Founded in 1957

The Portland Council of the International Reading Association (PCIRA) is dedicated to imparting the value of literacy, increasing the understanding of literacy and promoting equitable access to reading and writing in the school and community. We provide a forum for teachers and community members to explore current literacy theories and practices, thus enhancing the teaching of reading and writing, and promoting lifelong literacy.

2015-16 Board Meetings 9:00 am – Noon @ Concordia University

                             October 3    December 5     February 20      April 2

Contact us for more information about attending a board meeting: pciraliteracy@gmail.com

 Annual Projects, Programs, and Communications:

• The African-American Read-In                • Literacy Educator Scholarship

• Celebrate Literacy Awards                         • Literacy Shout Outs!

Teachers As Readers Book Groups          • Patricia Gallagher Children’s Choice Award

• Second Chance Literacy Grants                 • Literacy Happy Hour

Literacy Bytes: online news items

• Member Listserv, Facebook page, Twitter

• Professional Development Events for K-12 Teachers

Board Members

Co-Presidents:  Amy Morinville, David Douglas School District

Nicole Smith, Tigard-Tualatin School District

Secretary: DeAnne Fuhriman, Oregon City School District


Membership: Penny Plavala, Multnomah ESD  Email: pennyplavala@gmail.com

At Large:

Carrie Blythe, North Clackamas School District

Laura Bush, Retired, Oregon City School District

Shaari Cohen, Gresham-Barlow School District

Anna Davis, Portland Public Schools

Barbara Head, Multnomah County Library

Barb Keller, Retired, Parkrose School District

Elizabeth Martin, Portland Public Schools

Sara McCarney, West Linn/Wilsonville School District

Karen Meier, Portland Public Schools

Kay Montgomery, Centennial School District

Julie Owens, Concordia University

Kana Sanders, Tigard-Tualatin School District

Debbie Tofte, Newberg School District

Cool Photos of Current and Former Board Members

Board Retreat 2013



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