OCTOBER 21, 2017

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

Venue: JQ San Miguel Elementary School, Toto

September 2017 Snapshots

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!


October Newsletter

Inaugural IRA Anthology

Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Martha Sudo 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 SY2017-2018

IRA Grant Application for SY2017-2018

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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. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Highlights from the May General Membership Meeting

Our last general membership meeting held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Outrigger Hotel's Fort Soledad Ballroom culminated with a special Read Aloud by guest reader Kazue Taijeron, literacy presentations by Becky Martinez and Lolita Torres, Dream Again - Year in Review presentation by IRA Historian Charleena Yanger, installation of new CY2014-2015 IRA Officers, raffles, and more! Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!






Sunday, May 25, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

GPLS Presents Appreciation Plaque to Guam Council IRA

The Guam Public Library System (GPLS) presented a plaque of appreciation on April 15, 2014 to the Guam Council of the International Reading Association for their support of GPLS Reading Programs and bringing visiting authors to participate in the Saturday Story Hour. Accepting the award on behalf of the Guam IRA is Cyndy Pruski. Also present from left to right: GPLS Board Members Maria Snively, Kris Seerengan, and Debbie Duenas, First Lady Christine Calvo, GPLS Administrator Sandra Stanley, Cyndy Pruski, Terry Kennimer, Governor's representative Vince Leon Guerrerro, and President of Chamorro Affairs James Artero-Cameron

Congratulations Newly-Elected Officers!

Immediate Past President Pilarca Finishes Guam International Marathon

Congratulations to Immediate Past President Jonathan Pilarca for finishing his first marathon at the Guam International Marathon held April 14, 2014.

Immediate Past President Jonathan Pilarca finishes the Guam International Marathan on April 14, 2014.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

REMINDER: May General Membership Meeting - May 24, 2014

"DREAMING AGAIN (The Year in Review)"
Date: May 24, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Fort Soledad Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort

Study Guides and Strategies

Have you ever found yourself in need of direction in your studies? Well, I was there today and turned to Google for help. What I found during my search was the Study Guides and Strategies website.

The site, which was first authored by Joe Landsberger in 1996, is an international, learner-centric, educational public service. It boasts 255 topics presented in 39 languages. The site is intended to be used by middle school students through returning adults, as well as by parents, teachers and support professionals. "Its resources are intended to empower all learners without regard to institutional and national boundaries; cultural mores and religious beliefs; race, gender and sexual rientation." (

The website's copyright disclaimer is very liberal; "Permission is granted to freely copy, adapt, and distribute individual Study Guides in print format in non-commercial educational settings that benefit learners." (

Review by Lee Putnam
ED638 effective literacy project under the direction of Dr. Rivera

Guam Council IRA May 2014 Newsletter