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About the International Reading Association (IRA)

IRA 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 the International Reading Association (IRA) is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide. The Association provides outstanding professional development and supports excellent teaching, critical research, and promotion of the lifetime reading habit.

 
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Learn More About the Benefits of IRA Membership

Find the support, professional opportunities, resources and networking you need to thrive in your profession with an IRA membership. Membership benefits include the following:


Access to leading research and evidence-based practice

IRA 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? IRA journals have something for you.

IRA'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

Plus, IRA produces an array of books and videos, all focused exclusively on blending literacy practice and research—all available to members at a 20% discount.


Exclusive members-only online content

Members are able to enjoy exclusive, actionable content on our Members-Only area of the IRA Website {link to Members Only dashboard}, including journal articles, videos, podcasts, and monthly columns from popular literacy experts.

And check out our teacher-to-teacher online community, Engage,  where members can connect with one another to discuss the latest literacy topics, get tips on best practices, join a book discussion group, or check out guest blog posts and interviews with bestselling children’s book authors.


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 IRA’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

IRA provides a number of ways to get involved. Join our advocacy efforts and help influence education policy. Volunteer for or sponsor a literacy project. IRA membership places you in an international network of professionals in the field of reading and education.