Guam IRA Donates Children's Books to Organizations -
On December 3, 2016, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center. The organizations that received the book donation include the Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Island Girl Power; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association.
Guam IRA Donation to organizations on Dec. 3, 2016: Pictured L-R: Mariana Guzman, PIBBA member; Juanita Blaz, Island Girl Power Director; Toni Calvo, PIBBA member; Theresa "Ewy" Taitano, PIBBA Guam President; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA President; Lois T. Gumataotao, PIBBA Secretary; Julia N. Rivera, Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteer; and Benit Lizama, PIBBA member.
IRA Co-Sponsors Annual Regional Language Arts Conference
The 29th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference held on November 18 and 19, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Guam was a success! Its theme was “Reading Writing Together: Collaborate to Callibrate.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Kevin Colleary who focused on "Reading Content, Reading Opinion, Reading Narrative: Reading ALL Sorts of Writing Together!" The plenary speaker was Dr. Margaruite Smith who focused on "Common Core Standards." The LAC was co-sponsored by the Guam Council of the International Reading Association. Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the conference!
Inaugural IRA Anthology
HANDOUTS FROM IRA MEETINGS/CONFERENCES
Click on the following links to get access to the handouts that were disseminated during the monthly IRA meetings:
The Guam IRA President, Grace Griffin presented Acting Director of the Library, Teresita Kennimer, with Warriors in the Crossfire, a new young adult novel by Nancy Bo Flood. The author recently visited Guam and described her research methods at the General Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 15, at the Guam Reef Hotel.
Pictured L-R: Cyndy Pruski, author visit coordinator; Teresita Kennimer, Acting Director of the GPLS; and Grace Griffin, Guam IRA President.
The Guam Council of the International Reading Association (IRA) received honorable awards during IRA's 55th Annual Convention held in Chicago. The rewards that were awarded include Honor Council and Honor Roll. Please see the awards above. IRA is to be commended on making a difference in the literacy development of our island's children of all ages. 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. To find out more information about the Guam IRA, visit its website at http://iraguam.blogspot.com.
Nancy Bo Flood will be the featured speaker at the May 15 meeting of the Guam Council of the International Reading Association at the Guam Reef Hotel. Ms. Flood is the author of Warriors in the Crossfire, a new young adult novel set on Saipan during WWII. The meeting will begin at 8:00 am with registration and breakfast. Dottie Winterle will have copies of her new book, Silent and Forgotten, The Legend of the Navajo Warrior, available and the book's illustrator, Viktoria Sayre, will be there, too.
The program includes the induction of new officers for the Guam Council, a scene from "Little shop of Horrors" presented by the National Forensic League of Okkodo High School, and a special recognition of our gracious sponsors this year, Continental Airlines, MCV Cable Cares, The Pacific Daily News, and The Bank of Guam. The meeting will conclude at 11:00 am with door prize raffles, including books, teaching materials and a laptop computer for those who sign up for IRA membership for next year 2010-2011.
The Pacific Educator in Residence (PEIR) Program is now accepting applications for 2010-2011. The PEIR program offers a one-year residency for educators from Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), Hawai'i, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The program enhances and develops the personal and professional skills of Pacific educators in the context of PREL's ongoing work. It focuses on learning experiences that maximize professional development opportunities and benefit their schools and communities. According to the PREL announcement, PEIRs generally remain employed in their home entities and return at the end of their one-year term.
The following are the four opportunities available from September 2010 through August 2011:
-Grades 4-5 English Language Arts/ELL (based in PREL CNMI Service Center) -Library and Information Literacy Initiatives (based in the successful candidate's local PREL Service Center) -Parent Information Resource Center (based in the PREL RMI Service Center) -Research and Evaluation (based in the PREL Honolulu Office)
Click on the form above to download the IRA membership form. Please note that you will have to fill out both forms. The second form is for you to keep as a receipt. Membership will become official once payment is received in full at an IRA meeting. For more information, contact Stephanie Taitano or Nilfa Milan.
UOG Graduate Credit
Members have the opportunity to get a graduate credit from UOG. Grading for the course is based on attending the monthly meetings of the Guam IRA and submitting reflective journal entries. For more information, visit Dr. Rivera, Martha Sudo, Grace Griffin, Margaret Beem, or Rose Castro at the IRA course/SOE Alumni Association table.
The Guam Council of the International Reading Association (IRA) is a non-profit professional organization concerned with improving the quality of reading instruction and developing literacy on Guam and in the Pacific Region.
Our mission is to develop an awareness of the impact of reading among all people. Guam IRA strives to making reading a lifelong habit for our young readers. It also aims towards making connections to the island's community through various projects and events.
Why Join IRA?
Guam IRA Purpose
To promote reading on Guam
To sponsor conferences and meetings
To encourage the study of reading problems in all educational levels
To stimulate and promote research in reading
To study the various factors that influence reading
To publish the results of pertinent and significant investigations and practices
To assist in the development and provision for professional and community reading programs
To serve as a clearinghouse for information related to reading
To promote mutual understanding and cooperate work among educators
Guam IRA History
The Guam Council-IRA was established on April 15, 1968 by seventeen people dedicated to promoting reading on the island of Guam.The local council’s membership had grown since then with over 300 educators, parents, students and community members involved in many reading projects.
In 1979, the first Read-A-Thon was held to benefit the local public television.Currently the annual Read-A-Thon provides Professional Educator Grants, underwrites the public television’s Reading Rainbow Program, offers monthly Professional Development Meetings, and many other reading endeavors in the schools and community.
The first visiting author in 1990 was Norman Bridwell. Since that time, the local council has sponsored at least two authors, illustrators, or story tellers annually.These individuals inspire children to become better readers, skillful artists, andhealthier individuals.
The local council organized its first Community Book Fair in 2000.Students, parents, educators, and community members were invited to read aloud, observe dance and musical performances, and given the opportunity to purchase affordable books for family members or friends.
The council also sponsors approximately six members to attend the Annual International Reading Association Convention.Upon their return to the island, these individuals share their experiences through mini workshops.The Young Adult Café, which was established in 2003, was an inspiration from the annual convention.
The Guam Council of the International Reading Association has been recognized as an Honor Council, placed in the President’s Club and Membership Honor Roll, and received the Community Service Award.The local council will continue to provide reading projects, but also search for better ways to improve reading on the island of Guam and Micronesia.
Guam IRA Outreach Programs and Services
·Professional Educator Grants
·Author / Illustrator Visits
·Regional Language Arts Conference
·Monthly Professional Development Meetings
·Affordable Books and Teacher Resources
·Annual Community Book Fair
·Young Adult Café
·Local Council Members attend Annual IRA Convention
The Guam Council - International Reading Association has been recognized as an HONOR COUNCIL of the International Reading Association for its achievements in programs, membership promotion and community service.
The council was also awarded the MEMBERSHIP HONOR ROLL in recognition of outstanding membership achievement.