New York State Reading Association

Upcoming events

    • 27 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 15 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 AM (EDT)
    • online

    Named for the main character in E. B. White's Charlotte's Web, the purpose of the Charlotte Award is to encourage students to read outstanding literature and ultimately become lifelong readers. NYSRA presented the firstCharlotte Awards in 1990. The recent ballot can be found at for a complete list of books on each ballot.

    Read as many books from each ballot that you can. You do not need to read all the books on the ballot. Vote on one ballot or all ballots, but you may only vote once on each ballot. Some upper grade books contain adult issues. Please consider the appropriateness of each book before reading. Ballots must be received by April 15, 2021. Individuals may vote or a teacher may vote for each student in their class. Go to the link above and find the "Click to Vote!" button.

    Votes will be tallied, and winners will receive their awards at the NYSRA Conference in November 2021.

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • online

    Literacy Strategies for Virtual Instruction

    This event is free. Registration is required. Visit to register and receive link. CTLE is also available(2 hrs).

    Breakout sessions led by Buffalo State College Literacy Leadership Students. Gain many ideas and resources for K-2, 3-5, and 6+!

    Schedule: 9-9:15  Welcome

    9:20-9:35  Breakout Session #1

    9:40-9:55 Breakout Session #2

    10-10:20 Breakout Session #3

    10:25-10:40 Breakout Session #4

    10:40-11 Wrap-up, Prizes, Surveys


    • 15 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 24 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)

    Information for the next issue of ReAD is due. Send your information to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than Mar. 24, 2020.

    • 19 Mar 2021
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • online via Zoom

    • 20 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE via Zoom

    The first Zoom meeting will be the Executive Board followed by the full Board and the Assembly of Delegates Meeting starting at 10 am.  Please register online. Further details will be forthcoming.  Check back here for a full agenda.

    • 22 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • online

    To register for this Author Visit with Barbara Brown Gathers just email by March 20, 2021. 

    She will talk about her book "The Secrets of Hattie Brown". 

    "Hello Eliza. Nice to meet ya.”

    He smiled and all she could do was grin. The words were stuck in her throat like old peanut butter. Jeezus, he was soooo handsome! And so tall!

    A unique accomplishment, this is a history never told. It is the story of two generations of African American women. Eliza Betts was born in 1860, her daughter Hattie in 1890. The saga is based upon the actual, meticulously researched history of both women. Author Barbara Gathers is Hattie’s granddaughter.

    Life in Virginia and North Carolina after the end of enslavement was toilsome for those emancipated and living with the question, “What does freedom mean?” This is the story of two women who faced those challenges with boldness, personal stamina, and an intense devotion to their loved ones.

    • 24 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    We have assembled a panel of administrators representing urban, suburban and rural districts to discuss with current and recent graduate students what each looks for in a candidate, how best to represent oneself for a teaching opportunity, what is the process, what are the reasonable expectations once someone is hired, etc.

    Each panelist will be given a few minutes to address their selection process followed by a large group Q&A. 

    After that there will be a series of breakout round-robins where each pre-service participant will have the opportunity to chat in a more intimate setting with each panelist. 

    Our panelists include:

    • Dr. Tanya Wilson Thevanesan from East Lower School (6-8)
    • Dr. Shannon Heller (elementary school principal in Greece CSD)
    • Ellen Saxby, elementary principal (gr. UPK-4) in Williamson
    • Karen Fahy, Director of ELA and Reading · ‎Rochester City School District

    • 24 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EDT)
    • online -zoom

    The North Country Reading Council is sponsoring this online event "Creating An Engaging Classroom". Becky Duprey, retired teacher and consultant, will share an interactive virtual classroom that can be adapted to all grade levels as well as strategies and websites to engage your students. Ideas to refine your teaching "craft" can be used right away!

    We hope you can join us!

    Free to any member of NYSRA - Non-member fee $10.00. RSVP on their website: A Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants prior to the event and CTLE credit will be awarded upon request.

    Interested in becoming a member? Log on to NYSREADING.ORG (Membership) and sign up in you local council area - or become a member at large


    • 25 Mar 2021
    • 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM (EDT)
    • online

    To register for this workshop email A link for the presentation will be sent to you on March 24, 2021 after you contact us. Members of MHRC may attend for free. Guests may attend for $15.00. Please send membership or guest checks to: Traci Cillis, 255 S. Smith Road, Lagrangeville, NY 12540.

    Mid-Hudson Reading Council; Mount Saint Mary College, Division of Education; and Vassar College, Department of Education is sponsoring this worshop presented by Monica Merritt, Ed. D., Associat Professor of Education, Mount Saint Mary College.

    A good story can meaningfully engage students. During this session, participants will consider ways storytelling can be used to develop critical thinking skills, perserverance, and confidence in doing mathematics. Through the examination of texts and related activities, the power of telling and creating math stories will be explored. Online resources will be shared.

    Monica Merritt is an Associate Professor of Education at Mount saint Mary College. In her classes, teacher candidates explore ways to teach mathematics through problem solving. Dr. Merritt is a strong advocate who is beloved by her students and the pupils they teach for helping to make mathematics a means of understanding the world around them. 

    New York State Teaching Standard which will be addressed in this presentation is Standard I: ElementI.4. Also Mathematical Practices from the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards addressed is 1-3 and 8.

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 23 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)

    Information for the next issue of ReAD is due. Send your information to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than April 23, 2020.

    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    All virtual poster presenters will need to prepare the following items prior to the session:

    1. A 3-minute overview, highlighting the key points and takeaways for your “poster”

    2. A PDF of your poster, short PowerPoint, SlideDeck or other visual that can be easily shared in a virtual environment.

    3. Prepare a 1 to 2-page summary with references/documentation as a PDF that can be shared for viewers to access following the session.

    During the session, each presenter should be prepared to answer questions from attendees. The duration of each session could be up to 15 minutes.

    Please note: Visual content and any support materials presented at the Virtual Meeting, will be available for access and viewing on the virtual platform for up to 30 days following the end of the session.

    Tips: All materials should be created so that the viewer can easily follow what you are presenting - type should be large enough to be viewed/read - flow charts should be simple, leaving more complicated explanations to verbal interaction between the presenter and the viewers.

    An effective “poster” delivers a clear message is highly visual and is read easily as a whole.

    Click here to complete the Request to Present Google from

    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    Come and support the future educators in our field! Each attendee will rotate among each presenter to maximize the opportunity to learn from them!

    • 30 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)

    NYSRA awards and grants requirements can be found on the Awards and Grants page of this website.

    • 5 May 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • online via Zoom

    • 15 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 24 May 2021
    • (EDT)

    Information for the next issue of ReAD is due. Send your information to Sandi Kurbiel at

    • 31 May 2021
    • (EDT)

    Reports from all NYSRA local councils are due to Carrie Lake at You can find the link for the report at

    • 1 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 15 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)

    NYSRA Expense vouchers are due to Larry Kline at

    • 10 Nov 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • 12 Nov 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Rochester, Online

    This year's conference 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.

    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.

    Please note: Presenters must also register and pay to attend the conference.

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

Past events

6 Mar 2021 CNY Reading Council Spring Conference
3 Mar 2021 Historical fiction and nonfiction for young readers – finding the truth in both forms.
25 Feb 2021 We are ALL Teachers of Media Literacy
25 Feb 2021 Charlotte Awards: An Opportunity to Learn and to Think About Participation
15 Feb 2021 ReAD Articles Due
6 Feb 2021 RALC presents Live Local Literacy
1 Feb 2021 Membership Bills Sent
26 Jan 2021 ONWARD: Cultivating Resilience for Educators Ch. 4
23 Jan 2021 NYSRA Board of Directors Digital Meeting
21 Jan 2021 ZigZag Vocabulary
15 Jan 2021 CNY Reading Council Virtual Literary Trivia Night
15 Jan 2021 Language and Literacy Spectrum Articles Due
14 Jan 2021 Restorative Literacy: Teaching and Learning at the Interscetion of Equity, Justice, Time and Literacy with Dr. Jevon Hunter
11 Jan 2021 Teachers As Readers
15 Dec 2020 ReAD Articles Due
8 Dec 2020 An Evening with Zoi Philippakos
1 Dec 2020 2021 Charlotte Award Books
15 Nov 2020 ReAD Articles Due
13 Nov 2020 An Evening with Cornelius Minor
4 Nov 2020 Teachers As Readers
1 Nov 2020 Membership List and Dues Billed
1 Nov 2020 IRS 990 Due
23 Oct 2020 NYSRA BOD & AOD Meetings
15 Oct 2020 An Evening with Donna Scanlon
15 Oct 2020 ReAD Articles Due
7 Oct 2020 Teachers as Readers
4 Oct 2020 Central New York Reading Council's Fall Into Books
3 Oct 2020 ILA NEXT
1 Oct 2020 Council Fees and Insurance Fee Billed
15 Sep 2020 ReAD Articles Due
1 Aug 2020 Awards and Grants Due
1 Jun 2020 Expense Vouchers Due
31 May 2020 NYSRA Local Council Reports Due
15 May 2020 ReAD Articles Due

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