The New NSLA Blog
Contact, Betsy Tonniges: [email protected]



Literacy Links:

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

Nebraska Reading/Writing Director
Marissa Payzant [email protected]

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.

Go Big Read strives to connect Nebraska writers with Nebraska Readers, promoting the many writing organizations across the state, as well as books written by Nebraska writers.   

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. 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 Contacts: Abby Burke & Diane Mickey [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.

Nebraska Legislature


House of Representatives

Current Legislative Activities for the Senate and House of Representatives

U.S. Department of Education

Every Student Succeeds Act 

The White House



Family Literacy
Cheryl Roche [email protected]

Nebraska Department of Education has the 2014 English Language Arts Student Friendly Standards available, grades K-12, in English and Spanish. A great resource for students and families to understand the Nebraska ELA Standards.

International Reading Association’s Children’s Rights to Read Resources
The Children’s Rights to Read campaign focuses on activating educators, policymakers, and literacy partners to join ILA in their efforts to raise awareness of the 10 Rights and see them realized for every child, everywhere.
Find out more about the Rights and why the Rights were selected by reading The Case for Children’s Rights to Read.
Sign their pledge to enact and promote the Children’s Rights to Read.

National Education Association, Parent Resources 
Parent Teacher Organization “Helping Parent Leaders Make Schools Great”
National Parents and Teachers Association, “everychild.onevoice”


Digital Literacies Resources will be coming soon!

Newspapers in Education

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 – Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska 
AFCON offers guidance about Academic Freedom through the issuance of occasional statements,
through the publication of principles, and through direct advocacy.​
The Sentinel is the newsletter of the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska. Since the beginning of 2018, it has been published bimonthly (formerly it was a quarterly).
February, 2019


Timeline Photos☀️SUMMER READING☀️

It’s about this time of year that teachers ask me for a professional book recommendations. These are my summer 2020 book choices.
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NSLA members, Gina Bittner and Kelly Kingsley, will be reading their books at 2:00 today. LivestreamOur live stream story time events are coming to an end today at Francie & Finch Bookshop. It's been so much fun coming to you live from the shop. And we know that you will enjoy Gina and Kelly today at 2:00.

Thank you for supporting local business AND local authors through your purchases either online at or by calling 402-781-0459. Whether your books were delivered or you used curbside pickup, we hope you enjoy them!

You'll always be able to get any of the books featured during story times or additional Handersen Publishing books through the shop. Always feel free to contact us with any questions.

Thanks for making this such a fun series!

Nichole, Linda, Karissa, Gina, Kelly, and the Handersen Publishing team.
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