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Literacy Resources and Awards

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:

MRA Resources

  1. Maintaining liaison relationships with local education organizations including the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and listing links to other education organizations.
  2. Staying in contact with local and state political leaders to share our expertise, and to influence and learn about legislative developments through Advocacy Committee.
  3. Posting job openings from colleges, universities and school districts.
  4. Listing links to relevant teaching resources.
  5. Producing publications, including the MRA Primer and white papers focused on literacy issues.
  6. Making funds available to educators through MRA awards, grants and scholarships.
  7. Sharing ILA award and grant opportunities.
  8. Reaching out to MRA members to share information and resources through social media.




Job Postings/Grants

MRA will share information about college and university offerings, school district vacancies, and positions available at nonprofit literacy organizations.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is looking for a high-performing individual to fill the role of Director of Literacy and Humanities. Online Application</a>.






2017 State Senator, Jim Welch,
West Springfield


About the Award

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.

2017 Award Recipient

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.

2016 Award Recipient

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..

Past Recipients

Past Recipients

Representative Katherine Clark  2016

Representative  Denise C. Garlick 2015

Governor Deval L. Patrick 2014

Representative Alice Peisch 2013

Commissioner Sherri Killions 2012

Representative Jeffrey Sanchez 2010

Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria 2009

Senator Karen Spilka 2008

Representative Pam Richardson 2008

Representative Tom Sannicandro 2008

Representative Patricia  Haddad 2007

Representative John H. Rogers 2006

Senator Robert A. Antonioni 2005

Senator Robert O’Leary 2004

Mayor Thomas M. Menino 2002

Representative Lida Harkins 2001

Senator Edward M. Kennedy 2000

MINIGRANTS~ Chair Sharon Ryan
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Council Recipients

Martha Colwell, MACURE; Michele Chaffe,Central Mass;  Jan Standring, SERRC;   Linda Cornell, Phyllis Allen North Shore;  Valerie Hytholt, Nobscot.; Katy Covino, Merrimack; Evelyn Wall, Greater Boston; Mary Wall, Cape Cod; Berkshire, Cathy Salvin.i

About the Award

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.

Chair: Linda Cornell
2016 Award Recipients 

2016-awards-madelon Literacy Resources and AwardsCathy 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

About the Award

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.

Application Form and Information

Criteria: Sister Madelon Award Criteria

Intent to Participate ~ December 15

Form  1 A, B: MRA ILA Members –  January 15

Form 2-A, B, C: Membership Campaign and RosterApril 15

Form 3 A, B, C, D, E : Promotion and ServiceJune 15



 ILA Awards

2017 MRA Celebrate Literacy Award Recipient ~  Elaine Bukowiecki


About the Award

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.


ILA EXEMPLARY READING   ~Chairs Cami Condie, Pattie Kelley
2016 Exemplary Reading- Literacy Resources and Awards
Congratulations to the Carlton Innovation School

About the Award

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
Deadline: November 28

ILA Honor Council ~ Chair Nancy Meagher

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.


About the Award

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