May 3, 2005 - San Antonio, TX
L&SR Literacy and Social Responsibility
Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association
May 3, 2005
San Antonio, Texas
The meeting was called to order by President, Cynthia McDermott, on May
3, 2005, following the 2005 L&SR presentation at the Annual Convention
of the International Reading Association. Members in attendance included:
Kaye West (Anderson), Beth Breneman, Isabel Campoy, Melanie Cohen Goodman,
Rebecca Kaminski, Rebekah Kelleher, Marylou Matoush, Cynthia McDermott,
Greta Nagel, Denise Stuart, and Marsha L. Thicksten. President Cynthia
McDermott chaired the meeting. Handouts were circulated.
Congratulations and accolades were extended to the following officers:
• Denise Stuart for her inspired leadership as Program Chair for 2004-05
• Kaye West for developing and managing the SIG Web site
• Rebecca Kaminski for launching our her leadership with the new eJournal
• Marsha Thicksten and Greta Nagel for their willingness to serve as Program
Co-Chairs in 2006 and 2007
The Board directory was circulated for up-dating, and some members added
their cell phone numbers. Beth will update the directory, and email it
to all members of the Board. Cynthia emphasized the importance of working
to increase our diversity.
Marsha and Greta identified democracy as the theme for next year’s
program. This would encompass the goal of creating democratic classrooms
promoting discussions (with civility). Program chairs also hope to examine
the concept, democracy, and reflect on its range of interpretations.
They would like to continue the tradition of featuring a keynote speaker.
Achieving broader communications is also desirable. Our Mission Statement
is on the IRA Web site, our SIG Web site, and membership brochure. The
list of leadership responsibilities was distributed for review. The motion
was passed and carried to put the Leadership Responsibilities into By-laws.
Beth volunteered to work on updating By-laws throughout the next year.
Rebecca plans to create a List Serve that will reach our entire membership.
There is also a separate List Serve for SIG Leadership, which is being
Kaye and Isabel agreed that it is important to link electronically to
other organizations. It was also suggested that we explore the possibility
of creating linkages between our Web site and the Web sites of relevant
Rebecca is hoping to generate more submissions for the new eJournal.
Her current plan is to publish twice a year.
Budget & New Treasurer
We currently have $250.00. Isabel suggested that a subcommittee be formed
to study how to bring in more money (e.g. grants and foundations). A
brief discussion followed about hopes that IRA will expand its efforts
to publicize the work of Special Interest Groups. Dolores Fisette has
stepped down as Treasurer but hopes to become active again in a couple
of years. Melanie Cohen Goodman volunteered to serve as Treasurer. The
motion was proposed, seconded, and carried that Melanie be our new Treasurer.
Beth and Melanie will work together to assure the transfer of funds.
Committee Chairs & Chair, Literature
of Social Justice
It was moved and seconded that Committee Chairs be created as a new category
of academic and organizational leader within the formal structure of
the SIG. Committee Chairs could define an area of interest and activity
under the umbrella of Literacy and Social Responsibility. They might
organize a committee within the selected area, form liaisons with other
professional groups, identify an area of research for focus, present
or recruit presenters for the SIG session, write articles for the eJournal,
develop a section of the Web site & suggest links to other Web sites,
or highlight promising instructional strategies etc. The motion was carried.
A term of office for this position should be considered in the by-laws.
It was moved that Patty Dean become the SIG first Chair on the Literature
of Social Justice. The motion was seconded. Patty Dean was unanimously
voted into this new position.
New Program Chair Selection Process for 2007, 2008
The following modification in operating procedures was moved and seconded:
That the incoming President take the lead in seeking nominations/volunteers
for the new Program Chair. This process would assure continuity of the
group and might encompass these steps, as described in the example below
: Example: Proposed Program Chair Selection Process for 2007, 2008:
- Incoming President seeks nominations/volunteers at SIG Business
Meeting 2005. (If Officers reach consensus, recruit Program Chair).
may also work with the Program Chair and announce the Request for Nominations
at the SIG session.
- If there are none, Communication Coordinator sends message to entire
SIG Leadership soliciting nominations/volunteers by June 30, 2005,
and sends results forward to President.
- President sends forward recommendation or status of situation to
SIG officers via email until consensus is reached.
- President takes the lead in seeking solution (with help from
until a Program Chair is recruited. The President may call on the Communication
Coordinator to send out another message to SIG Leadership.
- President invites the Program Chair prior to SIG Business Meeting
that the Program Chair can be voted in at that meeting. (The Program Chair(s)
will have to submit a proposal to IRA by June 1, 2007, for the program
in 2008—and the more
lead time, the better.)
The proposal was passed. Denise and Cynthia will begin the process this year
by consulting by e-mail on this issue. Denise will make use of the Board list
serve in this process. Denise will also pass on helpful materials to Greta
and Marsha. The idea of developing and updating a Program Chair Binder was
and discussed. Work will begin on this as soon as possible.
Social Event in Chicago
Greta volunteered to serve as Social Event Coordinator by finding a restaurant
and making a reservation for a dinner in Chicago. She will use the Board list
serve to get word out to Board members and other potential leaders.
It was also agreed that if the new Program Chairs wish to spend SIG funds
on refreshments for next year’s program, they will e-mail the Board.
The meeting was adjourned.
Beth Breneman, Secretary
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