Who is WSRA? 

WSRA provides leadership, advocacy, and expertise.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The governing body of the WSRA is the Board of Directors. The Board shall have full authority to govern and establish policies and procedures to direct the business and affairs of the association.

  • (Voting) Board members who are elected by the Assembly (WSRA members) are: President, President Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Third Vice President, Past President, Coordinating Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer.
  • (Voting) Board members who are elected by the councils are:  State Council Coordinator, Central Zone Coordinator, Northeast Zone Coordinator, Northwest Zone Coordinator, Southeast Zone Coordinator, and Southwest Zone Coordinator.
  • (Voting) The Committee Coordinator is elected to Board of Directors by the Committee Chairs.
  • (Voting) The Legislative Committee Chair is chosen by the Legislative Committee and approved by the President.
  • (Voting) The following are appointed by the President to the Board of Directors: Public Relations Liaison, Update Editor, and the Director of Membership. 
  • (Nonvoting) The President invites a Literacy Liaison from the Wisconsin Public Instruction to the Board of Directors. 
  • (Nonvoting) WSRA employees, Conference Chair and Administrative Assistant, serve as nonvoting representatives to the Board of Directors. 

LEADERSHIP 

The WSRA Leadership Group is comprised of local council officers, committee chairs and members, and the Board of Directors. WSRA holds four (4) Leadership and Assembly meetings (July/August, September, November, and April) around the state of Wisconsin throughout the year. See the WSRA calendar. 

MEMBERSHIP

The Wisconsin State Reading Association's members wear all sorts of hats and work to provide best practice literacy instruction across the public and private schools. Join Us! WSRA members serve the community in a variety of roles: Author, Consultant, K-12 Teacher, Reading Specialist, Reading Teacher, Special Education Teacher, English Language Teacher, Principal, Curriculum Director, Coach, Library Media Specialist, Interventionist, Reading Recovery Teacher, Teacher Educator, Pre-Service Teacher, Tutors, and/or support personnel. Wisconsin's retired teachers continue to be members as well. Membership is $37 per year. 

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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

  • 24 local councils all around the state of Wisconsin.
  • 20+ COMMITTEES including Advocacy/PI34, Children's Literature, Conference Planning, Digital Literacies, Early Childhood Literacy, Early Intervention, Families and Literacy, High School Literacy, Intellectual Freedom, International Partnership, Legislative, Membership, Middle Level Literacy, Pre-Service Teachers, Publications, Reading Specialists, Research, and Title I
  • Task Force: ESEA/RtI/Assessment Task Force
  • Wisconsin Professors of Reading Special Interest Council
  • WSRA's Board of Directors

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Expertise matters

  • Focus on literacy professional development
    • Annual conference averaging 2300 attendees
    • Topical workshops/institutes around the state
    • Webinars
    • Professional publications such as WSRA Journal, Update, RtI at the Crossroads monograph
    • Supporting teachers in their licensure process, PI34
    • Local council meetings and programs
    • Professional study groups
    • Position statements on critical issues
    • Read It Forward (WSRA Leadership's professional book study groups)

PARTNERSHIPS:  Literacy requires a comprehensive approach

  • Support the Wisconsin Literacy Research Symposium
  • Network with CESAs, Wisconsin Education Innovations, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, University System, content organizations to provide workshops and institutes
  • Work with legislators and DPI to promote and develop legislation and policies supporting effective literacy practices
    • Read to Lead Task Force with the focus on teacher expertise
    • PI 34
    • Teacher Preparation programs
    • Kindergarten Screener
    • District Reading Specialist
    • Maximizing the use of highly qualified reading specialists/reading teachers/literacy coaches/in classrooms
  • Recent special initiatives:
    • Development of Families and Literacy DVD for parents of children from birth through age 5
    • Provide Little Free Libraries in park campgrounds.

RESEARCH:  Research grounds us

  • Promote and disseminate research supporting effective literacy practices
  • Provide education about research, its strengths and limitations
  • Award monetary support for research
  • Provide research strands at conferences
  • Research effective practices, for example:
    • Met with Massachusetts Department of Education
    • Promoted Kindergarten screeners and intervention
    • Provided professional development on the Response to Intervention as part of the IDEA Law
    • Shared ways to implement the State Standards in English Language Arts