Nancy Rogers-Zegarra Scholarship Award

  • Deadline: June 30th
  • Purpose: To provide a scholarship for a beginning teacher ( first or second year of teaching) which will enable him/her to experience the benefits of attending the CRA PDI and provide resources  for their professional growth.
  • NRZ Scholarship Submission Form

WOW! Award

  • Deadline: June 30th
  • Purpose: As part of making love of reading more visible and to provide a positive view of reading, students, classrooms, and teachers, the California Reading Association recognizes students for their love of reading and their commitment to reading books.
  • WOW Submission Form

Eureka! Non-Fiction Children's Book Award

  • Submission cycle: June 1st to September 1st
  • Purpose: The Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award assists teachers, librarians, and parents in identifying outstanding nonfiction books for their students and children. 
  • Eureka! Submission Form

Highlights from CRA Professional Development Institute 2018 

by Nancy Rogers-Zegarra, Ph.D. , Editor
Photos by Terry Rogers
CRA Team Literacy headed by quarterbacks, Dr. Erica Bowers and Tawnya Shaw PDI co-chairs, kicked off this year’s CRA PDI at the Riverside Convention Center on Friday night with a huge tailgate party complete with good food, fabulous cheers, a fantastic football toss contest, pong, a dazzling dance competition and goodie book bags for all new teachers.
The CRA Board, “Coaching Staff “at the 50 yard, line decked out in their 2018 CRA Literacy Team Jerseys, kept the CRA Team Literacy party spirit alive throughout the night. On Saturday morning Erica continued the “Team Literacy” theme by starting the morning with a rousing game of Football and Literacy Trivia Kahoot (a first) followed by the CRA Past Presidents’ Pom Pom Parade.
Keynoter Dr. Adria Klein, addressed teachers, administrators and librarians from around the state of California at the first general session with her inspirational speech” Powerful Small Group Practices: Scaffolding All Students to Read Complex Texts by Teaching for Transfer” which tied in perfectly with the PDI theme “Balancing Literacy- Increasing Access”. Dr. Steven Layne wowed us with his Read Alouds and Dr. Danny Brassell gave us a stimulating literacy pep talk, The Three Secrets to Reading Better. As promised, 2018 PDI participants were once again inspired, empowered, and energized by the ideas and strategies shared by an array of literacy experts, school leaders and noted authors. At the end of the PDI, attendees were motivated to return to their schools and students ready to continue the critical work of Advancing Literacy for All!