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KRA Executive Board and Membership resolve to disband organization by April 01, 2018

To the Kansas Reading Association Membership:
The Executive Board of the Kansas Reading Association has been meeting throughout January and February, following the online voting by the membership to determine the future of our organization. After a series of four very difficult meetings to discuss the future of the organization, the Executive Board is submitting this letter to inform you of the decisions made.

The membership voted on the future of the Kansas Reading Association in an online voting process from November 16 - December 15, 2017. Twenty-nine percent of the membership voted, and the results of the membership vote are as follows:
  • Dissolution of KRA: 31 votes (72%)
  • Full Group Affiliation: 1 vote (2%)
  • Chapter Development: 5 votes (12%)
  • Limited affiliation: 5 votes (12%)
Given these results and the discussions held by the Executive Board, a very difficult decision has been made to dissolve the Kansas Reading Association. We believe that our colleague, LeAnn Clark’s words are appropriate here: “It (KRA) played such an important role in my development as a young teacher. I regret that our beginning teachers will not have the opportunity to interact, share ideas, and develop friendships across the state.” Her words echo our sentiments and the sadness we feel about dissolving our organization.

In our meetings, we also made decisions about provisions for existing initiatives and processes that are important to us and to the membership. Funds held by the Kansas Reading Association have been disbursed to ensure continued delivery of each of the following initiatives:
  • Ethiopia Reads: Funds were donated to this organization to continue the literacy work we have supported over many years. Funds will be used to continue to send books and distribute them to libraries and children in Ethiopia.  

  • The Kansas Journal of Reading: For the current issue, the Kansas Reading Association shared the cost of publishing the most recent edition with Kansas Association of Higher Education Literacy Professionals.

  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award: To continue the rich history of this award, funds have been disbursed to the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence at Emporia State University to “house” and maintain the BMJ award and its website at Emporia State University. The funds disbursed allowed the establishment of an endowed fund to administer the Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award program. This endowment will allow the Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award to continue in perpetuity. Dr. Roger Caswell, current chair of the BMJ committee and Executive Director of the Jones Institute, has been instrumental in carrying out this process and is committed to maintaining the high standards of this award. Look forward to hearing from ESU with announcements about winning books, author visits for the award presentation and an opportunity to speak with Kansas teachers, and the nomination process for the BMJ Award.

  • Electronic Book Bag Project: Additional funds were disbursed to Emporia State University through the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence to house and continue the development of KRA’s Electronic Book Bags website, a project associated with the Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award. Upon the  dissolution of KRA, the website responsibilities will transfer from Stephanie Hamby, KRA webmaster, to a web designer at Emporia State University.

  • Kansas Reading Association Website: Payment has been made to Stephanie Hamby, KRA webmaster, to securely close the KRA website. All related files to the KRA and Electronic Book Bag website have been forwarded to the webmaster at Emporia State University.

Remaining Funds: Money remaining in the Kansas Reading Association Treasury will be sent to the International Literacy Association, per requirements by the parent organization, along with a Resolution to Disband.

Resolution: The resolution will be submitted to the International Literacy Association on March 1, 2018. Work is underway by the Board to complete all tasks required for dissolution of the organization by April 1, 2018. The resolution reads as follows:


2017-2018 Kansas Reading Association Executive Board

Vicki Seeger, President
Amanda Lickteig, Vice President
Alica Thomas, State Coordinator
Rolinda Smith, Treasurer
Deanna Burton, Past President
Misti Fravel-Towry, Secretary
Diana Spriggs, Director of Membership Development
Dawn Moews, Parliamentarian
Stephanie Hamby, Webmaster

2017-2018 Kansas Journal of Reading published

KRA is pleased to announce the Winter 2017-2018 edition of the Kansas Journal of Reading! Please log into the member section of the KRA website and you will be able to access our newest journal. DOWNLOAD your copy today. The Kansas Journal of Reading is an excellent publication that is available to all KRA Members. For more information please contact co-editors Dr. Ashlie R. Jack and Dr. Gayla Lohfink at kjrinfo@kansasread.org.

Vote for Your Favorite 2018 BMJ Award Nominee

We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2018 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award.Voter for your favorite BMJ Picture Book among the nominees between January 28 and February 28. A winner will be announced in Spring 2018.


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Electronic Book Bag project unveiled

KRA's new Electronic Book Bag project was unveiled at the 2016 Fall Conference. Parents, students, and teachers can utilize these free electronic resources to help students engage and explore picture books. Currently there are 10 book bags online with more set to be released in the coming weeks. The new website is located at www.electronicbookbags.org.

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