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Welcome!  We hope that you find this site informative and that you will return to it often to stay current with IRA and today's reading instruction.  We welcome your comments and questions.

– Mitzi Brammer                                  

MSC-IRA State Coordinator                 

2014 Missouri Early Learning Conference

Posted by on 17 August, 2014
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The 2014 Missouri Early Learning Conference will soon be here before you know it. The conference will be held at Tan-Tar-A Resort at Lake of the Ozarks on November 20-21. You won’t want to miss some of the great speakers including Greg Tang, Jennifer Jacobson, Vallerie Ellery, and Eric Litwin (aka Mr. Eric!), just to name a few. Click here for more information. We hope to see you there!



Chat with the Coordinator August 2014

Posted by on 16 August, 2014

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE…Please click on the tab for the newest edition of The Missouri Reader. This interactive journal is NOT “your grandma’s literacy journal!!” It is interactive; it is filled with useful articles that will appeal to a variety of educators; AND it is WORTH sharing with all of your colleagues! MSC-IRA encourages you to submit articles and pictures of useful, successful evidence-based practices that are happening in your classroom. Perhaps you are using technology in a unique way for literacy development with your students. Would you like to review a professional book? There are places for your name and your article then! When you click on The Missouri Reader tab, there are other tabs that provide information for article submission. MSC-IRA would like to thank Dr. Julie Bryant and Ms. (soon to be Doctor!) Jennifer Fox for their leadership and editorial expertise as the journal has gone through a remarkable and exciting transformation.

And now, a word about the 2015 International Reading Association Annual Conference being held in St. Louis, MO. MSC-IRA hopes that there will be high representation from our membership from across the state at this exciting conference. This is in our “own backyard,” so to speak, and we want to ensure that our home state is well represented. Volunteers will be needed. If you know that you will be able to volunteer, please reach out to our President, Diana Houlle at dianahoulle@gmail.com. We cannot, at this time, let you know whether you will be selected as a volunteer or in what capacity you will be working. It is still early in the planning process. We are just ensuring that we have a bank of names on which to call when the time comes.

Chat with the Coordinator – June 2014

Posted by on 20 November, 2013
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I hope you all are having an enjoyable summer. Many of us in the state of Missouri only finished school this past week! The snow this winter really took its toll on us, attendance-wise. However, it IS summer, and the “livin’ is EEEEEEEAASYYYY!” If you are like me, you have a stack of books that are just waiting to be read during the summer–just for fun. In fact, on the way down to the 2014 Summer Literacy-Leadership Institute at Lake of the Ozarks last week, my colleagues and I talked about reading from the list of “16 Books to Read Before The Movie.” If you haven’t seen this list, check it out. I’m sure there will be at least one book on the list you would enjoy:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/books-to-read-before-they-hit-theaters-this-year. If you were not able to send Local Council Leaders to the 2014 Summer Literacy Leadership Institute, you missed a treat. Leaders learned more about strategic planning, took home a great tool to take the “pulse” of the local council, and discussed how to move forward, prioritize and target specific goals. We were able to hear relevant updates from DESE by Dr. Melia Franklin, State Director of ELA-DESE, as well as outstanding presentations by Aaron Williams from the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation and Dr. Bertha Richardson (EducationPlus-St. Louis) on culturally responsive literacy instruction. The biggest news discussed at the conference centered on MSC-IRA’s involvement in the IRA Conference, being held in St. Louis, MO, in July 2015. MSC-IRA would like to have a prominent place at the convention and we need YOUR help! If you are willing to volunteer your time, please contact either Diana Houlle, President (dianahoulle@gmail.com) or Mitzi Brammer, State Coordinator (mitzib024@gmail.com). One final reminder for Presidents of our Missouri Local Councils. Please be sure to submit your Officer’s Report to IRA by June 30. The form is on the IRA website under resources for local council leaders. This is a requirement from IRA in order to obtain the Honor Council Award. Also, it is imperative that the National Office has a current record of contacts for your council. Happy Summer! me2

Chat with the Coordinator

Posted by on 29 August, 2013
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Hello fellow readers and writers,

By now, we are all well into the school year. I hope yours has gotten off to a smooth start. November will be here before you know it and we will be participating in the Missouri Early Learning Conference on November 14-15 at Tan Tar A. MSC-IRA is a co-sponsor of this event. I hope that you and perhaps a team of educators from your school/district will be coming.

Probably the most significant change in the life of local councils is in regard to those who apply for Honor Council Award and the Show-Me State Award. The due dates for submission of documentation for these awards has changed from spring to fall, November 27, specifically. If you go to the Recognitions tab on our Home Page and then click Awards, you will see updated guidelines and due dates for both awards.

Membership is always a critical issue with our local councils. At our Literacy/Leadership Institute this past June, we discussed this topic and it is no doubt a topic of discussion at the national level. The future of our councils is in the new members we recruit and maintain. I am reading a book right now called Shine:  Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People by Edward Hallowell (2011). In his book, he talks about effective uses of creativity, innovation, and inquiry in our work on a daily basis. I’d like to encourage you to think about creative and innovative ways you might get new members to join and participate in your council meetings.

Have a wonderful fall!

Mitzi Brammer, PhD

State Coordinator, MSC-IRA

Chat with the Coordinator

Posted by on 8 May, 2013
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Hello fellow readers and writers,

I hope this spring finds you well. Many of you who are still teaching are in the midst of state MAP testing. I hope that is going well for you. Some of you may be in a school that is piloting the Smarter Balanced Assessments. I am excited to inform you that plans are underway for our Summer Literacy Leadership Institute at Port Arrowhead at Lake of the Ozarks on June 20-21. June 20 is the Leadership Institute, open to Council leaders. You may send up to 4 council leaders to this. Sign in and networking begin at 4:00 p.m. on June 20. The following day, June 21, will be an information-packed (hopefully fun-filled) day of learning for not just council leaders, but any members of your local council who wish to attend. The cost is extremely reasonable at $20 per person. We will meet on June 21 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.–just in time for you to get out there and do some outlet shopping!

I hope you will take time to read the newest edition of The Missouri Reader. We at MSC-IRA are thrilled that the journal continues to be alive and well. Our co-editors, Dr. Keisha Panagos and Dr. Beth Hurst have done an outstanding job on this edition.