Minnesota Reading Association

Building Lifelong Literacy In All Citizens

The Minnesota Reading Association is a dynamic and diverse organization that includes classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, college teachers, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists, students, and parents. The Association has more than 500 members in Minnesota and is affiliated with the International Literacy Association.

We support the goals of the International Literacy Association in professional development, advocacy, partnerships, research, and leadership in global issues.

Upcoming events

2016 Summer Book Club

Attention Minnesota Teacher Educators, Administrators, PreK-12 Teachers & Literacy Leaders

Please join Minnesota literacy leaders and teacher educators in the 4th annual Statewide Professional Book Club this summer as we read and discuss the works of
Dr. Steven Graham!

Regional Book Club participation and materials are FREE and meet twice during the summer months. Participants then have the option to join colleagues from across Minnesota at the Distinguished Scholars Symposium. This anticipated event is an opportunity to learn from author and researcher Dr. Steve Graham at the Minnesota Department of Education on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 9:00 AM 3:00 PM. Participants are welcome to attend the book club or symposium or BOTH!

Minnesota Regional Book Club Facilitators are being identified and are inviting their higher education colleagues, PreK-12 teachers, administrators, and literacy leaders within their specific geographical area to be part of the summer study of Dr. Steve Graham’s comprehensive panel reports on how writing helps improve students’ reading.

If you would like to participate as a regional facilitator or want to be matched up with a regional book club, please contact Debra Peterson at peter328@umn.edu or contact the facilitator of the posted book club meetings. If you need a copy of the resource, please stop and pick up your free booklet at the MN Center for Reading Research (175 Peik Hall, 159 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, http://campusmaps.umn.edu/

To register for the Distinguished Scholars Symposium visit http://mra.onefireplace.org/

Registration fee for the Friday, September 30, 2016 symposium with Dr. Steve Graham is $75.00

Steve Graham is the Warner Professor in the Division of Leadership and Innovation in Teachers College at Arizona State University. For over 30 years he has studied how writing develops, how to teach it effectively, and how writing can be used to support reading and learning. In recent years, he has been involved in the development and testing of digital tools for supporting writing and reading through a series of grants from the Institute of Educational Sciences and the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education. His research involves typically developing writers and students with special needs in both elementary and secondary schools, with much of this occurring in classrooms in urban schools. For full biography and research interests, please visit https://education.asu.edu/faculty/steve-graham

This event is sponsored by the Higher Education Literacy Partnership (HELP): Minnesota Center for Reading Research, Minnesota Academy of Reading, Minnesota Reading Association, Minnesota Department of Education, the International Dyslexia Association/Upper Midwest Branch (IDA-UMB), the Dean’s Office of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, and The June Stern Family Foundation. A special thank you to The June Stern Family Foundation whose financial contribution and vision make this event possible.

Job Opening

As part of our mission, we offer updates on job openings whenever they come to us.  Check out a recently posted position for a literacy specialist here.

Leaders in Reading Network (LiRN)

2016-2017

“Targeting Proficiency: Unpacking the Complexities of

21st Century Literacies”


  • Friday, October 14- Guiding Question: “What do we mean by proficiency?”
  • Keynote Presenter: Cory Stai, MDE Reading Specialist
  • February TBD- Guiding Question: “How do we identify proficient performance?”
  • Thursday, April 20- Guiding Question: “How do we foster proficiency for each student?”
  • Keynote Presenter: Dr. Jeff Zwiers
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