The International Reading Association (IRA) is an international professional organization that was created in 1956 to improve reading instruction, facilitate dialogue about research on reading, and encourage the habit of reading.
The organization, whose headquarters are in Newark, Delaware, United States, has approximately 70,000 members, and more than 1,250 councils and affiliates, worldwide. Membership fees range from 24 to 39 dollars, plus fees for journal subscriptions. Discounted subscription rates are available for residents of developing economies. The current IRA President is Professor Diane Barone.
The name was changed from the International Reading Association to the new name in July of 2015.
On January 26 this year, the International Reading Association (IRA) changed its name and has become the International Literacy Association (ILA).
According to ILA, changing "Reading" to "Literacy" accounts for the fact that educators nowadays need not only to teach and promote reading, but also a broad range of related skills in order to prepare students for life and work in the 21st century.
The IRA was founded in 1956 in order to improve reading instruction, encourage dialogue about research related to reading, and promote the habit of reading. ILA is headquartered in Newark in the United States. It publishes a range of professional journals as well as print and electronic materials. ILA has approximately 70,000 members and more than 1,250 councils and affiliates worldwide. Many ELINET members are a member of ILA, too.