An Affiliate of the International Literacy Association
Literacy Resources and Awards
MRA wants to be the source Massachusetts literacy educators turn to in order to find out about the latest developments in education, learn about literacy jobs available at all levels, locate teaching resources, and apply for grants and awards that support literacy initiatives. MRA does this through:
The MRA Advocacy Award is presented annually to an individual(s) who works to influence educational policy, legislation, and appropriations through effective advocacy at the local, state, and /or national level. The MRA Government Relations Committee solicits nominees from the MRA Board of Directors. Government Relations Committee reviews nominees, selects a nominee, and presents the nominee to the board.
State Senator James T. Welch from West Springfield is the 2017 recipient of the MRA Advocacy Award because he has been a strong voice in support of students and quality education in the Hampden District.
Prior to becoming a U.S. Representative, Katherine Clark served as a MA State Representative and Senator, where she was a lead sponsor of the bill An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency which became a law in 2012. She now serves on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce. She is committed to improving the quality and educational opportunities for children and families in Massachusetts and throughout the nation..
We at MRA believe in the promotion of literacy across the state, and encourage local councils to expand and build upon their accomplishments through financial assistance. The Minigrant Committee serves to support this goal by facilitating and awarding financial assistance to Local and Special Interest Councils who write grants for projects or activities and Information.
Cathy Salvini, Berkshire; Peggy Coyne, Terrie Marr, Central Mass; Barbara Steckel, MACURE; Lindsey, Southeast Regional; Jean Helstrom,Greater Boston; Cecilia Phelan, Phyllis Allen North Shore; Linda Cornell, Mary Wall, Cape Cod; Valerie Hytholt, Nobscot; Linda Cornell, Chair
MRA Director of Membership, Linda Cornell facilitates this award and support councils toward completion of the paperwork. The Massachusetts Reading Association Service Award was named for Sister Madelon Morris, a longtime member of MRA. Her tireless dedication was inspirational and she gave many years of selfless service to this organization. Receiving the Sister Madelon Morris Service Award represents the concerted efforts of many local council members. Information regarding this award along with requirements and due dates is available at the links below.
The Celebrate Literacy Committee fosters literacy throughout Massachusetts by administering a state award to be presented at the MRA Conference annually. Local and Special Interest Councils are encouraged to present this award each year. Recipients serve as nominees and one person is selected for the MRA Celebrate Literacy Award. The Celebrate Literacy chairperson is responsible for coordinating the selection process. The MRA Celebrate Literacy Award is presented to the recipient by the Celebrate Literacy Committee Chair during the annual MRA conference.
The ILA Exemplary Reading Program Award recognizes outstanding reading and language arts programs at all grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school). Its purpose is to call the public’s attention to outstanding programs in schools throughout Canada and the United States. Each participating state and provincial council, with an active ERPA committee chair, may choose one winning school a year. All public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the United States and Canada are eligible for the award provided
The state or province in which the school is located has an Exemplary Reading Program Award Committee currently in place to judge program applications from that state or province
At least one faculty or staff member of that school is a current ILA member
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 ILA Honor Councils.
MACURE, Barbara Steckel; Cape Cod, Mary Wall; PAS North Shore, Linda Cornell; Lisa Rice, Central MA. Back Row: Linda Lindsey, Southeast Regional; Jean Helstrom, Greater Boston; Cathy Salvini, Berkshire; Sherry Alleman, Nobscot.
The ILA Honor Council Program annually recognizes local, student and special interest councils that organize and conduct well-rounded programs serving the council members, the community, the state/provincial council, and the International Literacy Association. Councils are recognized for accomplishments of the previous year. Deadline: January 4