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 https://aws.passkey.com/g/50962534

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,


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: http://okcte.org/documents/2015%20Conference%20Flyer.pdf

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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