Thursday, April 29, 2010

International Reading Association Conference at McCormick Place

The 55th annual International Reading Association (IRA) was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. The conference focusing on reading education, ran from March 25-28.

Curriculum designed to help students of all ages how to read and understand English was front and center. Established textbook publishers like McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Scholastic presented both new and current programs.

Attending the conference were teachers, administrators, and reading curriculum specialists. Teachers come to the conference to attend meetings and seminars on reading. Conferences focus on things like classroom management, supporting English Language Learners (ELLs), and building good classroom libraries or reading centers. The conference also includes celebrity authors and speakers like Henry (the Fonz) Winkler.

The IRA was founded in 1956 as a "nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy."  The association has some 70,000 members worldwide.

Next year's conference will be held in Orlando, FL, May 8-11, 2011.

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