St. Louis Suburban Council of IRA is a professional organization of educators and individuals actively engaged in the development of literacy throughout the Greater St. Louis Area.  We are committed to:

  1. increasing the opportunities for professional growth;
  2. encouraging lifelong reading for pleasure and learning;
  3. promoting research-based instructional practices; and
  4. providing information related to literacy.



The St. Louis Suburban Council of IRA strives to provide the following services to educators in the Greater St. Louis area: 

  • Ongoing, meaningful professional development from national and local presenters.
  • Make connections with technology
  • Advocate for IRA positions at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Create and support a learning community that 
    • Encourages a love of reading
    • Provides professional and social networking opportunities
    • Collaborates with other professionals.
    • Promotes the use of “best practices” in the classroom
  • Promote literacy