Central Indiana Council

Indiana State Literacy Association

Hello, Central Indiana Educators!

Please consider joining ISLA: Central Indiana Council for the 2019-2020 school year.

Note that the Hamilton County Reading Council is now ISLA: Central Indiana Council.


Our mission is to promote and support literacy in Indiana by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction through effective teaching practice.


Join ISLA: Central Indiana Council to...


  • Network with like-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

2019-2020 Calendar

Please find below our 2019-2020 calendar of events.

Dates and times subject to change. Bookmark this web page.
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Literacy Council Meetup 🍻

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 6-8pm

9402 Uptown Drive

Indianapolis, IN

Relax after a week of work with like-minded teachers of reading and writing at Books & Brews, 96th Street location.


Food provided!

Bring a book, take home a book.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Mock Caldecott Workshop

Saturday, Jan. 18th 2020 at 9am

5670 Noble Crossing Parkway

Noblesville, IN

Read and evaluate the best picture books of 2019.

Susan Dailey from the Wells County Public Library has been facilitating this workshop for over twenty years! See if you can predict the next Caldecott Medal Winner.


Here is John Schu and Colby Sharp predictions for the Caldecott.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Book Discussion: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

Sunday, Jan. 26th 2020 at 1pm

500 West Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN

We will meet outside the Cafe of the Eiteljorg Museum.


Please consider reading with us even if you can't make it to the 1/26 discussion.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Wordless Picture Books & Graphic Novels are for EVERYONE!

Wednesday, Feb. 19th 2020 at 4:30-5:30pm

12451 Brooks School Road

Fishers, IN

Second Grade Teacher & Public Librarian Stephanie Dale and English Language Collaborative Teacher Emily Cespedes will book talk their favorites wordless picture books and graphic novels and share how they use these books with ALL learners across ALL content areas.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Books & Breakfast Treats

Saturday, March 21st 2020 at 9am

17090 Mercantile Boulevard

Noblesville, IN

Our Barnes & Noble friends will book talk what's hot in their children's and young adult departments. Take advantage of your educator discount to buy gifts for you and others. Everyone loves this annual event!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Twitter Chat: Summer Reading

Monday, May 11th 2020 at 8-9pm

This is an online event.

#CentralIndianaReads

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Please join us!

Membership dues are $10.

Deadline to join is October 11, 2019.


Earn a PGP per hour of participation at Central Indiana Council events. Central Indiana Council membership includes membership to Indiana State Literacy Association.


Our Leadership Team!

  • Emily Cespedes, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
  • Heidi Brinkman, Carmel Clay Schools
  • Mayce Lewandowski, Westfield Washington Schools
  • Melissa Capin, Westfield Washington Schools
  • Kristin Patrick, Noblesville Schools


Here is link to membership form.

Indiana State Literacy Association 2020 Conference - Save the date!

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Central Indiana Literacy Council

Indiana State Literacy Association

Past Events

ILA 2019 Live

Friday, Oct. 11th, 8am to Sunday, Oct. 13th, 1pm

This is an online event.

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Be an Amazing Writing Teacher - NEW START TIME

Saturday, Oct. 5th, 9:30-11:30am

12756 Promise Road

Fishers, IN

Learn with Children's Author, National Presenter, and Third Grade Teacher Shannon Anderson.

shannonisteaching.com


Arrive at 9:30am to enjoy a delicious drink from Higher Grounds Coffee on the Council!

Shannon will begin at 10am.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.