Posted by on 29 December, 2010
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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

The Missouri Reader: Disciplinary Literacy

Posted by on 7 November, 2017
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The newest issue of The Missouri Reader is now available for MSC members. Check out this issue featuring a special Disciplinary Literacy section. You will find articles by Timothy Shanahan, Jennifer Altieri, and our own David Harrison and Mary Jo Fresch. Contributions by classroom teachers let us see successful practices from their classrooms. Articles range from those of interest to preschool teachers to those addressing high school classrooms. You don’t want to miss the MoSTAR list of recommended science literacy books by Jennifer Fox, Jeff Thomas, and Joyce Gulley. If you are looking for recommendations for books to support economics, check out the article by Eva Johnson, from the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis. These articles and many more will ensure that there is something for each of you in the latest issue of The Missouri Reader. 

CHECK IT OUT:   https://joom.ag/HA9W

If you would like to contribute an article to The Missouri Reader, please see the last page of this issue for guidelines and directions to submit your article.

Changes, Changes, Changes for MSC and ILA

Posted by on 30 October, 2017
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 By Tamara Jo Rhomberg, President

As you can tell from the heading the focus of this message is – Changes.  I thought this would be an appropriate topic since it is autumn when there are a lot of changes taking place. Leaves are turning colors, the air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, the time is about to change, flip-flops and short sleeves are giving way to sweatshirts and jeans, and changes are coming to the Missouri State Council.  As you know, the International Literacy Association (ILA) has recently undergone some major changes of its own.  Most noticeable is the name change from “reading” to “literacy.” But other changes have also been taking place, such as their reincorporation in Delaware, restructuring of their office staff, revisions to the Mission Statement, By-Laws, and Policies and Procedures.  I mention these things because as a state affiliate of the ILA, MSC is directly affected by these changes.

For the past year, the MSC executive board has been working with the ILA development staff to understand the potential impact the new affiliation might have for MSC and its local councils and members.  We, as a board, have attended multiple training sessions, participated in question and answer webinars, engaged in online conference calls, and have been involved in email conversations with the professional development team at ILA – all focused on the changes in the organization. Let me assure all our MSC members, the focus of ILA to support literacy for all has not changed but as with all organizations facing a decline in leadership and membership changes sometimes are needed so that the goals can be attained.

By a unanimous decision, the executive board of MSC has voted to become a State Affiliate Group with ILA and to engage in the Chapter Development Program that ILA is offering.  This decision enables MSC to take full advantage of the resources made available from ILA, to use the ILA logo, to utilize the ILA website to promote our organization and to capitalize on the expertise of ILA personnel to rebrand MSC as a premier literacy organization in the state of Missouri.  This will be a deliberate process involving the development of a strategic action plan during which MSC will keep the local chapters informed and up to date as to future changes.  We all know that change is inevitable – some changes we like and some we don’t but if we are to grow and to prosper as an organization this change is a good thing.


Posted by on 27 April, 2017
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Reading over the summer is a proven way to help prevent the summer slide. Help prevent the summer slide at your schools by giving your students FREE BOOKS!!! Who doesn’t like to give children free books?

In compliance with the national Title 1 feed program, the Missouri REaD project is designed to improve student reading and literacy skills and foster parent engagement by providing books to children other than during school times. You can obtain FREE books to distribute to students at your school by completing a simple application. Applicants must be members of the Missouri State Council of the IRA.

If interested, please download the Read and Feed Book Grant Application using the links below.

REaD NEW books are eligible to distribution to schools that participate in the Title 1 FEED program when schools are not in session. Follow this link for the application: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_FXljyzj5m0SC4_iITjozawBJiO-LbqSfoz5cfByq-s/edit

REad GENTLY USED (LIKE NEW!) books are eligible for any Title 1 School. Follow this link for the application: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wuNRosvZJ0q5en3_uxH2LEqVV_YbB0lxvIb-aZDhZkk/edit

Contact the program chairperson, Ms. Jody Rozbicki (jrozbicki@ladueschools.net) with your questions.