Hello and welcome to Nebraska State Literacy Association! My name is Tish Rezac, and I proudly serve as the Nebraska State Coordinator for the International Literacy Association. The Nebraska State Literacy Association is an affiliate of the International Literacy Association, a group of over 300,000 members. The goal of ILA is to connect researchers and practitioners, and to advocate for the rights of every child around the world to learn to read through excellent literacy instruction that includes reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills. A core belief of ILA is the drive to ensure that every child has access to “the education, opportunities, and resources needed to realize their full potential and become active global citizens capable of participating in and contributing to their communities at every level” (ILA website, retrieved 7-22-23).
The International Literacy Association publishes peer-reviewed journals and quarterly newsletters, keeping members informed about all things related to literacy. ILA sponsors several awards and scholarships, and hosts a myriad of professional opportunities including member’s only 1-hour webinars, “intensives” that allow learners to go deeper on a specific topic, and a number of free webinars. All of these are hosted by some of the best researchers, leaders, and teachers of literacy. Many of these opportunities are recorded and available on demand as well.
The mission statement of ILA reads: ILA connects research and practice to improve the quality of literacy learning across the globe in ways that are respectful, responsive, and ethical. We advocate for equitable access to literacies among individuals of all ages and diverse communities as a basic human right and a matter of social justice (ILA Website, retrieved 7-22-23).
At Nebraska State Literacy Association, we strive to uphold the values and mission of our international organization. We recognize the importance of strong literacy education and strong literacy leadership throughout our state. We believe we can make a difference in the lives of children in our state through our collective efforts to improve collaboration between researchers and educators, and we strive to support and celebrate the excellent work being done by so many in Nebraska.
Please reach out if you have any questions and or ideas about Nebraska State Literacy Association or the International Literacy Association. We are stronger when we work collaboratively to meet the needs of our students.
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Tish Rezac, Nebraska ILA State Coordinator