International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference
St. Louis, Mo
July 18 – 20, 2015
The International Literacy Association (ILA), formerly known as the International Reading Association (IRA) will hold its annual conference in our City of St. Louis this summer and our St. Louis Suburban Council is the major conference host. Reserve the dates of July 18-20 on your calendar for the ILA. Council member Betty Porter Walls is the general co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) preparing for the conference with LAC co-chairs Jody Rozbicki also from our council and Glenda Nugent from the Mid-Rivers Council. The three of us meet regularly to plan and strategize as we prepare for a monthly phone conference with the conference committee in New Jersey at ILA headquarters. “What do you do?’ someone asked. Our response is that we are the ‘worker bees’ who promote the conference by appearing in general service announcements to be shown nationwide, organizing other LAC members to volunteer during the conference, and helping to promote a Legacy Project by which the conference will leave its literacy imprint on our city. Fortunately we have the counsel of Dolores B. Malcolm, past IRA President, for assistance with questions and plans. Yes, a past IRA president resides in St. Louis!
We are pleased to have more than fifty educators from the St. Louis Public Schools become members of our St. Louis Suburban Council to ensure a St. Louis area wide representation and participation until their council reorganizes. More ILA hands to help are more than welcome.
If you’ve never attended an International Literacy Association, you will be amazed at the resources available, the experts you’ll meet, and the mass of information and free products you will receive. Not often will such an opportunity be available. Just think of the savings you will enjoy when you attend a national professional organization conference as large and as significant as the ILA. The conference is in downtown St. Louis, so plane fare probably won’t be necessary; you can drive. You won’t need a hotel room if you live in the greater St. Louis area or have a friend who’ll let you be a house guest during the conference. The international conference isn’t this close to us very often; please take advantage of this opportunity and the savings.
Did you know that basketball star Shaquille O’Neal and famous actress Octavia Spenser are literacy advocates and authors of children’s literature? They will be speakers at the 2015 ILA Conference and you can read about their reading and literacy contributions in the March/April 2015 issue of Reading Today. An exciting program is planned for the conference and can be reviewed on the ILA website www.reading.org.
We need your help and assistance at the International Literacy Association Conference. Please consider volunteering to greet participants as they arrive at the conference, help with registration, or help with sessions. We are asking for a two-hour commitment from our members. If each of our more than two hundred members would volunteer, we’d have plenty of help. The Volunteer Commitment Form can be found on our local website www.stlsuburbanreading.org and the website for the Missouri State Council of the IRA (MSC-IRA) at www.missouri.org. LAC co-chairperson Glenda Nugent, email@example.com, can assist scheduling your volunteer time. You do not need to attend the conference to be a volunteer. You do not have to be an active ILA member to volunteer.
The LAC is also making plans for the “Read and Feed” Legacy Project for the ILA Conference. St. Louis will have a lasting memory of the 2015 Conference with this ‘Read and Feed’ Legacy Project. The “Read and Feed” Legacy Project is about providing books to a Title I school(s) in the St. Louis area which has a feeding program. Books will be given to students for their personal home libraries. Jody Rozbicki, firstname.lastname@example.org is the LAC Co-chair for the Read and Feed Project. More information about the project will be shared with you.
Early Bird registrations at a reduced fee are available for groups of Missouri
educators. There is a deadline for these reduced rates and a certain form must be used. The Early Bird registration form can be found on the websites for the St. Louis Suburban Council and the Missouri State Council. Contact LAC co-chairpersons Betty Porter Walls, email@example.com, and/or Glenda Nugent, Glenda.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.