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 global network.

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“Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you need to fulfill. Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”
—Chadwick Boseman


Science of Reading

Join us as we examine research on reading instruction and discuss effective, evidence-based practices to improve student outcomes. If you're interested in the applications (and implications) of the science of reading instruction, you won't want to miss these events.

Unpacking the Science of Reading: A Conversation with the Editors of Reading Research Quarterly—Tuesday, September 15  |  6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. ET

Making Sense of the Science of Reading—Thursday, September 17  |  1:00 p.m.–4 p.m. ET

Make sure to get access to the special digital issue of the science of reading by subscribing to Reading Research Quarterly today! If you do not currently have a subscription, call 800.336.7323 or 302.731.1600 to add it to your membership.

Science of Reading in the Research Reading Quarterly Journal

ILA Next

ILA Next (October 3–29) is an immersive and interactive learning experience accessible from the comfort and safety of your home or office. There will be Main Stage sessions, Pathway Workshop series, Learning Labs, and access to the Exhibitor Showcase. Registration to this event gives you access to live and on-demand content.

Digital Events

ILA Digital Events range from high-quality professional development opportunities to engaging discussions on timely topics. These events also give you a chance to become active within the ILA community, provide access to high-quality online resources, and connect with like-minded educators at a time and place that's convenient for you.


#ILAReads—ILA is highlighting a book and its author on our YouTube channel.

Literacy Glossary

Literacy Today

Position Statements, Briefs, and Papers


Share with the ILA Network the great work the chapter affiliate is accomplishing. Many of the affiliates have had to change their conferences and programs dues to COVID-19. Let's share innovations to learn from each other. Send your information to

Dr. Katia Ciampa, President of Widener University's Alpha Psi Chapter, Assistant Professor, and Graduate Literacy Program Director, alongside Dr. Dana Reisboard, Chapter Advisor and Associate Professor of Literacy Education, organized a digital literacy conference entitled "Teaching Literacy during Turbulent Times" on August 19, 2020. The conference inducted 10 new members into the Alpha Psi Chapter (see below) and included nine virtual breakout sessions. Three hundred attendees learned about various strategies for teaching and assessing literacy in a virtual format. Attendees noted that the sessions "provided a variety of topics, from phonics to reading…ALL important components of balanced literacy," "I loved hearing how other teachers are using technology to have their students collaborate virtually during this time of online instruction," "Made me feel more prepared for this upcoming virtual school year," and "Provided suggestions on how to interact and connect with students and families virtually.


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.