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THE MISSION OF THE ARKANSAS READING ASSOCIATION:     The Arkansas Reading Association, an affiliate of the International Literacy Association, is a professional organization of individuals, institutions, and councils dedicated to promoting reading and developing literacy.
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Recognize Those Who Exhibit Leadership Qualities and Promote Literacy

The Arkansas Reading Association can help you recognize individuals that shine as Literacy Leaders.  Help ARA let these individuals know that we appreciate and recognize their efforts to promote literacy by presenting them

 the ARA Literacy Leader pin.  Each recipient will receive an email explaining that YOU have recognized his/her efforts.

They will be able to pick up their Literacy Leader pin and certificate at the 2015 ARA Literacy Conference,  In addition their name will be displayed with the many other literacy leaders at our conference.

The best part about this recognition is it only costs $5 and the proceeds will go ARA literacy projects, grants and scholarships.  

Recognize your  Literacy Leaders today.

Meet and Greet the ARA Officers and Board

A Note from the ARA President

As President of the Arkansas Reading Association for the 2016-17 school year, I feel this is a pivotal year. On the national front, it is an election year, new educational programs such as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will be unveiled, dyslexia training will continue to be an integral part in understanding struggling readers, and our own ILA is giving us the option of remaining under their umbrella of a nonprofit organization. 

But what does that mean for us here in Arkansas? Education is constantly changing and evolving as each new generation of students begins their public education. Arkansas Reading Association should be the resource for information pertaining to literacy. For this reason, “ARA, The Cornerstone of Literacy” is my theme for 2016-17. 

As an ARA member, you can use your collective voice to help us to raise literacy awareness and overcome the challenges we face.  Please join us in becoming part of this foundation for literacy issues in Arkansas. 

Sincerely, 

Dorothy Pollett, President



Suzanne Wilson Named ARA Administrator in Reading

Suzanne Wilson, Assistant Superintendent for  Greenwood School District, is this year's recipient of ARA's Administrator in Reading Award. A former teacher and principal, she oversees the Reading Recovery, Reading Therapy, and RTI programs. She provides her staff with numerous PD opportunities, training, and educational advancements needed to support them.  She advocates a balance of individual reading time for enjoyment and good foundational programs of instruction. Last year she implement GSPIRE, an after-school program she designed, that provides personalized reading and math interventions to students in grades K-12. This program has shown promising results for over 100 students who are involved in it. According to those who work with her, “She has the innate ability to bring people together around a common goal. She is a leader and a team builder.”


2016-17 Celebrate Literacy Winners 

EDUCATOR -  Vicki King

Vicki works for ADE’s Division of Learning Services. She has held a vast array of experiences in education including classroom teaching, private practice therapist, educational trainer, resource teacher, and reading therapy training course instructor. A member of the International Dyslexia Society and a certified dyslexia trainer, she used her knowledge to help write dyslexia legislation for Arkansas. She is a member of numerous educational groups and is active in ARA and her local reading council. 

AGENCY - Kindersongs

Brian and Terri Kinder perform “rollicking goodtime concerts for kids.” This duo uses original songs to communicate their message of joy and the importance of reading. They have released original songs on 11 audio CDs and have performed thousands of concerts in schools, libraries, churches, festivals, and concert halls.  They have donated CDs to churches and libraries, have given a “free library” to the East End community, and they often perform workshops for free. 

COMMUNITY LEADER - Judy Calhoun

Director of the Southeast Arkansas Public Library, Judy Calhoun started at Star City Branch Library where she developed and maintained reading programs for children and adults. She is a former president of the Arkansas Library Association and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2015. She is a charter member of the reading committee for the Arkansas Teen Book Award. She has attended and presented at numerous workshops and conferences at the state and national level.  




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