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 22 August, 2016
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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 



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.