Message from Cindy Gerwin, IRC President Welcome to the website of the Illinois Reading Council! We are thrilled to be among the most vital literacy organizations in the country and hope that, if you are not a member, you will consider joining. In addition to a highly successful literacy conference that our organization hosts each March in Springfield, we work hard throughout the year to support local reading councils across the state in providing a rich variety of resources and programs for educators. Members receive our highly acclaimed journal and a quarterly newsletter. Both of these publications are packed with relevant and interesting articles. The Illinois Reading Council has an exceptionally strong grant program in place -- one that allows us to provide funding to support our members work with children and young adults in both public and private educational settings. IRC has a variety of committees focusing on topics as varied as international projects, family literacy, newspapers in education, and legislation just to name a few. Explore this website to learn more about the Illinois Reading Council or call our office at 1-888-454-1341 to learn more about literacy and service in Illinois. We look forward to working with you to promote lifelong literacy.
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Illinois Reads at the Illinois State Fair Illinois Reads will be featured at Lt. Governor Sheila Simon's tent at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Plans include live readings by Illinois Reads' Authors, book giveaways, and a book drive. Visitors may drop off new or gently used children's books to be donated to Springfield schools, and also register to win a complete set of the Illinois Reads books.
IRC Book Club Join educators from around the state in an online book club for online chats, discussions, research, and activities connected to the book Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 by Rafe Esquith. The book discussions will occur over a five-month period.
CIRP Student Conference Stipends CIRP is accepting applications for education majors who attend the 2014 IRC Conference. Applicants must be full-time education majors attending a college or university in Illinois. Up to ten $75 stipends will be awarded. Deadline to appy is September 12, 2014. Winners will be notified by email by September 19, 2014.
Illinois Reads Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, Illinois Reads will be a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. Six books in six age bands from birth to adult will be selected. The work of Illinois Authors will be highlighted. The 2014 Illinois Reads List is now available.
IRC Professional Development Services IRCPD offers a cadre of educators available for on-site training and custom programs to assist you and your faculty reach all your educational goals.
Educational Initiatives and PD Committee The IRC Educational Initiatives and Professional Development Committee has posted many resources to help in the transition to the Common Core State Standards and implementation of RtI.
IRC Legislative Issues Review the latest news from the IRA and IRC Legislative Committees released on March 27, 2014. Recent posts include how the Federal Shut Down impacts schools, the battle for teacher pensions, and changes to the insurance program that serves TRS and SURS participants. Also, the latest press release from the PARCC Governing Board that included several key decisions to support the long-term sustainability and success of the consortium.