One of my first official duties as Provincial Coordinator was to go visit Michael Bowden at his new school, Dufferin Elementary School, in Kamloops. Mike is a long time and very committed member of The International Reading Association. He has been working with a group of colleagues in the South Central region of British Columbia to come together to form a IRA literacy council. Our conversation focused on ways to bring together passionate literacy educators to discuss current research and applications in our classrooms. Check out their site at South Central Literacy Council. I believe several members from the South Central region will be heading down to New Orleans for the IRA AGM / Conference.