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

Mission Statement

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.

WSRA Beliefs:

Expertise Matters!

Research Grounds Us!

Literacy is a complex process requiring a comprehensive approach and a mindset shift.

WSRA’s Goals:

  • Advocacy:  Develop tools, strategies, and interest to motivate WSRA members to engage in advocacy efforts to improve research, policy and practices for literacy programs that best serve students, families, and educators.
  • Communication: Provide leadership in addressing issues and trends in reading and communication arts to inform educators, administrators, families, and community members.
  • Membership: Develop and strengthen an active and diverse membership.
  • Partnership: Create partnerships that foster literacy in the home, school, community, and workplace.
  • Professional Development: Encourage professional growth opportunities for families, educators, administrators and community members.
  • Research: Promote and disseminate research findings that will strengthen and support the best practices for instruction in the communication arts.

WSRA Call to Action! Contact your state legislators today!

Dear WSRA Stakeholders,
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR AND STATE ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVE TODAY! As you have likely read in our updates and in the media, Wisconsin education is facing serious threats in the state budget process. We are asking you to please contact your state senator and assembly representative today via email and phone call, and ask them to eliminate the recent language that would allow alternative licensure in the field of reading.  Ask them to maintain the quality of instruction that our current licensure provides to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens, our Wisconsin students. Please call and email your legislators by Monday, June 15.  The Joint Finance Committee that is deliberating on the budget is expected to finish their work next week.  So time is of the essence!  Who are my Legislators and how do I contact them? It is easy.  Click here to find my legislator.  Click here to access the article.

Click HERE to access the letter for Wisconsin legislators. 

 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.  
Members of WSRA and IRC may access the archived webinars.  Login as a member, go to the top menu tab called Resources > Webinars.  There you will find the archived webinars on the Wisconsin State Reading Association YouTube channnel and for some, a PDF of the presentation.  Thanks for making literacy learning your priority.  
Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2015-2016 year of Wired Wednesdays!  

 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
Registration deadline no later than July 31, 2015  ~  Lodging deadline July 8
Click here for President Sue Boquist's letterClick here for the schedule.

Click here to read ASCD The Myth of the Culture of Poverty by Paul Gorski

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.‚Äč 

Keynote by Carol Lee:  

Foundational Equity Principles and Practices: Literacy and Opportunity to Learn

Session descriptions

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:  
Literacy Through the Disciplines: Argumentation and Critical Reasoning

Dr. Dana Stachowiak:
During this presentation, educators will be provided with an overview of the dispositions necessary for being a culturally responsive literacy educator, as well as participate in a collaborative discussion of the definition and needs of culturally responsive literacy instruction. Additionally, participants will be guided through how to choose culturally responsive texts and how to create related culturally responsive lessons. Participants will also have a chance to review several texts and begin to create their own culturally responsive literacy lessons.

Dr. Emery Petchauer
This interactive workshop gives an overview of the ways that hip-hop culture is used for culturally relevant purposes in schools.  Specifically, participants will engage in hands-on and ears-open activities with hip-hop cultural artifacts, such as vinyl records used by DJs, to understand how these can facilitate reading, writing, and inquiry in classrooms. Educators can expect to leave the workshop with a general understanding of Hip-Hop based education and ideas about how to utilize related artifacts in their own classroom settings.

Katy Swalwell and Paul Gorski
"An Equity Literacy Approach to Multicultural Teaching and Learning"
Learn about the benefits of an "equity literacy" framework that builds on traditional models of multicultural education to help teachers recognize, respond to, and redress inequities in order to build sustainable equitable school communities. An important component of this approach is weaving these skills into the curriculum to help students develop the same commitment to and capacity for equity work. In this session, we will introduce the model and give participants practice applying it to several different case studies.

Laura Adams and Barb Novak:
Speaking and listening are the literacy skills that provide the foundations for reading and writing. DPI Literacy Consultants Laura Adams and Barb Novak provide evidence-based instructional and assessment strategies that address these important literacy skills through the lenses of culturally responsive practices and critical literacy, providing means of engaging all learners.

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 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  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.

  Looking for interesting videos?  Look no more! 

It is on the Wisconsin State Reading Association's YouTube Channel.
Last Updated on Friday, July 17, 2015 01:57 PM