IRA Membership Benefits

IRA members are part of a worldwide organization that provides evidence-based professional development and supports excellent teaching, critical research, and promotion of the lifetime reading habit. Find out what's in it for you!

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News you need to know

Keep up to date on the latest IRA news and happenings and gain fresh insights on developments in the world of literacy with Reading Today, IRA's bimonthly print and digital member magazine.

Outstanding professional development opportunities

At our Annual Conference you’ll be welcomed into the global community of professionals who share your commitment to literacy. As a member, you receive substantial discounts on registration rates.

Exclusive member Content And you can take advantage of exclusive access to content in our Members-Only web area, including links to free IRA publication content, videos, and podcasts. You'll also find actionable strategies in our IRA E-ssentials articles from leading literacy experts, such as Diane Lapp, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Valerie Ellery, and many more. Plus, you'll have access to an ALL-NEW IRA member exclusive—IRA Bridges: Instructional Units for the Engaging Classroom that feature cross-curricular units created by teacher-researcher teams and designed to support successful Common Core implementation.

Then every month you'll receive creative, classroom-ready ideas in our quick-read, members-only e-newsletter, IRA Inspire.

Members-only savings on IRA resources

Take advantage of a 20% Member Discount and choose from more than 200 IRA books, e-books, videos, and other professional development materials. It's one-stop-shopping for all the BEST literacy research and practical tools available!

Access to leading journals

IRA journals are the first choice of literacy educators at all levels. Are you looking for proven, practical teaching techniques for your classroom? Do you need the latest on hot topics or a deeper understanding of the essentials? IRA journals have something for you.

Enhance your membership by adding a subscription to one or more of IRA’s peer-reviewed professional journals.

The Reading Teacher
The Reading
Teacher

For those working
with children
up to age 12
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
Journal of
Adolescent &
Adult Literacy

For educators of
older students
Reading Research Quarterly
Reading Research
Quarterly

For those committed
to scholarship
in literacy

Join your council or affiliate

Our network of local and state/provincial councils and national affiliates brings the International Reading Association to your doorstep. Connect with literacy professionals in your area. Or choose from 38 special interest groups in which to explore various issues with professionals who share your concerns. Click here to learn more.

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.

Our Board of Directors and committee structure offer leadership opportunities. The Association is your organization, so you decide who will lead our professional network and what course we will follow. Voting is a privilege of membership.

Exclusive offer for members

Affordable insurance plans

IRA helps provide you with the financial protection you need with IRA-sponsored discount offers on professional liability insurance for teachers and student teachers; group term life, disability, and auto insurance; and more. For more information, click here.

Literacy education job site – IRA's Career Center

IRA's Career Center is a free service where you can search job listings and apply directly to schools or institutions for open positions. Advance your career! Click here to find new professional opportunities in literacy education.

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Top 5 Benefits of IRA Membership
  1. Practical teaching tools you can use in the classroom
  2. Access to top-rated journals, innovative research, and best practices
  3. Being part of a community of reading professionals
  4. Discounts on IRA publications and other professional development resources
  5. Reduced conference registration rates

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