New York State Reading Association

Upcoming events

    • 5 Oct 2021
    • 25 Oct 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom

    Join (virtually) the Rochester Area Literacy Council Members for a FREE book study opportunity to discuss Forged by Reading by Kylene Beers and Bob Probs.

    Host: Maria Katsetos
    October (2 Meetings)
    Dates: 10/5 &10/25
    Time: 4:30-5:30

    • 5 Oct 2021
    • 7 Dec 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Online

    Join (virtually) the Rochester Area Literacy Council Members for a FREE book study opportunity to discuss Shifting the Balance: Six Shifts by Burkins & Yates.

    Hosts: Liz Fossum & Kristin Geroux Maria Katsetos
    Dates: Tuesdays (10/5, 11/2 and 12/7)
    Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm

    • 6 Oct 2021
    • 23 Oct 2021
    • Online workshops and a in person workshop

    Social-Emotional Learning Event: The Superpower of Neuroscience: Creating a Resilient Classroom in the Post-Pandemic World
    Presenter: Lauren Etu
    3 virtual 1-hour evening sessions: Wednesday, October 6, 13, & 20
    1 in-person session: Saturday, October 23, 1-3:00 at the Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction
    5 CTLE credits awarded
    Cost is $40 for NFRC members and $60 for non-members. Pre-registration is required in order to receive the secure link. Please use the Google form found on to sign up. 
    • 12 Oct 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 17 Oct 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Online

    Amidst ongoing concerns regarding the safety of large gatherings, the International Literacy Association(ILA) 2021 Conference, set to take place October 12- 17, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN, has been canceled. Instead, ILA is expanding its slate of virtual  learning options for 2021 and will continue to evolve its model of professional development delivered on digital platforms.

    • 15 Oct 2021
    • 20 Oct 2021

    If you have any information for the next issue of ReAD please send it to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than Oct 20, 2021.

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • (ADT)
    • online


    Join Andy Schoenborn on Wednesday, October 20 virtually on Zoom at 4:00.

    Be one of three lucky educators to receive a free copy of Andy's book, Creating Confident WritersWriters who develop habits and routines built around curiosity, openness, engagement, creativity, persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and metacognition learn to trust their own brains and rhetorical moves. By looking at three particular writing assignments (reading response blogs, multimodal websites, and Pecha Kucha-style talks) we will explore authentic ways to empower students to view themselves as writers by using mentor texts, encouraging digital interactions, and publishing opportunities beyond the classroom. In particular, we will explore:

    • Choice and Agency -- considering the opportunities for students to choose topics, genres, and media through which they produce and publish writing

    • Active Inquiry -- even within prescribed curriculum, assisting students as they develop their own essential questions

    • Setting and Reflecting on Goals -- through writing, conferring, and video recording, providing students with ways to articulate and document their work

    When student writers are given the flexibility to dive into their thinking, converse about ideas with peers, and emerge with new found discoveries, their confidence as writers grow. Using habits of mind to approach learning helps student writers move away from thinking only about what they need to know and become more comfortable and confident owning the title of “writer.”

    Andy Schoenborn is an award-winning author and high school English teacher in Michigan at Clare Public Schools. He focuses his work on progressive literacy methods including student-centered critical thinking, digital collaboration, and professional development. He is a past-president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, Vice President for the Michigan Reading Association, and Teacher Consultant for the Chippewa River Writing Project. His first book, co-authored with Dr. Troy Hicks, Creating Confident Writers was published in 2020. Follow him on Twitter @aschoenborn. His first book, co-authored with Dr. Troy Hicks, Creating Confident Writers was published in 2020. Follow him on Twitter @aschoenborn.

    Register at 

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (ADT)
    • Carthage Library, 412 Budd Street, Carthage, NY or virtual

    Charlotte's Spider Bites-Charlotte Award 2023 Nominees 

    Join Judy Ehrensbeck and Sarah Parker Ada from the NYSRA Charlotte Award 2023 Committee on Wed., Oct. 20 for registration at 4PM and the workshop starts at 4:30PM and will last to 5:30PM as they present recent titles that are in consideration for this prestigious award.  This will also be our membership drive, so bring a friend! To be held at the Carthage Free Library, 412 Budd  Street, Carthage, NY.  Register by emailing Judy at by Monday, Oct. 18th.

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 4:30 PM
    • online

    For an enjoyable book discussion, please join the Staten Island Reading Council virtually at their next monthly SIRA

    Book Club meeting on October 20. Contact them at

    • 21 Oct 2021
    • 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
    • online
    Mid-Hudson Reading Council
    (Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education [CTLE] Approval 23114
    Mount Saint Mary College, Division of Education
    Vassar College, Department of Education
    Alexis McBride, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Education, Mount Saint Mary College
    The challenges wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have upended life as we once knew it, and teachers especially have borne the brunt of sweeping changes with little to no time to process how quickly the world is evolving. Ladson-Billings (2021) has recently emphasized the need to rethink what these changes mean for education, suggesting a “hard re-set,” and special attention devoted to culturally centered pedagogy. What exactly does this mean for educators of bi/multilingual students? How can teachers perform a hard re-set that centers the cultural and language practices of linguistic minoritized learners? This presentation will offer insights designed to illuminate bi/multilinguals’ lived experiences, and how to reflect these contexts within classroom learning environments for learners of all language backgrounds.

    Dr. McBride brings expertise and experience from her areas of interest and research in equity-based literacy instruction, bi/multilingualism and English language learner education, second language acquisition and multilingual pedagogies to her role as presenter. We are fortunate to have Dr. McBride share thoughts and strategies to support literacy instruction to all learners we encounter in our classrooms.

    New York State Teaching Standards will be addressed during this presentation.  Standard I: “Knowledge of Students and Student Learning.” Element I.2 “Teachers demonstrate knowledge of current research in learning and language acquisition theories and processes.” Element I.3 “Teachers demonstrate knowledge of and are responsive to diverse learning needs, strengths, interests, and experiences of all students.” Element I.4 “Teachers acquire knowledge of individual students from students, families, guardians, and/or caregivers to enhance student   learning.” 

    After contacting your home school district, email your intention to attend to Please register by Oct. 19th and a link for the virtual workshop will be sent to you by Oct. 20th. It is free to Mid Hudson Reading Council members and NYSRA members, other guests it is $15. Please send your membership and guest fee to Traci Cillis, 255 South Smith Rd., Lagrangeville, NY 12540.

    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • online

    Join (virtually) the Seven Valley Reading Council for a FREE panel with literacy coaches, literacy specialists, and literacy Instagram influencers from across the region. Panelists will discuss how literacy education knowledge can be applied across multiple settings, grade levels, and contexts. Practicing teachers can earn 2 CTLE hours for this event.

    Host: Elisa Rodriguez

    Dates: 10/27/21

    Time: 4:30-6:30pm

    The registration link is: 

    SVRC_Flyer for Fall Literacy Professional Panel (1).pdf

    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 4:30 PM
    • online

    October 27

    Promoting Literacy in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Implications by Jan Downey, Director of

    Long Island Speech -Language Services

    Sponsored by the Staten Island Reading Council

    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    NFRC Professional Book Discussion Group will meet virtually, on Wednesday, October 27th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., to discuss outstanding children's literature with SEL-related themes. (Note: It is not necessary to have attended the NFRC Fall Event to join in this discussion.)

    The NRFC Professional Book Discussion Group is a perk of membership: meetings are open to all Niagara Frontier Reading Council members as well as members of all other NYSRA chapters. Pre-registration is required in order to receive the secure link. Please use the Google form found on to sign up Participants will receive 2 CTLE credits.

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Brooklyn

    An informal get together for Brooklyn Reading Council Members on October 28th at Applebees-Erskine at 4 pm.

    Cash or check pay in person.

    Credit card payment accepted here.

    • 1 Nov 2021

    For any local membership collected and paid to the local council, membership should be updated on website and a list of those added members should be sent to the Membership Chair. Bills will be sent out by the Treasurer.

    • 1 Nov 2021
    • 15 Nov 2021

    IRS form 990-N completed and filed (unless your filing date is April 15 and you follow a calendar year cycle)

    • 4 Nov 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • online

    Reading Specialists Council of Suffolk presents the 2nd session of Empowering Teachers and Parents with Read Aloud Strategies on November 4th from 5:30 - 8pm presented by Julia Kucharski, Literacy Consultant. There will be two breakout sessions. The first one is Helping Students Feel Successful in Elementary School and the second one is Managing Social Media with Collaborative Conversations: Networking Round Table. To register go to It will be $20 for Non-members and $10 for NYSRA members. CTLE credit will be given.

    • 4 Nov 2021
    • 7 Apr 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Online/Zoom

    Join RALC for a virtual book club discussion! Free for RALC and NYSRA Members!

    Equipped for Reading Success by Dr. David Kilpatrick is a comprehensive, step-by-step program for developing phonemic awareness and fluent word recognition.  We will discuss the research and strategies to promote phonemic awareness for kindergarten through fifth grade students using the resource available in the book. While the book is geared towards K-5, struggling readers in middle and high school may demonstrate gaps in this area as well. The strategies and program take only a 5-10 minutes a day but provide great results!

    This is a book for parents and teachers who want to learn how to assist with the foundational phonemic awareness base for early reading. The first part explains what needs to be done. The second part provides the “how to do it”. The third part provides needed Training Exercises that are easy to use (One-minute activities). Finally, the last part provides Appendices and Resources.

    Dr. Kilpatrick will be our featured guest speaker April 2022.

    Hosts: Linda GilletteSmith & Amy DeBlase

    November-April (6-7 meetings)
    Dates:  11/4, 12/2, 1/6, 2/3. 3/3, 4/7

    Time: 6:30PM-7:30 PM
    • 11 Nov 2021
    • 5 Jan 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom

    Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12

    This year's conference is focused on literacy teaching and learning (PreK-12) while acknowledging a need to address issues of using modern technologies, social justice and cultural literacy. The bulk of the sessions will be live-streamed. Some will be recorded to view for a limited time following the event.

    Click here for the current edition of the conference schedule.

    $135 Member or School Group (3-9 registered together)

    $210 Non-Member

    $50 Full Time Student

    PLEASE NOTE: Everyone registered to attend this conference will automatically be registered to attend a BONUS session with our Keynote Speaker, Penny Kittle on Wednesday, January 5 from 5 to 7 pm!!!

    An invoice will be created when complete your registration. If paying via purchase order, please submit a PDF copy of the purchase order to as soon as possible. Any group requesting a group invoice, wishing to register together please email the NYSRA treasurer.  Please provide a list including first and last name, email addresses, date of birth, and last 4 digits of SSN# for each individual in the group.

    If registering as a member, be sure to log in first.  Your membership status must be active to register as a NYSRA member.  If you have a question about your membership status please contact your local membership chair.  Additionally, you can email

    If registering as a student, you need to be a NYSRA student member or a student member of a local council.  Student members will be given proof of attendence but no CTLE credit.

    Questions about the conference? Contact NYSRA's Conference Chair at

    • 15 Nov 2021
    • 20 Nov 2021

    If you have any information for the next issue of ReAD please send it to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than Nov.20, 2021.

    • 15 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • online via zoom

    The NYSRA Charlotte Award 2021 winners will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7PM on Zoom. There will be presentations of the 4 winners from each category(Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, and High School). The authors and illustrators will be presented their award and will give a short speech. To register and get the zoom link send an email to Please join us for this prestigious award ceremony.

    • 17 Nov 2021
    • (AST)
    • online


                   Integrating Diversity in Books We Read and Those We Offer Students

    Register at

    Join Abby Brigham Wednesday, November 17th at 4:00 virtually on Zoom and in person at Oliver Winch Middle School SEL Room. Teachers as Readers is a two-part practice: The first part is for teachers to read books written by and about folx with diverse identities discussing their experiences in an authentic way. This builds empathy in the teacher as they are guaranteed to have students and their families from many of these same diverse backgrounds in their classrooms and helps them be a better teacher for these students. The second is to share these books with students in order to help them relate to the global community and ensure that their identities are represented in classroom materials. This builds empathy among students as they are able to explore how someone’s identity affects their life experiences and think critically about what this means for them.

    In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a variety of books to help them become well-rounded, empathetic readers and to give them suggestions on how to make classroom libraries more inclusive to foster empathetic students. Featured books will be written by authors with diverse social identities and will include a variety of genres, structures, and age ranges (from picture books to professional development to personal reading suggestions).

    Abby Brigham is a middle school reading specialist, an activist and an avid reader.

    • 30 Nov 2021
    • 4:30 PM
    • online

    November 30 - Principal Matthew Barone will be presenting A Paraprofessional's Impact on Social Emotional Learning.

    Sponsored by Staten Island Reading Council.

    To register follow this link

    • 15 Jan 2022
    • 20 Jan 2022

    If you have any information for the next issue of ReAD please send it to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than Jan. 20, 2022.

    • 15 Jan 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • online
    Registration is closed

    The NYSRA Board of Directors will be meeting online. An agenda will be forthcoming from the President. Please make sure that you register so we know who will be online for this meeting.

    • 19 Jan 2022
    • (AST)
    • online


    Join Michele Haseltine on Wednesday, January 19th virtually on Zoom at 4:00. In this session, Michelle will share how writing in a notebook serves individual wellbeing and connection. As lifelong notebooker and creator of #100daysofnotebooking, a Facebook group devoted to spending the first 100 days of the new year writing in their notebook, Michelle has brought this practice to hundreds of teachers and created a safe space for notebookers to share their pages, find inspiration, tell their stories, and connect with others who share the joy of keeping a notebook. She will discuss how joining a community of notebookers motivates us to make this practice a daily habit. So grab your notebook and be ready to experience the benefits of notebooking.

    Michele Haseltine is the founder of the #100DaysofNotebooking challenge and is currently writing in her 85th notebook. Aside from notebooking for herself, Michele enjoys teaching her students how to notebook and wants to help you do the same in a forthcoming book from Teach Write Press. You can find Michelle co-hosting the #TeachWrite chat on the first Monday of every month, on Twitter, and on her blog.

    Register at

    • 1 Feb 2022

    NYSRA Membership bills will be sent out to local councils. Please submit your membership dues for those that are not paid through this website with a list of all members. If you have not paid your Local Council  or Insurance Fees please submit these at this time.  Any membership dues collected by NYSRA through this site and due to the local council will be sent.

    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 20 Feb 2022

    If you have any information for the next issue of ReAD please send it to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than Feb. 20, 2022.

    • 23 Feb 2022
    • (AST)
    • online


    Join Jerilyn Stellato on February 23rd virtually through Zoom at 4:00. She will walk you through the creation and development of a twist on a traditional book club. The “Podcast” Club is a great way to hone literacy skills while listening to relevant content and diving into deep conversations.

    Jerilyn Stellato works with staff and students as the Director of Technology Integration and Information in the South Glens Falls Central School District, leading them through the development of best practices and innovative change necessary for learning in the digital age. Currently, Jerilyn is also the Oliver W. Winch Middle School interim principal for the South Glens Falls School District. Jerilyn is a Google Certified Educator, Levels 1 and 2. She has presented at NERIC TechADay, the AMLE National Conference, the NYSCATE Digital Leadership Conference, the annual NYSCATE Conference, and the Future Ready Schools Institute. Jerilyn will be speaking on her role as the Virtual School Principal at the 2022 AASA National Conference on Education. She has taught workshops at Skidmore College on integrating technology, classroom design, and student-centered instructional practices.

    Connect with Jerilyn on Twitter: @jerstellato

    Register at

    • 15 Mar 2022
    • 20 Mar 2022

    If you have any information for the next issue of ReAD please send it to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than March 20, 2022.

    • 16 Mar 2022
    • (ADT)
    • Northshire Bookstore, Broadway, Saratoga, NY


                Join informed booksellers from Northshire Bookstore, on March 16th at 4:00 at the Saratoga Northshire Bookstore, Broadway Saratoga Springs. Learn about amazing new titles, enjoy refreshments and possibly win titles for your classroom.

    Register at

    • 18 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • 19 Mar 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Doubletree Inn,Syracuse, NY

    The Executive Board will meet and then the full Board.  The Assembly of Delegates Meeting  will start at 10 am.  All NYSRA members are welcome to attend the AOD meeting. Please email

    • 15 Apr 2022
    • 20 Apr 2022

    If you have any information for the next issue of ReAD please send it to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than April 20, 2022.

    • 30 Apr 2022

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

    • 15 May 2022
    • 20 May 2022

    If you have any information for the next issue of ReAD please send it to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than May 20, 2022.

    • 18 May 2022
    • (ADT)
    • online


    Join Instructional Coach Logan Fisher virtually through Zoom on Wednesday, May 18th at 4:00 to learn how using email and social media can boost your reading life.

    Logan is an instructional coach for Glens Falls City Schools. She is also an educational consultant and staff developer for Teacher's College. Connect with Logan on Twitter @LoganBethFisher.

    Register at

    • 18 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Online

    Join (virtually) the Rochester Area Literacy Council Members for a FREE book study opportunity to discuss Stamped for Kids by Sonja Cherry-Paul, Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

    Laura Griffone
    Date: 5/18/2022
    Time: 5:00-6:00

    • 31 May 2022

    Local Councils need to submit their Local Council Reports to the NYSRA Council Coordinator by May 31st.

    • 8 Jun 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • TBD

    The Champions of Literacy Dinner is Back!

    The Staten Island Reading Council is looking forward to honoring outstanding teachers of literacy.  

    Date: June 8, 2022

    Do you know anyone that has gone above and beyond during this past year? Who would you like to honor? Nominations will be sent out in early spring.

    • 15 Jun 2022
    • 20 Jun 2022

    If you have any information for the next issue of ReAD please send it to Sandi Kurbiel at no later than June 20, 2022. This is the last issue before the break for summer.

    • 15 Jun 2022
    • 20 Jun 2022

    NYSRA Expense vouchers are due to Mary Miller at

Past events

14 Oct 2021 Seeking and Finding the Truth in a Fake News World
7 Oct 2021 Reading Specialists Council of Suffolk Session 1
7 Oct 2021 RSCS Session 1
3 Oct 2021 Fall Into Books
2 Oct 2021 RALC's Launching Literacy ONLINE Event
1 Oct 2021 RALC's Launching Literacy In-Person Event
1 Oct 2021 Council Fees and Insurance Fee Billed
29 Sep 2021 Growing Language and Literacy: Supporting ELLs; Language and Literacy Development Across Proficiency Levels
24 Sep 2021 NYSRA BOD/AOD/Leadership Meeting
15 Sep 2021 ReAD Articles Due
3 Jun 2021 Teachers As Readers
1 Jun 2021 Expense Vouchers Due
31 May 2021 NYSRA Local Council Reports Due
18 May 2021 Beyond Booklists and Black Squares: Advancing Equity & Anti-racism in Literacy Education
15 May 2021 ReAD Articles Due
6 May 2021 Donna Scanlon, Ph .D presents An Expansion on the Science of Reading
30 Apr 2021 NYSRA Awards and Grants Applications Due
22 Apr 2021 Visualization of Thought: Children's Drawings and Their Influence on Literacy Development
20 Apr 2021 NYSRA Virtual Poster Session: Presenters
20 Apr 2021 NYSRA Virtual Poster Session
15 Apr 2021 ReAD Articles Due
13 Apr 2021 Making Remote Learning Matter: Engaging Our Students and Building Their Digital Literacies
7 Apr 2021 A News Media Literacy Presentation
25 Mar 2021 Fan-based Literacies as Playful & Powerful Pedagogy with Dr. Jayne Lammers
25 Mar 2021 Math Storytelling:Using Stories to Develop Mathematical Habits of Mind
24 Mar 2021 Virtual Pre-Service Mentor Event
24 Mar 2021 Creating an Engaging Classroom
24 Mar 2021 Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Accerleration: New Connections
22 Mar 2021 Author Visit- Barbara Brown Gathers- The Secrets of Hattie Brown
20 Mar 2021 NYSRA BOD/AOD Meeting
19 Mar 2021 Teachers As Readers
18 Mar 2021 Teaching Tolerance with Text
15 Mar 2021 ReAD Articles Due
13 Mar 2021 Literacy Strategies for Virtual Instruction
6 Mar 2021 CNY Reading Council Spring Conference
3 Mar 2021 Historical fiction and nonfiction for young readers – finding the truth in both forms.
27 Feb 2021 Charlotte Award Voting
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
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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