American Reading Forum

A community of literacy scholars & teachers



As members of the board of the American Reading Forum, we believe that times of unrest and uncertainty provide opportunities to reflect on our values and the manner in which they align with our lives. Our organizational commitment is to the open exchange of ideas related to literacy instruction. Guided by the concept of a forum, we aim to collectively participate in conversations that critically examine what we value in literacy education, question the institutional forces that impact literacy instruction, and re-orient educational practices toward equity and advocacy for those whose voices are small or silenced. As a forum, we are committed to engaging in rigorous and comprehensive discussions about research and teaching that are both anti-biased and anti-racist and thus puts critical literacy at the forefront. Read more. 


Congratulations to the 2019 award winners!  Carla Meyer was awarded the Brenda S. Townsend Service Award.  Emily Howell and Jennifer Van Allen received the Gary Moorman Early Career Literacy Scholar Award.  Learn more about these awards and how to apply here.

The American Reading Forum is a nonprofit, professional organization composed of individuals who share an interest in the improvement of reading. While the American Reading Forum is an organization that facilitates the dissemination of ideas and research, it places highest priority on providing its members opportunities for critical discussion of ideas, issues, research and emerging research interests and paradigms.

The 2020 ARF Conference will be held in beautiful Sanibel, Fl. Join us for three days of critical dialogue centered around literacy, fellowship, networking and beautiful sunsets.