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Transition Meeting Held in Searcy

The ARA Board met May 21 on the campus of Harding University for the annual Transition Meeting. Current board members and committee chairs discussed issues and ideas and met with their incoming counterparts and presented plans for the upcoming 44th Annual Literacy Conference scheduled for November 17-18.

New officers and board members will assume their official duties on July 1.

Incoming president Dorothy Pollett announced the theme for this year: ARA - The Cornerstone of Literacy in Arkansas. 

Pictured l-r: Krista Underwood (Coordinator), 
Melisa Rutherford ( 2015-16 President), 
Dorothy Pollett (Incoming President), 
and Jeanne Trawick (Incoming Coordinator). 


2015-16 Arkansas Children's Book Award Winners

Note:  All winners are invited to the Arkansas Children's Book Awards Celebration which will be held November 17 in conjunction with Arkansas Reading Association's Literacy Conference. We will keep you updated on who may be joining us! 


Registration Now Open for 44th Annual Literacy Conference
For those teachers who may have end-of-year funds available, registration is now available.  
Visit and go to the Conference Registration tab or click on the box to the right
to access the online registration form.

A printable registration form can be found by clicking here.


ARA Council Leadership Institute (CLI) Scheduled for July
ARA leaders are currently planning Council Leadership Institute (CLI), scheduled for July 15-16.  Council presidents should RSVP by June 20 with members who plan to attend the institute, which will be held at Harding University's Heritage Inn. During this meeting, ARA officers and board members work with local councils to plan a successful upcoming year.


Congratulations to the Following Councils 

(and number of years achieved)

Grant County Reading Council 

North Central Arkansas Reading Council

Northwest Arkansas Reading Council

Ozark Reading Council

Tri-Lakes Reading Council   

 Arkansas River Valley Reading Council - 7

Jefferson County Reading Council - 22

SEARK Reading Council - 23

Three Rivers Reading Council - 23

North Central Arkansas Reading Council - 31




North Central Arkansas Receives International Award 

North Central Arkansas Reading Council was recently notified that they are the winner of International Literacy Association's Community Service Award. Congratulations to Angie Betacourt, NCARC president, and her council members!   


ILA Awards and Grants Available on Website

Summer is a great time to start organizing for an ILA award or grant application! Visit ILA's Awards and Grants Page, which includes grants for travel, literacy projects, recognition grants, and various publication awards (including dissertation awards).  




Featured Conference Speakers Released

Julie Reardon, ARA's Event coordinator, has announced featured speakers for this year's 44th Annual Literacy Conference.  Speaker promos are 
occurring weekly in a featured email.  


Conference Exhibitors Needed for Fall Conference

Caroline Schenk, Conference Exhibit Chair, is asking for your help in identifying potential exhibitors for the ARA Literacy Conference. 
Please contact her ( or click here for more information and booth cost.  


Win a Conference Registration

Go to the ARA Facebook Page and click "Like."  When the total "likes" hit 1000, ARA will draw one Facebook friend's name who will receive a free conference registration!

How can you help us reach that 1000?  Share the news with Facebook friends and peers. We are nearly half-way there, with over 400 likes!


Other Literacy Endeavors Across the State

The 23rd Annual Mary E. Benjamin Conference on Educational Access will be hosted April 20 on the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff campus.  
This year's theme is Literacy Across Stem Areas.   Click here for more information.


University of Central Arkansas      Phone: 501-852-5151


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