Date: April 12, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ordot - Chalan Pago Elementary School

Highlights from the March General Membership Meeting

April 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter
Click on the newsletter above to view this month's issue.

Guam IRA Council Year 2013-2014 Executive Officers

Pictured L-R: Lelean Gapith, Treasurer; Judith Arida, Correspondening Secretary; Martha Sudo, Recording Secretary; Mary Livingston, President-Elect; and Debbie Duenas, President.

Guam Council of the International Reading Association Scholarship Now Available

Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Evelyn Topasna and Geraldine Pablo at the Grants table.


Click on the following links to access important grant information and the IRA grant application, which are now Word-ready! Just download them, and you are ready to type!

IRA Grant Schedule for SY2013-2014

IRA Grant Application for SY2013-2014


Click on the following links to get access to the handouts that were disseminated during the monthly IRA meetings:
Graphic Organizers, Edmodo, & E-Portfolio Presentation by Geraldine Biliran
Four Square Graphic Organizer
Graphic Organizer - Writing Thesis Statements
Interactive Notebooks Presentation by Debbie Duenas

Sherry Dixon Presentations:
The Writing of Natural Destiny
The Lost Art of Storytelling
Discover the Writer in You
Nurturing Young Writers

Focus on Engagement presentation by Jonathan Pilarca
Handout 1 - Handout 2

April 12, 2014
May 17, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Call for Submissions

Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta
What We Own, What We Have

The Festival of the Pacific Arts (FESTPAC), Guam 2016 Literary Arts committee is currently accepting unpublished work from the original writer or artist for its inaugural publication, Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta until April 30, 2014. The publication will be the first in a trio of volumes whose purpose is to promote literary and artistic expression throughout the Pacific region. Volume one focuses on publishes and unpublished writers and artists who are currently residing in Guam. We are seeking quality poetry, fiction, and non-fiction written in English or any other Pacific language (with translations into English), as well as visual art that work within the theme, Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, or, in English, What We Own, What We Have.

Submission Guidelines

Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems, a maximum of 10 pages.

Prose: Submit up to 3 prose entries with a maximum of 2,500 words each, double-spaced. Longer works may be considered; please query first.

Artwork: Submit up to 5 pieces of visual art.

Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of the work on a cover sheet rather than on the work itself.

Please advise us if you are submitting the same work(s) to other publications, and let us know if the work is accepted by another publication. The editors will publish only previously unpublished work submitted by the original author or artist.

Submissions via email
• Send electronic submissions to this email address:
• Submit poetry and prose as Microsoft Word documents.
• Submit artwork in .jpg format (minimum 72 dpi). Artwork accepted for publication will need to be resubmitted in a larger format (minimum 300 dpi).

Works accepted for publication will appear in a print edition of Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta and may reappear in print and/or be archived online as part of the library exhibition during FESTPAC 2016.

Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta is published by the Guam FESTPAC 2016 Literary Arts Committee through a grant from Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). The purpose of Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, and subsequent volumes, is to promote literary and artistic expression throughout the Pacific region.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Highlights from the March General Membership Meeting

Our general membership meeting held Saturday, March 12, 2014 at St. Paul Christian School was meaningful, as we announced the IRA Read-A-Thon winners and the grandprize raffle winner for the 59th Annual IRA Convention.  We were also treated to a special Read Aloud conducted by St. Paul Christian School student Luineo Epres, as well as attended engaging presentations, including the following: Interactive Notebooks: How to Scaffold Content for Academic Success and Maximize Student Output by GC-IRA President, Debbie Duenas; and Graphic Organizers, Edmodo, & E-Portfolio by GC-IRA Board Member Geraldine Biliran.  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!


Graphic Organizers, Edmodo, & E-Portfolio Presentation by Geraldine Biliran
Four Square Graphic Organizer
Graphic Organizer - Writing Thesis Statements