Promoting Literacy through Professional
 Development and Personal Connections

NOTICE: The ORA Literacy Conference has been rescheduled for SATURDAY, MARCH 7 due to the threat of travel and bad weather conditions.

Registration has been extended to MARCH 2 for lunch reservations.

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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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