What Is the International Reading Association?

Instructor: Shelby Golden
The International Reading Association recently changed its name to the International Literacy Association. Read this article to learn more about this association and what it does.

The International Literacy Association

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is an organization that focuses on encouraging reading and literacy. The organization includes educators from many countries and has been around from over 60 years. This association carries out its literacy mission through the following major avenues:

Providing Resources

The ILA offers a variety of educational resources through their website ( You can find educational tips supplied through various options, including:

  • Reading lists
  • A literacy blog
  • Journals, books and magazines
  • Lesson plans

Deciding Standards

Educators can refer to the ILA for standards related to a variety of literacy issues across primary and secondary schooling. The ILA standards are decided by a committee of educators from schools and universities around the country. These standards are carefully crafted to meet and support national and state standards of literacy education and are used for the certification of literacy educators.

The ILA also works with the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. This allows the ILA to exert influence over various policies and procedures related to literacy education.

Offering Grants and Awards

Individual teachers, students and groups can get access to various grants and awards through the ILA. These awards all focus in some way on advancing literacy, whether through programs, writing, teaching or studying. The grants and awards are available at different dates and include different requirements, all of which may be found on the ILA website. Some examples of these grants and awards include:

  • Book awards
  • Achievement awards
  • Research awards and grants
  • Reading program awards
  • Community and volunteer service awards

Supporting International Literacy

The ILA has set up affiliates in 76 countries to help foster the growth of literacy. These affiliates are set up as independent groups that include local educators working with literacy volunteers. Through this network, the ILA can offer teachers around the world the support and resources they need to help their students.

Literacy Instruction

If you'd like to learn more about literacy education, you can check out this course on Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School. These short lessons go over many of the tips and suggestions associated with developing literacy in children and covers the development of vocabulary and writing. It also offers some different approaches to literacy instruction.

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