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!

The New York State Reading Association recently submitted a letter to the New York State Education Department Board of Regents regarding the proposed amendments to Section 30-1.8 of the Rules of the Board of Regents and Sections 52.21, 80-1.2, 80-3.2, and 80-3.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The letter was submitted on behalf of all New York State Reading Association members and can be read below. You can also download a PDF of the document here.

Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff
Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff Speaker Procurement Mini-Grant

The New York State Reading Association is honored to announce the Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff  Speaker Procurement Mini-Grant. This award is intended to provided financial assistance for New York State Reading Association local chapters for procurement of a speaker(s) for professional development events and is in honor of Dr. Shea-Bischoff's tireless work to help promote and provide literacy professional development in New York State and beyond.

New York State Reading Association local councils are permitted to submit one application per calendar year for up to $250. Please complete this application as accurately and completely as possible. Contact Keith Newvine at with any questions.

The latest edition of the Language and Literacy Spectrum is now available!  A link to the publication has been sent to all active members and it will be added to our members-only section on this website. Thank you to co-editors Keli Garas-York and Jennifer Reichenberg and all of the contributors for their work.

NYSRA is highlighted in the March/April 2021 edition of the International Literacy Association's magazine, Literacy Today with an article su
bmitted by Past-President, Dr. Thea Yurkewecz-Stellato and our President-Elect
, Keith Newvine.

Click on the image to the left to access a PDF copy of the full article.  To read the full March/April edition of Literacy Today, click here.

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Becoming a Member and/or Renewing Your Membership

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NYS Reading Association Publications

How to Join the Charlotte Award Vote

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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
      • 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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