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Missouri Literacy Association

An Affiliate of International Literacy Association

The mission of the Missouri Literacy Association is to empower educators, ensure equity, inspire students & encourage leaders with the equitable resources they need to make literacy accessible for all in our diverse community.

Fall MLA Events

Thursday, October 21st

Every Child is Made for Learning: Updating and Extending Cambourne's Conditions of Learning

Mark your calendar for an evening with Brian Cambourne and Debra Crouch

Thursday, October 21st    5:00-7:00pm on Zoom

Click here to register!

Teachers shape the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual spaces that support student learning. But what are the classroom conditionsthat make student learning more likely to occur? And what decisions will teachers make to bring these conditions of learning to life? This session will update and extend research and thinking about the Conditions of Learning, explore language and literacy development, and illustrate teacher decisions that nourish a discourse of “meaning-making".

"Once in a great while a book comes along that upends our thinking--challenging us to critically examine the effects of our literacy beliefs, practices, and processes around teaching and learning. Made for Learning is that breakthrough book."    Regie Routman

Help us build literacy in Missouri!

Upcoming events


Stands With ILA For

Racial Justice and Equality!

Overcoming Racial Injustice

Read the joint statement from ILA and the editors of their academic journals and rise to this call to action.


The Missouri Reader

This most recent issue of our state journal is now available.

The Missouri Reader 

Winter 2020


Teaching Literacy Virtually 2020 & Beyond

Nuts and bolts ideas about how to implement distance learning.


Message From MLA Chairperson 

Dr. Sam Bommarito

 Responding to Trauma in Your Classroom

From Learning for Justice:

Trauma can have significant and lasting effects on students. This PD Café will help you learn how to recognize the signs of trauma, better understand the causes of trauma, and take steps to establish social and emotional safety in your classroom.

Read more HERE.

Our Mantra

There is no such thing as a child who hates to read;

There are only children 

who have not found 

the right book.

                By Frank Serafini


Annual Conference

Virtual Speaker Series


Register HERE

Designed for ALL K-12 Language Arts Teachers

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