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A Message from the President of TAIR

03.01.2013 · Posted in News

Welcome to Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading website!

Children’s author, Beverly Cleary once said, “One rainy Sunday when I was in third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since.” Like Ms. Cleary, I was likely an “accidental reader,” thanks to my parents smothering me in quality literacy opportunities. As teachers, we know that not all children are given opportunities to become accidental readers, but instead need excellent reading teachers. The Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading (TAIR) is committed to providing professional development to Texas teachers.

TAIR began with a small band of twenty teachers who were interested in reading instruction. Now for more than six decades, TAIR has been serving Texas schoolchildren and teachers with quality professional conferences that focus on the teaching of reading, writing, and the language arts. TAIR’s original goal was to offer an affordable reading conference within reach of every teacher in the state; today, that goal is still being reached every year. Each conference is a partnership between a university and one or more public schools. Because Texas is so diverse, each conference is a unique professional development experience, but all offer top-notch learning experiences for educators, for aspiring teachers, and for interested community members.

You may have attended a TAIR conference as a student in college or as a beginning teacher. If so, we want to invite you to come back – and bring a friend! If you have never attended a TAIR conference, find one near you – and bring a friend! Let’s read!

Kathy E. Stephens,
State President of TAIR

East Texas TAIR conference – March 25, 2011.

04.22.2011 · Posted in Conference

The Annual East Texas TAIR conference was held on March 25, 2011 at LeTourneau University.

Approximately 120 participants met to hear senior-level Teacher Education majors present breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon. Other Teacher Education majors shared two readers’ theater presentations during the main sessions.

The author, Bettina Restrepo shared her books during the morning and keynote luncheon sessions. Area teachers attending the conference enjoyed a catered meal from McAlister’s, served and honored by the students.


Photos from the breakout sessions at The East Texas TAIR conference. Please click the thumbnails above to get the full sized images.

The media department at LeTourneau University produced a short video of the main session, including a brief interview with Dr. Kathy Stephens, Dept. Chair for Teacher Education.