The Missouri Reader Vol. 42, Issue 1 - Page 25


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By: Erica Hatcher


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Our mission is to empower educators, inspire students, and encourage leaders with the resources they need to make literacy accessible for all.

We support literacy through a wide range of resources including advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.

The Missouri Literacy Association (MLA) is an affiliate of the International Literacy Association (ILA), one of the leading literacy organizations in the world. Members of MLA receive access to our digital peer-reviewed journal, The Missouri Reader and our MLA e-news all while supporting literacy across our state! Join us. We look forward to partnering with you!


About the International Literacy Association

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 146 countries. With over 60 years of experience, ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught and evaluated. ILA’s Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017 provides an evidence-based benchmark for the development and evaluation of literacy professional preparation programs. ILA collaborates with partners across the world to develop, gather and disseminate high-quality resources, best practices and cutting-edge research to empower educators, inspire students and inform policymakers. ILA publishes The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and Reading Research Quarterly, which are peer reviewed and edited by leaders in the field. For more information, visit

Diana Houlle, MLA DIrector of Membership

Missouri Literacy Association membership is a smart

step toward supporting literacy for ALL.


Poetry—A Path to Literacy

Look for a special edition of The Missouri Reader coming up early

next year! We thank David Harrison for being the impetus and supporter of the idea for this issue. He and a few of his friends who are major figures in the field of literacy have contributed articles that will help your students find a path to literacy in a fun, exciting way. He has mentored us as on our path to this next issue and we appreciate his ongoing support for The Missouri Reader. THANK YOU, DAVID HARRISON!