Dr. William R. Powell, Professor Emeritus of the College of Education, passed away peacefully at home on March 15, 2016.
After earning a doctorate at Indiana University, Bill went on to a distinguished career as professor of education at Ball State University, the University of Illinois, the University of Evansville, and the University of Florida. He was one of the finest scholars/teachers in the field of reading and was the recipient of numerous educational awards. He was well known for his research and development of the informal reading inventory, his leadership in professional reading organizations, and his expertise in teaching. In addition, he was the first IRA state chair for Indiana.
Indiana Reading Journal
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Interested in making a contribution for the next issue of the Indiana Reading Journal? See the attached flyer and make your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, February 1st.
Literacy Focus of the Month
The purpose the Literacy Focus of the Month is to provide guidance to administrators and teachers for supporting a monthly, school wide instructional focus based on best practices and research-based strategies in literacy. This "user-friendly" guide and support tools will assist districts and schools in the implementation of reading instruction in classrooms across multiple grade levels, as well as different subjects/content areas. The topics in this newsletter range from policies and procedures to the five essential components of reading as identified by the National Reading Panel. The material is devoted to strengthen administration and teacher content knowledge by focusing on one topic each month. Although the monthly focus will highlight and supplement a specific procedure or skill, it is impossible to teach the components in isolation; therefore, the Literacy Focus of the Month should serve to present a school-wide shared commitment to literacy.
May 2016: Vocabulary FOCUS Digging Deeper
To promote and support reading in Indiana by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction through effective teaching practice.
• Promote and advocate life-long readers
• Increase influence and visibility statewide in support of reading
• Develop and maintain an effective organization of literacy professionals promoting and supporting reading
In the fall of 1963, Dr. William Powell of Ball State University met in Muncie with representatives from four local reading councils: Ft. Wayne, Evansville, Indianapolis, and Gary. They met to form a statewide reading organization, the Indiana State Council. Click here to read full history.
Celebrating Hoosier Teachers
The 2016 ISRA Annual Conference is on Saturday, September 17th at Noblesville High School. Join the excitement as we welcome our keynote speaker, Ron Clark, to celebrate Hoosier teachers! Enjoy food trucks ($10 meal voucher included with registration), market place shopping, photo booths, and party surprises will be icing on the cake! Leave the day invigorated with strategies to use Monday with your students!
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Breakout sessions will have three themes: literacy (all types welcome), engaging learners, and celebrating Hoosier teachers. Selected presenters will receive $25 off the registration fee (maximum of 2 discounts).
Have something to share with other Hoosier educators? Download and complete the proposal form.
Proposals are due by June 1, 2016,by email to ISRAConference2016@gmail.com or to
ISRA Conference 2016 c/o Heather Schilling
604 E. College Avenue, N.
Manchester, IN 46962
Proposals will be evaluated by a committee with the status of the proposal sent by July 1, 2016.