Promoting Lifelong Literacy For All
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.
MRA Statement on George Floyd
At MRA, we are deeply committed to centering race, equity, and social justice work at the core of our mission. It is essential for all of us to be co-conspirators (Love, 2019) and name the deep-rooted and historical injustice of racism in our communities and schools. As we grapple with and grieve the murder of George Floyd, along with all of the people and families who have suffered from unnecessary, senseless, racist, and painful deaths, we find ourselves turning to literature and resources to process, learn, have courageous conversations, and take action against racism and injustice. We put together a list of resources for you to consider. Learn more about these resources and other updates from MRA.
After lengthy discussion with the Summer Literacy Institute planning committee and university leadership, we have decided to cancel the 2020 institute at this time. Although this decision was a difficult one to make, we believe we are doing the right thing given the situation right now.
In lieu of the Institute this year, we are hosting a brief online literacy workshop in mid-July. This workshop will be free and available as a resource to literacy educators to help you navigate the challenges during this unprecedented time. Please monitor the Hamline SLI webpage for details on the workshop, we will update the site once we have everything in place.
For those teachers who were hoping to earn credit for lane change by attending the SLI, we will be working to develop a one-credit digital literacy course that will roll out in mid-July. There are several other options for earning credits for lane change from Hamline.
We appreciate your support and patience as we worked through this process. We hope you can join us in July 2021.
Celebrate Literacy Young Authors
For more information, check out the 2020 Celebrate Literacy page.
Student Instruction COVID-19 Resources
MRA would like to recognize that this is a very difficult and uncertain time for educators, parents and students. We hope that some of these resources will support your distance literacy learning. Thank you for your creativity, perseverance and for connecting with your students and children during these surreal times.
In response to COVID-19, we've compiled a list of resources that support student instruction via distance learning. Check out the Student Instruction COVID-19 Resources page.