New York State Reading Association

The New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) is an all-inclusive volunteer organization of members who are passionate about literacy.  We share and support efforts to improve literacy education for people of all ages on local, state and global levels.  We are teachers, librarians, parents, students, writers, researchers and professors.  We welcome anyone to join us either as an at-large member, or better yet, through one of our many local councils!

Update on Professional Development Opportunities:

NYSRA 2020 Vision: Literacy for a Changing World is being offered as a series of virtual sessions.  We are hard at work planning live online PD sessions that will be scheduled for evening or weekend hours, some of which will be taped to allow as much flexibility in attendance as possible.  We will be offering CTLE credits for attending the live sessions.

Our next major event is An Evening with Zoi Phillippakos, on Tuesday, December 8, starting at 7:30 pm.

The next Teachers as Readers event with the theme of Immigration and the anniversary of the opening of Ellis Island on January 1, 1892 is scheduled for Mon., January 11, 2021 at from 7:30-8:30 pm. Details about these sessions, other NYSRA events and virtual sessions from ILA and others can be found under the Professional Development tab.  

Stay tuned for future developments.

Check it out! New York State Reading Association Past-President Dr. Thea Yurkewecz and current New York State Reading Association Vice President Keith Newvine are featured on The Literacy Advocate--a podcast all about literacy.

Click on the picture or this link to listen as Thea and Keith talk about what teacher advocacy looks like and how New York State Reading Association advocates for literacy as a human right and assists educators in learning how to advocate for themselves and their students.

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Interested in becoming a member of NYSRA? Join one of our local affiliates located throughout NYS and you'll automatically be a member of both organizations!

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NYSRA was recently awarded with the International Literacy Association's Award of Excellence.

The following local councils were also recognized with ILA's Honor Award:

      • Central New York Reading Council
      • Nassau Reading Council
      • Niagara Frontier Reading Council
      • Rochester Area Literacy Council
Congratulations! Certificates will be officially recognized to Honor Award recipients during our Assembly of Delegates meeting in October. 


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The New York State Reading Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Mail to: P.O. Box 874, Albany, NY 12201-0874

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