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 The Alabama Literacy Association (ALA) is the local affiliate of the International Literacy Association. Our mission is to transform lives through literacy. Our mission is fulfilled through the work of our committees and local councils around the state.

  ALA received its charter from the International Reading Association in May 1968. Two local councils received their charters from IRA prior to the creation of ARA: Metro-Mobile in 1959 and Birmingham Area in 1964.

We were formerly known as the Alabama Reading Association (ARA).

ALA is pleased to announce the dates for our 54th annual conference, November 3-4, 2022 at the Birmingham Marriott at Grandview.  Wes Gordon and his team have selected two great keynote speakers for each day.  Poet Charles Waters and former literacy coach and current Lead Staff developer at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project will share their enthusiasm for literacy and what motivates them to be a Difference Engine.

To submit a proposal please visit:

For more information regarding the conference please contact Wes Gordon, Conference Chair, at

Registration is open now. Click HERE

ALA 30 UNDER 30!!!

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ALA is delighted to launch a new committee, Early Career Educators, supporting our new teachers. Led by Dr. Lynn Kirkland, former Dean of the UAB School of Education, this committee will provide powerful support, encouragement and networking for teachers in the first five years of their career.

This committee will also lead a new ALA initiative, 30 Under 30, recognizing 30 beginning teachers for their impact on student learning. For more information or to join as a new teacher or to mentor new teachers, please contact Dr. Kirkland at

Congratulations ALA! 

2021 International Literacy Association's

Award of Excellence Recipient

This is the 32nd year ALA has been awarded this prestigious honor.

The Award represents the dedication to literacy in the state at the local and state level.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible!


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