Wisconsin State Reading Association
2015 International Literacy Association’s Teacher Empowerment Achievement Council Award winner!
"The outstanding work demonstrated by the Wisconsin State Reading Association exemplifies your dedication to empowering educators in your state." ILA Council Advisory Team
The Wisconsin State Reading Association provides leadership, advocacy, and professional learning for the implementation of effective literacy practices, recognizing the complex nature of literacy and engaging students to apply their literacies in meaningful ways in a changing world.
Research Grounds Us!
Literacy is a complex process requiring a comprehensive approach and a mindset shift.
WSRA Call to Action! Contact your state legislators today!
Dear WSRA Stakeholders,
Wired Wednesday Webinars
The Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) and the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) have concluded the 2014-2015 year of Wired Wednesday Webinars.
Northwoods Learning Retreat ~ Laughing, Learning, and Literacy
at Tomahawk Elementary School, which is located at 1048 E King Road in Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Jonas will present "Laughing, Learning, and Literacy". A variety of theoretical and empirical studies show that individuals can use humor not only to improve learning but it has a plethora of other positive strategies. Dr. Peter Jonas will synthesize the brain research behind using humor and its benefits involved with learning, especially in the field of memory and literacy. By grounding the work in empirical studies, he provides a theoretical model and practical examples concerning the truth about how to integrate humor into the classroom and schools, and to further develop the culture of organizations. Through the use of effective research and an emphasis on brain-based concepts, Dr. Jonas will integrate theory and several strategies, with several easy to follow, research-based guidelines. Learn how easy it is to use stories and jokes to improve teaching, increase learning, and enhance literacy. It's easy to have fun with Dr. Peter Jonas, it is also easy to learn with him. So go ahead, laugh at him, everyone else does. Peter Jonas, a professor of research and chairperson of the doctoral leadership department at Cardinal Stritch University, has become well- known for his wise-cracking comments and lectures on humor. Beneath the humor is a message: If you get people laughing, you can teach them anything. Peter Jonas has written three books (two of them that were any good) in support of his research on humor: Laughing and Learning: An Alternative to Shut-up and Listen (2009) and Secrets of Connecting Leadership and Learning to Humor (2004). Peter has been at Cardinal Stritch University for more than 30 years teaching research, statistics, and leadership. Ultimately, Peter attempts to integrate teaching, scholarship, service, and humor into his leadership philosophy.
WSRA Summer Institute and Leadership August 5 - 7
At The Heidel House in Green Lake, WI, which is located at 643 Illinois Avenue in Green Lake, WI 54941
Please join your colleagues for a WSRA institute on August 6 at the “Equity Literacy for All: Developing Identity, Agency, and a Sense of Belonging” with keynote speaker Dr. Carol Lee. Audience: Classroom and Special Education Teachers, Interventionist, Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Director, Principal
At the core of Wisconsin’s vision for RtI is culturally responsive practice. Wisconsin believes this is as much a part of an effective RtI system as high quality instruction, balanced assessment, and collaboration. This core belief can help build a sense of identity, agency, and belonging in the classroom, which are dimensions of learning that are often neglected or forgotten. This institute will provide opportunities for teachers to develop knowledge about the role of culturally responsive practices and critical literacy to help accelerate the learning of all students. The opportunity gap can be closed with sensitive teaching that goes beyond simply acknowledging diversity.
Keynote by Carol Lee:
Foundational Equity Principles and Practices: Literacy and Opportunity to Learn
This one-day institute includes break-out sectionals with: Carol Lee | Dana Stachowiak, Emery Petchauer | Laura Adams & Barb Nowak | Paul Gorski & Katy Stalwell | and Merri Schliesman & Merri Lindgren.
Dr. Carol Lee:
Dr. Dana Stachowiak:
Dr. Emery Petchauer
Katy Swalwell and Paul Gorski
Laura Adams and Barb Novak:
Librarians Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at UW-Madison will talk about inclusiveness as standard operating procedure. Diverse books are about providing children with materials that reflect their lives and the world in which they live. Merri and Megan will highlight examples of exemplary titles and invite discussion on how to be inclusive across the curriculum as well as on how to be critical consumers of diversity in publishing.
Use this link to the WSRA online registration http://goo.gl/D53JDM for the August 5 Executive Committee meeting, August 6 institute, and for the Friday, August 7 leadership meetings. The WSRA Leadership team includes local reading council leaders, WSRA committee members, and the WSRA Executive Committee. Cost: $200 nonmember | $160 WSRA member | $40 Full-time undergraduate student | $40 local council members and WSRA committee members | no cost to WSRA committee chairs and guest | no cost to WSRA local council leader and guest
Building a Writing Toolkit for Authentic Classroom Writing July 29 - 31
At the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
WSRA is looking forward to the 3-day institute, "Building a Writing Toolkit for Authentic Classroom Writing" featuring Kelly Gallagher and Nancy Steineke. Register at https://geturl.uww.edu/1yj. The registration for WSRA members is $200 for the 3-days of learning on July 29, 30, and 31. Email Donna, the WSRA Convention Coordinator, about discounted housing in Whitewater, WI. Email Joyce Uglow for additional information.
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