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

Click here to register for The Power of Teachers and Students Learning Together  institute

First Institute in the “How Students Learn: Understanding the Complexities of Teaching and Learning Together” Series
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Holiday Inn | Pewaukee, WI
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (registration at 8:30 AM)

WSRA is pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity that will provide a glimpse into three Wisconsin classrooms where expert educators are not only facilitating significant academic gains for all students but also positively impacting students' social and emotional health. Sarah Helmer (kindergarten teacher in Muskego-Norway), Merry Komar (multi-age grade 2/3 teacher, Waukesha), and Laurie McCarthy (multi-age grade 1/2 teacher, Muskego-Norway) together with their coach and reading specialist, Kathy Champeau, will use student work samples, video footage, and data about learning to demonstrate:

  • Practices to encourage academic and social-emotional growth
  • Use of formative practices to develop learning trajectories for individual students
  • Strategies for building a classroom community of readers and writers

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 The DVD comes in English, Spanish and Hmong languages. The form is a fillable PDF.  Please print and mail it.  Enjoy! Click here to check out the PI34 video. 

Wired Wednesday Webinars for the Wisconsin State Reading Association and Illinois Reading Council members:

Each of the 2015-2016 Wired Wednesday Webinars speakers will bring a focus on culturally responsive practices to light.  Each webinar is recorded and archived for WSRA and IRC members at Resources > Redbook > Webinars.  Join today to the enrich your knowledge and enhance your instructional practices. Click on the date to register for the GoToWebinar.   1 optional graduate credit available through Concordia University at a cost of $175.00.  To register and pay for the credit, please email  Credits will be transcripted in Spring 2016.  Click here to download the 2015-16 Wired Wednesday Webinar flyer.

  1. September 23, 2015 at 7PM with Pedro A. Noguera "Schooling for Resilience: Lessons from Single Sex Schools" 

    In recent years, policymakers and educators have increasingly embraced single sex schools as a remedy for the educational and social challenges confronting African American and Latino males. This presentation will present findings from a three-year study of seven single sex schools. While not intended to determine whether or not single sex schooling should be endorsed as solution, the study does yield interesting insights about the theory of change utilized by these educators and the strategies they employ to counter the perceived risks and to promote resilience among this highly vulnerable population of students.

  2. October 14, 2015 at 7PM with Catherine Compton-Lilly "Reading Lessons from Martin: A Case Study of One African American Student

  3. November 11, 2015 at 7PM with Allison Skerret "Drawing on Diverse Students' Out-of-School Language, Literacy, and Cultural Practices for Teaching and Learning in the Literacy Classroom"

  4. December 9, 2015 is a possibility.

  5. January 13, 2016 at 7PM with Dana Stahowiak "Reading and Writing with a Critical Social Justice Literacy Framework"

  6. February 10, 2016 at 7PM with Althier Lazar "Teaching for Social Equity in the Literacy Classroom"

  7. March 9, 2016 at 7PM with JoEllen McCarthy "Best Practice Writing in Culturally Responsive Classrooms"

  8. April 13, 2016 at 7PM with Becki Cohn-Vargas and Dorothy Steele "Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn"

  9. May 11, 2016 at 7PM with Doris Walker-Dalhouse and Victoria Risko "Identity, Equity, and Literacy: Focusing on Struggling Readers"

  10. June 8, 2016 at 7PM with Rebecca Powell "Implementing the Culturally Responsive Instruction Observation Protocol (CRIOP) Model"

Other Upcoming Important Events:

  • September Leadership meeting at Marriott West in Waukesha.  Click here to register for the Leadership meetings
  • October 10, 2015 Hot Topics in Literacy at UW-Oshkosh WSRA members registration fee is $50.  Register 4 people from one school district and pay for just 3! Click here for the flyer.
  • November Leadership meeting at Best Western Bridgewood Resort in Neenah.
  • November 21, 2015 Mentoring Close Reading of Complex Texts: Self-Questioning of Disciplinary Texts WEI Institute with Doug Buehl  registration fee is $125 register at
  • February 4-6, 2016 WSRA convention at Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.  Check out the session descriptions by clicking on the Convention menu tab.

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.


Last Updated on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 06:54 AM