IRA Honor Council (ideas for International Involvement)
To earn Honor Council status, councils must choose two of the following:
SERVICE TO INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
A. International Literacy Day
Participate in an International Literacy Day celebration, September 8.
B. IRA Membership
Sponsor an IRA membership for someone in an economically developing country. Currently this costs $69. IRA designates who will receive the membership. Download the forms from the IRA website (www.reading.org). Form 4B
C. Worldwide Literacy
Contribute to worldwide literacy effort by providing materials, funds to purchase school supplies, or assist with costs related to the professional growth of teachers. Download the form from the IRA website (www.reading.org) Form 4C
D. International Literacy
Conduct a project that will promote literacy in another country. This project may involve a partnership with other agencies, such as Peace Corps, Red Cross, Rotary, etc. Suggestions are made below.
E. International Partnership
Establish a partnership with an international council. Examples include: sharing professional information, providing teaching resources, communicating virtually, etc. A listing of all international councils with contact information is on the IRA website.
Websites for Donations to International Projects
Peace Corps volunteers across the globe initiate projects for which they need funds. Many of these are literacy/education projects. You can choose which project you want to donate to and stay in touch with the volunteer as the project develops.
UNICEF is active in “hot spots” around the world, providing food, immunizations, and education for children.
A non-profit organization dedicated to children’s well-being. It supports education projects in many different countries.
Education and literacy is one of the six areas that the Rotary Club focuses on. They have many international literacy projects looking for funding.
A non-profit children’s organization dedicated to children’s well-being worldwide. Donations may be given for particular education projects.
Websites for International Classroom Exchanges
KSRA members may want to involve their classrooms in international exchanges. The following websites provide information for teachers seeking classroom exchanges.
This free service connects teachers and students worldwide to collaborate on literacy projects.
Classrooms can connect, learn, and share globally.
Another website that can help teachers and classrooms connect to other classes world wide.
Connect directly with a Peace Corps volunteer in another country. Classes can exchange videos, emails, and stories with a volunteer, learning about another culture. If the volunteer is a teacher, the exchange can extend to the volunteer’s students.
Students can connect with one another, write and share stories, and collaborate on projects with a matching international classroom.
Connect your classroom with an International School in any region you choose. Students can use Skype, email, Facebook, or even traditional letters!