|Headquarters||Newark, Delaware, United States|
|Dr. Kenneth Kunz|
The International Literacy Association (ILA), formerly the International Reading Association (IRA), is an international global advocacy and member professional organization that was created in 1956 to improve reading instruction, facilitate dialogue about research on reading, and encourage the habit of reading across the globe.
The organization is headquartered in Newark, Delaware, United States, with a network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 128 countries, and more than 1,250 councils and affiliates worldwide. Membership fees range from US$39 to US$44, plus costs for optional journal subscriptions. Discounted subscription rates are available for residents of developing economies. The current ILA President of the Board is Dr. Kenneth Kunz.
ILA officially ended its book publishing program on June 30, 2018. However, the Association continues to publish journals, its membership magazine, literacy briefs, and other literacy-focused texts.
ILA publishes three academic journals:
Literacy Today (formerly titled Reading Today), ILA’s membership magazine, was published from 1983 to 2011 as a bimonthly membership newspaper. From the 2011 August/September issue forward, the publication was split into two parts: a bimonthly print magazine and an interactive digital e-zine. Literacy Today is currently an online-only quarterly magazine.
ILA publishes position statements and literacy briefs  that advance thought leadership for the literacy profession and shaping sound public policy on education.
ILA champions rigorous research as the foundation for literacy leadership and as such developed research-based standards for preparing and certifying literacy professionals: Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017 (Standards 2017).
ILA hosts an annual professional development conference for educators, from classroom teachers and librarians to specialized literacy professionals, administrators, and principals.
Due to issues holding conferences during COVID period the ILA expanded its slate of virtual learning options and continues to evolve its model of professional development delivered on digital platforms.
During Children’s Literature Day at the ILA 2018 Conference, then President of the Board Bernadette Dwyer launched ILA’s Children’s Rights to Read campaign, a yearlong advocacy developed to draw attention to the literacy needs of children all around the globe. ILA identifies the 10 inalienable rights as follows:
ILA created supporting documents that explore why these rights were chosen; how educators, policymakers, and families and caretakers can advocate for these rights; and a resolution to adopt these rights for school and district administrators.
ILA has over 20 special interest groups for members:
ILA sponsors the honor society Alpha Upsilon Alpha.
ILA offers a number of awards and grants for educators, researchers, and authors.
The ILA has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1978; the ILA was reclassified to have Consultative Status with UNESCO in 1996 and continues to hold this status.