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.

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“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg


IRS Tax Filing (U.S. State Chapters only)

For U.S. State Chapters, please be sure to file the 990-tax return with the IRS. The deadline to file is November 15, 2020.

ILA Awards Deadline—December 15, 2020

  • Advocacy Award
  • Award of Excellence
  • Exemplary Reading Program Award
  • Honor Award
  • Local Chapter Community Service Award

Please review the information on the ILA Awards and Grants Page for specifics about these and other awards and grants.

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.

ILA Next—On Demand

The ILA Next digital event live engagement might have ended, but the on-demand access is available through January 31, 2021. Check out the sessions at your own convenience. To request a clock-hour letter please email

ILA Board Member Nominations Are Open

Do you know someone—or are you someone—who is dedicated to literacy and has a passion for service? We're currently looking for leaders to serve on the ILA Board of Directors, guiding the organization and enhancing value for members.

If you are interested or know someone who would be an amazing addition to the ILA Board, submit your nomination by December 21, 2020.

Please check your ILA profile to make sure your information is correct and your email address is up to date before making any nominations.

The Reading Teacher—Request for Practitioner Review Board Members

Are you a classroom teacher, reading/literacy specialist, literacy coach, ESL/bilingual teacher, or curriculum specialist working with children from birth through age 12? Do you read The Reading Teacher?

The incoming editor team of The Reading Teacher (RT) is looking for language and literacy educators around the world to share their expertise as a part of RT's first ever Practitioner Review Board.

As a member of our Practitioner Review Board, you can help by:

  • Reading four articles per year before they are published.
  • Providing brief, anonymous feedback to the author(s) on ways to make this article more helpful for practitioners (e.g., what additional information would you need to implement an idea from an article with the students you teach?).

Interested in applying or nominating a colleague? Please send the following materials to rt@msu.eduby Monday, December 15, 2020:

  • A brief email explaining your interest and your resume OR
  • Nominate a colleague by sending us a nomination email and sharing copy of their resume

Practitioner Review Board members will be publicly recognized on our website.

The Reading Teacher is an ILA journal published six times per year that provides the latest peer-reviewed, research-based best practices to literacy educators working with children up to age 12.


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


Chapter Spotlight from Literacy Association of Tennessee (LAT) in Literacy Today.

Share with the ILA Network the great work the chapter affiliate is accomplishing. Let’s share innovations to learn from each other. Send your information to


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 the ILA website calendar. 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