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Growing Literacy in Oregon

Oregon State Literacy Association (OSLA)

The Oregon State Literacy Association (OSLA), previously the Oregon Reading Association, is an affiliate of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and a professional non-profit organization dedicated to people who are interested in all forms of literacy and the promotion of lifetime literacy.

Our Mission

The mission of the Oregon State Literacy Association (OSLA) is to be a driving force for the development of literacy in our schools and communities and to foster a lifelong love of reading.

Our Purpose

Support the mission of the International Literacy Association.

To coordinate and support the efforts and activities of the local Oregon State Literacy Association councils in the State of Oregon.

To encourage reading/literacy learning in ways that lead to enjoyment and a lifelong engagement in literacy.

To explore and disseminate pertinent, significant investigations and practices of literacy teaching/learning.

To offer professional development opportunities regarding best practices in literacy teaching/learning i.e. institutes, conferences, lending library and meetings.

To provide support for teachers-in-preparation and to form alliances with teacher preparation programs.

To advocate for community involvement that supports research-tested best practices in literacy learning for all.

To promote mutual understanding and cooperative work among literacy educators locally, nationally and internationally.

Award of Excellence

Literacy Award

Each year, the International Literacy Association (ILA) We have received this award for 32 consecutive years in recognition of our service to literacy! According to ILA, "The Award of Excellence is presented annually by the International Literacy Association to state and provincial councils that have distinguished themselves through organizing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities in their state or province that (a) serve and support councils and members, (b) contribute to education, and (c) coincide with and support ILA's programs and goals." You can read more about the guidelines on the ILA website.