IRA Has a New Name: International Literacy Association ( ILA) February 2015


IRA Becomes The International Literacy Association (ILA)

ILA Comes to St. Louis July 2015

Dr. Betty Porter Walls

Educators, particularly members of the International Reading Association (IRA), are excited to welcome the 60th Anniversary of the IRA Convention to St. Louis this summer, July 18-20. One big change! St. Louis will welcome the International Literacy Association (ILA). Marcie Craig Post, Executive Director, announced that as of January 26, 2015, the IRA will officially be known as the ILA. She stated, “We are adding literacy to our name to become the International Literacy Association because literacy is our cause, our passion, and our reason for being. On January 26, we will flip the switch and begin to share our new vision and member experience”.

A few changes will soon be seen:
1. Reading Today Online is now Literacy Daily. The blog features even more practical resources, research and thought provoking articles.

2.  The website has been updated to reflect the new name, logo, and design

3.  Registration for the ILA 2015 Conference – themed “Transforming Lives through Literacy” – is open at

Three St. Louis area IRA members are very involved in preparing for the ILA Conference. Dr. Betty Porter Walls, former president and current board member of the St Louis Suburban Council is the chairperson of the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC). Dr. Glenda Nugent, former State President of the Arkansas Council and current member of the Mid-Rivers Council, is the co-chairperson to coordinate activities in surrounding states. Jody Rozbicki, former president and Membership Chairperson of St. Louis Suburban Council, is the co-chairperson of the Legacy Committee. The three co-chairpersons have made several personal service announcements (PSAs) with St. Louis area educators from several districts. These PSAs will hopefully encourage everyone to come to ILA in St. Louis in July.

Volunteers will be needed! Betty, Glenda, and Jody will have volunteer information soon. You must be an IRA member to be eligible to volunteer; that’s one definite qualification

Teachers and administrators from the St. Louis Public Schools will be joining us also as hosts for the conference.

If you’ve always wanted to attend one of the best international professional conferences, this July conference will offer a wonderful opportunity. We definitely want our members to register and attend the International Literacy Association. Registration information can be found at


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