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  • 15 Nov 2016 9:16 AM | Deleted user

    Read the latest edition of the Prairie Reader! 

    Click on the attachment to view our latest edition of the Prairie Reader. Get updates from state NDRA leaders and local councils, along with many book reviews! See the YWP winners and get details on the project for this year. Plus, you won't want to miss the two save-the-dates...Jan Richardson is coming next summer and NDRA's 50th Anniversary Conference in 2018.


  • 25 Oct 2016 7:45 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    It is time to dust off some of those old favorite stories and get excited about FOLKTALES!
    The 2017 YWP theme is:

    From Appleseed to Zeus and Everyone in Between.

     Students in gradesK-1 will choose a folktale character from a favorite bedtime story and write about an imagined adventure they would have together.  Grades 2-3 will be writing fable sequels…..what might have happened after the original folktale was done. POKEMON GO will be part of the grade 4-5 project where students will short story from the viewpoint of a tall tale character as he/she plays POKEMON GO!
     A Day in the Life of a Mythological Character is the topic for grades 6-8 and will consist of several journal entries which document the comings and goings of this type of character as they go about their day. The high school category topic is to write an original folktale after researching Pour quoi Tales from around the world.
    All teachers who are thinking of participating in this project need to register by December 1, 2016 and must be a member of NDRA. Membership information is available at A complete packet of writing guidelines and the necessary forms are already on the website under the YWP tab.
    Winners will be announced in May of 2017. If you have any questions, please contact

  • 17 Oct 2016 7:38 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    Jumpstart's Read for the Record®

    Jumpstart is a national early education organization that is leveling the playing field so that all children are ready for kindergarten. We recruit volunteers and partner with preschools in under-resourced communities to help children develop the language and literacy skills they need to set them on a path for academic and lifelong success. 

    Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® was launched over a decade ago to address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. On Thursday, October 27, 2016, children and adults will gather to read, learn, and laugh as they join together for the world’s largest shared reading experience. This 24-hour celebration builds awareness, creates impact, and raises funds to bring Jumpstart to communities across the country. 

    Join us on October 27, 2016 by reading The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, a classic tale of a bear’s epic journey and the mystery of one delicious sandwich! 

     How Can You R-F-T-R?

    • Fundraise for the Record: Show your support for early education by making a donation
    • Take Action: Spread the word by getting your school, library, or community involved
    • Read for the Record: Read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich on October 27


  • 07 Sep 2016 8:08 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of ILD! Download ILA's free activity and service kits to plan your celebration. Learn more about our spotlight country, Jamaica, and share what you're doing via social media using #ILD16.

  • 11 Jul 2016 2:55 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    Join NDRA today, now with more payment options!

  • 08 Jul 2016 6:38 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    NDRA President Tara Jordan and President Elect Melessa Bosch attending Literacy at the Ballpark in Boston for ILA 2016! 

  • 15 Jun 2016 10:09 AM | Becky Taylor (Administrator)

    Keep your kids engaged during the summer. Need some suggestions check out this link:

    18 practices

    Suggested by Donna Young Writer's Chair.

  • 27 Apr 2016 8:44 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    During our Spring NDRA meeting, President Brenda Seehafer passed the Ceremonial Gavel

    to incoming President Tara Jordan!

  • 14 Apr 2016 1:44 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    Last year, the International Literacy Association (ILA) started a conversation about literacy leadership, beginning with the impact collective action makes on eliminating illiteracy around the world. To propel the movement forward, experts in the field were brought together on April 14, 2015, to share ideas and inspiration.

    This April 14, ILA will convene its second annual Leaders for Literacy Day gathering in New York City. This year’s program Literacy Leadership: A Critical Driver to Advancing Literacy for All will focus on how leaders must steer conversation and action in the #AgeofLiteracy.

    We'll hear from leaders in the field through keynote and spotlight addresses and then a dynamic panel to allow discussion among experts. These leaders will address collaborative approaches to develop and advance literacy worldwide, offering multidisciplinary approaches from their varied backgrounds in the education, nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Afterward, discussions will be more informal as panelists and attendees come together for networking and continued engagement. All of the action will be live-tweeted and then covered in depth on Literacy Daily.

    This year’s literacy leaders include Lily Valtchanova, Research Liaison Officer at UNESCO; Rebecca McDonald, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Library for All; Steven Duggan, Director of Worldwide Education Strategy at Microsoft; Leslie Engle Young, Director of Impact at Pencils of Promise; Jody Spiro, Director of Education Leadership at the Wallace Foundation; Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID; Marcie Craig Post, Executive Director of ILA. The panel will be moderated by Liz Willen, Editor in Chief at The Hechinger Report.

    Celebrate Leaders for Literacy Day and join the conversation April 14 starting at 10 a.m. ET by following @ILAToday and #AgeofLiteracy on Twitter. Engage in our virtual dialogue by writing about the topic on your personal or your organization’s blog or by posting about the event and theme to your social media channels using #AgeofLiteracy. And, if you are in New York, please RSVP today and join us at the Institute of International Education.

    Nicole Lund is ILA’s communications intern.

  • 18 Feb 2016 11:22 PM | Kristen Scholand (Administrator)

    Join us on Saturday, March 5th at the Fargo Public Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss. We will have a variety of Dr. Seuss themed activities and prizes. This is a family event from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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