Who is WSRA?
- 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.
- 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
- 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 Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts