TALE Member News

Spring 2023

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In This Issue

  • Conference Recap
  • News and Updates
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Committee Updates
  • Our Publications
  • Scholarships and Awards
  • Recent Meeting Minutes
  • Message from our Chair Dr. Garden

TALE 2023 Recap

We had an enriching time with colleagues and peers during TALE 2023! We hope you did as well. See some highlights in images below:

The Opening

The Cruiser

The Authors

General Sessions and Keynotes

The Fun and Comradery

News and Updates

Board Elections Coming Soon!

Do you have a desire to become more active in TALE? Consider joining our Board of Directors! We are currently accepting nominations for 4 elected positions on TALE’s Board of Directors. The voting process is entirely online and will take place in April. We will send an email containing a link to the electronic ballot to TALE members who have active membership status as of February 1, 2023. In order to ensure high levels of participation during the election, we encourage you to make sure that your TALE membership is current and that the email address we have on file is accurate.

From ILA

There's still time to nominate a colleague (or yourself!) for the International Literacy Association's (ILA) 2023 awards and grants program! This year's winners will join the ranks of past recipients including Linnea C. Ehri, Nell K. Duke, Yukie Toyama, John Z. Strong, and Timothy Rasinski. Who should we spotlight next?

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Professional Development Opportunities

National Writing Project Events Register for upcoming events by scanning the QR code.

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Summer Institute See flyer for registration info and QR code.

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Committee Reports


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Complete this form by March 15th to join us!

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Community Involvement

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Communications Development

Do you have an interest in social media?

Do you find yourself sharing all of the great things that TALE does with your coworkers and friends? Do you have mad Canva skills? Would you like to get more involved in our great organization? If so, the newly reorganized Communications Committee will be holding its first meeting in the upcoming weeks, and we need your help!

The TALE Communications Committee's goal is to promote communication among TALE membership through a variety of print, electronic, and social mediums. Our publications include the TALE Yearbook, The Texas Journal of Literacy Education, and the TALE Newsletter. We actively post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram platforms.

Anyone with an interest in TALE Communications is encouraged to join our committee. Please reach out to Dr. Jill Culmo, Communications Chair, at communications@texasreaders.org.

Educator Empowerment

The goal of the Educator Empowerment Committee is to empower TALE members in ways that develop voice, ownership, and leadership of their professional literacy landscape. See what we have going on below.

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Pamela Koutrakos is a middle school instructional coach. Her current book, Mentor Texts that Multitask: A less is more approach to integrated literacy instruction, k-8 shows how to streamline literacy instruction by using a single mentor text to teach reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, speaking and Listening.

If you would like to join one of our committees you can do so at http://www.texasreaders.org/.

Our Publications

To be considered, submissions must be based on the presentation given at the conference, fall within one of two categories (see Call for Submissions), be previously unpublished, and may not be currently under consideration with another publication. The 2023 Yearbook will be a peer-reviewed publication available online in Fall 2023 at: http://www.texasreaders.org/yearbooks.html

  • TALE Yearbook Follows the annual conference
  • A compilation of some of the presentations with an aim to widely share these advances in literacy research and practice with national and international audiences.

Are you interested in becoming a reviewer? Email us at tale.yearbook@texasreaders.org

2023 Yearbook Editorial Team:

  • Dr. Shelly Landreth
  • Dr. Amy Cummins
  • Dr. Chanelle Maynard
  • Dr. Mady Edgar

The Texas Journal of Literacy Education (TJLE) is TALE’s official peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

We value original research and insights from all voices and encourage you to submit your work. TJLE is committed to providing a forum for a variety of voices and viewpoints

We value original research and insights from all voices and encourage you to submit your work. TJLE is committed to providing a forum for a variety of voices and viewpoints.

We look forward to your submissions!


Your new editors from Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Reading

  • Kamshia Childs, EdD, Lead Editor
  • Laura Slay, PhD, Lead Editor
  • Tami Morton, PhD, Associate Editor
  • Juan Araujo, PhD, Associate Editor

Scholarships and Awards

Jack Cassidy Memorial Scholarship

The Jack Cassidy Memorial Scholarship was established by The Cassidy Family and TALE in 2021.

Dr. Cassidy was the founder of TALE and his footprints can be seen all over the literacy field. The 2023 scholarship awardees were recognized at the TALE Conference in Houston. Those awardees were Marilyn Keller Nicol, doctoral student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Lynn Marie Prinz, graduate student at Sam Houston State University. The deadline to apply for the 2024 scholarship is November 1, 2023. More information can be found on the TALE website.

2023 Award Winners

Lynn Marie Prinz

  • Masters Degree--Reading and Language Arts
  • Sam Houston State University

Marilyn Keller Nicol

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction--Literacy
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The Jack Cassidy Distinguished Service Award was first awarded in 2013. This award is presented to any in K-12 schools or at the University level who demonstrates exemplary service in the field of literacy.

The deadline to apply for the 2024 award is January 5, 2024. More information can be found on the TALE website.

Literacy in Leadership Award

Non-Classroom Leader- Librarian, Joan Lange - Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX

  • Publishes bi-monthly in Association of Independent School Libraries (AISL)
  • Co-Sponsor for school Literary Magazine
  • Hosts author writing workshop “History as Story”
  • Hosts Poetry Slam to showcase student writing
  • https://aislnews.org/author/joanl/

PK - 12 Educator Award - Katherine Rogge - Madden Elementary, Fort Bend ISD

  • Lab Classroom Leader
  • Supports EB students through literacy access
  • Developed and led district PD for first year teachers with a focus on literacy
  • New member of the Advocacy Committee
  • Follow her on twitter: @miss_rogge

TAIR Grants and Awards

CONGRATULATIONS 2022-23 TAIR Emerging Literacy Leaders Grant Recipients: William Roby and Nicole Sussman

*Coming in August 2023 GRANT APPLICATION $500 to Attend the 2024 TALE Conference*

We are seeking new members for our grant committee. If you would like to join our committee, please contact: Dr. Carol Revelle at carol.revelle@tamuc.edu.

Message from our Chair Dr. Garden


As chair of TALE, I have had the awesome opportunity to share our mission of enhancing the lives of Texas citizens. We have just finished another fantastic annual conference and our membership has grown from the 432 members when I started to now more than 500 members and counting.

One of my goals continues to be growth in our membership. I want to expand our reach to impact more people in the state. We are working diligently to make TALE a brand that you associate with promoting literacy education that will enhance the lives of all Texas citizens personally, socially, and economically. We are doing this by reaching out to educators both in the k-12 space and in higher education as well as librarians and others who share our love for literacy! We are growing our committee work so that when you join, you can also get right to work!

My charge to all TALE membership is to get involved, participate in our upcoming events, and share our vision with your networks!

Again, I am very excited to serve for the love of literacy!

Dr. Pearl

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