Busy with preparations for their "February Fling" conference on the fourth, Nancy Nix of the Alabama Reading Association took some time to answer questions about the council's activities.
1. Are you especially proud of any of your council's projects?
Yes, we are very proud of our annual Fall Conference held every November. We are also very proud of our peer reviewed journal, The Reading Paradigm. This journal is published every year. We are also very proud that our local councils participate in the Honor Council program.
2. What are the benefits of joining your council?
We have a strong contact with our state department of education. A benefit is being able to be on the very edge of reading education in the state of Alabama. We have a very low membership fee and many opportunities to network with universities and local councils. We have a newsletter published on our website three times a year and a peer-reviewed journal that is printed once a year.
3. Are there any future projects in store for your council?
Our most exciting new project is our one day drive in professional development opportunity that we’ve entitled “The February Fling.” This year we are hosting Patrick Allen and Cris Tovani.
4. How does one join your council?
You can join our council by going to our website at Alabama-reading.org to contact our Membership chairperson, Catherine Johnson.
5. Is there a website, newsletter, or another way to find more information about your council? Is there a person that prospective members can contact?
Yes, our website at Alabama-reading.org has our newsletter and ways to contact all of our executive board members.
IRA Board Member Dr. Kathy Headley, current ARA President Peggy Teel, and IRA Representative Rayann Mitchell
IRA Exemplary Reading Award Winners with Sandy Luster, Chair of the committee
ARA Reading Teachers of the Year
Nancy Nix speaks at the Alabama Reading Association Conference in November 2011.