Welcome to the WSRA Convention Webpage!

February 8 - 10, 2018

Exploring Literacy and Learning through the Eyes of the Whole Child 

Registration is open!  Click here to register for the convention. Registration Early Bird ends at midnight on Jan. 18, 2018. Registration closes on Feb. 6. 
Click here to access the PDF of the 2018 Convention Program.  Don't miss this chance to explore literacy and learning with your colleagues. 
  1. Click here to reserve a booth online
  2. Information about reserving a booth for the 2018 Exhibit Hall. 
  3. Information about the booth prices.
Registration, Fees, Scholarship for Students, and Cancellation Information
  1. Registration opens October 1, 2017 and closes February 6, 2018. Registration fees include lunch on Thursday, Friday, and breakfast on Saturday.  Registration is online only.
  2. Existing users have a username and password.  Need help?  Call 262-514-1450 or email Joyce at wsra@wsra.org.  Click here if you have forgotten your password.
  3. New user?  Enter your email address in the new user text box. 
  4. The WSRA membership fees will be added onto the registration fees when the registrant choses to join or renew for $37.  
  5. The fee for the WSRA Full-time Undergraduate Student member is $35 per day. Join WSRA as a student for $10. 
  6. The Early Bird Registration window closes on January 18, 2018. See the fees below. 
  7. Cancellation of the registration must be communicated to Joyce at wsra@wsra.org by February 1, 2018 to receive a partial refund.  A $70 cancellation fee will be charged per day. No refunds will be granted from Feb. 2, 2018 and beyond. 
  8. After the cut-off date of Feb.1, 2018 for refunds, you may send a nonregistered person in your place, with the registration confirmation email and a written authorization in hand from the registrant. This is to be presented to the Joyce at the Help Desk if no communication with wsra@wsra.org or by phone before Feb. 6, 2018 or prior to the beginning of the convention. 
Confirmation of registration, Invoice Information, Convention Name Badge, and Certificate of Attendance
  1. Looking for your registration confirmation of your sessions?  After you register, an email listing your session choices will be sent to your inbox. You can also look at the Messages tab in My Profile
  2. Looking for your invoice? Login with your username and password. Click on My Profile. Then click on invoices.
  3. In an effort to enhance security, WSRA requires attendees to wear the convention name badge at all times. Attendees will pick up the badge and neck wallet at the registration/check-in area on the first floor of the Wisconsin Center. Badges must be worn to gain admission to the event, the lunch, and exhibit hall. If your school or district requires that your name badge be turned in after the convention, please keep the name badge upon leaving the Wisconsin Center.  WSRA appreciates the return of the neck wallet upon leaving the Wisconsin Center at the completion of the convention. 
  4. A certificate of attendance will be included with the convention name badge. 
Payment Methods
  1. Payment for the convention is expected before the convention and by Feb. 6, 2018.  
  2. WSRA accepts the following payment methods: MasterCard | Visa | Discover Card | Check | ACH direct deposit.  If using the ACH direct deposit, notification of the deposit must be communicated to Joyce at wsra@wsra.org.
Convention App, Handouts, and Session Evaluations
  1.  WSRA will again offer a free convention app to convention registrants.  The app will provide presenters' biographical information, session descriptions, room assignments, and session evaluations.  Registrants will receive an emailed invitation to download the free app from WSRA and Double Dutch. 
  2. Handouts from the presenters who supply the handouts to WSRA, will be posted on the app on the corresponding sessions. 
Book Sales, Presenters & Session Descriptions, and Hotel Room Block Information, and Resources 
  1. Literacy Resources webpage.
  2. Session Descriptions 
  3. Hotel room blocks will be reserved at the Hyatt Regency and the Hilton City Center in Milwaukee.   2018 Room rates coming soon.
  4. WSRA Book Sales at the convention coming soon

A message from Dr. Cindy Cate, 2018 Convention Chair:

Each day we live, we live in a new day. The sun rises and falls only to hurry back and start all over again. What then, do we teach our children in each new day? Butterflies taste food by standing on top of it. Giraffes have four stomachs. One’s nose and ears never stop growing. Yes, these facts are fascinating yet our children need and deserve so much more.

It is vital that teachers view learning – not achievement or teaching – through the eyes of their students. Children are motivated to learn when certain needs are met; however, some needs take precedence over others. Our most basic needs are physical and psychological, such as food, safety, love, belonging, and esteem. Learning IS more than achievement or teaching; likewise, literacy is more than reading and writing. It is learning that prepares our children for meaningful participation in an increasingly complex global society. Danish Poet Soren Kierkegaard wrote:

Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner, put yourself in his place so that you may understand . . . what he understands and the way he understands it.

To be a teacher is to be a learner. We might not have control over how children enter our lives but we can surely empower them through compassionate and meaningful learning experiences while they are in our care. The 2018 convention theme of Exploring Literacy and Learning Through the Eyes of the Whole Child invites educators to discuss, deconstruct, and share the research and real-world examples of policies and practices within the following 4 Cs and beyond:

Culture of Caring facilitates a climate of belonging through intentional integration of empathy, human touch, and the compassion that teachers and learners both need and desire.

Creativity & Cognition challenges teachers and learners to dig into brain-stimulating activities with imagination, curiosity, and artistic expression.

Constructivist Classrooms encourage teachers and learners to draw from their funds of knowledge, intelligences, and life experiences to engage in purposeful activities and negotiate meaning-making.

Collaborative Communities engage teachers and learners in creative problem solving, innovative thinking, and authentic engagement for vision, hope, and opportunities for change. 





WSRA's 2019 Convention Theme

Save the dates to attend #WSRA19
February 7-9, 2019 
La Tasha Fields is the 2019 Convention Chair

Submit a #WSRA19 session proposal.  
The window of opportunity to submit a sesson proposal opens February 7, 2018 and closes May 12, 2018.


International Literacy Association (ILA) Conventions:

Stay tuned for the 2018 date.