Research and Professional Development

The International Reading Association supports and encourages research that promotes informed decision making by reading professionals, policymakers, and the public.

White Papers
In October 2012, the International Reading Association Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Committee released a set of recommendations titled Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards. This white paper offers detailed guidance on seven issues that have proven enormously challenging to teachers, principals, administrators, and others who are charged with implementing the CCSS for English Language Arts.

Literacy Research Panel
Under the leadership of P. David Pearson Ph.D., IRA created the Literacy Research Panel to respond to critical literacy issues facing policymakers, school administrators, teacher educators, classroom teachers, parents and the general public.

“What should new reading professionals know and be able to do?” Standards for Reading Professionals–Revised 2010 provides criteria for developing and evaluating preparation programs for reading professionals.

Review a variety of current literacy-related research, policy, and legislation.

Position Statements
Find out where we stand on the most critical issues in literacy education today.

Resolutions are statements adopted by the IRA Board of Directors and Delegates Assembly.

Research Awards and Grants
Get application materials for grants and awards that support research activities, dissemination, and publications in the field of reading.  On the Awards and Grants page, click on "Category" at the top of the list to sort the awards by type and easily find the Research Awards and Grants.

Accreditation of Teacher Education
Resources to support those seeking accreditation of teacher preparation programs

Certificate of Distinction for Professional Preparation in Reading
Honors outstanding reading preparation of teachers. The Certificate of Distinction recognizes only distinguished programs that consistently prepare well–qualified reading teachers who know about and use evidence-based practices.

IRA Bridges: Instructional Units for the Engaging Classroom
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