My name is Rachel Armstrong. I am the Chair of the Board for ISLA (Indiana State Literacy Association) until the end of June 2020.
My goals for ISLA are to grow as an organization by spreading awareness of our organization and councils and by creating partnerships with organizations and people with similar interests. We have lowered our state fees this year and will be giving back to our councils and through projects to promote lifelong literacy.
I want to extend a welcome to any individual or organization that shares and promotes of love of literacy in Indiana. I believe that we need to unite our efforts and manpower to support Indiana in its areas of need in all stages. Education does not solely happen in our schools. We should model and provide services to all.
We are dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusive practices within ourselves and our association. I encourage anyone interested in joining the association or the executive board to reach out to us. We hope that you will join us on Saturday, September 14th in Noblesville to participate in a day of embracing these values and virtues at our annual conference.
This year ISLA celebrates our 55th year as an association. In the fall of 1963, Dr. William Powell of Ball State University met in Muncie with representatives from four local reading councils: Ft. Wayne, Evansville, Indianapolis, and Gary. They met to form a statewide reading organization, the Indiana State Council. Edith James became the first president in 1964. We honor and celebrate all past members and officers.
I am very excited to share my love of literacy and my commitment to give back with all of you.
President, Indiana State Literacy Association