About the Portland Reading Council

Founded in 1957

The Portland Reading Council 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. We are an affiliate of the Oregon State Literacy Association and the International Literacy Association.

2018-19 Board Meetings

October 13    December 1     February 23     April 27

Contact us for more information about attending a board meeting: portlandreadingcouncil@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 Meet Ups                                                    • Members-Only Listserv &  Facebook page                                                                                      • Professional Development Events

Board Members

Co-Presidents: Kari Montgomery, Lake Oswego School District and                              Trish Pazdalski, Beaverton School District                                                                                 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:

Jen Arndt, West Linn Wilsonville School District                                                                     Katie Beckett, Tigard-Tualatin School District                                                                    Jennifer Bentley, Parkrose School District                                                                               Venisha Bahr, Gresham-Barlow  School District (on leave)                                                  Elicia Blackford, Portland Public Schools                                                                                Shaari Cohen, Gresham Barlow School District                                                                     Alyson Drain, Reynolds School District                                                                                     Karly Lefferts, Portland Public Schools                                                                                      Kirby McCurtis, Multnomah County Library                                                                               Sarah Sippel, Centennial School District

Photos of Current and Former Board Members




Board members at CL