Exemplary Reading Program Award


The Exemplary Reading Program Award recognizes outstanding reading and language arts programs at all grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school). Its purpose is to call the public’s attention to outstanding programs in schools throughout Canada and the United States. Each participating state and provincial council, with an active ERPA committee chair, may choose one winning school a year.

All public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the United States and Canada are eligible for the award provided

  • The state or province in which the school is located has an Exemplary Reading Program Award Committee currently in place to judge program applications from that state or province
  • At least one faculty or staff member of that school is a current IRA member

Applications must be postmarked no later than November 15 and received at IRA Headquarters no later than November 28. Headquarters will then forward applications to the state/provincial Exemplary Reading Program Award Committees for review.

Application and Guidelines

For additional information, contact Council Services.

2014-2015 State/Provincial ERPA Chairpersons

United States

Alabama Reading Association
Dr. Kelly Hill

Arizona Reading Association
Gudrun Godare

Arkansas Reading Association
Julie L. Huskey

California Reading Association
Kathy Langham

Colorado Council
Alison M. Mund

Diamond State Reading Association
Kathy Demarie-Churchey

Georgia Reading Association
Genie H. Adams

Idaho Council
Margaret E. Chase

Illinois Reading Council
Helen D. Bryant

Indiana State Reading Association
Amanda Cleary

Iowa Reading Association
Deb A. Mortensen

Kansas Reading Association
Carolyn R. Doolittle, Ed.D.

Louisiana Reading Association
Marilyn Westfall

Maryland IRA Council
Susan Abramson

Massachusetts Reading Association
Heather McCarthy

Michigan Reading Association
Sean Kottke

Minnesota Reading Association
Kathryn Bannon

Mississippi State Council
Jo B. Prather

Nebraska State Reading Association
Julie Agard

New Mexico Reading Association
Mrs. Ann T. Steinhoff

New York Reading Association
Pat Shea-Bischoff

North Carolina Reading Association
Dawn Simpson

North Dakota Reading Association
Dina Laskowski

Ohio Reading Council
April M. Wulber

Oklahoma Reading Association
Stephan E. Sargent

Oregon Reading Association
Beth Laforce

Keystone State Reading Association (PA)
Michael Williams

South Carolina State Council
Jane J. Harrison

South Dakota State Council
Ronda R. Price

Tennessee Reading Association
Mary C. Pullen

Texas Association for Literacy Education (TALE)
Kim R. Skinner

Utah Reading Association
Sheryl Goodrich

Virginia State Reading Association
Charles E. Richards

Washington Organization for Reading Development
Cheryl M. Vance

West Virginia Reading Association
Kimberly A. Burris

Wisconsin State Reading Association
Susan M. Boquist


Ontario Reading Association
Jennifer Rowsell

Saskatchewan Reading Association
Shelly C. Galloway

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