On January 14, 2015, PDE responded with an adjustment to the certification policy that restricts the ability to add on the Reading Specialist certificate by testing to those certificates providing considerable preparation in reading.
While this is a step in the right direction, we continue to oppose this policy as it does not include supervised field experiences and a clinical practicum. Today, Thursday, February 5, 2015, KSRA sent an email and a hard copy letter addressed to the new Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera, requesting a meeting to share our concerns about theaction taken by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) during the recent gubernatorial transition.
Our plans for a postcard campaign:
If a positive outcome is not forthcoming, our next step is to launch a postcard campaign during our June Leadership Workshop. This will provide a visual, no-need-to-open, easy to sign format that will be available to you at the June meeting.
As always, feel free to call or email with questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support.
As we endure the cold months of winter, the hope of spring may help to get us through. Now is the time to begin to prepare for Families and Reading Month this April. The 2015 materials are now available. Click here to access them!Read More
When the Board of Directors met in September, Marcie Craig Post, IRA’s Executive Director, made a presentation to the Board about the roles and responsibilities of a Board of Directors. After the presentation, the Board broke into small groups to discuss the implications of this presentation for KSRA. A subsequent vote authorized the work on a new set of Bylaws for the Keystone State Reading Association.
Over the past several months, Jane Helman and I, with consultations from Eleanor Gensemer and others in KSRA and in discussions with Marcie Craig Post and utilizing the template provided by IRA, developed the proposed bylaws which are attached. Our goal was to develop a fiscally responsible organizational structure that will enable KSRA to function effectively and efficiently as we face the challenges of both the present and future, while maintaining what has made our organization a strong and vibrant one. We are especially proud of the close working relationship between our local councils and the state organization and are committed to maintaining this while changing our governing structure.
Though time is short, we hope you will take a few minutes to look at the following documents prior to Saturday’s meeting. On Saturday, January 24, we will present more background information and there will be much time for small group and whole group discussion. Our current bylaws require that proposed changes in the bylaws be approved by a vote of ⅔ of the Board of Directors at two consecutive meetings of the Board. Ideally, if we are to change our current governing structure, it would be helpful to have the new bylaws approved by the start of our next fiscal year, July 1, 2015.
The following documents are included for your study of the proposed new bylaws:
- An annotated copy of the proposed bylaws providing some explanation and rationale.
- A document highlighting the major differences between the current bylaws and the proposed bylaws.
- A document listing the policies and procedures that should be adopted in the coming year to implement the proposed bylaws, if approved.
We look forward to sharing this with you on Saturday. If you should have any questions or comments that you would like to share prior to that meeting, please feel free to contact Eleanor, Jane, Julie, or myself.
Eleanor Gensemer – email@example.com
Jane Helman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric MacDonald – email@example.com
Julie Wise – firstname.lastname@example.org
Click each of the document names below to access that document:
- Highlights of Proposed Bylaws Changes
- Annotated Copy of Proposed Bylaws Changes
- Overview of Policies to Be Developed
- Proposed KSRA Bylaws 2015
- January 24 Discussion of Bylaws Google Doc
Have you ever visited the website www.TeachersPayTeachers.com? Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is a website that offers free or cheap classroom resources for K-12 teachers such as: PowerPoints, anchor charts, lesson plans, and center activities. Teachers can find resources for any grade and any subject (e.g., math, science, and social studies) but the English Language Arts category is the largest with double the resources.
KSRA is exploring this concept for our Educational Resource Committee for several reasons. First, one of our main goals for KSRA is to offer effective and relevant professional development. TpT can provide a platform for KSRA to support teachers as they look for resources to improve their instruction. Second, KSRA has 1,600 members who could provide innovative ideas for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening. If everyone would donate a successful lesson plan, we could populate the account quickly. Third, TpT can serve as an alternative method for providing a service that would generate income that KSRA could use to fund international advocacy campaigns, scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, fund annual conferences, and help keep membership costs low.
TpT offers KSRA a direct link to support classroom teachers and reading specialists as they plan, teach, and assess students’ literacy! However, we need your ideas and resources. If you have created a successful lesson, PowerPoint, or worksheet that supports authentic reading, writing, speaking, and listening, we need to hear from you. At the same time, if you are a student, substitute teacher, or retired teacher who would be willing to work with other classroom teachers to create materials, we need to hear from you. Please do not pass up this opportunity to support teachers and reading specialists. Contact Andy Morrison email@example.com with suggestions and materials.