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Read Across Hawaii

Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers

NEA and its affiliate, the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), kicked off this year’s “NEA’s Read Across America” program with reading events in Honolulu and Wailuka to emphasize the theme “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers,” with a selection of books featured in the Read Across America resource calendar and poster. Educator Michelle Sasaki joined NEA Director (HI) Cliff Fukuda and other association leaders for school visits that also featured students’ favorite Hawaiian authors and illustrators. To order copies of the calendar, go here. Also, don’t forget to check out the array of resources, based on each book, available from our partner Reading is Fundamental at

NEA-HSTA member Michelle Sasaki, a kindergarten teacher at Hickam Elementary in Honolulu, reads
“Punia and the King of Sharks,” a Hawaiian folk tale adapted by Lee Wardlaw, to Louise Cayetano’s
class at Fern Elementary School in Honolulu.

NEA Director for Hawaii, Cliff Fukuda, who also serves on the Read Across America Advisory
Committee, visits students at Fern Elementary in Honolulu. Students in Ms. Cayetano’s class
check out the books featured in the 2017-18 NEA’s Read Across America resource calendar.

NEA-HSTA member Michelle Sasaki, a kindergarten teacher at Hickam Elementary, Honolulu, HI, reads 
“Mele the Crab Finds the Way Out,” to Alan Isbell’s fourth-grade class at Wailuka Elementary School..

Students in Mr. Isbell’s fourth-grade class at Wailuka Elementary get an early start to year-long reading
by reviewing books featured in the 2017-18 NEA’s Read Across America resource calendar and poster.

Edcommunities Groups

Collaborate with educators on this topic in the groups below.

Illinois Education Matters
Illinois Education Matters is a network for all practitioners in education - IEA members and non-members. This effort is designed to serve as a repository for professional development, tools, resources, and information on grants, conferences / workshops, etc. Imagine this as your one stop for all connections. If you have joined our group, please message me - letting me know that you joined. I do not get any information telling me you joined. Our membership is so large, it takes me forever to go through and see our new members. Thanks for your help. You can also join other active groups on edCommunities. Several IEA members are facilitators for edCommunities. Check out and join their groups, if interested. Mary Ann Rivera - Illinois ESPs Greg Hobbs - Illinois Education Matters IEA Jillian Huber - Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th Jim Grimes - Higher Education Amy Kappele - Early Childhood Development & Education

Secondary Literacy
Do you want to inspire your students to think critically, to analyze works, and to use their imaginations on a daily basis? Do you want to explore ways you can integrate reading into writing curricula and writing into reading curricula in your high school classroom? Join us at the Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th group to share, explore, and discuss ways for teachers of all content areas to link these two important life skills together in order to help students get the most out of themselves every day.

School Integrated Pest Management
This group will provide information and resources for integrated pest management training and advice for all educators and school districts . Pest management is important, but often overlooked, part of school safety. Pests can cause stings and bites, and can trigger allergies. In addition, some pests pose health threats by spreading germs and filth. Un-managed pest problems can result in damage to school property, unsightly landscapes, and other unsafe conditions.

Our Read Across America Online Store is Open!

Visit to purchase stickers, bookmarks, pencils, mugs, hats & more. We have all you need to create a memorable RAA celebration.


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Download the Read Across America 2017 Recommended Books Poster here (PDF).

Download the 2017-18 Read Across America Resource Calendar and Poster!



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Coming in 2018...

National Teacher Day
May 8, 2018

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-11, 2018

American Education Week
November 12-16, 2018

Coming in 2019...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Friday, March 2, 2019