Communities for Reading Professionals

Opportunities for professional leadership and personal growth

Whether joined by geography, topics of special interest, or scholarship, IRA members expand and enhance the benefits of belonging to a premier literacy association through professional communities approved by the IRA Board of Directors.

Reading Councils and Associations Read more

Sixty countries and a 1,000+ communities throughout the world affiliate with the International Reading Association through chartered councils and reading associations. These groups operate at a local, state or provincial, regional, and national levels.

Join a diverse, but geographically-defined group of professionals who share a passion for and a professional development interest in topics related to literacy, instruction, and student achievement.

Develop skills outside classroom walls that can be applied to literacy and organizational leadership skills.

Engage whole communities in literacy awareness campaigns through recognition programs, community service, and special projects.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) List of SIGs

A topical forum for sharing information through websites or social media, planning and offering IRA conference sessions, and generally engaging with IRA members who share a particular interest are factors that make special interest groups appealing to many IRA members.

There are over 40 special interest groups. Browse the list and click on topics of interest to find mission statements, publication information, and contact details for each special interest group. If you are interested in joining a particular group, please write directly to the contact person listed.

Honor Society: Alpha Upsilon Alpha Read more

Scholarship, leadership, and professional commitment are the hallmarks of Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society. Founded by the International Reading Association in 1985, AUA acknowledges outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the field of reading/language arts. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and professionals are eligible for membership under specific criteria.

Alpha Upsilon Alpha


Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society derives its name from the Greek words Anagnosis (reading), Upotrophia (scholarship), and Archon (leadership).

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