Central Indiana Literacy Council

A local council of the Indiana State Literacy Association

Hello, Central Indiana Educators!

Central Indiana Literacy Council membership includes membership to Indiana State Literacy Association, Indiana's International Literacy Association affiliate.


  • Network with literacy-minded professionals at Council events
  • Stay on top of publishing trends in children's and young adult literature
  • Enhance your resume by aligning yourself with the International Literacy Association
  • Earn professional growth points
  • Enjoy a discounted rate to the Indiana State Literacy Association 2021 Conference

Our Leadership Team

  • Heidi Brinkman, Carmel Clay Schools
  • Melissa Wright, Westfield Washington Schools
  • Emily Cespedes, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
  • Mayce Hopkins, Westfield Washington Schools
  • Kristin Patrick, Noblesville Schools
  • Beth Anderson, Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Our Mission

To initiate and support just, equitable, and sustainable policies and practices that advance literacy in the state of Indiana

2021-2022 Program Calendar

Dates and times are subject to change. Bookmark this web page.

Classroom Library + Independent Reading = MAGIC

Saturday, Jan. 29th, 9-10:30am

This is an online event.

Join teacher Colby Sharp on a tour of his classroom library in this interactive workshop. Sharp will discuss how the classroom library supports independent reading and share valuable tips for how to take independent reading and the classroom library to the next level!


This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.

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Central Indiana Educator Shopping Event

Barnes & Noble River Crossing

Spring 2022

Date and time to be determined

Do you have an idea for a CILC program?

We always welcome program proposals! You choose the date, time, and format. Pitch an idea to Emily Cespedes at ecespedes@hse.k12.in.us
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Write for Indiana Literacy Journal

Indiana State Literacy Association is relaunching the Indiana Literacy Journal this fall with some new content. One specific area is Voices from the Region. They are specifically interested in submissions from practitioners who can share tips and ideas about what is working in their context, why they are engaging in these ideas, and how others could do this, too. Their goal is to hear from a range of practitioners in and around the state who are interested in literacy.


Here is the call for proposals and the Voices from the Region is 750-1500 words.

Deadline is October 1st.

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Past events

Virtual Exchange on Collection Development

Wednesday, Sep. 8th 2021 at 4:30pm

This is an online event.


The Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE), the ILF Youth Services Division, and the Indiana State Literacy Association are hosting a virtual exchange on Sept. 8 to address the burgeoning issue of collection development and challenge policies. It is at 4:30 p.m. ET.


In addition to sharing examples of policies, the exchange will also invite a dialogue on the issue. Those who have been through the process will also share their experiences.



You can also register here.

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Indiana State Literacy Association 2021 Conference

Thursday, Sep. 16th 2021 at 6pm to Saturday, Sep. 18th 2021 at 1:45pm

This is an online event.

Conference schedule

Registration link


  • $20 for CILC/ISLA members -- Enter your email address as a promotional code
  • $35 for non-members
  • $20 for undergraduate and graduate students

Central Indiana Literacy Council Meetup

Saturday, Sep. 18th 2021 at 3-5pm

8594 East 116th Street

Fishers, IN

Let's meet up on the new Parks Place Pub Outdoor Patio to talk about our new learning from the conference and to make new connections. Look for the table with the copy of Starfish by Lisa Fipps on display!
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Hooking Readers

Tuesday, Oct. 5th 2021 at 7pm

This is an online event.

With Stephanie Dale

Learn Stephanie's secrets to hooking her most non-eager readers.


Program Zoom link

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Hooking Readers

Meet Indiana Authors Maurice Broaddus & John David Anderson

Thursday, Oct. 28th 2021 at 7:30pm

This is an online event.


Join the Indiana State Literacy Association and the Indiana Authors Awards on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28th at 7:30pm EST/6:30pm CST for a free virtual event to meet Indiana Middle Grade and YA authors Maurice Broaddus & John David Anderson. Maurice and John David will be sharing their insight on writing for and working with Middle Grade and YA audiences as well as offering some classroom reading/writing strategies for working with this age group. Please register for FREE to receive access to the zoom link for the event!


Registration link

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Keep, Store, Donate, or Trash: Cleaning Up Your Classroom Library

Sunday, Nov. 7th 2021 at 7pm

This is an online event.

With Kristin Patrick

For the past decade, much attention has been given to the acquisition of relevant and culturally responsive classroom library materials. These materials can't shine, however, if they are buried under outdated books and torn magazines. Kristin, a huge reader and a former school librarian who has weeded dozens of classroom libraries, will walk you through her methods for deciding what to keep, what to store, what to donate, and what to trash!


Program slides

Cleaning Up Your K-5 Classroom Library Guide by Kris Patrick & Steph Dale

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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An evening with Indiana Poet Laureate Matthew Graham

Tuesday, Nov. 9th 2021 at 7pm

This is an online event.

During his 35 years in southern Indiana, Matthew Graham has been a respected and recognized writer, teacher, and advocate for poetry and the arts. Having recently retired from the University of Southern Indiana (USI), he has taught all levels of creative writing, contemporary literature, and worked with multicultural and international students in freshman composition. Among other community service Graham has worked with diverse writing groups such as high school students and community writing groups.


Matthew Graham is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Geography of Home (Galileo Press, 2018). His work has earned numerous national, regional and local honors and awards, including a Pushcart Prize, an Academy of American Poets Award, two grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.


While at USI, Matthew co-founded and co-directed (with Thomas Wilhelmus) The Ropewalk Writers' Retreat, a summer program that brought national and international writers to New Harmony, Indiana for 22 years, and the Ropewalk Visiting Writers Series, which brought prominent fiction and non-fiction writers and poets to the USI campus for free public readings. The list of participating writers includes the present U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.

Come and meet Matthew Graham and hear him read some poems, discuss writing ideas, and talk about writing problems and solutions for teachers.


Registration link

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Write Now + Write On with Dr. Rebecca Harper

Tuesday, Nov. 30th 2021 at 7pm

This is an online event.

From social media to school success—take student writing to the next level!


Dr. Rebecca G. Harper is an associate professor of language and literacy at Augusta University and the Director of the Augusta University Writing Project. She is the author of two content literacy books and has served as an invited keynote and featured speaker at literacy conferences across the country. Her research interests include disciplinary literacy, culturally responsive pedagogy, and writing instruction.


Order her book directly from Corwin or through Amazon.


Zoom link

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Mock Caldecott Workshop 2022

Saturday, Jan. 15th, 9-11am

This is an online event.

Considering the recent surge in COVID cases, we are moving to an online format for our annual Mock Caldecott Workshop. Susan Dailey, our workshop facilitator, will share books that have been named as 2022 Caldecott contenders via Zoom.


RSVP-ing for this program on our webpage is highly encouraged but not required. Start time is 9:00 am ET.


Zoom link: https://iu.zoom.us/j/83464583098

Download and print this consideration list for notetaking.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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