19th European Conference on Literacy Klagenfurt, Austria, 13–16 July 2015

KlagenfurtThe main conference language is English. It is possible to present in any other European language.

Announcement of Call for Papers: May 2014
Deadline for submission of proposals: November 1, 2014
Notification of accepted proposals: End of February 2015

‘Literacy’ names a constantly dynamic social and cultural phenomenon. It has been, is, and will continue to be transformed by social change, as well as by the potentials of emerging technologies for representation and communication. New potentials for the production of texts and of forms of writing – of newly shaping texts – constantly develop; yet traditional forms of written communication, of reading and writing continue. As a consequence, the present “landscape of literacy” includes ‘traditional’, linguistically complex, monomodal texts and genres, as well as rapidly developing contemporaneous multimodal text-ensembles: of often very short texts, in new genres (e.g. tweets, ‘posts’ to blogs, face-book entries), linguistically closer often to spoken than to (traditional) written utterances.

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European Leadership Seminar Ljubljana, Slovenia 24th – 25th January 2014

International Reading Association (IRA), International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC)
European Leadership Seminar
Ljubljana, Slovenia 24th – 25th  January 2014

Venue:Cankarjev dom (Congress Centre), Ljubljana (Slovenie)
Organisers:  International Reading Association International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC) in cooperation with International Reading Association (IRA) and Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA)
Purpose:To support established and emerging National Affiliates of the International Reading Association in their endeavours to develop in their officers the knowledge and ability needed to run a voluntary, professional organisation.

Presentations (6)

  • (1)  The Aims and expectations of the leadership seminar. Faclitators Meeli Pandis, Greg Brooks
  • (2) The International Reading Association Marcie Craig Post
  • (3) European Associations and National Affiliates. Meeli Pandis
  • (4) The history and work of the IDEC   Ann Sofie Selin, Pehr-Olof Rönnholm
  • (5) Promoting membership  Shlomo Alon, Karen Maass
  • (6) The role of a leader Marcie Craig Post, Amy Loretta-Kushner Schulte

Parallel workshops (8)

  • (1)Working with government agencies, partners and/or the media  Facilitators Veronika … Continue reading

Get your IDEC work a boost: the Zero to Hero 30-Day Challenge

Dear friends. A very happy new year for all the IDEC and FELA friends and all the other visiters of the IDEC website.
We discussed the use of new media frequently. In the Januari Leadership meeting we will discuss this further. To get a head start I suggest to go to the Daily Post from WordPress.com and Get ready: starting January 2nd, it’s time for the Zero to Hero 30-Day Challenge. It’s a very American way of working, but I think it helps some of you to get started.
Tomorrow’s January 1st, and for a lot of us that means it’s resolution time. Whether you’ve resolved to start that blog you’ve been thinking about, plan to return to a tumbleweed-strewn site you started long ago, or are committed to giving your current blog a a little more love, we want to help you get there. . Created by a team of top blogging experts (i.e., us) based on years of highly scientific-like research (i.e., writing blogs), we’ve created 30 days of … Continue reading

Call for papers UKLA 50th International Conference July 4-6 2014

UKLA_BrightonUKLA 50th International Conference ‘50 Years of Literacy: Continuity and Change’.
The University of Sussex, Friday 4th - Sunday 6th July 2014

Speakers to include Ken Goodman, Myra Barrs, David Crystal, and Teresa Cremin.
The deadline for submissions will be 2nd December 2013.

The 50th UKLA international conference will be a special occasion for the United Kingdom Literacy Association and all its members. We will be celebrating 50 years of our Association’s work in literacy education. It will be an occasion to look back but, very importantly, to look ahead to the future.
The general theme of this year’s conference provides opportunities to explore and critique the development of literacy teaching over the last 50 years. However, we invite contributors to bring news of research, scholarship, teaching and innovation in literacy education that will inspire delegates to consider the next 50 years.
The theme, ‘50 Years of Literacy: Continuity and Change’ will explore research and practice on the following topics:
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European Conference on Reading August 6-9 2013 Presentations & Keynotes

The 18th European Conference on Reading was held in Jönköping, Sweden, August 6-9, 2013 and was a success. More than 300 participants, almost 170 presentations and workshops.The weather was great and so was Jönköping.
The programme and other information you’ll find on the Conference Page of the European Conference on Reading 2013.
In this post presentations will be shared in alphabetical order. Come back regularly to look for updates. We would prefer it if you upload your presentation to http://www.slideshare.net and give us the link so our server will not be overloaded. If this is not possible, send the original presentation or ask for help. Send link or presentation to europeidec[at]gmail.com.

Keynote sessions

Open call for proposals Establishment of a European Policy Network of National Literacy Organisations

Deadline: 29th of August 2013; 12:00
More information you can find on the European Commission website. Most of the following text comes from this EU page.

The High Level Group (HLG) of experts in the field of literacy published its final report in September 2012. Renate Valtin and Greg Brooks, members of IDEC and FELA are members of this group. More information you find here.

In November 2012 the Education ministers adopted Council Conclusions on Literacy. They endorse the main messages from the HLG Literacy report and invite the Commission to establish a European network of literacy organisations.
The European Commission wants to support the establishment of one European policy network to raise awareness, gather and analyse policy information, exchange policy approaches, good practice and promising campaigns and initiatives to promote literacy in light of the Education and Training framework (ET2020) benchmark that the share of low-achieving 15-years olds in reading should be less than … Continue reading

Call for Papers for the 37th Annual International Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Conference

The theme of this year’s conference is  Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-imagining Teaching and Learning.
The 37th RAI Annual International Conference takes place in the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin from September 26th -28th 2013.
This year’s keynote speakers are Catherine Snow, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Robert Dunbar, Children’s book critic and Former Head of English in CICE.
For more information download the Call for papers RAI conference 2013

Dropbox folder for IDEC

We decided in our Glasgow meeting to use Dropbox to share documents. To share documents, using Dropbox, you have to download Dropbox, and then you will have a dropbox folder on your computer. This folder will synchronize with the online Dropbox folder automatically  so you will be in sync all the time. It will become an ordinary folder on your harddrive, which you can use. If you use the link below, it will be quite easy to do this. Here you can find the Help files for Dropbox. If you need more help, let me know.
If you don’t have a Dropbox already please use this link http://db.tt/I9XnHlo to download Dropbox or the link in the menu at the right of this IDEC website.

Join INNOVATE13 conference Sao Paulo

Take a look at INNOVATE13. Designed to capture the collective learning of Innovate 2013. Grow your ideas here. The physical conference will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil this month (January 19-21, 2013)  While there will be educators physically traveling to Sao Paulo, you can attend virtually. I will be there and I hope to meet a lot of you too.

Virtual Participants: No travel costs are involved, NO registration fees are required. Make a commitment to

  • mark your calendar to be able to participate. January 19-21, 2013
  • find a dedicated “conference attendance” time. Use that time to read through the Twitter stream/hashtag, Ning activities generated through the conference, resources being shared.
  • ACTIVELY participate versus PASSIVELY consuming information. Contribute resources, your own perspective, thoughts and experience.
  • make strategic connections with physical attendees.