October 11, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Royal Orchid Guam

Highlights from the September General Membership Meeting

September 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter
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Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Martha Sudo and Evelyn Topasna 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 SY2014-2015

IRA Grant Application for SY2014-2015


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

November 14 & 15, 2014 - Language Arts Conference
December - Community Book Fair
January 10, 2015
February 14, 2015
March 14, 2015
April 11, 2015
May 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

IRA Contribution - Effective Literacy Websites Feature: Keeping parents and teachers connected with 5 popular apps

Once considered inappropriate for classroom use, Twitter and other social media are becoming commonplace in schools across the nation. Teachers can use Twitter to engage students on lessons and assignments, and parents can view classroom accounts to see what is being taught. Parents can follow teacher accounts to stay connected. Shannon McClintock-Miller, the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School in Iowa, is a great example of how Twitter can help connect parents, educators, and students. She can be followed @shannonmmiller.
The Twitter app can be downloaded in the App Store and Google Play.
Unlike the microblogging site Twitter, which is limited to 140 characters, Facebook lets users post content, including images and video, without length restrictions.
Some teachers have students create a classroom Facebook page to discuss and keep up with assignments and projects, while some districts have a page to share news and updates related to the school. John Skretta, Ph.D., is the superintendent of the Norris School District in Firth, Neb., and explains how Facebook can be an integral part of the school district for educators, administrators, and parents alike.
Access the Facebook app in the App Store and Google Play.
Did you know that more than 80,000 teachers worldwide use Skype in the classroom? One of the marvels of modern technology is the ability to communicate instantly with someone halfway around the globe. The free audio/visual messaging service Skype is already implemented in language courses, and can be used in lieu of a telephone for the busy or traveling parent wishing to speak with their child’s teacher.
For more on how Skype can turn classrooms into virtual field trips, read here.
Skype is offered in the App store and Google Play.
No, it’s not a 70′s punk band. BuzzMob is a new mobile app that brings parents, educators, and administrators together. How does it work? The app syncs with your current location and connects you with the people around you in a real-time, live community. By joining GPS-defined “Rings” in the smartphone app, “BuzzMobbers” within the same location can connect instantly and talk, exchange ideas, and share multimedia.
Download BuzzMob in the App Store or Google Play.
Looking for a safe and secure way for teachers, parents, and students to communicate? Remind (formerly Remind101) offers a unique way to keep students and parents connected with text messages about academics and school activities. For more on how this app works, watch this brief informational video clip.
Remind is available in the App Store and Google Play.
Source:  Sharnoff, M. (2014). eSchool News,

For previous website features, visit

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Apply for an IRA grant

IRA GRANT DUE OCTOBER 11, 2014 AT 11:00 A.M.

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 SY2014-2015
IRA Grant Application for SY2014-2015
IRA Grant Application Guidelines for SY2014-2015
IRA Grant Evaluation Form

For more information, see Martha Sudo and Evelyn Topasna at the Grants table or contact them at the following:

Martha Sudo                 Evelyn Topasna (HSTES)
969-1455/727-1455      565-6710/689-9455

September IRA Meeting Snapshots

Guam IRA President, Mary Livingston, welcomes
 members to the first IRA meeting on September 13, 2014.

Evangeline Chaco conducts her presentation
 at the September IRA meeting.

Rachel Douglas conducts her presentation
at the September IRA meeting.

Guam IRA President, Mary Livingston, thanks
 members for participating in the September IRA meeting.

Monday, August 18, 2014

First IRA meeting to be held Sept. 13

September 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Royal Orchid Guam

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Guam IRA Receives Honorable Award in 59th Annual Convention

Congratulations to the GUAM COUNCIL for being recognized as an HONOR COUNCIL of the International Reading Association for its achievements in programs, membership promotion, and community service for eighteen (18) years.

The Guam Council of the International Reading Association (IRA) received the Honor Council award during IRA's 59th Annual Convention held in New Orleans.  GC-IRA is to be commended on making a difference in the literacy development of our island's children of all ages.

GC-IRA helps educators and parents alike discover the wonder and the worlds to be found in books. Guam IRA is a professional organization for individuals who are genuinely concerned with the development of reading programs for children and adults. It is a group of people who work together to improve literacy and reading instruction in Guam and Micronesia.