ILA Digital Events

ILA Digital Events provide an opportunity for you to learn and connect with like-minded educators at a time and place that's convenient for you. Learn more about our upcoming and past digital events below.

Literacy Teaching in Turbulent Times

August 4, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. ET

Anti-Black racism and the global COVID-19 pandemic are having an unprecedented impact on our students, our schools, and our profession. Please join us as Stand for Children's Jonah Edelman facilitates a frank conversation with Ernest Morrell and Nell K. Duke about the challenges and opportunities of teaching during an unsettling and uncertain time.

This 60-minute webinar with interactive Q&A is free for everyone.

Jonah Edelman Jonah Edelman

Ernest Morrell Ernest Morrell

Nell K. Duke Nell K. Duke

Cost: FREE


Book Access in the Post-COVID Era


As schools and libraries have closed because of COVID-19, book access is an even more pressing issue for students worldwide. Join host Molly Ness, creator of the End Book Deserts podcast, and Susan B. Neuman, Allister Fa Chang, and Karlos Marshall as they talk book access in homes, schools, and communities as well as impact on students. They will unpack the statistics around book access and explore why access is an issue of equity. Prepare to be inspired by the innovative people and programs who work to get books into the hands of children. At the end of this panel, you'll be ready to join in the fight to end book deserts.

This 60-minute webinar with interactive Q&A is free for everyone. Additional resources about ending book deserts can be found at

A recording of this event is available as an on-demand webinar through Zoom, on YouTube, and on ILA's Facebook. To access the Zoom archive, click the button below.

Molly NessMolly Ness

Susan B. NeumanSusan B. Neuman

Allister Fa ChangAllister Fa Chang

Karlos MarshallKarlos Marshall

Cost: FREE

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How to Raise and Teach Anti-Racist Kids: A Virtual Town Hall

Join ILA, Kwame Alexander, and a panel of educators, authors, and activists for a discussion on how teachers and families can educate and empower kids to imagine and create a more just world. The panelists for the town hall are Cornelius Minor, Tiffany M. Jewell, Pam Allyn, Dr. Noni Thomas López, Karyn Parsons, and Kimberly Jones.

The first half of the 90-minute event will focus on discussion with a live Q&A to follow.

A recording of this event is available on YouTube and on Facebook.

Please note: The event will have an ASL interpreter, provided through the support of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

International Literacy Association
Kwame Alexander
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Versify | Books Curated by Kwame Alexander | HMH Books


ILA Next

ILA Next offers an immersive professional learning experience designed for an online setting. The four-week event combines live and on-demand content that is timely, relevant, and responsive to the needs of today's literacy professionals.

Select one of four progressive workshops, organized by age of learner, that builds knowledge week to week. Participants will explore evidence-based instruction through modeling, observation, and reflection before applying it to practice. Live "office hours" accompany each session and are repeated to provide optimal access no matter your time zone—making it easy for you to learn whenever, wherever you choose.

Registration also includes access to keynotes, panels, demos, and an exhibitor showcase with additional programming.

Digital by design, ILA Next moves beyond a conventional conference format, delivering a deeper, richer, more personalized professional learning experience.

Experience the difference for yourself. Registration opens in early August.

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ILA at Home Webinars

Learn from leading voices in literacy in our new series of one-hour webinars. Log in for the live event to interact with attendees and be part of the presenter Q&A, or watch the recording at a time that works best for you.

Members enjoy free access, and nonmembers may participate for $45 or become a member of ILA to gain access to this and future webinars in this series at no cost.

Making a Case for Reading Joy

August 30, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET   New Date!

Adults who habitually read find personal enjoyment and benefit from it. Unfortunately, too many young people report reading experiences that disconnect them from reading joy or discourage its development. We can teach young people to become proficient, critical readers without damaging their reading interest and engagement in the process.

In this ILA Digital Event, Donalyn Miller, award-winning Texas teacher and author, describes some conditions, rituals, and instructional opportunities that engage young people with reading and set them on the path to joyful reading for a lifetime.

Donalyn Miller



Early Reading Difficulties: Improving Outcomes for All Students


Media-fueled debates about the source of children's early reading difficulties and what should be done to address them can create confusion by oversimplifying the issue. The result? Unproductive conversations that shed more heat than light. In this ILA at Home event, Marjorie Y. Lipson, Jeanne R. Paratore, and Victoria J. Risko will review key research on reading difficulties and outline what educators can do to improve outcomes for all students.

Marjorie Y. LipsonMarjorie Y. Lipson

Jeanne R. ParatoreJeanne R. Paratore

Victoria J. RiskoVictoria J. Risko


The archived closed-caption recording of this session will be available August 5, 2020.

Instructional Level or Challenging Text: Too Hard or Not Hard Enough?


For decades teachers have been told that it is important to match books to children's reading levels to facilitate learning. But how effective is this practice? In this ILA Digital Event, Timothy Shanahan will explore the research on instructional level and teaching with complex text—and share a different approach more likely to help children to read better.

Tim Shanahan


The archived recording of this session is available until May 8, 2021.

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ILA 2019 Replay

Free access to these sessions for members and nonmembers has now ended. If you are interested in accessing the six-session ILA 2019 Replay, please register through the Register button below. Note: If you previously registered for free access, you will need to register again using the button below.

When literacy is embedded in every aspect of education, it creates the environment students need to reach their full potential in the classroom and throughout their lives.

These sessions demonstrate the importance of working collaboratively to build and sustain a culture that extends beyond the school setting.

  • General Session: Creating a Culture of Literacy | Renée Watson and Pedro Noguera
  • Research Panel: What Research Really Says About Teaching Reading—and Why That Still Matters | P. David Pearson, Sonia Cabell, Gwendolyn McMillon, and Nell K. Duke
  • Featured Speaker: We Need More Than Diverse Books | Tricia Ebarvia
  • Featured Speaker: Teaching Vulnerable Youth How to Read and Write: Lessons About Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Meaning | David Kirkland
  • Featured Speaker: Choice, Access, Empowerment: Changing the Game for Young Readers | Donalyn Miller
  • Featured Speaker: Motivating Readers From the Inside Out: The Five Key Beliefs That Matter Most for Student Literacy | Dave Stuart Jr.

Cost for Six-Session Replay: $79 for members  |  $99 for nonmembers

New! You also have the option of choosing individual sessions to access.

Cost for Individual Sessions: $16 for members  |  $20 for nonmembers

Not an ILA member, but interested in joining? Check out our member benefits and membership types.


ILA Edcamp Online

Edcamps are built on organic, participant-led conversation and collaboration. ILA Edcamp Online is no exception. Our goal is to create a space for live online learning, where educators can connect and discuss relevant topics in real time.

April 7 Sessions

  • Alternative Access: Connecting When Your Students Don't Have Connectivity
  • Continuous K–5 Learning During School Closures: Techniques, Tips, and Tools
  • Supporting Struggling Learners: Instruction and Intervention in a Virtual Environment