IRA Reading Radio's 'Literacy 2.0' Hits #1 on iTunes Top Education Programs List Powered by BAM Radio Network

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International Reading Association radio show on literacy's new frontier strikes a chord

IRA Reading Radio's "Literacy 2.0," the online radio program providing education professionals with the best thinking on the evolution of literacy in the digital age, has hit number one on iTunes' top K-12 education programs list. The show, produced through collaboration with the International Reading Association and BAM Radio Network, also reached number one on the iTunes general education chart on the Apple Inc. site.

Each monthly installment of IRA Reading Radio features IRA Executive Director William B. Harvey interviewing an expert on a key topic in reading education. Programs explore topics such as literacy in today's digital society, preparing very young children for literacy, the critical link between literacy and science, and closing the literacy achievement gap through culturally responsive curriculum.

"The response by teachers, literacy professionals and parents to IRA Reading Radio has been tremendous, and we are delighted that so many people are subscribing to this free resource through iTunes," said IRA Executive Director William B. Harvey. "We are committed to providing the latest insights on literacy and student achievement, including specific suggestions that explain how teachers and parents can help children develop the 21st century literacy skills that are so important for advancement in our global society."    

The program is Nanocasted on the IRA web site at http://www.reading.org/ , distributed to members through the organization's newsletter, social media, and syndicated on the BAM Radio Network at http://www.bamradionetwork.com . Currently featured on the iTunes education channel, the program can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/literacy-2-0-the-new-frontier/id357933877.

"The interviews on IRA Reading Radio offer a wealth of information," said Rae Pica, cofounder, BAM Radio Network. "I'm so pleased that the messages are being well received, and that iTunes makes them even more accessible."

About IRA

The International Reading Association is a community of reading professionals with 85,000 members in more than 100 countries, dedicated to promoting higher achievement levels in literacy, reading, and communication worldwide. A network of 1,250 councils and more than 50 national affiliates forms the working foundation for the Association. Councils and Affiliates facilitate direct and immediate access to educators and through this network, IRA's community extends to more than 350,000 reading professionals worldwide.

About BAM Radio Network

BAM Radio Network is the largest education radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics. The network offers 21 channels of education programming available on demand and hosted by the nation's leading educators and advocates. The network is a joint venture between privately held New Hampshire-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster Errol Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.

The Best Educational Reporting Team

BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Dr. William B. Harvey, executive director of the International Reading Association
  • Dr. Mark Ginsberg, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Dr. Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association
  • Paul Young, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Brian Crowe, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Dr. Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Barbara S. Belmont, executive director for the School Nutrition Association
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
  • Diane Whitehead, executive director of the Association for Childhood Education International

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

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