TALE Member News

Spring/Summer 2022

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In This Issue

  • TALE Conference Updates (survey)
  • News and Updates
  • Committee Updates
  • Message from our Chair Dr. Childs

TALE Conference Updates

Our members truly enjoyed the conference. Here are a few photo reflections.

We would love to get your feedback on this conference to help prepare for next years conference.

We look forward to seeing you all next conference!

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TALE Virtual PD Series Dr. Rebecca G. Harper

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Did you present at TALE 2022?

We would love for you to submit an article to be in our annual TALE Yearbook!

Deadline for consideration in the 2022 Yearbook is May 30, 2022

Interested in serving as a reviewer for the 2022 Yearbook? Email: tale.yearbook@texasreaders.org

Artfully Teaching the Science of Reading Is Available!

DID YOU KNOW: Dr. Chase Young, a prof in the School of Teaching & Learning at Sam Houston State University & the director of the Education Doctorate in Literacy, presented at TALE Conference 2022? He worked w/ Dr. Tim Rasinski and Dr. David Paige.

His book is now available.

Look for 2022 Board Election Information Coming Soon!



  • We will have a booth at the San Antonio Book Festival
  • We have updated our webpage to include a digital library,

if you have something you would like to contribute, please send it our way. Check out our page at http://www.texasreaders.org/advocacy-development.htm
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Community Involvement

Mission Statement: To organize and support projects that create and sustain partnerships with individuals, professionals, and organizations who are interested in promoting activities that support literacy advancement in Texas.

More information to come.

Educator Empowerment

Committee Mission: Our goal is to empower TALE members in ways that develop voice, ownership, and leadership of their professional literacy landscape.

More information to come.

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

Hello TALE Friends!

Let me start off by saying what a GREAT first conference “back” in-person in Plano on March 4-5th, 2022. Thank you to our Conference Coordinators, partnering universities, sponsors, vendors, the TALE Board, and all who attended and supported the conference—despite the uncertainty of the pandemic still looming at the time. What was your favorite moment? Mine was getting to see, talk with, and serve you all—despite being REALLY busy. We appreciate your support in helping to make our 10th (#TALETurnsTEN) Annual Conference a success, and are SO excited about next year’s conference at the University of Houston-Clearlake in the Houston area.

As my tenure as Chair of the Board is coming to a close, I’d like to let you know of some exciting things that we have done as an organization over the past two years—despite the challenges that the pandemic has brought:

  • TALE Virtual PD: We have had EIGHT virtual professional development events since 2020 (Thanks to Past-Chair Dr. Alida Hudson for getting the ball rolling on these events, after the cancellation of the 2021 Annual Conference)
  • Establishment of the TAIR Emergent Literacy Leaders Program/Grant where applicants are selected to continue to spread the mission of TALE, provided mentorship, and encouraged to get involved at a deeper level.
  • There has been a GROWTH in membership, despite the hard times we are strengthening the reach of the organization.
  • Establishment of the Jack Cassidy Memorial Scholarship for graduate students (Thanks to the scholarship committee and Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia)
  • A successful 10th year celebration/Annual conference #TALE2022
  • TWO new Local Councils/Special Interest committees (GHALE in the Houston area, and R.E.A.D@TALE)
  • Continued wins and service from the TALE Advocacy Committee (7th Year of winning the ILA Advocacy Award)

It has not been easy with the stress and changes that have occurred over the past two years. We know that we still have work to do. While meeting with the TALE Board in person (in March) we came up with the following goals to continue to thrive and be relevant in our state.

Thank you for letting me serve as your Chair for the 2021-2022 school year. I promise, I will continue my part to move us onward and upward.


Dr. Kamshia Childs

TALE Board Chair, 2021-2022

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce

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