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.

Check out the Fall 2020 edition of our newsletter, MRA Highlights!




Stories Matter: Listen, Believe, and Learn

Please join us for Hamline University's virtual Summer Literacy Institute, July 12–15, 2021. MRA will be sponsoring the keynote speaker, Bettina Love, on Monday, July 12th.  Connect with other education professionals and lend your voice to the conversation on the pressing issues facing today's educators and students. This year's event features nationally renowned keynote speakers dedicated to inclusive literacy instruction, breakout sessions by local presenters, opportunities to network with other educators, access to local booksellers, and more! 

Date: July 12–15, 2021
Format: Virtual event with live and recorded components

Institute rates:
  • $99 one-day rate
  • $345 regular conference rate
  • $150 two graduate credits (in addition to conference rate)

Scholarships and discounted pricing will be available for students. Please email Maggie Struck (mstruck01@hamline.edu) for more information.



July 12: Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and speaker who is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in abolitionist teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. MRA sponsored day.

July 13: Aeriale Johnson is a Reggio-inspired, abolitionist teacher of third graders who strives to build a democratic classroom where all adults (educators and families) believe in children, allow children to bring the fullness of their humanity into the space, and deliberately relinquish their power to the children. Twin Cities Area Reading Council (TCARC) sponsored day. 

July 14: Antero Garcia, PhD, is a writer and an assistant professor who studies how technology and gaming shape youth learning, literacy practices, and civic identities, and is co-designer of the Critical Design and Gaming School—a public high school in South Central Los Angeles.

July 15: Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning Hmong-American writer, speaker, and teacher from Minnesota who has authored several memoirs and literary collections, as well as a growing number of children's books.

MRA Statement on George Floyd

At MRA, we are deeply committed to centering race, equity, and social justice work at the core of our mission.  It is essential for all of us to be co-conspirators (Love, 2019) and name the deep-rooted and historical injustice of racism in our communities and schools. As we grapple with and grieve the murder of George Floyd, along with all of the people and families who have suffered from unnecessary, senseless, racist, and painful deaths, we find ourselves turning to literature and resources to process, learn, have courageous conversations, and take action against racism and injustice. We put together a list of resources for you to consider. Learn more about these resources and other updates from MRA.

Celebrate Literacy Young Authors
Finalists & Honorees

For more information, check out the 2020 Celebrate Literacy page.

Student Instruction COVID-19 Resources

MRA would like to recognize that this is a very difficult and uncertain time for educators, parents and students. We hope that some of these resources will support your distance literacy learning. Thank you for your creativity, perseverance and for connecting with your students and children during these surreal times.

In response to COVID-19, we've compiled a list of resources that support student instruction via distance learning. Check out the Student Instruction COVID-19 Resources page.

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