The Arkansas Reading Association, an affiliate of the International Literacy Association, is a professional organization of individuals, institutions, and councils dedicated to promoting reading and developing literacy.
As President of the Arkansas Reading Association for the 2016-17 school year, I feel this is a pivotal year. On the national front, it is an election year, new educational programs such as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will be unveiled, dyslexia training will continue to be an integral part in understanding struggling readers, and our own ILA is giving us the option of remaining under their umbrella of a nonprofit organization.
But what does that mean for us here in Arkansas? Education is constantly changing and evolving as each new generation of students begins their public education. Arkansas Reading Association should be the resource for information pertaining to literacy. For this reason, “ARA, The Cornerstone of Literacy” is my theme for 2016-17.
As an ARA member, you can use your collective voice to help us to raise literacy awareness and overcome the challenges we face. Please join us in becoming part of this foundation for literacy issues in Arkansas.
Dorothy Pollett, President
Trudy Jackson Named ARA Administrator in Reading
Trudy Jackson, principal at Drew Central Elementary School in Monticello, has been named Administrator in Reading for 2016. She is a member of SEARK Reading Council, which nominated her.
In her application it stated that in 2010, she became the Assistant Principal for Drew Central Middle School, and in July 2011, she became the Principal of Drew Central Elementary. Within four years of taking over as principal, through her consistent leadership of pedagogy and practice, Drew Central Elementary was awarded an "A" on the school report card, the only "A" received by a school in Southeast Arkansas.
According to those submitting her application, "Mrs. Jackson is a leader as well as an educator, who finds the perfect ways to mold students and teachers to meet their highest potential."
Celebrate Literacy Winners Announced
EDUCATOR - Dr. Kay Calvert is an extraordinary educator, whose experience ranges from kindergarten through college level. She has an undying love for children and spends countless hours creating learning opportunities that have an enormous impact on her students. She started the Badger Bookmobile, a lending library which travels throughout Beebe during the summer. Kay was nominated by Three Rivers Reading Council.
AGENCY - Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, nominated by Jefferson County Reading Council, has partnered with JCRC to provide booster book bags to the health department and to host teacher professional development. Together, they provided 200 booster book bags per year to the health department and assisted in giving 100 board books to ACCESS, a county program for teenage mothers.
COMMUNITY LEADER - Ms. Anna Jones, nominated by SEARK Reading Council, is the Parental Involvement Coordinator for Drew Central Schools. She organized several events throughout the year to promote literacy within the families of Drew, such as coordinating the Breakfast Around the World on International Literacy Day, dressing as Clifford at Book Fairs, and providing free books to promote literacy within the families of Drew.
The Arkansas Reading Association can help you recognize individuals that shine as Literacy Leaders.