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Since its charter year (1967), MERC primarily serves Outagamie, Calumet, and Northern Winnebago Counties for public and private schools in the districts of Appleton, Brillion, Chilton, Freedom, Hilbert, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Kiel, Kimberly, Little Chute, Menasha, Neenah, New Holstein, Shiocton, Stockbridge, Weyauwega-Fremont, and Winneconne. 

2019 - 2020 MERC Upcoming Events

Please contact MERC at [email protected]

March 30, 2020


Title: Attending to Language for ELL and ALL Students

Language is often an assumed curriculum in schools, yet we know that all students are Academic Language Learners (A.L.L.). Students who are English Language Learners (E.L.L.) especially need explicit instruction and support to read complex, grade-level text. However, all students benefit from teacher scaffolds to talk, read, and write using complex academic language. Learn how to support students in elementary classrooms in making complex academic oral language an explicit curriculum that transfers to reading and writing continuous text.

Kelly Luedeke and Jaime Dercks are teachers in the Kaukauna Area School District. Tara is a Reading Specialist and Jaime is a 3rd grade educator. They presented at the 2020 WSRA Conference.

Location: Concordia  University - Appleton Campus, 4351 W College Avenue, Suite 100, Appleton, WI 

Schedule 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Light snacks will be served. 


April 22, 2020

Registration link: www.wsra.org/merc-apr22-2020

Title: "Keeping the Momentum going: Supporting Children's Literacy Growth Throughout the Summer" presented by Michael Ford

Location: Concordia  University - Appleton Campus, 4351 W College Avenue, Suite 100, Appleton, WI 

Schedule 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Light snacks will be served. 


MERC membership:

  • $20 MERC membership for the 2019 - 2020 council year. This MERC membership covers all of the 2019-2020 MERC meetings and programs.
  • $15 nonmember fee to attend a MERC program.
  • $10 MERC membership fee for full-time undergraduate students
  • $0 for member of another local reading council to attend MERC programs

Who We Are

Legislative Jacqueline Klimaszewski [email protected]
Membership Stephanie Malaney [email protected]
President Amy Roggenbauer [email protected]
Treasurer Sandy Benton [email protected]
Planning Faye Kohlbeck [email protected]
Website and Social Network Sandy Benton [email protected]

Our MERC History

Since 1967, MERC has continued to be a non-profit, professional, and service organization composed of reading specialists, teachers, administrators, and others who are genuinely concerned with the improvement and teaching of reading and the promotion of lifelong literacy.

  1. Grow as a professional through informative programming.
  2. Gain support or professional development hours for your Educator Effectiveness or Professional Practice goals.  
  3. Network with other reading professionals including classroom teachers.
  4. Be informed of legislation and trends regarding literacy education.
  5. Support local, state, and international projects.
  6. Win amazing door prizes.