Invitation 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference

01_Turku_Åbo_SelinInvitation to the InvitationBalticNordicConf_Aug2016 (PDF)
Look for updates on the web!

14−16 August 2016 − Turku/Åbo, Finland
Making meaning − literacy in action

Important dates

  • August 2015 Call for papers See the web for details in English
  • December 1st, 2015 Deadline for submitting abstracts на русском
  • February 2016 Notification to presenters på skandinaviska språk
  • March 2016 Registration to be included in the programme suomeksi
  • April 2016 Early bird registration

welcome добро пожаловать välkommen tervetuloa

email: 3rdbalticsea[at]

Organised by FinRA, in collaboration with Nordic and Baltic Sea Literacy associations
networking with ILA, IDEC, FELA, ELINET
supported by the City of Turku/Åbo

Update & invitation 19th European Conference on Literacy

There is a new website for the 19th European Conference on Literacy in Klagenfurt, Austria, 13–16 July 2015.
Go there to get all the recent information. The main conference language is English. It is possible to present in any other European language.

‘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 … Continue reading

IDEC in Reading Today

In Reading Today, July/August 2014, we find IDEC members figuring prominently on the Award pages. Thanks to Pehr-Olof to point this out to us.

Reading Today July/August 2014 Volume 32, Number 1 Now available online!

Ulla Britt Persson received a IRA Mayann Manning Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (p.29) And Renate Valtin and Meeli Pandis are mentioned on the 2014 International Awards as members of the IDCC.

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Elinet EU-project

One in five 15-year-old Europeans, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills. Not only does this make it hard for them to find a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion.
The European Literacy Policy Network ELINET was initiated to gather and analyze policy information; exchange policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET is formed of 79 partner organizations from 28 countries. The network has received funding from the European Commission to complete a two year work program. During this time, it will develop tools that can be used by different members as well as supporting existing and encouraging new activities. You can visit the EU Elinet project site (still under construction).
On the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association in New Orleans, 10 – 12 of May 2014, Christine Garbe and Renate Valtin talked about the … Continue reading

Call for papers European Conference on Literacy 2015

Dear IDEC-friends and -colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the CALL FOR PAPERS for the upcoming European Conference on Literacy 2015 in Klagenfurt, Austria, to be open from now on until December, 1, 2014
Go to:

After having taken part in IRA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans some weeks ago, where we did a lot of advertising as well, we now hope that you will put the information/links on your websites, facebook-pages, maybe publish it in your printed journals if possible etc. – and share the information also with your local professional networks, students, colleagues from university, teacher education, with librarians, literacy educators or anywhere else and with whoever might be interested to come to Klagenfurt!

And of course we are looking forward to your contributions/applications: we think we have chosen interesting sections and possibilites to present both research and best practice.

If you have any questions regarding the Call for Papers or the conference as such, do not hesitate to come back to us.
Have a look at … Continue reading

The Biblioburro, an innovative way of teaching reading

In many parts of the world children cannot go to school, because they are to far away from any school. Louis Soriano came up with a very interesting solution, the Biblioburro.
The Biblioburro is a traveling library that distributes books to patrons from the backs of two donkeys, Alfa and Beto. The program was created in La Gloria, Colombia, by Luis Soriano.The biblioburro operates within the central municipalities of the Department of Magdalena, on Colombia’s Caribbean shore. Look at this video and enjoy.
I use the picture of the Biblioburro as a background of this site to remind us that most of us are blessed and many other people have severe problems if it comes to education and also that there are many people who come up with amazing solutions.


European Leadership Seminar Ljubljana 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)

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 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 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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Presentations European Conference on Reading 2013

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 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]

Keynote sessions