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an affiliate of the International Literacy Association


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Our mission is to promote and advocate for equitable access to literacies for individuals of all ages and diverse communities as a basic human right.



Finding Our Way Forward

NSLA will be looking for ways to Find Our Way Forward into 2023-2024

Book Studies and Virtual Speaker Series

Combining Theory and Practice - Fall Events

Book Study

"We Got This" 

Mondays - October 9, 23,

November 6 - 6:30 PM

Register for Book Study 

Free to members

Order Your Book - Log on to,
search for "We Got This" and use the code
 WGT23 to receive
30% off list price 
and free shipping.

The discount is available until 12/31/23.

Virtual Speaker

Cornelius will be doing two sessions for NSLA (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024) with the following theme for both sessions:

Sharpening Instructional Practice in the  Humanities Classroom (ELA and Social Studies) for Elementary and Early Middle School Teachers

By exploring the essential question; “What are the specific classroom conditions necessary to optimize student growth in this context?”, the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 sessions are designed to support educators as they build structures that allow for inquiry, curiosity, comprehension, decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, and JOY. The goal of these sessions is to measurably impact student work, discussion, and engagement. Educators will leave with skills to initiate and sustain this work and the tools to continue it. We cannot “PD” a solution to the social conditions that lead to inequity, but we can understand them and build systems to ensure that children learn powerfully when they are in our classrooms.

Join us for the first Session - Fall 2023 - November 2, 2023

Classroom Culture: Creating Supportive Opportunities for Effective Student Collaboration, Talk, Engagement, and Struggles

6:00 PM (Central time)

Registration is coming

Reduced cost if you do both the book study and the Virtual Speaker event

Book Study

"Artfully Teaching the Science of Reading"

Artfully Teaching the Science of... by: Chase Young - 9781000575613 |  RedShelf

Mondays, November 13, 27,

December 4 - 6:30 PM

Book Study Registration to open soon - Free to members

Order Your Book - Log on to Routledge
 and use the code
 SS303 to receive
30% off list price 
and free shipping.

Virtual Speaker

December 5, 2023

6:00 PM (Central time)

What Happened to the Art of Teaching Reading?

"In this age of “Science of Reading” the artful nature of teaching reading has tended to be neglected.   In this presentation, former Nebraskan Dr. Tim Rasinski will make the case that the best reading instruction is both scientific and artful.  He will show how the critical scientific competencies in reading can be taught in artful ways by creative teachers."

Registration is coming

Reduced cost if you do both the book study and the Virtual Speaker event

at the 

Highlights from The Summer Institute

When participants were asked to share the best part of the NSLA Insititute experience the following were mentioned:

  • "Making connections and new friends"
  • "Meeting old friends"
  • "Networking with current educators about dyslexia and other reading problems"
  • "I took away a lot of new ideas for how to support our teachers in our service area."
  • "Cornelius was amazing! He is such a dynamic speaker and his insight and messaging about systems and how we have to think about changing the way we teach today!"
  • "Both Cornelius and Julia were AMAZING!"
  • "The Exhibit Hall was amazing.  I bought too many books!"


Comments from 2021/2022/2023 Virtual Participants

  • "I appreciate being able to attend in this way. We are able to hear national speakers, and even though I could not usually join live, I appreciated hearing the recordings."
  • "This was convenient and the playback allowed me wiggle room in my busy teacher life."
  • "I have really appreciated the virtual format. You have had quality speakers."
  • "I thought it was awesome that you had the recordings available to watch. I really like the topics covered and thought the speakers had some really insightful and important information to share."
  • "I thought it was well organized and the idea of it taking place over several weeks was an added benefit. I looked forward to Thursday evenings!"
  • "As a virtual conference, it was well put together with the access to watch the recordings if you couldn't make it live."
  • "The format worked. I prefer in-person learning, but under the circumstances, I thought it was done well."
  • "Very impressed with the speakers. So glad NSLA held this conference during the pandemic."
  • "Fabulous! I appreciated all the national speakers and all the information."
  • "I appreciated the virtual conference. It hasn't worked out for me to attend the last few years, while I could find time to listen to the speakers virtually. Well done!"
  • "Thank you for the great efforts to provide this professional event!"

A Message From Director of Professional Learning

Dr. Julie Kozisek

Director of Professional Learning

Professor Emeritus

Doane University

Dear Educators, 

NSLA is "Finding Our Way Forward" as we begin to plan for Professional Learning for 2023-2024.  We will build on the Summer Institute as we continue with Cornelius Minor as a Virtual Speaker.  We will also run another Book study on Cornelius's book - We Got This! 

We are also looking forward to Tim Rasinski joining us to share about Artfully Teaching the Science of Reading. We will also run a book study on his book.

NSLA will continue to work hard to promote and advocate for equitable access to literacies for individuals of all ages and diverse communities as a basic human right.

Please join us as we find our way forward!  

Dr. Julie Kozisek


The Nebraska State Literacy Association (NSLA) Student Ambassador Program provides college students an opportunity for professional growth and networking at the NSLA annual conference.  In addition to the paid registration, the students will receive memberships to Nebraska State Literacy Association and International Literacy Association levels.  This is an excellent opportunity for professional growth and networking for pre-service teachers during the annual conference and beyond.
Students will submit an application to the Student Ambassador Committee.

Contact:  Carin Appleget


Applications are due (date TBA)

Information and application form will be updated




Questions? email 

PO Box 83852

Lincoln, NE 68501

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