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Welcome!  We hope that you find this site informative and that you will return to it often to stay current with IRA and today’s literacy instruction.  We welcome your comments and questions.

— Glenda Nugent

MSC-IRA State Coordinator

Literacy for All Conference October 15

Posted by on 11 September, 2016
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Join the Missouri State Council and the St. Louis Suburban Reading Council at the Literacy for All Conference at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis on October 15, 2016,  for an informative, interactive, research-based literacy conference for PK- grade 12.  Brod Bagert, poet, award winning author,  and ‘edutainer’ is the featured speaker. His lively session will open the conference and many informative break-out sessions  on topics that include differentiated instruction, reading and writing informational text, Guided Reading, poetry, Missouri Learning Standard Expectations, reading and writing workshop, comprehension strategy instruction, the techno-teacher, and more will follow.  The conference is a bargain with a registration fee of only $25 that includes breakfast and lunch.

Brod Bagert is the award-winning author of 17 books of poetry for children, young-adults, and adults.  His work has received numerous awards including the International Reading Association’s prestigious Young Adults Choices award, the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, the Independent Publisher Gold Book Award, and Mom’s Choices Gold Medal. He tours some thirty weeks a year, and has visited Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and just about every nook and cranny of the good ole USA. Today Brod mesmerizes audiences with poetry, leaving participants with a new or reinvigorated love for poetry. The lesson is, he says, “To understand, love, write, present, and speak poetry. . . . RECITE POEMS OUT LOUD.” Authored books include School Fever, Giant Children, Let Me Be the Boss. His Muse Project, a collaboration with thousands of teachers, is an online collection of poems correlated with national core curriculum standards and benchmarks for grades 1-8.

To find out more about Brod, go to his website:  http://www.brodbagert.org/

PLEASE JOIN this exciting poet and MSC at Harris-Stowe State University for one of the best conferences of the year!

To register for the conference, go to:

Literacy for All Conference Registration Oct 2016




Posted by on 22 August, 2016
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MEETING POSTPONED!!! The meeting previously scheduled for September 10 in Columbia has been postponed. Notice of a future meeting will be shared with council leaders through this website, Facebook, and via email.


ILA is in the process of formally shifting from the International Reading Association to the International Literacy Association and this action will impact ALL state and local councils. During the ILA 2016 Conference in Boston, ILA hosted two ILA Network Information Sessions regarding the transition. State MSC President Tammy Rhomberg and State Coordinator Glenda Nugent attended these sessions and will share this important information at a State MSC Leadership Meeting on September 10 in Columbia.

It is critical that each state and local council carefully review this  information and attend the STATE MSC meeting on Sept.10 in Columbia so that we can determine next steps in the future of our state organization and local councils.

Please use this link to read the information from ILA:



Missouri State Council/IRA State Leadership Meeting

Saturday, September 10, 10am-2pm

Country Kitchen


1712 N Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65202

(573) 875-1333

PLEASE RSVP to glenda.nugent@gmail.com with:



Council Position:

Contact email and phone number:


It is important that we know who is representing your council. Please share this information with your local council officers and ensure that your council is represented.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.


Missouri’s Read and Feed Project

Posted by on 14 August, 2016
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The Missouri State Council of the International Literacy Association (MSC-ILA) and the St. Louis Suburban Council of the International Reading Association administer the Missouri Read and Feed program awarding children’s books to students through the literacy-based Read and Feed Program sponsored by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the National Association of State Title I Directors (NASTID).  Through this project, books are distributed children in to schools/school districts that qualify for Title I Feed assistance, as documented and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The St. Louis Suburban Council, in cooperation with Harris-Stowe State University, completed a very successful book distribution project at Johnson Wabash Elementary in Ferguson-Florissant School District on June 15, 2016.  Children there received over 1500 NEW books which had been donated by vendors at the July, 2015, International Literacy Association Conference in St. Louis.

Dr. Betty Porter-Walls spearheaded the effort through Harris-Stowe State University.

The Read and Feed Program at Johnson Wabash Elementary School was the type of school day we’d love to experience each and every day when children smile at the sight of books and adults say, “Finally, a reader is born.”  More than fifteen hundred (1,500) trade books were given to the students. Thank you for a renewal of spirit and confirmation that teaching is indeed a noble profession. Ferguson-Florissant was a fantastic host for the Read and Feed Program and I believe we all did good work!—Dr. Betty Porter Walls

 MSC/IRA President Tamara Rhomberg and Project Chair Jody Rozbicki extend thanks to all who made the project a BIG success.

Again- thank you to all who have made this project come to fruition. Please know that each council member/ HSSU student and staff was crucial in the success of this Read and Feed.  It was a rewarding experience to bring literacy joy to so many students, which we are eager to share with the council, with MSC, and with ILA.  Next steps are to bring this type of project to our members and other Missouri councils! – Tamara Rhomberg   

Tamara Rhomberg, President of Missouri State Council and St. Louis Suburban Council Executive Board; Glenda Nugent, Missouri State Coordinator for ILA; and Dr. William Kerns, Assistant Professor, Harris-Stowe State University, were invited to present our Read and Feed project at the 2016 International Literacy Conference in Boston.

This program emphasizes not only the importance of reading, but also helps develop a lifelong love of the written word. – Dr. Betty Porter Walls