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 year, 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, a quarterly newsletter, and a monthly e-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, educational media, and advocacy 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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IRC Book Club Educators from around Illinois will be participating in a book study. Choice of two books: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess or The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. Participants must sign up by June 30th either online or by mail/fax.
Wired Wednesday Webinars IRC and WSRA have partnered to offer webinars on the Common Core State Standards in Speaking and Listening. All webinars begin at 7:00 PM. Only IRC Members can take part in this new PD opportunity. Email the IRC Office to register. Watch the Trailer!
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 2015 Illinois Reads List is now available. A launch is being planned for Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Westmont High School from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Everyone is invited!
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.
ILLC's Young Author's Conference Plan now to attend the 41st Annual Young Author's Conference on May 16, 2015 at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Conference guidelines and registration forms are due by April 3, 2015.
CIRP offering Stipends to 2015 IRC Conference Up to ten $75 stipends will be awarded to education majors attending the 2015 IRC Conference in Peoria. Applications must be postmarked by September 10th. Winners will be notifed by September 18th.
Read and Feed Read and Feed is a summer project that will provide literacy activities for students in low-income families. The project is sponsored by ILA and the National Title I Association. IRC is looking for third grade activities that students can take home for the summer. These activities should be nonfiction/comprehension based.