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Wisconsin State Reading Association!

The Wisconsin State Reading Association provides leadership, advocacy, and professional learning for the implementation of effective research based literacy practices. Our 3,000 member organization is made up of a rich variety of reading teachers and reading specialists, classroom teachers, college professors, and others working to contribute to the education and literacy of all children.  Your membership with the WSRA will provide you with access to monthly webinars, the WSRA Journal, Update newsletter, and research to strengthen and support the best practices in literacy instruction. In addition to these online resources, as a member of the Wisconsin State Reading Association you become a part of a diverse community of professionals, forming powerful connections and working together to make a difference. The passion and expertise of our members is nowhere as apparent as our annual convention. Our inspiring conventions allow our members to collaborate and network through dynamic professional learning opportunities surrounding topics of literacy in the 21st century. WSRA works to promote excellence in reading, and it is our hope that you will join us in our mission. Click the Membership tab for information on how to join.  We look forward to working with you.
Kathy GalvinPresident

Thank you, President Galvin!

The 2014-2015 WSRA council year is coming to a close at the end of June.  We thank President, Kathy Galvin, for her leadership and excellent work, which centered on WSRA's mission and vision!  President-Elect, Sue Boquist will take the reins of presidency with the summer leadership meetings and institute in August. 

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!  

Northwoods Learning Retreat ~ Laughing, Learning, and Literacy

at Tomahawk Elementary School, which is located at 1048 E King Road in Tomahawk, Wisconsin

July 9-10, 2015

Registration deadline  June 30, 2015 
Click here for the online registration link.  Click here for Northwoods Learning Retreat flyer.

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
Registration deadline no later than July 22, 2015  ~  Lodging deadline July 8
Click here for August 2015 Institute and Leadership meetings letter.

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 

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. 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 Stalwell 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.


34th Annual Wisconsin Reading Research Symposium

Mindful Literacy:  Open Minds, Create the Culture, Remember the Joy

 Looking for interesting videos?  Look no more! 

It is on the Wisconsin State Reading Association's YouTube Channel.
  • If you are interested in ordering The Power of Reading to Your Child DVD click here for a PDF order form and that it comes in English, Spanish and Hmong languages. 
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