Minnesota Reading Association

Promoting Lifelong Literacy For All 

The Minnesota Reading Association is a dynamic and diverse organization that includes classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, college teachers, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists, students, and parents. The Association has more than 500 members in Minnesota and is affiliated with the International Literacy Association.

We support the goals of the International Literacy Association in professional development, advocacy, partnerships, research, and leadership in global issues. 

Click to read our current Spring/Summer, MRA Highlights!

Link to Winter 2022, MRA Highlights

Link to Fall 2021 newsletter, MRA Highlights

Check out our past newsletters, MRA Highlights!


Corina Pastrana (Past President), Felicia Holbrook (Membership Coordinator), Catherine Cavanaugh (Past President), Carey Seeley (Past President/Celebrate Literacy Chair), Mariam Adam (President), Deb Peterson (Past President/ILA Liaison)

Members of our MRA Executive Board celebrated the 2021-22 year at Owamni in Minneapolis in June. We reflected on our year, set goals for the upcoming term, and welcomed Mariam Adam as our new MRA President. Thank you to all of our literacy leaders for your time, work, and commitment this year!

Celebrate Literacy

On Friday, May 6th, 2022, we held a beautiful Celebrate Literacy event at Ridgeview Elementary school in Bloomington MN.  We honored fourteen student writers, ranging in age from 2nd-4th grade.  Our theme this year was identity and honoring student voices.  Many of the students wrote poems about their unique identities.  Some used the text, The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald as an inspiration.  Others wrote “I am” poems and a few others wrote narratives.

It was a lovely event and parents and caregivers were thrilled to be able to honor student writing at our first in person event since the pandemic! 

A special thanks to Minnesota Academy of Reading and Scholastic for donating gift cards, notebooks, and books to our honorees.

We look forward to expanding this event next year and hope that we will continue to have students write and celebrate their unique identities!

Celebrate Literacy 2022 Young Authors 

Click the link below to access live links to writing from 2021 Finalists and Honorees:

MN Reading Association 2021 Celebrate Literacy.pdf


UPCOMING EVENTS

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The LiRN (Leaders in Reading Network) planning committee is working to secure keynote speakers for the upcoming series of professional learning sessions for the 2022-23 school year.  We will continue to build on our ongoing theme of culturally sustaining pedagogy.

Dr. Alfred Tatum, author of the 2021 text Teaching black boys in the elementary grades: Advanced disciplinary reading and writing to secure their futures will be one of our speakers.  Once speakers and dates are set, we will open registration for the three-session series. 


                        ***Stay tuned for more information on dates and registration***


Sign Up NOW for MN Summer Book Clubs

Join Dr. Jan Hasbrouck for an in-depth study of reading fluency - clarify the connection between fluency and comprehension and touch on the role of fluency assessment and effective fluency instruction. See link below for more details.

https://helpliteracymn.org/book-clubs

                                  

Click HERE to visit our website!

TCARC Super Summer Literacy Event - details coming soon!

We are finalizing plans for an exciting IN PERSON educator/member appreciation event to be held at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington in late July or early August. The “open house” format will feature all sorts of fun literacy activities, helpful resources, a bargain book sale, plenty of prizes, tasty treats and so much more! Be sure to check our website for the date and details. 


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There are a lot of resources and digital events to explore and discover at ILA!

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