December 15 - 31 online membership voting to help decide fate of KRA
Registration extended for 2017-2018 Professional Book StudyKRA's 2017-2018 Professional Book Study will be RENEW! Become a Better - and More Authentic - Writing Teacher by Shawna Coppola. KRA members are invited to form small book study groups within their individual schools/districts to read and implement the ideas presented in the book. All participants must be KRA members and register their group during the fall of the 2017-18 school year at the link below. The study will officially begin on November 6, 2017. The deadline to register your group will be January 10, 2018. The book study will continue even if the KRA membership votes to dissolve.
Membership dues extended until after upcoming vote to determine KRA's future
At this time, the Kansas Reading Association will consider all paid memberships from last year to be extended into the new fiscal year. As you know from reading information on the KRA website, there have been changes at ILA. KRA is trying to determine our best step forward in the process. We will have updates at the fall conference on October 30, and we will update all members who had current membership dues paid last year with our decision as we move forward. All members will have a voice in the final decisions that are made regarding KRA. Thank you for sending in your membership dues. If KRA continues as an organization, we will collect dues in the future.
Summer Leadership Retreat
The Summer Leadership Meeting was held on June 11, 2017 at Baldwin Intermediate Center in Baldwin, Kansas. Twenty-one members attended in Baldwin, and three members attended via Zoom. Six councils were represented. What follows is a summary of the critical items discussed at the meeting. Anyone desiring to read the official minutes may contact Vicki Seeger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 BMJ Award Nominees
We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2018 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award. We hope that you will familiarize yourself with these picture books between now and February. We will open up voting for your favorite BMJ Picture Book among the nominees. The winner of the 2017 Award will accept the award and speak at the 2017 Fall Conference on Oct. 30, 2017, in Topeka, KS.
BMJ NOMINEE RESOURCES:
Become a member
If you have not joined the Kansas Reading Association, do not miss the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful organization.
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.