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

2021-2022 NSLA


President - Diane Mickey,

President Elect - Sarah Sell,

Past President - Nikki Piper,

Treasurer - LeDonna Griffin,

Secretary - Chris Tee Weixelman,

Membership - Jody Sempek,

Board Members at Large:

    Board of Directors

    Since we are meeting virtually, here is a screen shot of the Board taken during the last Board meeting.

    Officers and Board

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


    • Board recruitment

    • New committee structure

    • Restructuring/supporting local councils and areas

    A Message from our Past President

    Nikki Piper - Past President

    Welcome to the Nebraska State Literacy Association (NSLA)!  We are a non-profit, volunteer-run organization.  Our mission is to lead in the promotion of literacy in the state of Nebraska through collaboration, advocacy and professional development.  We work to accomplish our mission by sharing current research and best practices through communication, networking, workshops, publications and our yearly conference.  This year some of our priorities include launching a new website and blog, restructuring our committees, board recruitment, and providing professional development opportunities for literacy leaders across the state.

    If you are reading this, you have discovered our new and improved website!  A great team of volunteers have worked hard to make our content relevant and accessible.  I hope you will take some time to explore what the website has to offer in the next few months as more and more content gets added.  This year we will be unveiling a new blog and we would love for you to be involved.  If you have any interest in sharing on our blog please contact Emily Fisher at

    I first got involved with the NSLA by attending the annual conference as a college student.  The ideas, networking opportunities, and passion for literacy evident in the leadership made me want to get more involved.  I reached out to a board member and the rest is history.  I would love to have you involved in a way that fits your gifts and passions.  Keep checking the Opportunities section of the website for ways to get involved.  

    The Nebraska State Literacy Association also honors, celebrates and awards community organizations and individuals that advocate for literacy.  We certainly hope you visit our website to get an understanding of who we are, see what we have to offer and then decide to become a member.  In doing so you will be actively demonstrating your own mission to promote literacy.  We would love to have you involved in this great work!


    Welcome to the Nebraska State Literacy Association. This community of dedicated educators, families, and community members have been together for nearly fifty years. Formerly known as the Nebraska State Reading Association, we moved to Nebraska State Literacy Association to be more inclusive of all aspects of literacy and to be consistent with the International Literacy Association's name change.

    We are committed to improving lives through literacy PreK- adulthood.  We work to promote literacy and literacy initiatives throughout our state.

    As an advocacy group, we seek to support the efforts of local and state policymakers, urging them to carefully consider how they can support literacy development.

    We seek to partner with other organizations to improve the quality of life for all Nebraskans. We hope to inspire our communities to embrace literacy for all.

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


    Tish Rezac

    Nebraska/ILA 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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