WHAT IS CRA? The California Reading Association (CRA) is a non-profit professional organization of educators who are actively involved in all aspects of reading and language arts education, from kindergarten through university levels. The state organization, an affiliate of the International Reading Association (IRA), consists of more than 55 active local reading councils located in different service areas around the state. Over 12,000 educators hold membership in this professional organization. As a council of the California Reading Association we adhere to the following: Mission Statement of the California Reading Association * to promote literacy for all; * to provide a local and statewide network of teachers and administrators associated with issues of reading and language arts instruction, including writing, spelling, thematic instruction, and assessment; * to support the activities of the local reading councils and provide a concentrated focus and dialogue about literacy issues; * to advocate for strong balanced reading and language arts programs for all learners in which essential literacy skills and high-quality texts are used effectively to create a seamless curricular approach; * to promote timely instructional materials, resources, and information on current reading and language arts research, trends, and instructional approaches; * to provide timely information on legislation and education policy affecting the literacy picture in California and across the nation; * to promote the pursuit of life-long reading.