Kia Brown-Dudley Named ILA Board Vice Chair

The International Literacy Association (ILA) today announced the results of the 2022 ILA Board of Directors election.

Kia Brown-Dudley, Director of Programs and Partnerships for The Education Partners, is the newly elected Vice Chair of the ILA Board of Trustees. Brown-Dudley, currently a Full Member, is Chair of the Programs Committee and Co-Chair of the Equity and Social Justice Committee, as well as a member of the Global and Finance Committees. Brown-Dudley’s new term begins July 1, 2022, and she will assume the chair of the board on July 1, 2023.

A member of the ILA since 1997, Brown-Dudley began her career as a teacher with the New York City Department of Education. Her expertise includes leading blended professional learning, developing research-based reading programs, and leading national initiatives advocating for transparency and equity in pre-K-12 education. She is the author of The Family Guide Read and Rise: Preparing Our Children for a Lifetime of Success and has collaborated with organizations such as the Boys’ Club of New York, Reading Is Fundamental, and the National Urban League in service of family and community literacy.

Through her position at The Education Partners, Brown-Dudley works with leading educators and organizations to create and deliver transformational curriculum and professional learning opportunities to improve student outcomes in literacy and in early childhood education.

“I’m motivated to take on the role of vice president,” Brown-Dudley said. “Over the past three years, I have seen the ILA transform, adapting to the changing landscape to meet the needs of educators and literacy advocates. I look forward to working with the ILA community as we create more opportunities to empower and give greater agency to our global constituency to achieve our mission – to improve the quality of literacy learning across the world. in a respectful, responsive and ethical manner.

Three new board members were also elected for the 2022-2025 term:

  • election 2022-Corbin_150x150Sue Corbin, professor and chair of the division of vocational education, Notre Dame College, OH. Corbin, an ILA member for more than 30 years, is a former pre-K–6 literacy specialist and middle school reading teacher. She has written literacy programs for elementary and middle schools, founded a summer literacy clinic for struggling readers, and has presented at several international and national ILA conferences. Corbin is currently a board member of the ILA’s Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, which she previously chaired. She was a member of the editorial board of the group’s journal, The Dragon Lode, in addition to being a member and chair of the group’s Notable Books for a Global Society committee.
  • 2022election-Silverman_150x150Rebecca Silverman, Associate Professor of Early Literacy, Stanford Graduate School of Education, CA. Silverman, an ILA member since 2001, began her career as an elementary school teacher in New Orleans, LA. She has presented at numerous ILA conferences and has been a contributor and member of the editorial review board for the ILA journals The Reading Teacher and Reading Research Quarterly. At Stanford, where Silverman directs the Language to Literacy Research Lab, she focuses on research and practice related to literacy development and instruction for early and elementary school children from diverse backgrounds. She has also worked in teacher education and professional development in the United States and abroad.
  • 2022election-Toomer_150x150jeannette tourer, Grade 12 English teacher, Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School, Bronx, NY. Toomer, an ILA member since 2015, has taught English language arts and literature, primarily in New York high schools, since 2001 and has written curricula for grades 10-12. In addition, she has been a staff trainer for schools and educational societies and a composition teacher at local colleges.

Brown-Dudley, Corbin, Silverman and Toomer were elected by ILA members in the 2022 ILA Board of Directors Election, which took place online between March 28, 2022 and March 6 May 2022. The new vice-president and the members at large will begin their terms on July 1, 2022.

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