Guam IRA Donates Children's Books to Organizations -
On November 18, 2017, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its 17th Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center. The organizations that received the book donation include the Micronesian Resource Center; Philippine School; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association.
Guam IRA Donation to organizations on November 18, 2017: Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA Webmaster and Immediate Past President; Rufina Mendiola, Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) member; Aileen Namelo, Micronesia Resource Center Project Manager; Rose Cruz Castro, Guam IRA President; Liwanag Dominguez, Philippine school representative; and Geri Charfauros, Guam IRA Treasurer.
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 Reading Tub (http://thereadingtub.com/learning_to_read.php ) collects and distributes books
to at-risk readers, whether it is a child with no books at home or a teacher
who is building a classroom library for struggling readers. The Reading Tub was
once a site that was dedicated to giving book reviews until recently, it became
a non-profit organization dedicated to getting books out to at-risk readers.
This organization is built on the belief that individuals become successful
readers when they have access to reading materials at home. The goal of the
Reading Tub is to provide a one stop place for helping kids fulfill their full
literacy potential. Donations are what fund the works of The Reading Tub and
100% of the funds received goes to providing literacy information and shipping
books. Individuals interested are encouraged to become a literacy volunteer for
this non-profit organization or to simply be a registered reader.
Reading Tub provides literacy resources for families and educators. Prior to
exploring the tabs of the website, parents are encouraged to read an article
about Guided Reading at Home (http://thereadingtub.com/pdfs/our_guided_reading_set.pdf ) which offers various ways that
parents can help their children at home using techniques that teachers are
using in the classroom. In addition, a list of reading activities is provided
that can be used to get children excited about reading. It is highly encouraged
that parents read WITH their child especially at a young age. It is also
emphasized that Parents show by example the importance of reading by letting
their children see them read on a daily basis. Make reading a daily experience,
incorporate reading into an activity your kid loves, create a family reading
night, planning a family adventure to the library are a just a few of the
activities along with descriptions that are listed on the Reading Tub.
it comes to literacy, specifically reading, the reality is that some kids love
to read, while other kids hate and dread it. What is helpful and nice about the
Reading Tub website is that they explain why some children don’t like to read
with possible factors whether it is an environmental or medical factor. For
example, an environmental factor would be the idea of modeling behaviors of
what they see at home when it comes to literacy. If the adults at home do not
read, the children will not prefer to read as well. A medical factor would
include dyslexia, a learning disability. Other factors include being a late
bloomer or having anxiety. Links are provided for further reading on these
After exploring the website, I found some of
the literacy facts to be very interesting. The Reading Tub listed a few
Literacy facts that prove the importance of reading as a skill and the impact
that reading has in influencing success later in life. A literacy fact I thought
was interesting is that “The average kindergarten student has seen more than
5,000 hours of television, having spent more time in front of the T.V. than it
takes to earn a bachelor’s degree” or that “80% of college faculty members
report that entering freshman cannot read well enough to do college work.” Although
some of the facts are unfortunately true, it goes to show that reading is the
key and without this skill, success is difficult at the post-secondary level and
as an adult. Like every other literacy website, links with descriptions of
articles and more resources are provided for further reading along with a
periodic newsletter “The Wash Rag”, tailored towards your reader’s age.
addition to the provided resources, book reviews are still included in the
Reading Tub. Book reviews are categorized by age group and then in alphabetical
order. After clicking on a book title, a comprehensive review is given to
include the link to purchase the book, a summary, reading level, pros, cons,
related books, recommended age, reading and interest level, to name a few.
conclusion, The Reading Tub provides insightful perspectives and interesting resources
that explain the importance of reading altogether. The Reading Tub advocates
for early literacy and getting parents involved by encouraging them to read in
the home environment by reading together or by modeling reading. I would recommend this website for both
educators and parents with young readers. The Reading Tub was created for a
good cause and their belief in bringing literacy home for families and their
philosophical view that kids need to read to succeed in life is something I
could agree and advocate with. *Contribution by L. Orlando
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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 or Martha Sudo 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.