Frequently Asked Questions

I've never attended an IRA Annual Conference. What can I expect from IRA 2014?

The speakers and sessions change from year to year, but one thing you can always expect from IRA is high-quality professional learning that's personally fulfilling. Your registration affords you access to hundreds of educational sessions, including our popular Teaching Edge series; admission to all three General Sessions; and entrance to the Exhibit Hall. You'll have the opportunity to network with thousands of literacy professionals from around the globe, and have the chance to get your books signed by your favorite authors! When we say it will be "unforgettable," we absolutely mean it.

Who should attend the conference?

IRA welcomes members and nonmembers from every part of the world, including classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, college/university faculty, school administrators, and preservice teachers.

Where is the conference?

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

How can I become a member of IRA?

Easy! Simply join online, or call Customer Service at 800-336-7323 (U.S. and Canada) or 302-731-1600 (International). Click here to learn more.

What are the official conference hotels for IRA 2014?

The co-headquarters hotels for 2014 are the New Orleans Marriott and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Here is a full list of conference hotels, individual rates, and amenities.

I require special accommodations. How can I request them?

If you require special accommodations as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please indicate this at the time of registration. Manual wheelchairs and scooters can be reserved in advance with Mobility Scooter through The UPS Store or by calling 504-670-8941. Please email Peggy DiMaio at or call 800‐336‐7323, ext. 231, as soon as possible with additional accommodations request. On-site requests cannot be guaranteed.

Does IRA provide Clock Hours or a Certificate of Attendance for attending the conference?

Clock Hours and Certificates of Attendance are awarded starting Saturday, May 10 at noon in the IRA Registration area of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Simply record the sessions you are attending and bring the list with you to the registration area until Monday, May 12. You will have the option of downloading a Certificate of Attendance in English or Spanish.

If you do not get a chance to print your Clock Hours or download a Certificate of Attendance before you leave the conference, they will be available online starting Wednesday, May 13 after 1:00 PM ET.

Can I bring my child(ren) with me to the conference?

IRA's policy prohibits the attendance of children under 18 years of age in sessions and the Exhibit Hall. A liability release form can be submitted for such minors for the Exhibit Hall only. No exceptions can be made for sessions. Please print out a copy of the Minor Liability Release Form, sign it, and mail to Peggy DiMaio at IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, Newark, DE 19711. You may also scan the signed copy and e-mail it to Peggy DiMaio at Additional release forms may be obtained in the registration area on-site.