Dr. Maurine Richardson, professor in the School of Education at The University of South Dakota, has been selected to serve on the Adolescent Literacy Committee for the International Reading Association.�
The International Reading Association (IRA) is a professional membership organization dedicated to the promotion of high quality levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, distributing research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. Members of the IRA include classroom teachers, reading specialists, librarians, media specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university faculty, researchers, psychologists, and parents. Members and affiliates of the association are in 99 countries with a network that extends to more than 350,000 people worldwide.�
Richardson's committee is responsible for identifying exemplary middle school and high school literacy programs, communicating the IRA's adolescent literacy position statement to local and state policy makers, and developing publications related to adolescent literacy learning.
"Currently, media and newspaper reports are concerned with the need to improve adolescent literacy in the United States. It is an honor to be selected to serve on this very important committee as we examine the exemplary adolescent literacy programs and continue the research necessary to design effective literacy programs to meet the needs of middle school and high school students," Richardson said.