About Us

The International Literacy Association (ILA), formerly the International Reading Association, is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 128 countries. For more than 65 years, ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.

Our mission

ILA connects research and practice to improve the quality of literacy learning across the globe in ways that are respectful, responsive, and ethical. We advocate for equitable access to literacies among individuals of all ages and diverse communities as a basic human right and a matter of social justice.

Our work

We publish cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research; create and disseminate practical, evidence-based resources for educators; set standards for literacy professionals; recognize outstanding teacher preparation programs; support teachers, researchers, and literacy leaders with awards and grants; and provide impactful professional development and learning experiences through our digital events.

Our vision

We believe that every child, everywhere must be given equitable access to the education, opportunities, and resources needed to learn how to read, write, and communicate—not only to realize their full potential, but also to allow them to become citizens capable of participating in and contributing to their communities at every level.