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The International Literacy Association announced on Monday, May 13, that Dr. Stephen G. Peters, Superintendent of Laurens County School District 55, will serve as vice president of ILA for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and assume the role of president on July 1, 2020.

The ILA is a “global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 146 countries. With over 60 years of experience, ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.

ILA's Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017 provides an evidence-based benchmark for the development and evaluation of literacy professional preparation programs. ILA collaborates with partners across the world to develop, gather and disseminate high-quality resources, best practices and cutting-edge research to empower educators, inspire students and inform policymakers.”

Peters, in commenting on his election, said, “I am grateful for the confidence and support of such a dedicated group of educators. Education is a field that is constantly growing and changing, and we need to embrace and promote innovative and efficient ways to teach and inspire reading as a foundation for all knowledge. It is my honor to be a part of ILA and to support the mission of making literacy accessible for all.”

Peters has already begun transforming lives through literacy here in Laurens County. He introduced and continues to promote the “30 for 30 Reading Program” and supports district events such as "Reading Under the Stars" and the “Laurens Lifelong Literacy (L3) Summer Basketball Program,” which encourage families to find fun and unique places to enjoy reading and promote literacy year-round for students. Peters frequently spends time reading to students in the classroom to exemplify the importance of literacy.