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About the International Literacy Association (ILA)
The International Literacy Association (ILA) offers members new approaches to teaching literacy, easy ways to stay up to date on the latest research, and opportunities to connect with local literacy leaders.
The mission of ILA is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide. ILA provides outstanding professional development and supports excellent teaching, critical research, and promotion of the lifetime reading habit.
An ILA membership can give you the inspiration, resources, and support you need to become a literacy leader. Since 1956, the International Literacy Association has been a vibrant, global community of professionals committed to worldwide literacy.
ILA’s mission is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide. More than 50,000 members strong, the ILA supports literacy professionals through outstanding professional development activities using a wide range of resources, as well as providing advocacy efforts and promoting volunteerism.
The International Literacy Association: Empowering Literacy Leaders. Developing Successful Readers.
"The opportunities afforded me by [ILA], along with my state reading council leadership, have changed my plans for future goals and shaped me as a literacy educator...enriching both my personal and professional lives in powerful ways."
Reading Specialist/University Instructor,
President, Kentucky Reading Association, 2009-2010
Summary of Benefits
- Practical teaching tools you can use in the classroom
- Access to top-rated journals, innovative research, and best practices
- Being part of a community of reading professionals
- Discounts on ILA publications and other professional development resources
- Reduced conference registration rates
Learn More About the Benefits of ILA Membership
Find the support, professional opportunities, resources and networking you need to thrive in your profession with an ILA membership. Membership benefits include the following:
Access to leading research and evidence-based practice
ILA journals are the first choice of literacy educators at all levels. Are you looking for research or tips for your classroom? Do you need the latest on hot topics or a deeper understanding of the essentials? ILA journals have something for you.
ILA's award-winning, peer-reviewed publications include The Reading Teacher, the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Reading Research Quarterly.
Significant savings, members-only opportunities
Exclusive members-only online content
Members are able to enjoy exclusive, actionable content on our Members-Only area of the ILA Website, including journal articles, videos, podcasts, and monthly columns from popular literacy experts.
Outstanding professional development opportunities
Gather with educators from across the country to learn about the hottest issues in the field and network for solutions at ILA’s Annual Convention. You will hear from dynamic general session speakers, attend knowledge-packed (and practical) Teaching Edge sessions, and bring home cutting-edge products from the exhibit hall. As a member, you receive substantial discounts on registration rates and can access early members-only registration periods.
A place to make a difference
ILA provides a number of ways to get involved. Join our advocacy efforts and help influence education policy. Volunteer for or sponsor a literacy project. ILA membership places you in an international network of professionals in the field of reading and education.