Membership Information

Invest in your future:

Join WORD Today to become part of your

Local Council and the Washington State affiliate of

the International Reading Association

WORD provides outstanding professional development, and supports excellent teaching, critical research, and the lifetime reading habit. You’ll experience the benefits where they count the most—in the practice of your profession, and the growth of your students.

If you have questions about WORD, its member benefits, activities, or goals, contact either WORD President: Denise Gudwin or WORD Membership Director: Kristi Sherman

Local Councils provide a connection to WORD and IRA by…

1. Sponsoring literacy projects

2. Providing a setting for literacy presenters and speakers.

3. Representing your region on the state WORD board in conjunction with IRA and the literacy initiatives around the globe.

Membership Dues

In 2013 the WORD Board approved revisions in our membership categories, rates, and year, as described below.

Membership Designation

Description of Educators within designation

Membership Fee

Associate Member

first year teachers, substitute teachers, non-contracted teachers, pre-service teachers, para-educators and retired educators.

$15 per year

Regular Member

All other educators (Certificated teachers, contracted teachers, administrators, etc.)

$25 per year

*The WORD membership year is July 1 through June 30.