May 3, 2006 - Chicago, IL
L&SR Literacy and Social Responsibility
Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
May 3, 2006
The meeting was called to order by President, Denise Stuart, on May 3,
2006, following the 2006 L&SR presentation at the Annual Convention
of the International Reading Association. Members in attendance included:
Beth Breneman, Sue Corbin, Patty Dean, Eleanor B. Eskey, Deanna Gilmore,
Melanie Goodman, Rebecca Kaminski, Rebekah Kelleher, Cynthia McDermott,
Greta Nagel, Susan Speer-Powers, Denise Stuart, and Marsha Thicksten.
Thank yous, congratulations and accolades were extended to the following:
- Marcia Thicksten and Greta Nagel for the outstanding 2006 program,
the best attended in the history of this SIG!
- Rebecca Kaminiski for
creating Edition 2 of the L & SR eJournal—another
- Susan Speer-Powers for creating our new excellent newsletter!
Goodman for designing our new illustrated membership form!
The Leadership Directory was circulated for up-dating by members present,
and Leadership Responsibilities list circulated. Incoming chairpersons
need to be informed about the rotational schedule of leaders.
New Binder for Incoming Program Chair
Denise Stuart presented a binder she has created containing history
and critical information for the next Program Chair. This binder
will be updated
with new tips and useful reminders by each new Program Chair and
passed on to new Program Chairs in the future.
Program Chairs for 2007, 08, & 09
Tamara McPherson has agreed to serve as Program Chair for 2008-09.
Greta and Marsha will handle coordination for 2007, but they cannot
presentation. Melanie has agreed to serve as Program Chair in place
of Greta Nagel and Marsha Thicksten in 2007 and for one other year
to be determined.
Plans for 2007
Denise Stuart will check with IRA to see whether IRA will consider
allowing our SIG session to be scheduled Thursday morning next year.
the schedule for each SIG is pushed back one day and flipped.
For next year’s program, we should consider strategies for
retaining the audience to the end of the program. A theme, such as
justice, could be featured. Patty Dean is willing to explore whether
Newton Marasco, publisher of environmental books, is willing to be
Eleanor Eskey agreed to serve as Social Event coordinator for Toronto.
Patty Dean will write up a proposal for 2007 featuring Newton Marasco
and the Green Earth Book Award. Books could be given away as raffles.
Beth Breneman agreed to update the Leadership Directory and send
it to Rebecca Kaminski.
Beth Breneman agreed to facilitate communication between Kaye West
and Rebecca Kaminski and Patty Dean to clarify such Web site issues
• Web site address links between SIG Web site, eJournal, and IRA Web site.
• Patty wishes to access the SIG Web site to develop the Literature of
Social Justice strand.
Web Site Guidance from the Board
The Board responded to Kaye West’s request for guidance with
the following direction.
- The most immediate need is to update the Web site and place the upcoming
program on the Web site every year as early as possible and
the Call for Proposals for successive years on the Web site by January or February
- The Web site should also provide linkages related to research
CASEL, Developmental Studies, and Responsive Classroom.
Beth Breneman volunteered to communicate this guidance from the Board
to Kaye West.
The Treasurer, Melanie Goodman, reported that our SIG has
$250.00 in a non-interest bearing account. She receives statements
hired a Director of Development.
The SIG Leadership wishes to acknowledge appreciation and
gratitude to Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers for picking
up the costs
of our SIG
newsletter in 2006. Beth Breneman will send a thank you note
in behalf of our SIG.
Possible Award Projects
There was agreement that we will keep thinking how to develop
a broader awards project. The Green Earth Book Award
is one possibility.
lacks a focus on the environment. We might also develop
a plan for a broader
award. We might honor a teacher, a student, or a curriculum.
We will keep working on the idea.
Beth Breneman, Secretary
L & SR Special Interest Group
International Reading Association
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