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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 21 May, 2016
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The Missouri State Council of the IRA Literacy Leadership Retreat will be held on June 11th, 10:00-2:00, at the Bridgeton Trails Library.

Address: 3455 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044.

Phone Number: 314-994-3300.

You will have an opportunity to network with your MSC State Board members and get updates on the new MSC by-laws, changes in ILA, a preview of the 2016 ILA Conference in Boston, and valuable information about how to use technology to support your council. You will also learn about the exciting READ and FEED LEGACY PROJECT being launched this spring.

We invite each council to send 2-4 representatives. Each council outside the St. Louis area will be reimbursed $100 for gas/travel expenses.

We need a count of those attending. MSC Board Members and Local Council Leaders PLEASE RSVP to Glenda Nugent glenda.nugent@gmail.com by June 7.

Please make your other council leaders aware of this opportunity.

ILA 2016 Activities & Council Information

Posted by on 24 March, 2016
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The ILA Conference will be in Boston, MA, July 8-11. There will be a Council Training Workshop Prior to the Conference.  Please also read information below about Council Officer Report Forms and 30 Under 30.

8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, Sheraton Boston

This full day workshop for Council leaders and members will offer an integrated approach to growing Councils at the local, state, and provincial levels, as well as tools to help advance Council missions and strengthen leaders’ knowledge of roles and responsibilities. This interactive session will focus on topics like nonprofit governance, leadership, social media, and advocacy, and information will be shared through a presentation, group work activities, and panel discussions.

 Please note that the Award of Excellence, Honor Council Awards, and Council Achievement Awards will be presented at a short and informal gathering after the Council Training Workshop.

ILA 2016 Awards

Four peer-reviewed awards will be given out at the ILA 2016 Awards on Sunday, July 10: the Advocacy Award, Exemplary Reading Program Award, Local Community Service Award, and ILA Distinguished Council Award.

If you’d like to attend the Council Training Workshop or ILA 2016 Awards, please stay tuned for separate e-mails (coming by mid-April) with RSVP information.

If your Council is an award recipient, but will not be attending ILA 2016, we will mail your award to you. 

Fun Things to Do

ILA will be hosting Literacy Night at the Ballpark on Friday, July 8. Join fellow Council members and conference attendees to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park! On Sunday, July 10, ILA will also host the Steps to Advance Literacy 5K (our first annual fun run). This event will benefit ILA literacy initiatives and Reach Out and Read.

 Officer Report Forms

Officer Report Forms will be available online beginning April 1, and must be completed online by June 30. Please note that after midnight (ET) on June 30, the form will no longer be available. If you have trouble submitting the form, please contact councils@reading.org no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on June 30 in order to receive assistance from a member of the Council Advisory Team.

 30 Under 30: Nominations are Open!

Last year, ILA selected rising literacy champions from hundreds of nominees for our first-ever 30 Under 30 list, and nominations are now open for 2016! We’re looking for educators making an extraordinary impact in their classrooms and communities, as well as outstanding administrators, authors, librarians, students, nonprofit leaders, politicians, technology experts, volunteers, and advocates who are advancing literacy for all.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please click here to submit your nomination. Those selected for this year’s list will join a dynamic group of literacy champions, have their inspiring stories shared in the September/October issue of Literacy Today and across ILA’s platforms, receive a complimentary one-year ILA Online Membership, and be recognized at the ILA 2017 Conference & Exhibits.

Please note that nominees must not turn 30 before November 1, 2016. All nominations must be received by May 16, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. ET. We carefully review each and every nomination, so please be convincing and concise. Questions? Contact us at 30under30@reading.org.


Write to Learn Conference – SPECIAL EVENT!

Posted by on 4 February, 2016
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Will you be attending the Write to Learn Conference at Tan-tar-a, February 25-27, 2016? If you have not registered, please check out the great speakers on the link below. When you register, please indicate that you are a member of MSC/IRA.

If you are attending, we want you to come visit with your literacy friends. Please join MSC/IRA and Achieve 3000 for a special Happy Hour networking event on Thursday, February 25 from 4:00-5:30 in Parasol 1 to meet with other literacy friends, enjoy a snack, and maybe win some prizes! Follow the link below to learn more about this GREAT conference.