Indiana State Literacy Association

December 2018 eNewsletter


We are hopeful that you will share this eNewsletter with colleagues to share our mission with Indiana educators.

"To promote and support reading and writing in Indiana by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction through effective teaching practice."

The Indiana State Literacy Association Board wishes everyone a fun and restful holiday season!

Kristin Patrick

ISLA Chair of the Board

ISLA Remind group!

Do you prefer receiving ISLA reminders on your phone? Join the ISLA Remind group! Download the app and use the code @instatelit to start receiving text message updates.

No smartphone? Text the message @instatelit to the number 81010.

Literacy Framework

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019

Time: 10am - 12pm

Location: Indiana University Kokomo, School of Education, 2300 South Washington Street

Learn about the new Literacy Framework as developed by Indiana educators with the leadership of the Indiana Department of Education.

This event is open to all ISLA members.

Register here.

Children's Right to Read

ILA crafted the Children's Rights to Read to spread awareness of and advocate for children's fundamental right to read.

Download the Children's Rights to Read in eight languages.

The official hashtag for social media is #RightsToRead.

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Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017

Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017 (Standards 2017) sets forth the criteria for developing and evaluating preparation programs for literacy professionals. Developed by literacy experts across the United States, Standards 2017 focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effective educational practice in a specific role and highlights contemporary research and evidence-based practices in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership. The updated standards address the need for a broader definition of literacy beyond reading to include writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and visually representing in both print and digital realms.

To purchase a copy of Standards 2017, click here.

To access the Standards 2017 tool kit, click here.

Write for the Indiana Literacy Journal

The Indiana Literacy Journal is interested in hearing from Indiana literacy educators! Did you attend an interesting session at the 2018 Indiana Literacy Association conference and have tried out what you learned in your classroom? If so, consider telling others about it! We also welcome articles from students and/or faculty at Indiana universities who are engaged in literacy practices and/or research.

Details on submissions can be located here: . All manuscripts should be submitted to Sharon Daley ( by January 15, 2019.

Save the Date!

Indiana State Literacy Association Annual Conference

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Location: Noblesville High School

Keynote speaker: Sara K. Ahmed

Session proposals are due Friday, February 1, 2019.

Invitation for Sponsorship

Invitation to host a Book Study

ISLA is encouraging its local councils and all Indiana schools to host a book study with Being the Change: Lessons to Teach Social Comprehension by Sara K. Ahmed.

Format is open! Here are a few ideas.

  • Meet at a coffee shop or at a restaurant that serves Indiana produced beer or wine!
  • Designate a bulletin board in a staff lounge for readers to post new learning and reflections.
  • Organize a Twitter slow chat. Post a new discussion prompt each morning over a series of days. Participants can respond to each prompt at a time of their convenience.
  • Start a Goodreads community group.
  • Host a Google Hangout. Advertise a specific time and date for participants to join.
Being the Change Book Studies

Share how you plan to share the book Being the Change within your community of practice!

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Indiana State Literacy Association

2018-2019 Executive Board

Kristin Patrick, Chair of the Board

Rachel Armstrong, Vice Chair of the Board

Jeremy Leazeby-Bruce, Treasurer

Stephanie Lueckenhoff, Membership

Chris Hamblen, Secretary

Natalie Nelson Brewer, Member-at-Large

Fran Hewett, Member-at-Large

Julie McCoy, Member-at-Large

Sharon Pratt, Member-at-Large

Holly Wright, Member-at-Large

Elise Chang, ILA Coordinator

Friends of the Indiana State Literacy Association

Collaborate Lead Coach

Winter Gathering

Saturday, January 26, 9am

Noblesville Educational Services Center


Indiana Council of Teachers of English

ICTE 2019 Conference

Saturday, March 16, 9am - 3pm

Park Tudor High School


The Lead Learners

Summer Institute

Thursday, June 21 & Friday, June 22

Warsaw Community High School