International Reading Association Seeks Applications for International Professional Development Award

The International Reading Association sponsors the Constance McCullough Award to encourage international professional development activities.

The award, which carries a grant of $4,000, is awarded annually to assist an IRA member in the investigation of reading-related problems and to encourage international professional development activities that are carried out in countries outside North America. This award represents a specific means for working toward as many as three articulated goals of the association, including advocacy, professional development, and emerging global issues.

1) Advocacy: Through the Constance McCullough Award the association seeks to promote universal access to literacy and provide leadership in support of adequate funding for literacy programs on an international basis.

2) Professional Development: Through the award, the association seeks to enhance and improve professional development of literacy educators on an international basis — including professional development that supports programs and processes in response to expressed needs and that responds quickly to those needs.

3) Emerging Global Issues: The association seeks to identify and provide leadership on such emerging globally significant literacy issues as access to primary education for all, access to current materials, and assessment of literacy levels.

Any IRA member is eligible to submit a proposal, remembering that the Constance M. McCullough bequest to IRA is designated for use in international professional development activities undertaken in countries outside North America.

IRA will accept applications from March 1 to June 30, 2017.

See the IRA website for complete program guidelines, information about past grant recipients, and application instructions.

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