Welcome to the Alameda County Reading Association

We are an association of teachers and other interested individuals who work to increase the literacy abilities of children through school and community experiences. We examine research about best practices and spread the word through events and conferences each year.

What can you do to support ACRA? 

  • renew your membership,
  • invite new members to join,
  • post our program flyers & help us get the word out,
  • come to the programs and share what you learn

If we each do a small part, we will reach our goal of literacy for all.

50+ Years of ACRA!

The International Reading Association (our parent association) was founded January 1, 1956.  Our Alameda County Reading Association was chartered in December of 1961 as the Southern Alameda-Contra Costa Council of IRA.  Dr. Walter J. McHugh of California State University, Hayward was instrumental in organizing the group, but never assumed the presidency.  Dr. Henry Bamman from the Sacramento Area Council installed Woods Peters as our first president and Paul Williamson as the President-elect.

The California Reading Association was founded in 1965.  In November 1966 a separate Contra Costa County Council was established, and we became the Alameda County Council of the International Reading Association (ACC/IRA).  In December 1988 the name of our organization was officially changed to the Alameda County Reading Association (ACRA).

The mission of ACRA is to help promote literacy locally, nationally, and internationally.  The major goals and purposes of ACRA are: (1) to promote and disseminate information on reading and language arts research, legislation, trends, and instruction to ACRA members and the general public; (2) to promote communication and cooperation among all individuals concerned with reading instruction and improvement at all educational levels; and (3) to support the purposes of the California Reading Association and the International Reading Association.

In the years since 1961 we have had fifty dedicated Presidents, Executive Boards, and many loyal, supportive members.   We have provided professional opportunities for future educators and council members, presented informative programs and community literacy projects, and have contributed to worldwide literacy.  We have become an IRA Honor Council for 28 years as well as being on the IRA Membership Honor Roll.

We thank all our Past Presidents, members of our past and present Executive Boards, and all our members for their loyal support through the years.
                                                                   ~Happy 50th Birthday to ACRA, December 2011

Congratulations to our 2014-15 Literacy Grant Recipients…
The Alameda County Reading Association is pleased to award four mini-grants for the 2014-15 school year.

Beth Morris teaches Science and is a Library Media Specialist at Delaine Eastin Elementary School in the New Haven School District.  She wants to continue the California Young Reader Medal Program at the school and plans to use the mini-grant funds to purchase sets of primary, intermediate and older reader picture books so students can join in the CYRM program this spring and later have the books in the school library to enjoy for years.

Laura Cox is a Teacher Librarian at Delaine Eastin Elementary. She will use the mini-grant funds to order subscriptions of “Time for Kids Magazine” to use in her library program.  She will purchase sets for each grade level so the students can analyze, interpret, and use the news articles for the purpose of improving their information literacy skills.  The magazines would also be available in the media center for children to read for enjoyment and recreational reading.

Sharon Gregory is a kindergarten teacher at Searles Elementary School. This year she has been participating in the Classroom Intervention course being offered by the New Teacher Center and has been learning new interventions for low-achieving reading students.  She is working one-on-one with her struggling readers and will use the mini-grant funds to purchase Pioneer Valley leveled readers that have consistent characters and language structure.

Jeannette Alday is Assistant Principal at Delaine Eastin Elementary in the New Haven Unified School District. Their third grade classrooms have been working on incorporating nonfiction texts as a part of a balanced reading day.  Each class has recently purchased a subscription to an online reading program called “Raz Kids”.  With this program, students have access to many leveled reading books and each child can individually practice independent reading skills.  With mini-grants funds she will be able to purchase several sturdy individual headphones for the students’ Chromebooks.

We wish all our mini-grant winners the very best in their efforts to promote literacy and the love of reading in their students.