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 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.

In Memory of Patricia McKissack

Posted by on 27 April, 2017
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The world of children’s literature is saddened by the passing of Patricia McKissack, Missouri’s beloved author of many, many children’s books. Ms. McKissack, who lived in Chesterfield, Missouri, died on April 7, 2017, four years after the death of her husband and co-author, Fredrick McKissack. Her son, Fredrick McKissack, Jr., said, “I think my mother died of a broken heart.

Among the most prolific children’s authors of African-American history, folklore and stories, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack published more than 100 books on African-American history and folklore. They won multiple honors, including a Newbery Honor and nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards. In 2014, their work was recognized for its lasting contribution to literature with the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

While we grieve her passing, we are forever enriched by her contributions to the world of literacy.

Patricia McKissack


Become an Author in The Missouri Reader

Posted by on 15 February, 2017
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PLEASE consider contributing to our journal, The Missouri Reader. We are seeking articles that focus on Disciplinary Literacy, book reviews, and app reviews. Find the latest edition of The Missouri Reader HERE!

In this issue of The Missouri Reader, you will find articles by teachers, for teachers that address a wide range of topics that can help each of us become better at what we love to do – teach children.  Whether you are a preschool teacher or high school teacher, there is something for you in this edition. The articles address many aspects of literacy, but one theme seemed to emerge in many of them – that of doing the best job we can of educating ALL children, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or the student’s immigration status. To echo this statement from Seattle Public Schools’ superintendent, Dr. Larry Nyland,

We will do whatever it takes to make sure every student thrives and I want to reassure you, we will do everything within our power to make sure that all of our children are safe, honored, and respected while in our care.”

Students are well aware of current issues that may make them feel unsafe and unwelcome. Please continue to do as you have always done – respect, honor, and LOVE every child in your care.  We hope the articles in The Missouri Reader give you some guidance your efforts to do just that.