Promoting Literacy through Professional
 Development and Personal Connections

Fall 2015 Conference Information

Call for Proposal:  OCTE 2015 Call for Proposals (due by August 1)
Proposals are peer reviewed. You will learn the status of your proposal by August 15.  

Lodging:  For those who want to stay the night before or after (or both), we have secured a rate of only $83 at the Marriott off of Highway 9. Reserve through

Cost: $50 all inclusive (includes conference, food, one-year membership in OCTE, entry in drawings, and discount on spring conference)

Event Details:  A conference for teachers of English and reading that explores the multiplicity of literacies!

Featuring Chris Goering, singer-songwriter, teacher, professor and award-winning arts-advocates from across the nation.
50+ Sessions with renowned poets, writers, savvy researchers & phenomenal teachers.
Special poster sessions for undergraduates, graduate student job advice session, free munchies, good coffee, outstanding conversations, door prizes, free giveaways.
$50 all inclusive (includes conference, food, one-year membership in OCTE, entry in drawings, and discount on spring conference)

Upcoming events

  • September 12, 2015 11:00 AM • The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, Collings Hall, 11 a.m. – 4 pm.

Oklahoma Reading Association is in the process of making changes.  In order to transition along with IRA to become International Literacy Assocation, we will be revising our state council structure.  Please bear with us as we make updates to our webpage to share these revisions.

President's Message

Dear Oklahoma Readers,

Oklahoma Reading Association promotes literacy across our great state!  All of us have a part in the promotion of literacy by reading, writing, and teaching, listening and talking about books.  The people who are supporting literacy learning are teachers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, librarians, literacy coaches, volunteers and many more.  Our goal is to inspire Oklahomans to become lifelong readers and writers.

This year our Leadership Conference, on September 20, is open to ORA members and members-to-be.  We will have two guest speakers. The first is Brook Meiller, a curriculum coordinator in the Norman Public School District who will speak on academic literacy standards.  The second is Angela Rivelle of the International Reading Association, who will bring us information about the transition happening at IRA and how we as a state organization and as local council members can move forward to support literacy. 

In the spring (February 28) we will be hosting Donalyn Miller, the author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild.  Our theme is “Wild Reading.”  What are we wild about when it comes to reading and how can we capture our students’ hearts and create wild readers?

It is my hope that you will join us in our effort to promote literacy by becoming a member, joining a local council, attending our conferences and sharing knowledge through professional development.  Let’s make Oklahoma the state that is “wild” about literacy!

Vickie Hinkle
ORA President

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