Nebraska State Reading Association
SAVE THE DATE! FEBRUARY 22-14, 2018
Join us at the annual conference & exhibits where we host incredible authors, speakers, and vendors who teach and remind us why literacy matters at all levels. This is the best collaboration on literacy presented in our state!
By joining now, you will receive information about local council activities for professional growth and networking. You will also enjoy membership rates when you register for the state conference to be held in Kearney on February 22-24, 2018.
Be sure to watch our website for updates on the featured speakers!
Congratulations to Central Nebraska Reading Council!
ILA HONOR COUNCIL AWARD
to be presented in Orlando, Florida, at the 2017 Annual International Literacy Association Conference
The mission of the Nebraska State Reading Association (NSRA) is to lead in the promotion of literacy in the state of Nebraska through collaboration, advocacy and professional development.
NSRA will become a highly visible, professional literacy organization with an engaged, diverse membership. The organization seeks to make a difference in the lives of Nebraskans; children, youth and adults, both directly and indirectly. Our priorities are: involvement with other professional organizations, growing as advocates, educators and leaders in the cause of literacy and celebrating successes.
Welcome to the Nebraska State Reading Association (NSRA) website. This year’s conference will be held on February 23rd through 25th,2017. We are all so excited to share with you some of this year’s featured speakers. We have a great line-up for all! The conference will feature Pam Allyn, Lori Oczkus, Tim Rasinski, Laura Robb, Jane Fleming, Mike Graf, Jerry Pallotta, and Barry Lane. Barry Lane will be presenting as a featured speaker during the day of Friday. He will also entertain us at the banquet on Thursday evening with his “Literacy Cabaret.” This is truly an event you won’t want to miss! Our annual state conference provides the highest quality professional development for educators in the state of Nebraska. We hope you will add it to your calendar and join us in February. For more information about the conference, go to the top of the NSRA website home page and click on the “Conference 2017” tab.
The mission of NSRA is to lead in the promotion of literacy in the state of Nebraska through collaboration, advocacy, and professional development. We work to achieve this mission by sharing current research and practices through communication, conferences, workshops, and publications. We work tirelessly across the state to promote literacy and professional development in the area of literacy through best practices. We work at the state level to advocate for teachers and students across the state to ensure they receive the best education possible. We also work closely with other educational non-profits across the state. We are a non-profit, all volunteer organization with a strong membership of classroom and pre-service teachers, reading coaches and specialists, librarians, administrators, and university instructors. Our membership is open to any individual interested in improving literacy in the state of Nebraska.
NSRA is currently associated with the International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association). The International Literacy Association (ILA) is currently working to update its by-laws and guidelines for state affiliation and we are working closely with ILA to ensure a smooth transition to the new format. When joining NSRA you can automatically become a member of one of our local councils. Our local councils provide you with professional development within your area as well as a chance to connect with others who are interested in literacy development. NSRA membership includes our newsletter (The Reader) published three times a year and available on our website (nereads.org).
Members can apply for scholarships, and local councils are eligible to apply for grants. We take pride in recognizing the accomplishments of individuals, councils, and outstanding reading programs throughout the state via awards and monetary compensations. Additional awards, grants, and recognitions are given to special interest groups, businesses, and agencies that also promote reading. The Reading Classic and Plum Creek Literacy Festival are two organizations that we currently support through our donations.
You are invited to visit our website to gain a better understanding of NSRA and all we have to offer. Membership, state conference, networking opportunities, awards, scholarships, contact information, and much more are available for your convenience.
It is our hope that you will join NSRA and help to honor, build, and promote literacy in our great state of Nebraska. We appreciate your interest and look forward to welcoming you as a member of our organization.
1. Brand ourselves “NSRA” by maintaining and continuing collaboration with a wide range of audiences and professional groups to enhance the visibility, influence, and viability of NSRA through our website, publications, and by social networks.
2. Foster local councils to become more vibrant and to insure accountability to the Nebraska State Reading Association and International Reading Association (IRA).
3. Ensure financial stability for our organization.
4. Connect NSRA with other curriculum areas (technology, arts, social studies, science, and math) as well as other educational organizations and the Nebraska Department of Education.
5. Enhance professional development opportunities within our organization.
6. Increase membership of our organization through innovative retention and recruitment strategies.
7. Develop policies and procedures to ensure clarity and consistency throughout or organization.