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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.


About Us

MLA is ...

  • an organization supporting its members for 64 years
  • an organization of local councils that provide professional development and literacy events at the local level.
  • an organization that co-sponsors The Write to Learn Conference every February at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Nationally recognized speakers as well as state and local instructional leaders provide outstanding professional development.
  • an organization that publishes its own journal with input from nationally recognized authors and literacy leaders as well as state and local leaders.

Membership is open to ALL who are interested in promoting literacy.  We invite educators, parents, community leaders and anyone interested to join us.

Independent reading is really the goal of all reading instruction.  What children can do for themselves is what matters most, and they become more proficient in reading on their own by engaging and thinking and talking about books with others. 

- Fountas & Pinnell

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