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


Posted by on 24 October, 2016
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Dear Educator,

 I was sad, as I’m sure you were, to hear that the 2016 Literacy for All Conference, recently scheduled for Saturday, October 15, at Harris Stowe State University, was postponed.  Betty Porter Walls always does a great job bringing some of the best speakers on literacy topics to the St. Louis area for that conference.

 But maybe there’s a silver lining to this dark cloud.  If you had been planning on the Literacy for All Conference to be the one professional development event you attended this fall, I have another option for you—the Missouri Early Learning Conference.  The Missouri International Literacy/Reading Council is a co-sponsor of both the Literacy Conference and the Early Learning Conference.

 If you are a preschool through 3rd grade teacher, or an administrator at the preschool or primary grades level, the Missouri Early Learning Conference is designed just for you.  We offer inspiring keynote addresses (Dr. Danny Brassell and Steve Spangler this year), children’s authors such as Laura Numeroff, and 58 breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics of interest to early childhood educators. 

 Some of the breakout sessions are presented by national-level experts such as Ruth Culham, Kathy Griffin, Kristin Ziemke, Donna Boucher, and LaVonna Roth, and others are presented by classroom teachers from Missouri and surrounding states.  And the conference is co-sponsored by the Missouri State Council of the International Literacy Association (MSC-ILA), so you know you can count on the sessions to be top notch.

 If you’re interested in learning more about the conference, just visit the conference website, or go directly to the Register page to sign up.

 I hope to see you at the conference!

 Willy Wood

Missouri Early Learning Conference Coordinator


Dr. Betty Porter Walls Named Harris-Stowe State University Educator of the Year

Posted by on 18 October, 2016
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 “I believe that education is a civil right and that every student must have qualified classroom teachers and school administrators to achieve at the highest levels possible.” Dr. Betty Porter Walls
MSC/IRA congratulates our own,Dr. Betty Porter Walls, MSC/IRA  Treasurer and Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Harris-Stowe State University where she has been named Educator of the Year. A native of St. Louis, Walls is a career educator – professor, administrator and teacher.  She has successful experience at all levels of education: elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate.  As a graduate of Harris-Stowe, Dr. Walls was also named a Distinguished Alumna this year.  Dr. Walls holds graduate degrees from Webster University and Saint Louis University.
In her previous position, she was assistant professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within the Department of Education at the University of Missouri – Columbia, after years as a public school administrator and teacher.  Her teaching and research specializations are in the areas of literacy, diversity and social justice, leadership development – particularly for urban schools, curriculum and instruction, organizational management and group dynamics.
Dr. Walls is a noted consultant and professional development presenter for schools and educational organizations including the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), Missouri’s Early Learning and Write to Learn Conferences, International Literacy/Reading Association, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), International Education Consortium and National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE).
Dr. Walls is a recipient of several honors and awards including “Outstanding Literacy Instructor,” by the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, “High Flyer Award,” from University of Missouri – Columbia, “People Making a World of Difference” from the B’Nai B’rith, “Salute to Excellence in Education Award” from the St. Louis American newspaper and MoSTAR (Star Educator) from Missourians for Students at Risk.
Dr. Walls is a member and campus counselor of Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Educational Society.  As a board member of the state and local councils of the International Literacy/Reading Association.  Dr. Walls served as the local arrangements co-chairperson for the 2015 International Literacy Association convention in St. Louis.  She is also a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis Alliance of Black School Educators (MSLABSE).
Dr. Walls’ volunteer activities include working with Community Women against Hardship (CWAH) and she is a member of the public service sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Posted by on 11 October, 2016
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