About IRA

Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 56,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Our members promote high levels of literacy for all by:
Improving the quality of reading instruction
Disseminating research and information about reading
Encouraging the lifetime reading habit
Jill Lewis-Spector

"Celebrating teachers and honoring effective literacy teaching in a changing world."

Mission Statement

The mission of the International Reading Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.



Immerse yourself in IRA’s resources. Get the support to keep yourself energized and your students inspired.

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Join us at our annual event, expert-led panels, workshops, lectures and so much more!

Annual Conference


IRA's journals guide your practice, further your professional development, and inform your research.

The Reading Teacher  |  Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy  |  Reading Research Quarterly


IRA's books offer professionals like you new ways to support all the learners in your classroom.

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Giving Opportunities
The International Reading Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We encourage our members and friends to consider making a gift to IRA to support our work promoting excellence in reading instruction.

Gifts and donations to the Association may be made in several ways and can be arranged to achieve maximum tax benefits for the donor while at the same time provide support to the Association. Most importantly, you decide where your gift is used. Endow an award or grant, fund memberships or conference scholarships, foster international programs – the decision is yours. Donations may also be unrestricted and used where the need is the greatest.

For more information, or to make a gift or donate to the Association, please contact:
Director of Finance
800 Barksdale Road
P.O. Box 8139
Newark, Delaware 19714-8139 USA

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