About Us

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 128 countries. With more than 60 years of experience, ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.

Our mission

Our mission is to empower educators, inspire students, and encourage leaders with the resources they need to make literacy accessible for all.

What we do and why it matters

We publish cutting-edge research translated into practical resources for educators and students; set standards for literacy professionals and teacher education programs; appreciate educators through awards and grants; and vigorously advocate for funding and policies supporting the literacy needs of school systems, teachers, and students across the globe.

Literacy is our cause, our passion, and our reason for being. Why? Because every day we see its power to transform people's lives: developing their potential, earning their livelihoods, participating fully in their communities and society, and enjoying the fullness that continuous learning brings to their lives.

With the collective support of our members, our worldwide community of literacy practitioners, and our partners, the ILA Team aspires to create an Age of Literacy in which this transformative power is accessible to everyone.