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.

2016-17 Board Meetings 9:00 am – Noon @ Concordia University, Columbia River Campus

October 1    December 3     February 4      April 22

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, Pinterest

• Professional Development Events for K-12 Teachers

Board Members

Co-Presidents:  Amy Morinville, David Douglas School District and Julie Owens, Concordia University

Secretary: Shaari Cohen, Gresham-Barlow School District

Treasurer: Laura Bush, Retired, Oregon City School District

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

At Large:

Teresa Dalgleish, Centennial School District

Rosemarie El Youssef, Reynolds School District

DeAnne Fuhriman, Oregon City School District

Elizabeth Martin, Portland Public Schools

Kay Montgomery, Lake Oswego School District

Trish Pazdalski, Beaverton School District

Kana Sanders, Tigard-Tualatin School District

Mandy Tuthill, Multnomah County Library

Cool Photos of Current and Former Board Members






Board members at CL