Literacy associations


ABC Life Literacy Canada

“ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen organizations that promote adult learning. We develop and support the use of high-quality introductory learning materials and resources written in clear language. We envision a Canada where everyone has the tools and opportunities they need to improve their literacy and essential skills.”


American Youth Literacy Foundation

“For the past ten years we have taught thousands of underprivileged and underserved children how to read. Now it’s time to teach millions!”


Australian Literacy Educators’ Association

“The Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) is an independent professional association dedicated to literacy and English language learning from early childhood through all stages of schooling and tertiary education contexts. ALEA recognises the critical role literacy plays in learning and communicating in all curriculum areas, and for effective participation in society.”


English Spelling Society [UK]

“The English Spelling Society was founded in 1908 (as the Simplified Spelling Society) by philanthropists and educational reformers. It now has a world-wide membership including people from the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other English speaking countries. Its object is to raise awareness of the problems and costs arising from the irregularity of English Spelling and to highlight the difficulty of mastering our spelling system. It promotes remedies to improve literacy, including possible spelling reform. Although it currently does not favour any one alternative spelling scheme. It provides a forum whereby authors of such schemes can submit their proposals to peer review…”


Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation [US]

“The Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation is a corporation organized under the Membership Corporation Law of the State of New York in March, 1965. The Foundation was formed exclusively for educational and charitable purposes; to promote, maintain and advance education in all its fields, and in particular (but without limiting the generality of the foregoing) by development, standardization, propagation, dissemination, teaching and use of the Initial Teaching Alphabet.”


International Literacy Association

“The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 86 countries. With more than 60 years of experience, ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.”


Literacy Association of Ireland / Cumann Litearthachta na hÉireann

“Over time the concept of literacy itself has evolved and while reading, reading skills and reading has always remained a key focus for RAI the emphasis has broadened to encompass a whole range of literacy skills to include language, written expression and a whole range of new literacies. In April 2015 the RAI was re-launched as the Literacy Association of Ireland, affiliated now to the International Literacy Association (LAI) following approval of its membership. The LAI aims to support and inform all those concerned with the development of reading, language and literacy (including teachers, lecturers, researchers, educators and parents), it encourages reflection and dialogue, challenges practice and gives public voice to concerns.”


National Council of Teachers of English [US]

“Through collaboration and community, shared stories and shared experiences, NCTE supports teachers and their students in classrooms, on college campuses, and in online learning environments.

“For more than 100 years, NCTE has worked with its members to offer journals, publications, and resources; to further the voice and expertise of educators as advocates for their students at the local and federal levels; and to share lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events…”

National Literacy Trust [UK]

“We work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s poorest communities, where one in three people have literacy problems.

“Because low literacy is intergenerational, we focus our work on families, young people and children.”

New Zealand Literacy Association

The purpose of the association is:
a) to encourage and actively promote enjoyment of literacy
b) to encourage literacy learning
c) to encourage research in literacy education
d) to publish results of significant literacy investigations and practices
e) to foster continuing literacy education programmes for teachers
f) to encourage and support the work of reading/literacy councils in New Zealand
g) to provide and promote meetings and conferences on literacy
h) to foster national and international co-operation in the field of literacy
i) to advise and make representations on matters related to literacy


UK Literacy Association

“UKLA is committed to promoting good practice nationally and internationally in literacy and language teaching and research. The Association was founded in 1963 as the United Kingdom Reading Association. In 2003 it changed its name to the United Kingdom Literacy Association, to reflect more accurately its wider range of concerns.”


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Last Updated on 02/01/2020 by Frank Johnson

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