About Word

WORD (Washington Organization for Reading Development) is a state affiliate of the International Reading Association (IRA) formed in 1954 under the direction of Florence Sperling. In 1960 WORD was incorporated and continues to support educators throughout Washington. As a non-profit professional development organization WORD is dedicated to supporting all persons who are concerned with literacy and encourages groups and individuals at all levels to implement good reading practices.

Mission Statement:
In order to increase literacy and instill a love of lifelong learning, WORD is dedicated to connecting educators to literacy ideas, innovations, and best practices through state and local conferences, workshops and publications.

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