Who is WSRA?

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Click here to view the Term Chart for the Board of Directors 2017-2018 council year.

MEMBERSHIP

  • The Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) is a professional organization that averages 2700 members annually.
  • One-third of WSRA is comprised of reading specialists/reading teachers/interventionists/coaches.
  • One-­‐third is classroom teachers ranging from 4K through high school.
  • One-­‐third is college professors, students, retired educators, librarians, gifted & talented educators, special education educators, ELL educators, and adults/technical educators.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

  • 25 local councils covering every part of Wisconsin
  • 25 Committees including Early Intervention, Elementary, Middle School, High School, Families and Literacy, Research, Reading Specialists, Legislative, International Partnership, Children's Literature, Reading and Technology, and more
  • Task Force: ESEA/RtI/Assessment Task Force
  • Wisconsin Professors of Reading Special Interest Council
  • WSRA's Board of Directors

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Expertise matters

  • Focus on literacy professional development
    • Annual convention averaging 2700 attendees
    • Topical workshops/institutes around the state
    • Webinars
    • Professional publications such as WSRA Journal, Update, RtI at the Crossroads monograph
    • Supporting teachers in their licensure process, PI34
    • Local council meetings
    • Professional study groups
    • Position statements on critical issues
    • Read It Forward (professional book study groups)

PARTNERSHIPS:  Literacy requires a comprehensive approach

  • Support the Research Symposium through the UW System
  • Network with CESAs, Wisconsin Education Innovations, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, University System, content organizations to provide workshops and institutes
  • Work with legislators and DPI to promote and develop legislation and policies supporting effective literacy practices
    • Read to Lead Task Force with the focus on teacher expertise
    • PI 34
    • Teacher Preparation programs
    • Kindergarten Screener
    • District Reading Specialist
    • Maximizing the use of highly qualified reading specialists/reading teachers/literacy coaches/in classrooms
  • Recent special initiatives:
    • Development of Families and Literacy DVD for parents of children from birth through age 5
    • Provide Little Free Libraries in park campgrounds.

RESEARCH:  Research grounds us

  • Promote and disseminate research supporting effective literacy practices
  • Provide education about research, its strengths and limitations
  • Award monetary support for research
  • Provide research strands at conferences
  • Research effective practices, for example:
    • Met with Massachusetts Department of Education
    • Promoted Kindergarten screeners and intervention
    • Provided professional development on the Response to Intervention as part of the IDEA Law
    • Shared ways to implement the State Standards in English Language Arts