Professional Development

Teacher Education and Preparation

IRA offers many resources to assist college and university faculty in teacher education at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to support practicing teachers in their ongoing professional development. We encourage you to explore this site. Here are a few highlights:

  • Research and reports on Teacher Preparation for Reading Instruction
  • Reports on professional standards. "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. 
  • The 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.
  • Accreditation of Teacher Education, a summary of IRA’s partnership with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), along with resources to support those seeking NCATE accreditation
  • Professional standards for reading professionals, coaches, specialists, assessments, and language arts

Individual Professional Development

IRA offers many opportunities for professional development on an individual level.

Meetings and events offer the best kind of professional development—the chance to learn and share with colleagues in a professional community. For U.S. educators, we can even provide transcripts for state or district “clock hour” requirements.

Our extensive network of councils and affiliates brings outstanding professional development to literacy educators at the local, state/provincial, regional, and national levels.

Nearly 40 awards and grants are available to honor educators, authors, and others involved in reading and literacy.

IRA Bridges: Instructional Units for the Engaging Classroom

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