Registration for the ELINET European Literacy Conference is now open

Schermafdruk 2015-11-20 14.27.55Registration for the ELINET European Literacy Conference on 21-22 January 2016 in Amsterdam is now open! You will find the registration form and all relevant information on the conference website.

This conference will be a unique opportunity to learn more about how the results of ELINET can support your work. We would love to hear from you and colleagues from across Europe how our research and toolkits can best be used to help improve literacy in Europe.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam!

The organising partners,
Stichting Lezen
Stichting Lezen & Schrijven

Invitation 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference

view-along-the-riverInvitation to the
3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference
Look for updates on the web!
email: 3rdbalticsea[at]
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14−16 August 2016 − Turku/Åbo, Finland
Making meaning − literacy in action

      • * August 2015 Call for Papers 
      • * December 1st, 2015 Deadline for submitting abstracts
      • * February 2016 Notification to presenters
      • * March 2016 Registration to be included in the programme
      • * April 2016 Early bird registration

Organised by FinRA, in collaboration with Nordic and Baltic Sea Literacy associations
networking with ILA, IDEC, FELA, ELINET
supported by the City of … Continue reading

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 … 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

elinet-logoOne 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 … Continue reading

Call for papers European Conference on Literacy 2015





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.

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 … Continue reading

The Biblioburro, an innovative way of teaching reading

biblioburro.jpgIn 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 … Continue reading

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)

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 … 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 … Continue reading