Resources from the International Literacy Association
If you are looking for a wonderful conference to attend this summer, I recommend the International Literacy Association’s (ILA’s) annual conference. It is not just wonderful, it is the best! This summer the conference will take place in Austin, TX and is reasonably priced as far as conferences go. Bonus points if you can attend with your fellow teacher friends as a mini getaway or if you have your school fund this fantastic PD opportunity for you. Even if the price tag of attending is coming out of your own pocketbook, being allowed into the vendors area with all the free giveaways is worth it alone! Last year I left the conference with over $500 in free books and resources for my classroom. On a related note- pack an extra suitcase for hauling all your literacy loot back home. If you are an ILA member you will receive discounts, and, if you are a preservice educator- you can attend for FREE! I wish I had taken advantage of this offer before I began teaching.
Speaking about the ILA, each year they put out a survey to their members about what topics concerning literacy education are HOT. For the second year in a row, the topic of early literacy took the number one spot on the survey. Why wouldn’t it? After all, a great foundation in early literacy paves the way for almost all future literacy success in students. Check out this cheat sheet for a summary of the other major takeaways from the 2018 What’s Hot in Literacy? report.
I found the ILA’s new resource for explaining phonics to parents to be a nice document to have access to as well. Phonics can be a mind-boggling topic for many, especially if one was not taught to read with phonics instruction themselves. Last but certainly not least, I need to mention that the website ReadWriteThink.org is one of ILA’s greatest all around resources for educators. Lesson plans, ideas, PD, encouragement and inspiration- it has it all! Just when I assume everyone knows about this incredible literacy resource, I meet a teacher who does not know about its wonders. So, there you go. You are welcome! Even if you did already know about ReadWriteThink, you may have forgotten about it. I encourage you to take another peek at this website today! ILA and its resources will always steer you in the direction of the best literacy practices, so be sure to keep up with what they are offering frequently. You will not regret it!