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Dear Oklahoma Readers,
Our theme this year is Stories of/for Life. As literacy teachers, we spend the most enjoyable hours of our days reading, writing, telling, and listening to stories with our students. Some of the stories are considered to be works of literature while others are more informal oral tellings, but all are valuable as we seek to enrich and ennoble our students’ lives.
We seek to hear the stories of our students’ lives as they learn to appreciate stories for their current and future lives. We hope the theme resonates with each of you as we work together to support quality literacy instruction in Oklahoma. We also hope to hear YOUR stories as the ORA officers attend at least one of each of your council meetings.
First, our peer-reviewed journal, The Oklahoma Reader will be published three times this year. Editor Stephan Sargent and the editorial staff welcome your manuscripts for four sections of the journal: Teacher to Teacher, Teacher Research, Research Summaries, and Professional Resources. The journal may be viewed by members at our website.
Second, we will make an announcement about our Spring 2017 conference on our website by September 30, 2016 and hope you will be able to attend this affordable and valuable professional development activity.
Third, our social media is going strong! Check us out for current articles and information about literacy instruction. We invite you to share exciting happenings in your class. We also have the Oklahoma Reading Association website that you’re seeing right now. Please return to this page often to find out the latest news.
Stories can be a both window and mirror for all of us. They can reflect our inner beings and can help us look outside ourselves. Here’s hoping for a year of sharing great stories!
Oklahoma Reading Association is in the process of making changes. In order to transition along with IRA to become International Literacy Assocation, we will be revising our state council structure. Please bear with us as we make updates to our webpage to share these revisions.
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