Indiana State Literacy Association

November 2018 eNewsletter

Dear Membership,

It is an honor to serve as President of the Indiana State Literacy Association for the 2018-2019 school year. I appreciate everyone's patience during this period of transition. We thank Nancy Hankee for her years of service as Executive Director. For years Nancy dedicated much time and energy to make ISLA into the amazing organization that it is today. We wish her well in retirement!

Looking forward, here are my big goals through September 2019.

  • Increase the number of members through digital communication tools and website enhancement
  • Organize an annual conference experience that will a. grow Indiana educators with their literacy practice and b. celebrate the work of Indiana literacy leaders
  • Engage educators of color through intentional partnerships and personal invitations
  • Establish a Board that represents the diversity of our learners across suburban, urban, and rural communities and within the northern, central, southern regions of our state
  • Identify ways to collaborate with Indiana Council Teachers of English and Indiana Teachers of Writing to connect more Indiana educators with professional organizations

I look forward to connecting with as many ISLA members as possible this school year. I welcome emails, phone calls, text messages, and notes through social media. I love learning with learners of all ages, from babies to our most experienced teacher leaders!

Kristin Patrick


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2018-2019 Membership Deadline

Please submit membership lists to Membership Chairperson, Stephanie Lueckenhoff, at by Friday, December 7. Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets format preferred.

Mail checks to her attention at 4501 Thorngate Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46835.

ISLA Leadership Workshop

Everyone is welcome to learn with Avery Bredice, our ILA Chapter & Regional Services Associate.

Saturday, December 8, 8am - 1pm

Noblesville Schools Educational Services Center

18025 River Road, Noblesville, 46062


  • Understanding the relationship between ILA and the Indiana State Literacy Association
  • Growing ISLA Local Council Membership
  • Outlining ISLA Board roles and responsibilities
  • Promoting the 2019 ISLA Annual Conference

Coffee and light breakfast treats will be served at 7am. The workshop will begin at 8am. Please RSVP with this link so that we can plan for breakfast food and workshop materials.

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.

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

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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!

Do you love to organize stuff?

Indiana State Literacy Association is looking for a Treasurer to start in January 2019. Many thanks to Fran and Mark Hewett for their years of service. No experience required.

Please contact Kristin Patrick at if interested.

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.

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.

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Many thanks to Kim Bereman-Hinz and Barbara Boggs for their service as ISLA Co-Presidents from 2016-2018!

Indiana State Literacy Association

2018-2019 Executive Board

Kristin Patrick, President

Rachel Armstrong, Vice President

Chris Hamblen, Secretary

Natalie Nelson Brewer, Member-at-Large

Julie McCoy, Member-at-Large

Sharon Pratt, Member-at-Large

Holly Wright, Member-at-Large