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.

The next Teachers as Readers event with the theme of Spring Using Our Senses While Searching for Animals and their Habitats is scheduled for Friday, March 19 from 8 to 9 pm, following our scheduled Board of Director's meeting. 

For Pre-Service Teachers and Literacy Education Students: NYSRA is hosting two events designed specifically for your unique needs. 

  • Wednesday, March 24 - 7 to 8:30 pm we are hosting our first Mentor Event.  A panel of school administrators representing rural, suburban, and urban school settings will offer insight into how each selects and interviews potential teaching candidates, what their expectations are for new and developing instructors, plus offer tips about how to start off your new career on the right foot.  Each participant will have the opportunity to ask specific questions from each panelist in smaller breakout sessions. Click here to register.
  • Virtual Poster Session - Tuesday, April 20 - 7 to 8:30 pm  - Submissions to present will be accepted through Thursday, April 1, 2021. Click here to find out more. Anyone interested in attending the  Poster Session night will rotate among those presenting for maximum opportunity to learn from our newest educators.  Click here to register to attend.  All accepted presenters will automatically be registered as attendees.

Details about these sessions, other NYSRA events and virtual sessions from ILA and others can be found under the Professional Development tab.  

Announcing updates on 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.

Think you might like to present to your literacy colleagues and friends?  Proposals to present submissions are now being accepted.  Click here to access the Google form to submit.  The deadline to submit is Monday, June 1, 2021.

Got questions? Don't hesitate to contact the conference committee at

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 Vice President, Keith Newvine.

Thank you both for helping promote the benefits of belonging and participating in the New York State Reading Association!

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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NYSRA Vice President Makes News! Way to go, Keith!!

From - Ben Stiller meets virtually with CNY students, talks films and does Bruce Springsteen impression

Award-winning actor, writer, producer and director Ben Stiller took advantage of a “snow day” Tuesday to chat with a group of Central New York students about his film career — and briefly revive one of his most famous impressions.

Keith Newvine, an English teacher at West Genesee High School, tells | The Post-Standard that it all started when fellow West Genesee educator Dan Callahan came up with a lesson plan based on “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” The 1939 short story by James Thurber was adapted into a 2013 movie directed by and starring Stiller as a daydreaming Life magazine worker who goes on a real-life adventure.

Newvine reached out to Stiller a couple times on Twitter, asking if he could meet virtually with students from the Syracuse area to discuss the story and his filmmaking process. @RedHourBen responded and connected Newvine with his assistant, who set up a video chat.

More than 300 people tuned in on Zoom and YouTube, including students from Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Baldwinsville’s Baker High School, West Genesee, and Corcoran High School in the Syracuse City School District. Participants also included Thea Yurkewecz-Stellato at SUNY Geneseo and Heather Waymouth at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.  More

Check it out! New York State Reading Association Past-President Dr. Thea Yurkewecz-Stellato 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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