Keystone to Reading Book Awards – Elementary Level

KSRA-B-Y-logo-onlyWe are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award:

Preschool:  Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli

PrimaryDozer’s Run:The True Story of a Dog and His Run by Debbie Levy with Rosana Panza

IntermediateRags: Hero dog of World War I: A True Story by Margot Theis Raven

Information on the 2016-2017 Book Awards can be found by clicking here.


KSRA-B-Y-logo-onlyKSRA is pleased to announce it has been honored by the International Literacy Association with two prestigious awards:

  • ILA Award of Excellence -Awarded to state and provincial associations that have distinguished themselves through organizing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities in their state or province that (a) serve and support councils and members, (b) contribute to education, and (c) coincide with and support the programs and goals of the Association.
  • Advocacy Award – Awarded to state and provincial councils that demonstrate how they are working to affect educational policy and legislation through effective advocacy at the local, state/provincial, and/or national levels.

These awards reflect the dedication of our volunteer leaders and the support of our membership. Thank you for helping to make KSRA an effective voice for literacy education in Pennsylvania and beyond!

2016 Families & Reading Month Materials

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The 2016 Families and Reading Month (April) materials are now available. Click here to access these wonderful resources from KSRA!

March 5 or 19, 2016 Shakespeare Teacher Professional Development Offered

On March 5 or 19, 2016  the West Virginia Reading Association, WVRA District I and the Oglebay Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia will provide two, separate days of professional development for teachers. The materials for this professional development were developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

The basic two hour session in the morning of each date will give teachers the information they will need to prepare students to see the First Folio exhibit, which will be at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV from May 9-June 12, 2016. In the afternoon, the teachers who will be attending the four hour session will receive the basic two hour session plus two additional professional development clock hours on strategies to connect teachers and students with Shakespeare’s Language.

Registration Information Options

Registration for the two or four hour workshops is free. However, space is limited. To participate in either the two hour or four hour workshops on March 5, 2016 or for theMarch 19, 2016 two and four hour workshops, which will be a repeat of the March 5, 2016 workshop, call  304-242-7272 or to register electronically, go to

Box lunches will be available at a cost of $10.00. The box lunch will be delivered at the end of the first part of the workshop. Also for teachers, who might need overnight lodging, a special workshop lodging rate is available through Oglebay Park for West Virginia Residents by calling 1-800-624-6988. Be sure also to mention SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO WORKSHOP WEST VIRGINIA OR SURROUNDING AREA RESIDENT. 

Inside the Every Student Succeeds Act

everystudentWant to understand the new Every Student Succeeds Act? Our Literacy Advocacy Committee has a great document highlighting what you need to know. Click here to access that document (under “News and Updates”) and more from the Literacy Advocacy Committee.