Reading Organization

Texas Association for Literacy Education

Mission

The mission of the Texas Association for Literacy Education is to promote literacy that will
enhance the lives of all Texas citizens personally, socially and economically.

Cost to Join

  • One year membership: $5.00
  • Membership is effective through December 31st of each year.
  • No special price for student members.

Conferences

There is a 2016 Literacy Summit in San Antonio, TX, February 12th and 13th, which costs $150 to pre-register, $175 for regular registration, and you can contact them for a student discount for undergraduates.


They do have another TALE conference every year but pricing is not found online and neither is the date/location.

Leadership Opportunities

Currently they have no listed vacancies of leadership positions but have multiple committees:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Advocacy Development
  • Community Involvement
  • Educator Empowerment
  • Membership Development
  • Communication

Member Benefits

Being a member gives you access to conferences, newsletters, websites and journals.

It is also a recognized affiliate organization of the ILA (International Literacy Association).

In summary, the TALE seems like a good organization. The biggest thing it has going for it is that the cost is so very low compared to many professional educator associations. It also seems like a pretty small organization so if you're looking to be a part of one that you can really help with, this one's for you. Although, if you're looking for a large organization with very professional journals and newsletters that give only you and other members access to their research/articles, you may look for a different organization. I would definitely consider joining, especially if I am a reading teacher and live close to San Antonio or Austin where they have most of their conferences/events.