February 16, 2018

There is still time to register for the conference coming up next week! For more information visit: http://www.nereads.org/conference-2018/

Sharing and Learning with Nebraska Educators

The past few years I’ve had the amazing opportunity to present at the Nebraska State Reading Association's Annual Conference. After connecting with NSRA leadership team in the fall of 2014, I was invited to their very next conference share tips and strategies for K-12 educators who were looking to integrate technology into their reading and writing instruction. It’s been so much fun connecting with passionate Nebraskan teachers, media specialists and administers at the annual conference.

While attending the Nebraska State Reading Association's Annual Conference in the past, I’ve also had the chance to listen to presentations and attend sessions. From well-known children's authors who shared the story behind their most popular books to literacy experts from around the country, I’ve learned so much from fellow educators and authors at this special event. The energy and enthusiasm is definitely contagious!

What’s really special about this year's event is the new lineup of educators and authors who will share their own tips, strategies and experiences. On this year's list is Nell Duke, Ralph Fletcher and Douglas Fisher. I had the chance to visit Dr. Fisher's school in San Diego earlier this year and it was amazing to see his work in action - he's definitely an author and literacy expert you won't want to miss.

This year I’m excited to present a new session with best practices for reading in today’s world and finding a balance between print and digital text. This session is connected to Taming the Wild Text: Literacy Strategies for Today's Reader, a book I co-authored with Pam Allyn who was a featured speaker at last year's Nebraska State Reading Association's Annual Conference. During all four of my sessions this year I’m giving away a copy of the book to a lucky attendee!

In addition to my Taming the Wild Text session, I’m cohosting a workshop on writing and publishing with digital tools, and leading one session on using technology for reading responses and another on how to check for understanding with tech. In the reading and writing classroom, technology can be transformative when integrated in a strategic and thoughtful manner. I hope you'll stop by my sessions to learn alongside fellow Nebraskan educators this year, I’m counting down to this year's event in February 2018!

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, founder of ClassTechTips.com and author. Sign up for her free newsletter for weekly tips and EdTech favorites.

December 4, 2017

Welcome to NSLA!

NSLA is about “Promoting Literacy Across Nebraska through Collaboration, Advocacy and Professional Development”.  We will use this platform to provide articles, resources, videos from conference-featured speakers.  We'll also share information about NSLA (officers and committee chairs), Nebraska Department of Education personnel, Nebraska literacy experts and much more.  We hope that you will join our Literacy Network by signing up to receive our blog via your email.

This is an exciting time for our association.  We are in the process of renewing ourselves with full affiliation with the International Literacy Association.  As part of this renewal, we will be officially changing our name this summer to the Nebraska State Literacy Association.  We will be reviewing our mission, goals, and by-laws.  We are hoping to increase our membership in order to have many new ideas to help us in this transition and are glad to welcome you aboard!

Through connecting with our blog we hope to help you make connections with other literacy events, expand our network of colleagues, and collaboration experiences through literacy events. Please join us!