Global Operations

The Global Operations Unit of the International Literacy Association (ILA) works to enhance the professional development and institutional capacity of literacy educators while developing and implementing sustainable partnership programs worldwide. ILA affiliates, established in 86 countries, including 42 developing countries, are independent, organized homegrown structures dedicated to excellence in literacy. As a membership organization, ILA offers a unique model that brings together key elements of successful programs:

  • a strong network of grassroots educators
  • an exceptional corps of first-rate expert literacy volunteers
  • an unmatched reservoir of research-based instructional resources

For more information on ILA's international activities, please contact the Global Operations Unit at

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The Global Literacy Professional Development Network

The Diagnostic Teaching Model is ILA's flagship developing-country literacy model, provided to teachers in developing country settings through a unique and cutting-edge hybrid delivery model. It is delivered through a network called the Global Literacy Professional Development Network, linking teachers around the world in support of higher-level pupil learning.

The Diagnostic Teaching Model:

  • Provides simple, low-resource strategies for developing country contexts
  • Supports teachers in responding to pupil needs through continuous assessment
  • Includes intensive training and ongoing coaching
  • Engages school and country leaders to build capacity for independent implementation
  • Identifies and develops model schools as professional learning sites
  • Trains teachers to develop first-language leveled text

The Global Literacy Professional Development Network:

  • Applies mobile technologies for training, coaching, and data sharing
  • Links in-country trainers and leaders to international experts
  • Connects multiple country projects to support common understanding and extended learning for leaders and literacy coaches

For more information about GLPDN and partnership opportunities, please contact the Global Operations Unit at


A Practical Guide to Action Research for Literacy Educators

In celebration of International Literacy Day 2012, the Global Literacy Professional Development Network and ILA's Global Operations Unit released A Practical Guide to Action Research for Literacy Educators. Written by Glenda Nugent, Sakil Malik, and Sandra Hollingsworth, the guide provides valuable information and practical tips for educators in any setting who are interested in improving their practice by using Action Research.

Download the Guide - English

Download the Guide - Arabic

Early Grades Reading Toolkit

"First Principles for Early Grades Reading Programs in Developing Countries" is a toolkit which was developed for USAID by ILA in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as a tool for education officers in USAID missions in the field to help them to incorporate reading into new Requests for Proposals (RFP) for future development projects. This toolkit was written by ILA Member Kathy Roskos and ILA Past President Dorothy Strickland.

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Teaching to Read: Theory, Practice and Intervention

"Enseñando a Leer: Teoría, práctica e intervención" (Teaching to Read: Theory, Practice and Intervention) by Liliana Borrero Botero was published in 2008 by Editorial Norma, a publishing company that distributes to all Spanish-speaking countries. (Therefore, it should be available in the most important bookstores in Latin America). It is a compilation of the scientific literature in English on best practices on literacy instruction.

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