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Nebraska  State  Literacy Association

an affiliate of the International Literacy Association


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The mission of the Nebraska State Literacy Association (NSLA) is to lead in the promotion of literacy in the state of Nebraska through collaboration, advocacy and professional development.


NSLA will become a highly visible, professional literacy organization with an engaged, diverse membership. The organization seeks to make a difference in the lives of Nebraskans; children, youth and adults, both directly and indirectly. Our priorities are: involvement with other professional organizations, growing as advocates, educators and leaders in the cause of literacy and celebrating successes.


The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  – Dr. Seuss

2022-2023 NSLA


President - Sarah Sell,

President Elect - Tricia Parker,

Past President - Diane Mickey,

Treasurer - 

Secretary - Chris Tee Weixelman,

Membership - Jody Sempek,

Board Members at Large:

    Board of Directors

    Click here to see a slideshow of the Board members.  Learn more about them.

    Officers and Board

    • Working for you . . . 
    • Learning with you . . .
    • Serving you . . . 


    • Refine committee structure and recruitment

    • Foster shared ownership and collaboration

    • Enhance sustainability practices

    A Message from our Past President

    Dr. Diane Mickey 

    Past President

    Nebraska Wesleyan University

    Welcome to the Nebraska State Literacy Association (NSLA)!


    Welcome to the Nebraska State Literacy Association. Here you will find a group of dedicated and caring educators, families, university faculty, and community members who share a passion for literacy. 

    Our mission statement says it all: 

    Mission:  Lead in the promotion of literacy in the state of Nebraska through collaboration, advocacy and professional development. 

    Collaboration:  We want to partner with other organizations at the local, state, and national level to improve the quality of life for all Nebraskans through literacy. Among other things, this includes ensuring all Nebraskans have access to a wide range of reading materials and teachers have access to strong professional learning.

    Advocacy:  We want to help you stay informed about policies and practices at the local, state, and national level. We strive to stay abreast of proposed changes, and coordinate our efforts with the Nebraska State Department of Education to advocate for strong literacy practices across the state.

    Professional Development:  Join us for our annual Nebraska State Literacy Convention. Due to Covid-19, we moved our annual in-person event to an on-line conference. This year we are offering sessions at various times throughout the year. This allows more teachers and families to engage in our convention offerings from the comfort of their own homes! Stay tuned and check out the Conference page for more information on this year’s offerings.

    As a member, you can always access a variety of resources on the Members page on our website. This includes professional resources as well as information from past conferences. Members also can read and contribute to a blog, join one of our committees, nominate a literacy leader, or apply for a grant to fund a project in their own community.

    Whether you are an educator, a parent, or a community member, we are sure you will find others within our organization to engage in conversations and initiatives that support literacy. We have been working to promote literacy and literacy initiatives throughout our state since 1971, and look forward to partnering with YOU to continue this mission.

    We hope you will join us in our efforts to promote literacy across Nebraska. Please reach out to any of the Board Members with your questions and ideas. 


    Tish Rezac

    Nebraska International Literacy Association State Coordinator


    We are excited to introduce a great line-up of contributors. Each was chosen for excellence in his/her area and together will provide a more comprehensive coverage of the different areas of literacy. Our hope is you will find posts that support your work with students and lead to both a child’s love of reading and success in literacy.

    SUNDAY – Name - Picture books

    MONDAY – Name - Young Adolescent books

    TUESDAY – Name - Professional books

    WEDNESDAY – Name - Reading/Writing 

    THURSDAY –  Name - Electronic learning - Text meets Tech                                                                              

    FRIDAY – Name - Assessment

    SATURDAY – Name - Advocacy



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