on the Board are currently unfilled.  Participation as a PARC Board Member does require your gift of time, but also we have found pays us back in collegiality, knowledge, expanded horizons, making connections, and in a sense of fulfillment knowing we are doing something that matters!  If you would like to join us, please contact

Betsy Stenklyft at


Joanne Devine at

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

[Teacher Info] [Young Author Flyer]


On January 23rd,  over fifty teachers and administrators gathered at John Adams Academy in Roseville for some delicious nachos and to hear two speakers, Judy Lynch and Betsy Stenklyft, share ideas and research on word work, phonics, and phonological awareness.  Response to the event was very positive with teachers saying such things as, “I can’t wait to try this out in my classroom!”, or “I never knew that before!” (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE)

PARC’s mission is ALWAYS to share information that empowers educators  as reading teachers so that literacy instruction in our area can continually be enhanced.  It was our pleasure and honor to present this event for those who were in attendance.

Next month we are very pleased to be hosting an event featuring Lori Oczkus, a prolific author and national presenter and educational consultant.  Lori will share a plethora of strategies designed to improve and increase comprehension among students.  Her friendly approach to sharing ideas will instantly make those in attendance feel comfortable and the quality of her ideas will infuse participants with enthusiasm about their instruction.  Please see the flyer on this site and plan on joining us!


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]