ILA Network Connection

Welcome to the ILA Network Connection!

ILA’s e-newsletter is designed to provide the most updated network news as well as a mechanism for connecting literacy leaders from around the globe. In this newsletter, you will find information on upcoming events, possible leadership opportunities, ILA programs, and association articles. We hope that this newsletter will provide a vivid look inside ILA’s network.


“Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”
—U.S. Representative John Lewis


Apply for ILA Awards & Grants

Nominate yourself or a colleague for ILA’s Awards and Grants before the March 15, 2021, deadline.

Digital Training Videos

Check out the Network Leaders webpage (found at the bottom left of the ILA home page, for short recorded training videos. A new recording on Virtual Event Resources is now available.


Digital Events

ILA Digital Events range from high-quality professional development opportunities to engaging discussions on timely topics. If you can't make the live online event, you can watch on demand.

Upcoming Digital Events

  • March 9: Culturally Relevant and Responsive: Literacy Instruction in 2021 and Beyond
  • March 17: The Responsive Writing Teacher
  • March 25: The Science of Reading Comprehension Instruction

Visit the Digital Events page for registration and more details as they become available.

ILA Next On Demand

Looking for online professional learning opportunities? Look no further than our ILA Next On Demand sessions! These webinars, specifically designed for a virtual learning platform, cover a variety of topics presented by some of the literacy field’s most respected experts.


Literacy Today

Read the feature article about how ILA Chapters are pivoting during COVID-19 to meet members’ needs. Access the full issue.

ILA's 30 Under 30: See Who Made the List

A new year always brings with it so much promise, and although this year may feel a bit different, it’s hard not to focus on the positive when we highlight the bright future ahead of us thanks to the work of this year’s class of ILA 30 Under 30 honorees, emerging literacy leaders who are working to create positive change in the global literacy landscape. Learn more about our honorees and their work in the latest issue of Literacy Today (no login required!). Did we miss someone? Nominations are open year round.

Instructional Practices

ILA is excited to announce a new resource that is exclusive to ILA members. Curated by ILA's Literacy Research Panel, the Instructional Practices collection offers a framework of effective literacy practices. These short, easy-to-implement practices are grounded in research and will be a valuable addition to your teaching strategies and techniques.

Each week, ILA will release one new practice that will fall into one of these four categories:

  • Families and Communities
  • Literacy Teaching and Teachers
  • Schools and Schooling
  • Student Learning


In this series, ILA has highlighted authors or illustrators reading and sharing from their children’s books and young adult literature on our YouTube channel.

Literacy Glossary

Literacy Today

Position Statements, Briefs, and Papers


ILA is always interested in hearing about chapters, chapter leaders, and members. If you or a colleague who is an ILA member has news to share—maybe a new professional role, a move, or an achievement—please let us know. We want to share with our community. Contact us at


How To Promote Your Event With ILA

ILA can help promote the affiliates events. Here's how:

  1. Chapters can request upcoming events to be posted on ILA's Meetings & Events page. Please submit events with the date and link. There must be a two-week minimum advance notice. ILA will approve submissions. Chapters can promote up to three meetings per year on the ILA calendar. Submit requests to
  2. ILA can share upcoming events on social media. When you post the event on your social platform, tag ILA using the appropriate handle, and we will share it!

Here are the ILA handles for the different social media platforms:


We want to hear from you!  We are requesting articles written by our network leaders showcasing the work of their individual associations. Please forward articles (200 words or fewer) to You also can write for ILA's blog Literacy Now. Review our submission guidelines and feel free to reach out with proposals or ideas.

Please forward any questions to or