New York State Reading Association

Upcoming events

    • 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.

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

    Come and support your fellow educators and literacy researchers!

    The 7 presenters and the title of their presentations are:

    • Janeen Pizzo - Podcasting Using Synth
    • Joan Ramirez -  ESL Students Need Motivation to Learn and Grow
    • Kathleen Gormley and Peter McDermott - Technology Strategies for Improving Classroom Learning
    • Cathy Leogrande - Civic Engagement: Reading, Writing and Speaking for Change
    • Amy MacKenzie - Life Skills Literacy: Incorporating Literacy Within Transition Practices for Diverse Learners with Disabilities
    • Emily Katebini - Improved 1-1 Writing Feedback Practices

    Each session will last about 10 minutes with a few minutes of Q&A.

    • 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

    • 6 May 2021
    • 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM (EDT)
    • online

    Mid-Hudson Reading Council, Mount Saint Mary College, Division of Education: and Vassar College, Department.of Education presents Donna Scanlon, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus of Education, The University of Albany on Thursday, May 6 online from 4:15 to 5:45pm. CTLE credit will be awarded after the workshop.

    After registering with your school district, please email your intention to attend to: A link for the presentation will be sent to you on May 5, 2021 after you contact us. Members of MHRC or NYSRA 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.

    The proponents of the SOR argue that:

    -Learners should not be taught/encouraged to use contextual information in attempting to solve unfamiliar words encountered while reading.

    -Learners should rely exclusively on the alphabetic code in efforts to solve unfamiliar words encountered in text.

    -The scientific evidence supports their position. 

    In this session we will discuss the theory and scientific evidence that refute these claims as well as the evidence that supports the SOP proponents' call for ensuring that literacy learners have the phonologically-based decoding skills needed for effective word solving in context. 

    In advance of the session, we encourage participants to submit questions that they would like to have addressed during the session-although we cannot promise to address or have answers to all questions that may be submitted. Please send questions to

    • 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

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 Creating an Engaging Classroom
24 Mar 2021 Virtual Pre-Service Mentor Event
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
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

Use the search box below to find what you're looking for, using key word search.

The New York State Reading Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Mail to: P.O. Box 874, Albany, NY 12201-0874

Contact Us via email at

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software