May 7, 2003 - Orlando, FL
L&SR Literacy and Social Responsibility
Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association
May 7, 2003
Salon 7, Rosen Centre, Orlando
The meeting was called to order by President, Cynthia McDermott on May
7, 2003, following the 2003 L&SR presentation at the Annual Convention
of the International Reading Association. Members in attendance included:
Kaye West-Anderson, Beth Breneman, John LaCorte, Cynthia McDermott, and
Denise Stuart. Handouts were circulated.
1) Web site. K. West-Anderson
invited members of the group to identify links that might be appropriate
once the L & SR Web site is reestablished. The following links were
suggested by members present:
- Child Development Project
- Educators for Social Responsibility
- Northeast Foundation for Children (Responsive Classroom)
- Environmental Education
A book that is particularly relevant to the work of the L & SR SIG
is Teaching Children to Care by Ruth Charney.
The group agreed on the following criteria for identifying material appropriate
for the Web site:
- Fit with the L & SR mission statement
- Usefulness to educators
- Avoidance of commercial textbooks or products
Members of the group authorized K.West-Anderson to proceed in developing
the Web site, using these guidelines.
2.) Messages to the L & SR SIG Board
can be posted via Rebecca Kaminski at firstname.lastname@example.org
3.) The group brainstormed ideas and outreach
for the Annual Convention in 2004. (Note:
IRA’s 2004 convention will be convened in Reno,
Nevada, May 2-6—instead of Toronto).
C. McDermott proposed adding the position of Membership
Chair to the list of Officers. The proposal was accepted.
D.Stuart has someone in mind and will attempt to recruit a person to serve
in this capacity.
Other ideas for outreach and membership expansion generated by the group
include the following:
- Seeking help from IRA leaders and local councils in the area of the
- Working to get the IRA Board to be more supportive of SIGs (difficulty
of one name only rule)
It was reported that the names of SIG Chairpersons can appear on the IRA
program more than once.
4.) Beth Breneman will work on recruiting a Social
Event Planner for 2004. A get-together at lunchtime should
be considered as an option for a social event or business meeting.
5.) Other proposals for expanding the Board
will be considered in 2004.
The meeting was adjourned.
Beth Breneman, Secretary
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