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.

2017-18 Board Meetings 9:00 am – Noon @ Concordia University, Columbia River Campus

October 28    December 9     February 24     April 14

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

• Community Service Project Grants           • Literacy Happy Hour

Literacy Bytes: online news items

• Members-Only Listserv and Facebook page

• Professional Development Events for K-12 Teachers

Board Members

Co-Presidents: Julie Owens, Concordia University and Elizabeth Martin, Portland Public Schools

Secretary: Amy Morinville, David Douglas School District

Treasurer: Laura Bush, Retired, Oregon City School District

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

At Large:

Shaari Cohen, Gresham-Barlow School District

Venisha Bahr, Gresham-Barlow  School District

Jennifer Bentley, Parkrose School District

Emily Grant-Molina, Beaverton School District

Kay Montgomery, Lake Oswego School District

Trish Pazdalski, Beaverton School District

Kana Sanders, Tigard-Tualatin School District

Karly Lefferts, North Clackamas School District

Sue Rohm, Centennial School District

Sarah Sippel, Centennial School District

Photos of Current and Former Board Members






Board members at CL