The Great Diocesan Read-Aloud 2020

“One of the greatest gifts adults can give – to their offspring and to their society – is to read to children.” – Carl Sagan

Celebrate Literacy Month with us by participating in the SECOND ANNUAL Great Diocesan Read Aloud! We invite members of the community to share their love of reading with students in an effort to make lifelong readers!



What is the Great Diocesan Read-Aloud?

CTN is inviting ALL schools to register to have a virtual guest reader during the week of March 2nd. 

  • Register to sign-up with us for a Guest Reader via Skype session and support technology integration in the classroom! To participate, register your class below and we will help coordinate reader visits for your school.
  • Create a Read-Aloud for your school. Register your school to let us know you will participate in the GDRA and will coordinate your own readers. Create a plan (ex: switch classes/teachers, reading buddy partners, create a bulletin board with everyone’s favorite book.) Invite administration and school staff to read their favorite books. Readers can include parents, grandparents, local merchants, clergy, parish volunteers, etc. 

                  Readers Register Here!  

When is the GDRA?

It begins Monday, March 2nd and ends Thursday, March 5th. 

Whether you choose to set up your own school plan or if you join the GDRA for a Skype session, please make sure to register your school.  (We want all the pictures we can get!)

How do I participate in a Skype call?
  • Explore how Skype can transition the way you teach (How to create a Skype Account). CTN will arrange a time and reader for you after we receive the registration.
Why the GDRA?
From ASCD Why Every Class Needs Read Alouds

“Teachers can use read alouds to create a class bond; promote a love of reading; preview information, themes, or text structures; model effective reading; show how texts connect with one another (intertextuality); or provide an exemplar for a genre of writing. The read aloud is like the Swiss Army knife of literacy; it has multiple uses at every age and in every content area.”

From Reading Eggs Seven Benefits of Reading Aloud to Kids

  1. Develops stronger vocabulary.
  2. Builds connections between the spoken and written word.
  3. Provides enjoyment.
  4. Increases attention span.
  5. Strengthens cognition.
  6. Provides a safe way of exploring strong emotions.
  7. Promotes bonding.
From Reading Rockets Reading …… provides children with a demonstration of phrased, fluent reading (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996). It reveals the rewards of reading, and develops the listener’s interest in books and desire to be a reader (Mooney, 1990).
From PBS KIDS “The landmark Becoming a Nation of Readers report concluded that “the single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

Tech Integration Resources:


For more information, contact Carli Garcia: or 347-286-4502