Minnesota Reading Association

Minnesota Academy of Reading 

Officers

Co-Presidents

Wendy Richards
Lisa Krall

Secretary
Joan Sax-Bendix

Treasurer

Roberta Douglas Gale


Legislative Liaison
Eva Boehm

MACTE Liaison
Rod Winters

Membership
Joan Sax-Bendix

MDE Liaison
Cory Stai


Past Presidents

Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr
Debra S. Peterson

Christopher W. Johnson
Catherine Kelly
Karen Moroz
Debra Peterson
Amy Smith
Terri Christenson
Carolyn Gwinn

Past Secretary
Pamela Solvie

Upcoming Events

The Minnesota Academy of Reading is inviting you to participate in planning for the future of our literacy events in Minnesota.

We plan to discuss distance learning strategies during our meeting, too.

When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10AM-noon

Where: Virtually through Zoom (please register for the event and a Zoom link will be sent to you by August 10, 2020)

For any questions, please contact Lisa Krall at lisa.krall@bemidjistate.edu


Past Event Highlights

Minnesota Dyslexia Legislation:

What does it mean for us?

Please click on the presentation links below to view the MAR Symposium from January 31, 2020.

MAR Symposium Jan 31, 2020- Distinguished Honoree: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/9584e712e27b7349d2115030c66b9a7f

MAR Symposium Jan 31- Key Speaker Amy Schulting: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/8cdd6f155a5e2a2bd5d8555e3c1f2efb

MAR Book Talk recording: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/8575e67a1e4c762df26742f5eee338a7

What is the Minnesota Academy of Reading?

Background and Mission Statement

Approximately 20 years ago, the International Reading Association commissioned the Minnesota Academy of Reading (MAR) as a Special Interest Council, giving the organization this charge:

The purpose of this council shall be to (1) provide an opportunity for members to actively engage in the process of sharing and testing professional ideas; (2) engage in service functions of instruction, consultation, and evaluation.

Currently MAR serves as one of the local area councils supporting the Minnesota Reading Association.

The purpose of the Minnesota Academy of Reading is to bring various groups of reading stakeholders together to discuss and respond to reading practices/policies in Minnesota.

  • We provide opportunities for reading stakeholders to share, analyze, and evaluate reading policies and practices. We gather groups of reading stakeholders together to impact the licensure requirements for reading professionals in Minnesota. Rather than reacting to policies, this group desires to have a visionary role in the direction of future policies.
  • We provide opportunities for reading stakeholders to celebrate the work of their colleagues. Each spring, we host a banquet honoring a Minnesota reading professional who has made significant contributions to reading locally and nationally, including Barbara Taylor (2005), Michael Graves (2006), Jay Samuels (2007) and Alton Greenfield (2008), Maureen Prenn (2010), Deborah Dillon (2012), Gail Jordan (2014), and Rick Beach (2016),  and Cindy Whaley (2018).
Constituents
Our members are K-12 teachers and higher education professors, mostly the latter, with extensive research, teaching, and publication experience. However, this is an inclusive group, open to any interested reading professional.

Becoming a Member of the Minnesota Academy of Reading

To become a member of the Minnesota Academy of Reading, first join the Minnesota Reading Association and then identify MAR as your local council.  A printable membership form is also available.

For more information, contact:
Lisa Krall at lisakkrall@yahoo.com



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