Meet the Co-Presidents

The Portland Reading Council is led by two outstanding literacy educators: Julie Owens, 2-julie-and-amy-2016Associate Professor at Concordia University (on left) and Amy Morinville, Reading Intervention Teacher at Ron Russell Middle School in the David Douglas School District.

Julie and Amy are skillfully leading our council board members to develop engaging projects and high quality professional learning opportunities to support your literacy work with students.
A big thank you to Julie and Amy!

Here is a peek into their classrooms.

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$500 Literacy Educator Scholarship

We are thrilled to announce an opportunity for our members who are aspiring educatorsATT-Scholarship and literacy leaders. All Portland Reading Council members who are currently enrolled in courses at an accredited university or college in Mutnomah or Washington County, Oregon, and are pursuing a degree, certificate, or endorsement with a focus on reading (including those seeking ECE/ELEM Multiple Subjects credential) can apply for our  Literacy Educator Scholarship with an award of $500.

Applications are due no later than November 30 and only complete applications will be accepted.

You must be a member of the Portland Reading Council to apply. Check out our $25 for 2 years special:

Download Application:final-literacy-ed-schol-app-16-17-2

Questions?  Please contact

2015 Winner Sarah Enriquez Wiley with Co-President Nicole Smith

Scholarship winner and Nicole

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Join the Portland Reading Council – $25 for Two Years!

Save $25! Receive membership in two professional literacy organizations!

Join/renew now

Benefits of membership include:

  • Dual Membership in the Oregon Reading Association
  • Receive reduced registration fees at local workshops and ORA Institutes
  • Check out a set of books nominated for the Patricia Gallagher Children’s Choice Book     Award to share with your students
  • Nominate a peer for a Literacy Shout Out or the Celebrate Literacy Award
  • Join fellow educators at a local literacy event
  • Lending library of professional books and DVDs
  • Members-only listserv featuring teaching ideas, inspiration for your classroom, news of upcoming events
  • and much more!

Stay tuned for more information about these opportunities or contact us at


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Recognize Good Work in Literacy Instruction

shout out 3The Portland Reading Council board wants to celebrate the literacy work of educators in our region. Even efforts that seem small can be very significant for students.

Please take a moment to nominate a literacy educator (teacher, reading specialist, librarian, educational assistant, parent volunteer, etc.) who you believe is making a difference for students.

Eligible educators must work in one of these counties in Oregon: Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County (Beaverton, Sherwood, or Tigard-Tualatin School Districts).

We will send a “heard about your good work” email to the educator you nominate and to their principal/supervisor, and will follow up with a special certificate created in their honor.

Please fill out this form: Literacy Shout Out

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