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Read It Forward with the WSRA Leadership Group

The WSRA Leadership Group (Board of Directors, WSRA Committees, and Local Council Leaders) will read, discuss, and pass the text on to others.  WSRA... providing leadership, advocacy, and expertise through Read It Forward!

Below is the list of the four texts:

  • Accessible Assessment by Michael Ford
  • Assessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader Beyond the Numbers by Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
  • Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K-12 Classrooms by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Below is a list of resources that connect to #WSRA18 and other sites:

International Literacy Association

Read, Write, Think

Moving Writers

Evaluating websites

Paul Gorski

Alfie Kohn

WestEd Resources


Kym Buchanan 

Penny Kittle

Barry Lane 

Lindsey Moses

Maggie Roberts

Diane Dougherty and Lynne Dorfman  A Closer Look

Children's Book Council

The Write Site

Literacy Tip of the Week Jan Richardson

Linda Hoyt

Ben Mikaelsen

Gloria Ladson-Billings Dreamkeepers!

Peter Johnston

Lita Judge

Shane Templeton

American Library Association

Fun Brain

Stuart Stotts

Innovation Framework

Jennifer Serravallo's blog

Nancy Akhavan's resources

Phyllis Blackstone storytelling

Jack Gantos

Tanny McGregor

Kate Roberts


Lester Laminack

Tips for Parents

Patricia Polacco

Engagement and Motivation

Ralph Fletcher

Frank Serafini's blog

Smokey Daniels

Donalyn Miller's posts

David Kirkland Equity and Transformation

Paul Gorski

Kristi Mraz

The 4 O'Clock Faculty



Families and Literacy DVDs

The Gift of Language 

The Power of Reading to a Child


Welcome to WSRA's Resources for Best Practices in Response to Intervention

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

In Wisconsin's vision for RtI, the three essential elements of high quality instruction, balanced assessment, and collaboration systematically interact within a multi-level system of support to provide the structures to increase success for all students. Culturally responsive practices are central to an effective RtI system and are evident within each of the three essential elements. In a multi-level system of support, schools employ the three essential elements of RtI at varying levels of intensity based upon student responsiveness to instruction and intervention. These elements do not work in isolation. Rather, all components of the visual model inform and are impacted by the others; this relationship forms Wisconsin’s vision for RtI.


Response to Intervention at the Crossroads  Click here for to order online.

WSRA’s monograph Response to Intervention AT THE CROSSROADS highlights seminal articles by national and state literacy leaders for thinking about RtI in new ways. These new ideas will raise critical questions and provide insights on how to ensure your RtI approach is moving toward a comprehensive approach driven by expert teachers. Driven by the 2004 Reauthorization of IDEA, the goal of RtI requires optimizing student learning by focusing our attention on appropriate instruction from qualified personnel. Optimizing student learning requires a shift in our thinking about how we have traditionally conceptualized teaching and learning. This monograph provides insights into this mindset shift. 

 Click here for an article on kindergartenClick here for an article on DIBELS.  Click here for an article on oral languageMythbusters!

WSRA RtI FAQ Part 1: General Issues (updated June 2015)

The Wisconsin State Reading Association has received numerous questions regarding the implications for literacy as a result of Response to Intervention systems and the Wisconsin Specific Learning Disability (SLD) rule. The ESEA/RtI/Assessment Task Force has been investigating these issues and working with DPI and experts in the field to explore them. This information is intended to help our members wade through the large amount of information available and recognize the misinformation and misinterpretations regarding these topics that are proliferating throughout the state. We are currently working on answering additional questions and will be adding those as they become available.

The questions in this document have been received from members throughout the state based on things that are currently happening in districts/schools. The answers have been developed using the best available evidence from state documents and professional literature. We have also provided excerpts from and links to many of the documents for the convenience of members.


1. What is the difference between RtI and SLD rule?  To whom does this rule apply?

2. Can I use an intervention that addresses more than one of the areas of SLD?

3. In the Wisconsin SLD rule, "Intensive interventions" are defined, in part, as focusing on single or small numbers of 'discrete skills'. What is the definition of discrete skills?

4. What constitutes an intervention that meets the SLD criteria? 

5. Is the standard protocol approach within a 3-tiered model the only appropriate way to implement RtI?  

6. How is the WI model for RtI different?  

7. Who should be a member of the SLD referral team?  What is the role of the reading teacher/reading specialist?

8. Who is the SLD rule for?  What about the children who need ongoing support to be successful?

9. What is meant by exclusionary factors? 

10. I see many different opportunities to learn about RtI and the SLD rule. How do I determine which are high quality?

11. Are districts required to have an RtI process in place by December 1, 2013?  Is the implementation of RtI mandatory in Wisconsin schools?

12. Do we need an intervention block in our school?  What is the nature of the evidence of the intervention block?


Handouts from WSRA Events






Jim Knight Instructional Coaching to Transform Learning:  Six Secrets of Coaching Programs

Jim Knight High Impact Instruction:  A Framework for Great Teaching Click here to go to the website where the handouts can be found.


Cris Tovani PowerPoint and Handout

PowerPoint from Sept. 20 and 21, 2013

Handout from Sept. 20 and 21, 2013

Sunday Cummins Handout for October 26,2013


WSRA Wired Wednesdays Webinars

2016-2017 Wired Wednesday Webinar Series: Communication for Literacy Collaboration

The WSRA believes literacy is a complex process requiring a comprehensive approach.  This approach to literacy is dependent upon expertise, research, and a growth mindset. As literacy leaders, we must have a deep and current knowledge base about literacy.  However, increasingly, we must also advocate for rich, purposeful, and equitable literacy teaching, learning, and assessment. This three-part webinar series - free for WSRA members - provides concrete strategies that literacy leaders can use immediately to better collaborate around literacy. 

October 5, 2016 Hard Conversations Unpacked: Extending the Learning with Jennifer Abrams  Click here for the recording

December 7, 2016 Improving Relationships: Solutions for Resolving Conflict with Laura Gleisner 

January 11, 2017 Perspectives for Supporting Teacher Learning and Change with Cathy Toll

2015-2016 Wired Wednesday Webinars

2014-15 Webinars for WSRA and IRC

Please click on the embedded links below to access the YouTube videos and PowerPoints.

Keith Schroeder's webinar 

Maria Nichols  This is the PowerPoint used for the October 1, 2014 webinar, "Talk Matters."  YouTube Webinar 

October 29, 2014 Laura Adams' webinar video on Smarter Balanced and the Speaking and Listening Standards.

Linda Rourke's YouTube Webinar on Knowledge and Ideas for the Illinois Reading Council  Here is the PDF of Linda's presentation.

November 5, 2014 YouTube Mike Opitz's Listen Hear! webinar  Here is the PDF of Mike's presentation.

December 3, 2014 "Fostering Academic Conversations:   YouTube An Evening with Jeff Zwiers

January 7, 2015 with YouTube Smokey Daniels   PPT from the webinar

January 28, 2015 YouTube "Reading Unbound" with Jeff Wilhelm

March 17, 2015 "Collaborative Conversations and the Speaking and Listening Standards" with Doug Fisher  Click here for the YouTube video of the webinar.

April 15, 2015 "Facilitating Student Discussion with Socratic Circles" with Matt Copeland  Click here for the PowerPoint from the webinar.

May 13, 2015 Dr Annette Smith   Click here for the YouTube version.

Addressing Introverted Students in the Classroom:

Nonprofit rules 

PI 34 video

2013-14 Webinars

WSRA Wired Wednesday:  60+ Chrome Apps in 60 Minutes

WSRA Wired Wednesday:  Apps for Struggling Readers and Writers (and their teachers, too!)

WSRA Wired Wednesday:  Supporting Disengaged Writers in Finding Their Voice and Developing Their Skills

WSRA Wired Wednesday: Badger Link

WSRA Wired Wednesday: Enhancing Literacy Activities and Common Core Standards with Teaching Books

2011-12 Webinars

WSRA Wired Wednesday: An Evening with Harry Ross and Steve Zemmelman

WSRA Wired Wednesday -An Evening with Megan Schliesman and the CCBC Great New Books K-12

WSRA Wired Wednesday -An Evening with BadgerLink: Common Core and Informational Text

WSRA Wired Wednesday - An Evening with Andrea Thiry-Wenz

WSRA Wired Wednesday - An Evening with Douglas Fisher

WSRA Wired Wednesday with Nancy Willard - Reading Teachers and Internet Safety

WSRA Wired Wednesday - Literacy in the 21st Century with Keith Schroeder


WSRA Position Statements

B10 Early Literature

B10 Families and Literacy

B10 Grouping

B10 High School Reading

B10 Intellectual & Academic Freedom

B10 Literacy Coach

B10 Middle Level Literacy

B10 Reading Design for Middle Level Schools

B10 Multicultural Literature

B10 Relationship Between Reading & Writing

B10 Reading & Technology

B10 Reading Specialists

B10 Title 1


Attached are the WSRA Logos


B7 WSRA Logo with 60 for anniversary celebration

B7 WSRA Logos_page - pdf

B7 WSRA_Logo Red

B7 WSRA_Logo_Big_red

B7 WSRA_Logo_Big_black

B7 WSRA_Logo_Small_black

B7 WSRA_Logo_black

B7 WSRA Logo 60


Honor Council Documents

Attached are all the PDFs that you need for becoming a Honor Council.  The first PDF is a guideline and checklist to help you know what you have completed and sent. 


HC Guidelines Fillable Form Revised August 2015

F5 HC Form 1a EC Member Council Attendance updated 7/30/15

F5 HC Form 1b to 3b Membership updated 7/30/15

F5 HC Form 1c Convention Participation updated 7/30/15

F5 HC Form 1d International Literacy Day updated 7/30/15

F5 HC Form 2c Update or Journal Submission 7/30/15

F5 HC Form 2d Worldwide Literacy Effort 7/30/15

F5 HC Form 3a Attendance to Leadership Meeting

F5 HC Form 3c Community Literacy Project 7/30/15

F5 HC Form 3d Literacy Project outside of Home Continent

F5 HC Form 4b Support for Future or New Educators updated 7/30/15

F5 HC Form 4d Partnership with International Council

F5 HC Form 5a Legislative Liaison and Membership Chair Rev 2016

F5 HC Form 5b PD for Council Members

F5 HC Form 6a Membership Campaign

F5 HC Form 7c NIE or MOIE

F5 HC Form 8c Families in Literacy Project

F5 HC Form 9c Publicize in Local Media

F5 HC Form 10c - 13c Awards Nominations 1

F5 HC Form 14c - 17c Awards Nominations 2

F5 HC Form 18c Council Members on WSRA Committees

F5 HC Form 20c Advocate for Literacy Issues

F5 HC Form 21c Activities for Student Readers or Writers

 F5 HC Form 22c WSRA and ILA Goals



Welcome to the Council General Reference Page

All of the attached files are PDF. 

F1 Local Council Timeline

F2 Mileage Reimbursement

F3 Newsletter Reimbursement

F4 Speakers' Bureau Checklist

F4 Speakers' Bureau Request

F5 Honor Council

Read-In Materials for Hispanic American (Sept) updated 7/30/15, Native American (Nov) updated 7/30/15, and African American (Feb) updated 7/30/15

African American Read-In 2016

African American Read-in list

Native American Read-in 2015

Native American Read-in List

Hispanic American Read-In (September 2015)


Welcome to the Awards and Honors Page

All of the attached files are PDF.  Start with D1 unless you know exactly what you are looking for.  If you can't find what you need, please click on "Contact Us" in the upper right of the page.  Thanks.


D1 Awards Matrix and Summary

D2 Pat Bricker research award guidelines 2015.pdf   Pat Bricker Memorial Research Award Nomination/application form

D3a Celebrate Literacy Individual Award

D3b Celebrate Literacy Organization Award

D4 Outstanding Administrator Award

D5 Outstanding Service Award

D6 Student Scholarship

D7 Council Recognition Award

D8 Friends of Literacy Award

D9 Leadership in Technology Award

D10 Community Service Grant Procedure Form

D11 Exemplary Reading Program Award


Welcome to the International Literacy Association (ILA) General Reference Page

All of the attached files are PDF.  If you can't find what you need, click on this ILA link to go directly to the International Literacy Association's home page.  The ILA website address is now located at

 ILA information

C2b ILA Student Membership Form