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About the International Reading Association

The International Reading Association (IRA) is a nonprofit membership association of individual and institutional literacy professionals. Our members are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifelong reading habit. IRA is proud to partner with ePals to help connect teachers locally, nationally or internationally.

IRA's peer-reviewed research and practitioner journals are known throughout the professional literacy community as preferred vehicles for publishing leading research and research-based instructional strategies. These include:

  • Reading Research Quarterly (for those committed to scholarship)
  • The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (for teachers of older students)
  • The Reading Teacher (for those working with children up to age 12)

IRA's major strategic focus is to provide quality professional development for members at every milepost in their career cycles. IRA has five major program areas:

?Advocacy and Global Outreach | Awards and Events | Meetings
Professional Communications | Publications

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Additional information about IRA can be found on the Associations web site, www.reading.org.

Resources from International Reading Association

This Month's Focus: Engaging Early Readers

What predicts future reading success for our young children? According to the National Early Literacy Panel Report (2004) that studied areas necessary to develop for future reading achievement for children from birth to age five, vocabulary development plays a key role. Learn more by listening and watching this presentation from IRA authors Lesley Mandel Morrow and Billie J. Enz on the Foundational Roles of Vocabulary and Comprehension in Early Literacy.


Foundational Role of Vocabulary & Comprehension in Early Literacy from International Reading Assoc on Vimeo.


More Resources from International Reading Association

Class Acts: Podcasts About Teaching Reading and Writing

Phonics Through Shared Reading
Rimes, onsets and reading aloud help K-3 children with phonics.
Podcast | Article | Research Base | 37 Rimes?

Lesson Plans
Try these lesson plans with your early readers:

Book Lists
Readers select favorite recently-published books "Choices" reading lists.

Articles are a premium product offered by the International Reading Association. The links below provide access to previews of the selected articles. Full articles can be purchased through the IRA website.