KSRA Council Awards

2016-2017 KSRA Council Awards Information

Council Leadership Award

Councils must meet ALL of the following criteria by the designated deadlines to receive the award.

  • Council submits calendar of council events to be offered as Act 48 Professional Development hours.  Please click here for more information about Act 48 requirements. 
    • Deadline: September 30
    • Submit by email to: Professional Development Chairperson(s) at ksra48@hotmail.com
  • Council submits tentative calendar of the program for the year to the regional director. (Special interest council(s) submit to ILA Coordinator.) Councils conduct at least 3 meetings during the year.  Any printed information sent to inform council membership of these meetings is acceptable.  List topics, speakers, and dates of planned meetings.
    • Deadline: September 30
    • Submit to: Regional Director
  • Council Membership Director sets membership goals and conducts a membership campaign.  Submit membership plan electronically to the KSRA Director of Membership Development. Click here to access the membership form and send via e-mail to flyingicesticks@gmail.com.
    • Deadline: September 30
    • Submit via email as an attachment to KSRA Director of Membership Development
  • Council Literacy Advocacy Chairperson formulates an advocacy plan in order to facilitate communication with legislators and other community members or groups concerning educational issues.  Click here to fill out the advocacy plan.
    • Deadline: September 30
    • Submit via link above to KSRA Director of Literacy Advocacy
  • Council Treasurer submits annual Treasurer’s Report Form electronically.  Click here to fill out the report form.
    • Deadline: September 30
    • Submit via link above to ILA Coordinator and KSRA Treasurer
  • Council President (or designee) electronically submits to KSRA a list of incoming officers’ names, contact information, and ILA numbers to ILA Coordinator for KSRA.  The Local Council Officer Report Form will be sent to local council presidents from the ILA Coordinator for KSRA
    • Deadline: April 15
    • Submit electronically to: ILA Coordinator for KSRA
  • Council president (or designee) attends all of the scheduled meetings (state and regional), to which he/she is invited, during his/her term of office.  The attendance sheet must be signed to indicate the council was represented since this document will be used to verify this criterion.*
    • Deadline: Registration sign-in at the meeting site
    • Attendance taken by KSRA Secretary
    • *(If an emergency should arise and the council president or designee should be unable to attend, the council president must submit at time of absence, for board approval, in writing, the reason for the absence.  Refer to the Policy for Cancelling Meeting Reservations.)

Distinguished Council Award

Councils must meet the first four items and one additional item, by the designated deadlines, in order to meet the criteria for the award.

  • Local Council Literacy Advocacy Chairperson (or designee) attends all of the scheduled Literacy Advocacy Committee meetings, to which he/she is invited. (Council president may not serve as LAC designee.) The attendance sheet must be signed to indicate the council was represented since this document will be used to verify this criterion.
    • Deadline: Registration sign-in at the meeting site
    • Attendance verified by KSRA LIteracy Advocacy Chairperson
    • *(If an emergency should arise and the literacy advocacy chairperson or designee should be unable to attend the local council chairperson must submit at time of absence, for board approval, in writing, the reason for the absence.  Refer to the Policy for Cancelling Meeting Reservations.)
  • Council president (or designee) attends all of the scheduled meetings (state and regional), to which he/she is invited, during his/her term of office.  The attendance sheet must be signed to indicate the council was represented since this document will be used to verify this criterion.
    • Deadline: Registration sign-in at the meeting site
    • Attendance verified by KSRA Secretary
    • *(If an emergency should arise and the council president or designee should be unable to attend, the council president must submit at time of absence, for board approval, in writing, the reason for the absence.  Refer to the Policy for Cancelling Meeting Reservations.)
  • Council conducts three of the following activities:
    • Celebrate Literacy Award (e.g., honoring an individual or group in your community who promotes literacy in your local council area)
    • International Project (Click here for ideas.)
    • Newspapers in Education (Click here for ideas.)
    • Reading Project in the Community (any project that provides books or experiences with books to children and/or adults in the local community)
    • Local Scholarship (e.g., high school senior, undergraduate, and/or graduate student pursuing an education degree)
    • Teachers as Readers (e.g., professional book discussion, new children’s literature presentation)
      • Deadline: April 15
      • Submit via the link below to KSRA Council Awards Chairperson(s)
  •  At least one council officer in addition to the Local Council President and the Literacy Advocacy Chairperson (or designees) attends the KSRA Leadership Workshop held in June.  KSRA will pay for up to 4 local council officers to attend the June Leadership Workshop.  A fifth officer may attend at the council’s expense.  Treasurer and Membership Chairperson are strongly recommended to attend.
    • Deadline: Registration sign-in at the meeting site
    • Attendance verified by KSRA Secretary
  • Choose one additional item in order to meet all the criteria for the KSRA Distinguished Council Award.  All of the activities can be documented and recorded on the same form (from the activities above) by clicking here.
    • Option 1: Council provides volunteers to work a total of four hours at the annual conference. (Volunteers must sign-in at the conference.  It is preferred that volunteers submit a volunteer form and be scheduled prior to the conference.)
      • Deadline: Sign-in at the conference  
      • Attendance verified by KSRA Conference Volunteer Chairperson at the annual conference
    • Option 2: Council conducts two additional items from the list of activities in KSRA Distinguished Council Award item #3.
      • Deadline: April 15
      • Submit via link above to KSRA Council Awards Chairperson(s)
    • Option 3: Council coordinates one of its meetings with another reading council.
      • Deadline: April 15
      • Submit via link above to KSRA Council Awards Chairperson(s)
    • Option 4: Council invites legislative officials to speak at a local meeting.
      • Deadline: April 15
      • Submit via link above to KSRA Council Awards Chairperson(s)
    • Option 5: Council creates and maintains a website that is linked to the KSRA website and is updated with the current year’s officers and council programs.
      • Regional Director will check this item on September 30th of the current program year.

Information on ILA Honor Council Award

Looking for information on ILA’s Honor Council program? You can find the information on their website (www.reading.org) or by clicking here. (Note that ILA will be posting these criteria in late summer 2016, due to enhancements to the ILA website.)