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Iowa Reading Association 2013 Fall Newsletter

President's Column
Greetings from your 2013-2014 Iowa Reading President
By Wendy Hammrich

Isn’t it amazing that the new school year has begun yet our weather hangs on to summer!  It inspires me to once again reflect on our 2013 Iowa Reading conference held just last June. There was such excitement in the air on the Iowa State campus as teachers gathered to improve upon their craft. I met wonderful educators in those two short days.  Their purpose was to continue the search for strategies that would strengthen the learning experiences within their classrooms.  The enthusiasm was so contagious as practices were either reinforced or introduced for the first time. 

I can tell you in my reflection process of this event I read every comment sheet turned in and shared the information with our executive board.  This is critical as we make plans for the 2014 conference – Literacy Is All “Write.” Our goal is always to make continuous improvement.   As we looked at the comments pertaining to the break out session speakers I heard a common remark repeated several times stating, “Please have more sessions led by teachers in the field.”  Teachers want to hear from their colleagues concerning “tested in the classroom” activities that truly improve learning.  In other words…they want to hear from YOU!

My challenge to everyone is to seriously consider being one of our presenters for the 2014 conference scheduled for June 24th and 25th.  We need to share proven ideas with each other in a meaningful way.  Teachers don’t want to attend presentations that feature someone who simply reads off a Power point.  They want to spend time with teachers who share the same challenges and have ideas on how to conquer them.  It is truly as simple as that.

So, don’t keep all your good ideas and successes to yourself.  Share the ups and downs of your teaching experiences in areas like implementing technology, or writing, or RTI (to name just a few).  Sign up as a presenter.  You will find the Program Proposal on our website just waiting for you.  Fill it out and send it to me.

My hope is that everyone will have a wonderful 2013-14 school year.  Just remember:  As you challenge your students so challenge yourself.  Give to your fellow teachers by sharing ideas that have been proven through your data to truly work in the classroom and support the Iowa Core.  Find the Program Proposal on our website, fill it out, AND send it in.  It’s yet another way to share the joy in our world of READING!



Iowa Reading Association Offers Four Options for Statewide Book Studies
By Clark Goltz, Executive Director
 
Following last year’s successful book study, the Iowa Reading Association is again offering a book study for graduate and recertification credit for members of the Association. This year the book study features four books; one repeated from last year and three new choices. Last year's book study, The CAFÉ Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction by Gail Boshey and Joan Mosher, is being offered again this year. New options include Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work – Debbie Diller, The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards – Brenda Overtuf, and The Common Core: Teaching 6-12 Students to Meet the Reading Standards – Brenda Overturf

In The CAFE Book, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser present a practical, simple way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion. The CAFE system, based on research into the habits of proficient readers, is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary. The system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small-group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs. Gail and Joan developed the CAFE system to support teachers as they organize assessment data so it truly informs instruction, track each child's strengths and goals, thereby maximizing time with him or her and help students remember and retrieve the reading strategies they learned.

In Debbie Diller's book, Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work, teachers solve a dilemma; What does the rest of my class do while I'm working with a small reading group? Debbie Diller offers practical suggestions for over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction and make preparation and management easy for teachers. Learn how to set up work stations, how to manage them, and how to keep them going throughout the year. Each chapter includes how to introduce each station, materials to include at each station, what to model, how to solve problems, how to differentiate, how to assess and keep students accountable and reflection questions for professional development.

Brenda Overturf, in her books The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards and The Common Core: Teaching 6-12 Students to Meet the Reading Standards, helps teachers effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards for the English Language Arts in grades K–12. First, Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda Overturf explain the key points of the CCSS and describe how to use the standards effectively in instruction. The authors delve into important topics such as assessment, implementation, and curriculum; as well as the implications of Common Core for beginning readers and special populations such as English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted and talented students. 

The second part of their books include a detailed look at each of the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading, combined with practical guidance on how to use those Standards to teach your students. Each Standard is aligned with accessible, appropriate, research-based strategies to help you integrate the ELA Standards into a series of rich, connected, instructional tasks. Classroom applications, student examples, and valuable resources make this a book you’ll turn to again and again as you implement the CCSS in your classroom, school and district.

There are guidelines for participating in the state wide book study. First of all, you must be a member of Iowa Reading Association to participate. Members can register for the class by going to the Iowa Reading Association website at iowareading.org. Registration runs from September 16 - October 1, 2013. You need to have two or more people from your school or council to be considered a group. Each group needs to complete an attendance verification and chapter study verification sheet following the completion of each chapter. Verification sheets will be found on the website. All book study groups must have their first chapter completed by November 1, 2013.

Groups needs to document 15 hours of direct contact time in addition to the hours spent individually reading the book and reflecting on its contents. Members must attend all group sessions. A final paper is your culminating assignment.  Each student will need to write a five – seven page paper reflecting on your year's action research with the selected book.  Details about requirements for the final paper are available on the Iowa Reading Association website.

Members registering for the class will have the opportunity to meet Debbie Diller and Brenda Overturf at the Iowa Reading Association Conference scheduled for June 24-June 25, 2014 in Ames. Conference registration forms are available on the website.

We are excited about continuing this professional development activity for our members. Contact me via email at iowareading@gmail.com or 563-380-1999 if you have any further questions. Thanks for your interest in our four statewide book study choices and the Iowa Reading Association.


Save the Date for the 2014 Conference
By Deb Mortensen, President-Elect and 2014 Conference Chair

 
When I was debating upon a conference theme I wanted something that had to do with writing as I believe many teachers struggle with motivating students to write and the teaching of writing (especially in this age of technology.) I will attempt below to tell you about our conference plans using a writing tool, namely the pen.  I hate to keep you in suspense much longer, so here are the current plans.

The conference will happen on June 24-25, 2014 at the Scheman Center on the Iowa State University campus. We will have two keynotes during each keynote session (something for primary teachers and another for secondary teachers) so you can tailor your conference experience to what you teach or what your interests are. Our opening speakers on Tuesday will be Debbie Diller (“Literacy Work Stations”, “Making the Most of Small Group”, “Practice with Purpose” and “Spaces and Places”) and Marc Tyler Nobleman (“Boys of Steel-The Creator of Superman”, “Bill the Boy Wonder-The Secret Creator of Batman” and “Vocabulary Cartoon of the Day”).

Other authors that will spend Tuesday with us include Brenda Overturf, former International Reading Association Board Member, who will address Common Core (“Word Nerds K-6” and “The Common Core: Teaching K-5 or 6-12 Students to Meet the Reading Standards”) and Alison McGhee (“Snap”, “Shadow Baby”, “Making a Friend”, “Someday” and the “Bink and Gollie” books). We are moving the Young Author’s Celebration to the first day of conference and Alison will be meeting with those young people who have done such a good job putting the pencil to paper in the state of Iowa.

Wednesday, June 25 will be as exciting with Lori Jamison- Rog (“Marvelous Mini-Lessons for Teaching Beginning Writing and Intermediate Writing” and “Read Write, Play, Learn”).  Lori will also lead two breakout sessions on “Navigating the Common Core”. Krissy Venosdale will take us through a “Technology Boot Camp” and Shari Sloane (author of several musical CDs including “School is Cool” and “Oldies But Goodies”) will have us on our feet and sharing successful ideas from her classroom. We will also have an inspirational speaker during lunch. Carole Harder will share her compassion for teachers and what they do. She is the founder of the Global Leadership Connections Program. We also will have a variety of concurrent sessions that will deepen your understanding of the Common Core and the writing component.

We hope that you will spend a few days next summer with the Iowa Reading Association. The conference is available for credit and is a wonderful professional development. It is not expensive and you can register now by going to the Iowa Reading Association website www.iowareading.org  Perhaps your school can compensate you for attending. Share with your administrator the sessions that are being offered and the topics that will be discussed.  Invite colleagues and student teachers to come with you to sharpen their skills in Common Core and literacy. Make plans now to attend. Iowa—where in 2014 “literacy will be all WRITE!”

Books by Debbie Diller
 

Books by Marc Tyler Nobleman


Book by Brenda Overturf


Books by Alison McGhee
 

Books by Lori Jamison- Rog
 

Krissy Venosdale’s website “venspired learning”


CDs by Shari Sloane
 
 


Nancy’s Nuggets -- News from the State Coordinator
By Nancy Wright, State Coordinator

I love to read historical fiction!  Not only am I entertained with a great story, but I learn nuggets of historical information and facts along the way.  I recently read the first book in a new series by Iowa author Lorna Seilstad.  Lorna calls this series “The Gregory Sisters”, and chose turn-of-the-century Des Moines for her setting.  This first book, When Love Calls offers a look into the training and work of switchboard operators, known as “Hello Girls”.  It’s fun to imagine the areas of Des Moines mentioned in the story as they must have appeared one hundred years ago.
 
I have a passion for reading that I feed with book trades among coworkers, book talks at our local reading council meetings, as well as dipping into some professional literature for “nuggets of professional development”.  My Kindle keeps me reading as I travel with my husband, or workout after school. As Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer)  mentioned when she spoke at the Iowa Reading Conference a few years ago, I try to be ready for a “reading emergency”! 
 
OK, so why all this talk about my passion for reading?  Well, I am also reading Igniting a Passion for Reading written by Steven L. Layne.  I picked up this gem at our school’s spring Scholastic book fair.  Dr. Layne expresses his concerns for our students with the question Why won’t Johnny read, even if he can?  The author defines a complete reader as being equipped with knowledge of phonetics, fluency, comprehension, semantics, and syntax, complemented by an equal balance of interest, attitude, motivation and engagement.    He offers a 1915 quote by a Mayne, a classroom teacher:  It should be the teacher’s aim to give every child a love of reading, a hunger for it that will stay with him through all the years of his life.  If a child has that he will acquire the mechanical part without difficulty.  Dr. Layne reminds teachers that the mechanics alone will not make a life-long reader of our students.  We must help them find their passion for reading. 
 
Dr. Layne also reminds us of a statement made by Jim Trelease (The Read-Aloud Handbook).  Jim said in his seminars, “Aliteracy is wicked.  It’s tearing this country apart . . if you don’t read much, you don’t really know much.  You’re dangerous.”  Our nation is rapidly becoming a nation of aliterate folks -- people who don’t read, not people who can’t read.  I haven’t read the entire book yet, but Steven Layne is certainly challenging me to get to know my students’ likes and interests, then spend time finding books and magazines to match their interests.  And he is challenging me to let each student know they are so important to me that I am spending time thinking about them as I spend time in the school library, public library, book stores, etc. 
 
I also have a passion for our state reading association.  I look forward to hearing from each of our councils to learn of their plans for the coming year and their successes. Educators leave their local council meetings with a passion for teaching and reading, a very powerful function of the reading councils.  Remember your state officers of the Iowa Reading Association are ready, willing and able to answer your questions, and to assist you in any way we can.  Check out our Iowa Reading web site and see what other councils are planning to do at their meetings this year.  You are welcome to attend any of these councils at one of their programs! 
 
Quick reminder:  Honor Council applications are due by November 27th to the International Reading Association.  You can find the application at www.reading.org under “Information for Council Leaders”.    Please look at the list of dates I mailed to you as reminders for submitting nominations for Iowa Reading awards, applying for the Technology & Literacy grant, and submitting Creative Writing and Poetry entries from your council.
 
The latest news from the International Reading Association is our long-time friend and Leadership Development Associate, Rayann Mitchell, has resigned to take a job with a Florida school district.  We wish Rayann all the best, and know she will enjoy her new job.  She has so much to offer in the field of literacy education!  The IRA is restructuring their LDA’s and renaming them “Council Advisors”.  It will be interesting to see how these transformations unfold.  I’ll work to keep you posted about changes with IRA! 


Just For Me
By Angie Goemaat, Three Rivers Reading Council

I don’t ever remember not knowing how to read. When I was little if I forgot my book to read in the bathtub, I would read the shampoo bottles, bubble bath bottles, or the toothpaste tube; whatever was available. (Now, I try to always have a book with me). While growing up I assumed that everybody else loved books and reading as much as I did. This love of reading and books made me also assume that teaching children to read should be easy. These are the thoughts I had in college. You just get class sets of some novels (books you like--not books that the students like because after all, you will be reading them too, write up the questions, have students read the books to answer questions, give a test over the books and for those students that didn’t quite grasp the concept of the books and you didn’t really know how to explain it anyway, SHOW THE MOVIE!) I soon found this theory to be wrong. A quote from one of my college professors “Just because you love to read doesn’t make you a reading teacher, it just means you love books and reading”. My first teaching job was a science and social studies teacher. I did not worry about reading test scores--I was not the reading teacher, that was another teacher’s worry. Four years into my teaching career I WAS THE READING TEACHER. It was now my worry. But again I thought to myself, my students always do good on the state Science test and they read in science class so teaching reading should be a breeze. Another thought I had was that I was teaching 6th graders so they should all know how to read by now. (Another wrong theory). In looking back at my first two years of being a Reading teacher, I realize that I was teaching reading wrong. I was “teaching the story” not the comprehension skill or strategy.

Product DetailsI needed to learn how to teach reading--I became the student. I joined the Three Rivers Reading Council and I started reading numerous professional books about how to teach reading. I found three favorites--The Book Whisperer (Donalyn Miller), Igniting a Passion For Reading, (Steven Layne) and a book that just really took me to the trenches of how to teach reading I Read It But I Don’t Get It! By Cris Tovani. A quote from the back of the book; “A practical, engaging account of how teachers can help adolescents develop new reading comprehension skills”. This quote really sums it up. In this book she discusses how to teach reading. She helped me to see what I needed to do to be a better reading teacher. I really like how her book is very understandable. She offers anecdotes about real kids with
real reading problems, she gives samples that you can actually take back to your classroom and implement into other content areas, not just for reading. I feel like this book has really opened my eyes about teaching reading. I have all kinds of notes written in the margins and something highlighted on just about every page. I really want to recommend this book to you if you haven’t already read it. I know it will be a mainstay in my reading toolbox and I will be referring back to it over and over again.
 


Membership Matters
by Diane Bean, Director of Membership Development
 
I hope everyone is getting back into the routine of a new school year!  This is my first year of not being at school on the first day since I retired last spring.  It's a strange feeling but it will give me more time to focus on my new job as membership director for the Iowa Reading Association. One of my first goals this year is to visit at least one meeting for each local reading council.  It was one of the things I enjoyed most in my previous job as a zone director for Iowa Reading!  I also want people to know who I am so that they will feel comfortable sending any questions to me.  

My other goal is to increase membership for the state to 900 members (an increase of about 140 members).  We have local councils with such great speakers and programs!  Many councils also offer their meetings as a one hour recertification or graduate credit. A state-wide class for credit is another reason to join Iowa Reading. Membership Directors--Don't forget to get a bulk of your memberships into Clark Goltz by October 1st to get the On Time Award.  This will earn you a certificate for a free state membership to be used next year.
I hope everyone has a great school year!   If anyone has any questions, please email me at drbean1975@gmail.com


Happy Hearts Fund
 By Carol Duehr, Committee Chair of the International Project
 
Thank you so much to everyone who so generously supported last year’s International Project. The Iowa Reading Association sent over $2,400 to the Happy Hearts Fund. This amount was an accumulation of donations by local councils the last two years. Happy Hearts Fund will continue to be this year’s International project.   Here is some interesting history about Happy Hearts Fund.   It was founded in 2005 by Petra Nemcova who was in Thailand when the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck on December 26, 2004.   After recovering from her injuries, Petra returned to Thailand to help.   What she witnessed was many families without homes, children without parents, and entire communities destroyed.  Petra was especially affected by the children who were still not receiving aid after five months.  There is a ‘gap period’ that occurs after the initial emergency response by agencies such as the Red Cross and before governments step in to make permanent recovery plans and to implement solutions.  This is the reason that Happy Hearts Fund concentrates its resources in the gap period by building “Happy Self-Sustaining Schools.”  Schools that have been destroyed in areas of significant need are identified.  Happy Hearts Fund is there to support the rebuilding of these schools around which the community can rally. Happy Hearts Fund was structured so that all of the administrative costs would be underwritten by corporate partners—Continental Airlines, DLA Piper, HP, and ING. Therefore, 100 percent of all donations received are ensured to be directed to children’s programming. 

I hope your local council considers giving generously again this year.

 

Strategy Corner
By Lori Vicker, Zone A Director and member of Northwest Iowa Reading Council

Your “Alpha” Moment:

This is a writing exercise which incorporates sensory perception. If you are examining the comprehension strategy of “visualization”, this prompt is a non-threatening and easy to write response.
 
Ask your students to think of an occasion that evokes a positive memory. (Example: trip to farm, visiting grandparents, a favorite vacation, state or county fair experience, etc.) Complete the following format:
I am…(describe what you are doing.)
I am…(tell who you are with.)
I feel the…(describe the climate/weather)
I see…(describe your surroundings.)
I hear…(describe what you hear.)
I smell…(describe the aromas around you.)
I taste…(describe what you might taste.)
I feel…(describe an emotion.)
I am…(repeat first sentence.)
 


New Treasurer Robin Brierly
By Candace Booth, Nominations Committee Chair
 
Robin Brierly has been appointed treasurer of Iowa Reading Association, replacing Heidi Meyer. Robin is a Literacy Interventionist in the Grinnell-Newburg CSD. She has taught several different levels of reading for the last fourteen years and she is a member of the Three Rivers Reading Council. Robin resides in Prairie City with her husband, Tony, and four children, Eden (19), Garrett (17), Alea (15), and Trysha (12).  Her hobbies include scrapbooking, reading, camping, and hanging out with friends. Robin recommends several professional books: all Fontas and Pinnell books, The Book Whisperer by Miller, The First Days of School by Wong, and Pathways to Common Core by Calkins. Her favorite children’s books include The Snowy Day by Keats, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Carle, and Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls.  Mrs. Brierly states, “Teaching is my passion. I love it when a reader comprehends what they read and the light bulb glows.” We welcome Robin to the Executive Board and look forward to her fresh ideas.


The Luck of the Buttons
by Anne Ylvisaker
Reviewed by Laurinda Brimeyer, READ Council Secretary, Dubuque, IA
 
You just gotta love spunky Tugs Button, the main character in Anne Ylvisaker's 2011 novel for middle grade readers, The Luck of the Buttons.  Tugs has a fierce sense of loyalty toward her family, loves to look up big words in the library's dictionary to increase her vocabulary, and can be rather outspoken.  (“You might want to try an extra egg in your cake next time, Mrs. Millhouse.  That's what my mother does, and her cake doesn't leave as many crumbles.”) The book begins with a rather moral dilemma for twelve-year-old Tugs.  Popular Aggie Millhouse asks Tugs to be her partner in the annual Independence Day three-legged race.  The girls are the same height, and Aggie has noticed that Tugs is a fast runner.  They might just have a chance of winning. BUT, Tugs has been paired with her cousin Ned for “the past hundred years.”  It is assumed they would be running together again, even though they never win. “They made an awkward pair...he short, she tall, and being from nearly the same gene pool, neither one was blessed with coordination.”  Besides, Buttons are raised to be humble.  “Buttons considered victory, even for one's affiliated party in national politics, showing off.”   Oh, what's a girl to do? And then there's that business about the stranger in the Panama hat.  When smooth-talking con man Harvey Moore arrives in town, promising to start a local newspaper, Tugs seems to be the only one who has suspicions about him.  She stumbles on a mystery that only she can solve and save the town from financial ruin.
                 
Set in fictional small-town Goodhue, Iowa, with references to Cedar Rapids, in the summer of 1929, the reader is transported back to a more innocent time when families celebrated Independence Day together and homemade jump ropes were given as birthday gifts.  This book is a delightful read, and I am thrilled that it is on the 2013-2014 list of books for the Iowa Children's Choice Award. Author Anne Ylvissaker lived in Cedar Rapids for four years, and while she was there became part of the Tall Grass Writers, a group of Iowa authors and illustrators.  Through the wonders of technology and Skype, Anne was one of our guest speakers at the Reading Educators' Association of Dubuque (READ) council meeting in March, 2011.  Anne now lives in Monterey, California, with her husband, Dan, and daughter, Maria. By the way, cousin Ned stars in his own book, Button Down, Ylvissaker's next book about the Button family.


Iowa Reading Association Committee Chairs for 2013-2014



Committee/Chair(s)

  • Awards: Deb Saylor
  • Budget: Robin Brierly
  • Bylaws, Policies, & Procedures: Nancy White
  • Creative Writing/Poetry: Carolyn Rubsam, Sue Schutte, & Luella Heilman
  • Iowa Merit Council: Brenda Nugteren
  • International Project: Carol Duehr
  • Legislative: Tony Pieper
  • Long Range Membership Planning: Karla Bronzynski, Lynette Kruger, & Deb Mortensen
  • Membership: Diane Bean
  • Nominating: Megan Benson
  • Program: Deb Mortensen
  • Student Membership (SE): Deanna Stoube
  • Student Membership (NE): Carol Duehr
  • Student Membership (NW): Sandy Bahler
  • Studies and Research: Ed Starkenburg
  • Technology/Literacy Grant: Renee Thomas

 


Former BCLUW Teacher Receives Award
by Tony Pieper, Past President

Mary Pieper, a retired BCLUW Middle School language arts teacher, recently received the 2013 Iowa Service Award from the Iowa Reading Association.  The mission of the Iowa Reading Association, an interactive group of individuals interested in reading, is to promote literacy through leadership, educational programming, and legislative endeavors.  The Iowa Service Award is given annually to one individual for unusual and distinguished service to the Iowa Reading Association in some specific  capacity or capacities, requiring special skills, knowledge, and creative  effort.  The results must make a significant impact on the growth of the Iowa Reading Association, on the dissemination of research findings, on the increase of legislation favoring good reading programs, or on some other area within the broad field of reading.
 
Mary was nominated for this award by the Hardy Reading Council, a local council of the Iowa Reading Association which services educators in Hardin and Grundy counties.  Mary, who retired from teaching at BCLUW in 2007, had an extremely successful career in education for 39 years.  As an active member in the Hardy Reading Council for the last 27 years, she frequently initiated and carried out council projects that benefitted children in the state, the nation, and the world.  The language arts department at BCLUW Middle School has continuously been impacted by her involvement in the Iowa Reading Association.  Mary’s career has truly been dedicated to literacy and service.  To this day, people still approach her son Tony Pieper, a current language arts teacher at BCLUW, on the street and share stories about how she impacted them as a teacher.  Her work in literacy education was and is about “paying it forward.”
 
Mary was presented with the Iowa Service Award at a ceremony held on June 25 at the Iowa Reading Association ESEA Title I Annual Conference on the Iowa State University Campus.  Her family and many of her colleagues from the Hardy Reading Council were on hand to see her receive the award.


Council Corner: A Busy Year!
By Angie Goemaat, Three Rivers Reading Council
 
The Three Rivers Reading Council started their year off with a BANG!!, or should I  say a Clark Goltz!  Clark informed us of the top 10 reasons to be a teacher and he was quite funny in doing so. This was also a good first meeting because we had a salad supper (which was delicious) and we started one of my favorite professional development books The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.  Our next meeting took us to Hawaii, well not really, but that is where author Bruce Hale resides and we did a skype session with him. He spoke to us about writing, and his Chet Gecko series (finest lizard detective at Emerson Hickey Elementary). We also brought our own laptops and looked at other technology resources that we could use in our classrooms.  Tracy Spry visited our third council meeting. Tracy works for the Army Corp of Engineers at Lake Red Rock. She informed us about many different programs that we can participate in with our students if we visit Lake Red Rock or programs that she can bring into our classrooms. She definitely had lots of good information.

Our 4th meeting brought Lisa Zylstra. She talked to us about the 6 Traits of Writing and using picture books in the classroom. She presented us with lots of good ideas for getting students interested in writing and using the 6 Traits. Allison Behne visited our council meeting in February. She is a teacher and writes for the Two Sister’s website. She informed us about new happenings with the Sisters and talked to us a little bit about The Daily 5 and CAFE.  As I said we started with a BANG and we finished in March with a BANG! We were entertained by Iowa author Ryan Sloth and several local students that had entered their poems and stories in our Young Writer’s Contest. We started our evening with an ice cream bar and then Ryan Sloth talked to students and their parents about being a writer. (He also visited several of our local elementary schools while he was in town and talked to students about writing. He read from one of his books and he autographed books for students that had purchased them). When Ryan finished speaking then it was the student’s turn to share their poems and stories. You could just see the proud looks on the parents’ faces when it was their child’s turn to read!  We had a good year and I am already excited to start the 2013/14 Three Rivers Reading Council meetings in September!


Calendar Reminders
by Carol Duehr, Secretary & Newsletter Editor


Hello, I am the new editor of the Iowa Reading Association newsletter.   If you see Nancy White, please thank her for the fantastic job she did as editor of our newsletter for many years.

SEPTEMBER
  • Executive Board Meeting
OCTOBER
  • October 1 – Deadline for Local Council Grants
  • October 1 – Deadline for Studies and Research Committee to contact grant recipients to present at state conference
  • Notify Board of Honorary Membership applications
  • Treasurer books, ledgers, etc. passed on to new treasurer
Our mailing address is: Iowa Reading Association | P.O. Box 16 | Ossian, IA 52161