Central Indiana Council

Indiana State Literacy Association

Hello, Central Indiana Educators!

Please consider joining ISLA: Central Indiana Council for the 2018-2019 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
  • Enjoy free or discounted access to Indiana State Literacy Association events
  • Earn professional growth points
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2018 - 2019 Calendar

Please find below our 2018 - 2019 calendar of events.

Dates and times subject to change. Bookmark this web page.

Be An Amazing Writing Teacher!

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 10am

Location: Higher Grounds at Geist Christian Church

12756 Promise Road, Fishers, 46038

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


RSVP here.

Books & Breakfast Treats

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 9am
Location: Barnes & Noble Noblesville
17090 Mercantile Boulevard, 46060

Our B&N 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 ISLA: Central Indiana Council annual tradition.

RSVP here.

Literacy Frameworks

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019

Time: 10 am - 12pm

Location: IU Kokomo

Learn about the new Literacy Frameworks as developed by Indiana educators with the leadership of the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Literacy team.

This is an Indiana State Literacy Association event and is open to all ISLA members across Indiana.

RSVP here.

Mock Caldecott Workshop


Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Time: 9am

Location: Noble Crossing Elementary

5670 Noble Crossing Pkwy, Noblesville, 46062

Read and evaluate the best picture books of 2018.

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.

Make Time for Grownup Books

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Rockstone Pizzeria & Pub

11501 Allisonville Road, Fishers, 46038

HCRC Past Presidents Kristin Patrick and Sue Marley will book talk their favorite -- and not-so-favorite -- titles for grownups that have a 2018 publication date. There will be $3 appetizers and 1/2 price bottles of wine.

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RSVP here.

Ben Clanton Author Talk

Date: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Time: 6pm

Location: Barnes & Noble Noblesville on SR 37

17090 Mercantile Boulevard, Noblesville, 46060

Meet Ben Clanton! Have him autograph your books! Buy some for your school or classroom library! A portion of all sales will go back to support ISLA: Central Indiana Council programming. Be sure to mention our group at the register. Friends and kids welcome at this event.

RSVP here.

Picture Book Tasting

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018

Time: 9am

Location: Fall Creek Elementary

12131 Olio Road, Fishers, 46037

Enjoy picture book new releases and revisit picture book favorites in Mrs. Ashley Lansdell's beautiful Kindergarten classroom. Enjoy coffee and some sweet treats!

RSVP here.

Please join us!

Membership dues are $10.

Deadline to join is October 1, 2019.

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

We are sorry that we are no longer able to finance complimentary memberships for building representatives.

ISLA: Central Indiana Council President, Tori Geiger

ISLA: Central Indiana Council Vice President, Jessica Kuznarsky

ISLA: Central Indiana Council Treasure, Heidi Brinkman

ISLA: Central Indiana Council Board Adviser, Kristin Patrick

We would love to grow our Board! Get in touch to learn about leadership opportunities.

Submit membership form within this webpage or open a new tab or window with link to membership form.

Share why you choose to join

Educators choose to join our Council for a number of reasons. Share why you choose to join on this padlet.

Indiana State Literacy Association Annual Conference

Date: Saturday, September 15th
Time: 8am - 1:30pm
Location: Purdue Fort Wayne School of Education

The keynote speaker will be Pernille Ripp.

Presentations by Ruth Ayres, Clare Landrigan & Tammy Mulligan, and Kim Strobel.

Conference details here

Discounted rate for ISLA: Central Indiana Council Members.

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Indiana State Literacy Association Annual Conference

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Location: Noblesville High School

Opening Session: Sara K. Ahmed

Featured Presenter: Vera Corbett Ahiyya, The Tutu Teacher

Registration link

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Announcements from friends of ISLA: Central Indiana Council

Indiana Teachers of Writing

Indiana Teachers of Writing will host their Fall 2018 Conference at Zionsville Middle Schools on Saturday, September 22.

Details here

Indiana Council of Teachers of English

Indiana Council of Teachers of English will host their annual conference in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The theme is Revitalize Your Teaching, Revitalize Yourself.

Details here