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Catch the vision of the new International Literacy Association!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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Congratulations!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

AwardCongratulations are in order for the following recipients of awards for 2014-2015 from the International Literacy Association. These awards will be presented at the 2015 ILA Convention in St. Louis this summer. We hope you plan to attend!

Honor Council

  • Chester County Reading Association
  • Colonial Association of Reading Educators
  • Delaware County Reading Council
  • Erie Reading Council

Award of Excellence

  • Keystone State Reading Association

Advocacy Award

  • Keystone State Reading Association
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April is Families and Reading Month

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Celebrate April and Families & Reading Month with the great materials available from KSRA. Click here to access this valuable resource.

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Good News Regarding PA Reading Specialist Certification!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

1newsOn February 10, 2015 PDE responded formally to our letters through email notification that stated:

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is continuing to review the policy that permitted adding the Reading Specialist certificate via testing. To ensure that decisions made are in the best interest  
of our students and meet their educational needs, we will immediately implement a moratorium and only accept add-on applications from those who registered for the Reading Specialist Praxis II examination prior to February 12, 2015. PDE will certify individuals who submit a  
complete application in TIMS by June 30,2015.
This means it is no longer necessary to send an email and/or hard copy letter to the incoming Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera. KSRA is grateful for the steps taken by PDE and we are interested in continued collaboration with the incoming Secretary and his team.  KSRA is committed to keeping you informed as further exchanges take place with PDE. If the ultimate resolution is not satisfactory, then mounting additional letter writing campaigns may be warranted.
As always, feel free to call or email with questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support.
Julie B. Wise, KSRA President, juliebwise@comcast.net,717-873-3900

Mildred E. Henning, KSRA Governmental Relations, henningmillie@aol.com  610-428-9496

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Important Updated Information Regarding Reading Specialist Certification in PA

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Important Updated Information Regarding Reading Specialist Certification in PA
In mid-December the KSRA leadership met with Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, 2014 Acting Secretary of Education, to express our opposition to a Testing Add-On policy for PA Reading Specialist Certificate K -12 that Dr. Dumaresq had approved in November 2014.

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.

We request everyone who opposes this policy to send an email and hard copy letter to the new Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera, parivera@pa.gov. For your convenience, and to give a consistent message, we have sample letters for your personal use:
1. KSRA Response to PDE February 5, 2015 click here
2. Teacher/School district sample letter, click here
3. University or college sample letter, click here
4. Memo from PDE to school districts, click here

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.

Sincerely,

Julie B. Wise, M.Ed., KSRA President, juliebwise@comcast.net, 717-873-3900

Mildred E. Henning, M.Ed., KSRA Chairperson, Government Relations, henningmillie@aol.com     610-428-9496

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