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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,

The Oklahoma Reading Association (ORA) theme this year is READING FROM THE HEART. We believe that literacy is more than the sum of its parts.  When we allow our students access to meaningful texts, they have opportunities to connect to the heart of the author’s message.  When our students write, they can draw others into the heart of their own messages. The writer/reader connection is exemplified through quality children’s and young adult literature and deserves our attention.

There are three main events this year. The first is a conference sponsored jointly by the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English, ORA, and other Oklahoma professional associations.  The conference theme is “Integrating Literacies” and it will be September 12 at the University of Oklahoma campus. Please click here for more information:

The second event will be the Fall Kick Off in October (TBA).  Council members will be receiving information for this opportunity to learn about the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) new initiatives and participate in developing the mission of our state association.

The third exciting event will be our annual spring conference, which will give us all the opportunity to READ FROM THE HEART. The keynote speakers include children’s literature critic, historian, and author, Leonard Marcus, sharing the history of children’s and young adult literature and ILA Board Member Shelley Staggs Peterson helping us develop more sophisticated ways to choose and use books in our classrooms. The day will end with a dynamic presentation by Oklahoma author Tammi Sauer.  Between keynote speakers, we’ll have two breakout sessions filled with Oklahoma teachers sharing a variety of ways to teach “reading from the heart.” For further information, check out this website and our Facebook page, “Oklahoma Reading Association.”

It is my hope that you will join us in our efforts to promote literacy by becoming a member, joining a local council, attending our conferences and sharing knowledge through professional development.  We can make a powerful difference in the lives of our students as we share READING FROM THE HEART!

Vickie Hinkle
ORA President

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