The NSRA Newsletter, The Reader:

The NSRA Newsletter, The Reader, is published three times per year.

For information on submitting news articles contact Betsy Gomez, at [email protected] and view our Reader Guidelines 


Winter Reader 2014-2015

Fall Reader 2014

Spring Reader 2014

Literacy Links:

Log Cabin Librarian
A resource for professionals interested in children’s literature. Activities Calendars, Poetry Nook, Wild about Books, and Theme Related book lists.

Reading Rockets
Provides activities and lesson plans for teaching kids to read and helping those that struggle. Resources are provided for Parents, Teachers, Administrators, and Librarians

The Daily Five
Offers free samples, countless articles, and videos to support, enhance and inspire professional development. The Daily Five is a classroom structure for fostering literacy independence in the elementary grades developed by the sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.

Read Write Think
Provides Classroom Resources (lesson plans, student inter-actives, calendar activities and print outs) and Professional Development Opportunities for teachers, parents, and after school programs.

Choice Literacy
Provides innovative, high-quality resources for K-12 literacy leaders.

Adolescent Literacy offers resources (articles, research, teaching strategies, and book recommendations) for parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.

Guys Read
A web-based literacy program for boys

Ideas and resources to support developing a new generation of literate men

Educational Websites

Nebraska English Language Arts Council, affiliated with the National Council of Teachers of English

Nebraska State Education Association
A member-directed union of professional educators dedicated to providing quality education for the students in the state of Nebraska.

Nebraska Department of Education

Reading/Writing Director
Tricia Parker [email protected]
Sign up for the NDE Language Arts List Serve,


International Literacy Association     International Reading Association
800 Barksdale Road
PO Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139
(302) 731-1600

IRA Professional Development Associate:
Angela Rivell  [email protected]

Nebraska Library Association
NLA is the cornerstone of the Nebraska library community and is a Chapter of the American Library Association

Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children
NeAEYC is dedicated to strengthening and supporting Nebraska’s early childhood community. A state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children

International Society for Technology in Education
Technology Literacy is a crucial component of modern society. Educational technology standards are the roadmap to teaching effectively and growing professionally in an increasingly digital world.

Community Connections:

Nebraska Iowa Kiwanis
Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers working to change the world, one child and one community at a time.

Rotary Foundation
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Nebraska Foundation for Children’s Vision
A Nebraska Foundation that supports every child entering school in Nebraska is visually reading to Learn through expanding the SEE TO LEARN program.

Nebraska Optimists
Providing hope and a positive vision, optimist bring out the best in kids

Nebraska Authors:

Nebraska has produced over 3000 authors from poets and mystery writers, social critics and romance novelists, historians and journalists with many achieving regional, national and international recognition.

A directory of Nebraska published poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction

Websites selected by librarians to research Nebraska authors


Plum Creek

This event gives children and adults the opportunity to connect with nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators in order to enhance literacy enjoyment and education. The adult conference includes worships presented by authors, illustrators and literacy experts. The festival is held in the fall at Concordia University, Seward, NE.

Read Aloud Nebraska

A statewide public awareness campaign about reading aloud to children through school and community efforts that develop lifelong readers providing informational materials, presentations and workshops, and sponsors Nebraska’s Read Aloud to a Child Month in November.

Jumpstart Read for the Record

A campaign that brings children and adults together to read the same book, on the same day (early October), in homes, schools, and communities all over the world, sponsored by Jumpstart and Pearson Foundation. The campaign also kicks off Jumpstart’s yearlong program, preparing preschool children in low-income neighborhoods for success in school and life.

Golden Sower Award

Nebraska’s Children’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association

Read Across America

This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. Sponsored by National Education Association with a celebration held on or near March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and Lorax Student Earth Day, on April 22nd

One Book, One Nebraska

A program to promote Nebraska citizens to celebrate the literacy richness of the state through reading and activies of the same book throughout Nebraska

One District One Book

Inspire entire communities to read and discuss the same book with program packets available at the Read To Them website.


Legislative Contact: Linda Placzek, [email protected]

Contacts and Websites to support NSRA as advocates for policy and practice which supports the best interests of all learners on a state and national level.

Richard Long, IRA Director, Government Relations:

Follow Rich Long on Twitter: @RLongliteracy

[email protected]

Nebraska Legislature:


House of Representatives

THOMAS, legislative information from the library of Congress

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind

The White House



Lynn Olson, [email protected]

NSRA publishes pamphlets for infants, toddlers, primary students and intermediate level students.  Pamphlets contain suggested activities and books for the appropriate level. Available in English and Spanish.
Read To Me Spanish version: Read To Me, Spanish
Read To Me Too Spanish version: Read to Me Too, Spanish
Read With Me Spanish version: Read With Me, Spanish
Keep Reading Spanish version: Keep Reading, Spanish
IRA resources are available to help parents as they take on their critical role as their children’s first and most important teachers.
Parent Teacher Organization “Helping Parent Leaders Make Schools Great”
National Parents and Teachers Association, “everychild.onevoice”
National Education Association, Parent Resources



Newspapers in Education
Contact Ashley Hilger, [email protected]

Online lesson plans and other innovative materials for teachers to use newspapers and e-Edition in their classrooms.

Intellectual Freedom
Contact Nancy Comer, [email protected]

AFCON is a coalition of educational and literacy organization that promotes academic freedom in Nebraska

Please see the following link for more information and a current copy of the Sentinal, the organizations quarterly.

Editions of the Afcon Sentinal:

June 2015

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