May 6, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Venue: JQ San Miguel Elementary School, Toto

April Snapshots at IRA's Extra! Extra! Spend It Now! Event

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!


April Newsletter

Inaugural IRA Anthology

Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Lois Taitano Gumataotao 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 SY2016-2017

IRA Grant Application for SY2016-2017

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November 18
December 3
January 14
February 4
March 11
April 8
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Read-A-Thon 2011 "Read To Succeed" Student, Teacher, and IRA Representative Prizes and Guidelines

Click on the image above to view this year's IRA Read-A-Thon student prizes.

Click on the image above to view this year's IRA Read-A-Thon Representative/Teacher prizes.

Click on the image above to view this year's IRA Read-A-Thon School Representative/Teacher Guidelines.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


The following URLs are resourceful websites that members/parents/teachers would find useful in meeting the needs of children with disabilities in the areas of reading, math, science, and other important content areas and topics.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) -

Friday, January 14, 2011

Breaking News: Visiting author Kathryn Erskine is here!

Dear IRA Members,

We are pleased to announce that despite the inclement weather in Virginia, Kathryn Erskine has arrived in time to be our IRA keynote speaker this Saturday! We hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Meeting Announcement by Guam Council IRA President Asuncion

Buenas yan Hafa Adai,

I am writing as a courtesy, to inform you that our author, Kathryn Erskine’s flight has been delayed due to inclement weather in Virginia. Kathryn’s flight is scheduled to arrive at 9:50 p.m. on Saturday therefore, she will be unable to present at the general membership meeting. I have attached her schedule for the week and you are more than welcome to meet and greet her and attend one of her SASSy presentations on the schedule. Please remember that if you attend a presentation at a school site, it is required that ALL VISITORS sign in at the main office.

Places to Meet & Greet Kathryn….
1. Sunday, January 16, 2011, no host informal dinner at Jeff’s Pirates Cove at 4:00 p.m.;
2. Monday, January 17, 2011, Teacher Workshop at Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.;
3. Saturday, January 22, 2011, Teen Workshop at IP Coffee Co. in Mangilao from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Our general membership meeting will continue as scheduled for this Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Sheraton Laguna Guam with a different program. I am asking your assistance in sharing this information with family and friends. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to our council.

Partners in Literacy,

Margaret Asuncion
President, Guam Council of the International Reading Association
Kathryn Erskine's School Visit Schedule

Thursday, January 6, 2011

National Book Award Winner Erskine will be January Keynote Speaker

Kathryn Erskine, 2010 National Book Award winning author of Mockingbird, will be the speaker at the January meeting of the Guam Council of the International Reading Association at the Sheraton Laguna Resort on January 15, 2011, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

She will be traveling from Charlottesville, Virginia to share her "SASSy" writing tips, how to "Snag your reader, Act your character, Show your story, and Shake your world". School visits are Tuesday, January 18 to Friday, January, 21. A teacher workshop and a teen writing workshop are also scheduled. Call Cyndy at 789-1996 for more information.