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.
A Note from the ARA President
As president of the Arkansas Reading Association, I would like to thank you for being a part of this dynamic organization. If you are not a member yet, I would like to invite you to join us today! The Arkansas Reading Association is a diverse organization that includes individuals, institutions, and councils dedicated to promoting reading and developing literacy.
The International Literacy Association has reported that there are 781 million people worldwide who cannot read or write. 126 million of those are youth. Just think of the life-long implications, the closed doors of opportunity—and the ripple effect on families and communities when so many individuals lack this essential skill!
Each student that enters our classroom is like a seed. Our desire is to help those students to grow and reach their fullest potential. Every gardener knows that a plant is only as healthy as its roots. Every teacher knows that students who can’t read struggle in many other subject areas as a result. With that being said, I have selected the theme for our November conference: “Arkansas Reading Association, Rooted in Literacy”. The needs of students are constantly evolving. To meet those needs, our instructional approaches must also constantly evolve. I hope you will join us for a wonderful time of collaboration and leading-edge professional development from recognized leaders in the field of literacy.
In addition to our annual conference, there are many ways to get involved with the Arkansas Reading Association. Become a member of your local council, and you will make a difference in your community by promoting literacy and encouraging your students to become lifelong learners. Influence literacy at the state level by voicing your ideas about the training you need and volunteering to serve. By joining our affiliate organization, the International Literacy Association, you can help the spread of literacy to every corner of the globe.
To stay informed keep checking arareading.org for information about our book clubs and the upcoming conference. We will also be planning an online professional development session in the very near future. Stay tuned for updates!The Arkansas Reading Association is Rooted in Literacy, and we are looking forward to celebrating 45 years of promoting literacy in Arkansas.
Kaila Murphy, President