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    We’re ILA and We’re Transforming Lives

    by April Hall
     | Jan 26, 2015

    You talked. We listened. The International Reading Association is now the International Literacy Association!

    Reading is one important part of literacy, but ILA’s expanded vision focuses on how literacy transforms lives—and how crucial it is to bring literacy to every corner of the world.

    In addition, ILA embraces its role as an education advocate. In the coming months, look for more opinion pieces about ILA positions on legislation, proposed policies, and changes in and out of the classroom.

    “We are energized and galvanized in thinking about the endless possibilities of how this storied organization can build upon its legacy and truly transform literacy and education,” writes ILA Executive Director Marcie Craig Post in the January/February issue of Reading Today.

    In her article, titled “Welcome to the Future of Literacy,” Post expands on what led to the organization’s own transformation—and offers a sneak peek of what’s to come. Read Post’s piece here.

    Here are some of the big changes taking effect as of today:

    • IRA Members are now ILA Members. Member logins remain the same.
    • Our website looks different. More online changes are coming over the next several months; this is only the beginning.
    • Registration for the ILA 2015 Conference is open. The theme is “Transforming Lives Through Literacy,” and this year’s conference promises to be like no other. New programs and formats will be offered, and existing content has been revamped as well. Take a look at the exciting list of speakers coming to St. Louis July 18–20.
    • Reading Today Online is now Literacy Daily. The blog will still be where educators share their thoughts, practical tips, book reviews, and more. ILA contributions cover not only the latest news about this organization, but also the world of literacy at large.
    • Our journals received a facelift, too. But don’t worry—you’ll get the same quality content from The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Reading Research Quarterly.

    For even more information, check out our downloadable list of Frequently Asked Questions.

    Are you ready to transform lives? Tell us what you think at social@/.

    April Hall is the editor of Literacy Daily. She can be reached at ahall@/.

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