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!
Save the Dates: Nov 11-12 to attend NYSRA's Annual Conference 2021!
This year's theme is "Re-Envisioning a Brave New World," which will focus on literacy teaching and learning (PreK-12) while acknowledging a need to address issues of using modern technologies, social justice and cultural literacy. Be sure to save the dates and plan on joining us in Rochester! Some sessions will be offered virtually.
We're proud to announce that our confirmed keynote and featured speakers will include:
Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul - educator, author, and the co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy. She is the Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. As a former middle school English teacher, Sonja developed curriculum that centered the work of racial literacy in K-12 schools. She leads presentations at educational conferences and works with educators around the world providing professional development on antiracist reading and writing instruction. (photo credit: Joy Malone Photography)
Pam Allyn - leading literacy expert, author, activist and advocate for children, who founded LitLife to bring quality professional learning to teachers across the United States and LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy movement serving children across the US and in more than 60 countries, and led her team to create the widely scaled LitCamp and World Read Aloud Day programs.
Penny Kittle - teacher, author, and advocate, and dedicated to helping students and teachers develop a passion for reading and writing. In 2012 Penny and her husband founded the Book Love Foundation, a 5013c non-profit foundation with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers. She is the co-author of 180 Days with Kelly Gallagher, and is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award.
NYSRA Presents the 2021 Charlotte Book Award winners
Click here to view a very short video announcing the winners and visit the
Charlotte Awards tab under Awards for more details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 was recently awarded with the International Literacy Association's Award of Excellence.
The following local councils were also recognized with ILA's Honor Award: