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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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, Erlinda Arriola, 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.