The International Reading Association’s (IRA) annual conference has begun with an exciting focus on 21st-century literacy. At an awards ceremony last night, elementary school teacher Janice Gowdy was honored as the 2014 “Literacy Legend”. The national contest, sponsored by myON and IRA, was created to honor educators that are promoting literacy in their classrooms, schools and beyond.

Independent judges were asked to review submissions based on a number of criteria, including how these educators are impacting and furthering literacy in their classroom, school and community as a whole; the uniqueness of their literacy initiatives; and the results and achievement their students...

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Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a technology specialist in Virginia. A former French teacher, she currently supports technology integration in a middle school.