Key notes & Presentations 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference Update

Update 15-09-2016 The 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference was a great succes. We will share experiences and photos later. In this blog we will share key notes and some of the presentations. Please download and read. Comments are very welcome.
This post is under construction. More presentations will follow. Please come back regularly.

  • Key Note Sari Sulkunen  Literacy – Action for the future
  • Key Note Bill Brozo Leaving No Boy Behind: Empowering Struggling and Disengaged Male Readers
  • Bill Brozo Renate Valtin Sari Sulkunen ELINET: Promoting Best Practices and Policies in Literacy across Europe
  • Ariana-Stanca Văcărețu Romania  Literacy Projects Romanian RWCT Association
  • J. McIntosh & T. Campbell Canada Making Writing Irresistible: Inspiring Young Adolescent Writers.
  • J. McIntosh & T. Campbell Canada  Making Writing Irresistible: Inspiring Young Adolescent Writers. List of Literature
  • Jeroen Clemens Netherlands Literacy in a digital age: a challenge for language teachers.
  • Guðmundur B. Kristmundsson Iceland How can literacy education prepare young people for becoming an active independent citizen?
  • Petra Mikeln Slovenia Booking around: My favourite literary character
  • Arne Trageton Creative … Continue reading
  • ILA Research Panel featured research session on Dyslexia

    Schermafdruk 2016-07-17 14.22.45Dyslexia and the growing influence of dyslexia-organizations is a matter of concern in the US.

    The official program says: “In this session, two distinguished scholars, one from the United States and one from Germany, will present their perspectives on research relating to dyslexia. Professor Donna Scanlon has done systematic research on children’s reading development and difficulties, particularly dyslexia, for over 35 years and through over $22 million of research grants. ILA has awarded her the Albert J. Harris Award for her research. Professor Renate Valtin is president of the German Society for Reading and Writing. She is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame and winner of ILA’s William S. Gray Citation of Merit for her research, which has also focused on children’s literacy development and dyslexia. ”.
    You can see and download the presentations here:

  • Renate Valtin Dyslexia Presentation
  • Donna Scanlon Dyslexia Presentation

    Call for Project ideas for 2017: Skills are Key!

    Call for Project ideas for 2017: Skills are Key!
    Dear Madam,
    Dear Sir,Do you have a great idea for an innovative European Project on tackling skills challenges? Does it align with the priorities of the New Skills Agenda for Europe?
    Whether it is in higher education, school or vocational education and training, adult education, youth or sports, get ready to set up your European project proposal and benefit from EU funding. Skills will be key in 2017!

    Pin down Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2016 in your agenda! You will get a unique insight in the Commission’s new priority on skills in the 2017 Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programme and meet European partners for your project idea.

    Find European partners for your next project on tackling skills challenges

    During a project development workshop on Friday 9 December from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm, you can meet potential partners and compose your European consortium for the following upcoming calls for proposals in the field of skills:
    Erasmus+ Key Action … Continue reading

    Call for papers 20th European Conference on Literacy 2017 extended

    Schermafdruk 2016-06-20 12.14.41As President of Spanish Reading and Writting Association (AELE), I am pleased to announce the CALL FOR PAPERS for the upcoming XX European Conference on Literacy 2017 in Madrid, Spain, to be open until October, 31!!
    This edition of European Conference, with the main theme “Working together to encourage equity through literacy communities: a challenge of the 21st. Century“, will be held on July, 3 – 6. As organizers, we encourage teacher-educators and teachers, researchers, librarians, students, parents, etc. to actively participate in this event by submitting projects, experiences and other theoretical or practical contributions on literacy as “moving target”.
    The AELE team inform that this European Conference takes place in parallel with a new edition of Ibero-american Forum “Literacy and Learning” to improve the communication node between cultures and the exchange of experiences and research knowledge.
    The website of both events with all information is
    For specific information about XX European Conference, the link is:

    We are looking forward to your contributions for … Continue reading

    Nominations for International Literacy Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe 2016

    The purpose of the International Literacy Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe is to recognize, celebrate and reward innovative work for reading promotion in Europe carried out by or for a European national reading association affiliated to the International Literacy Association. The IDEC initiated Award is presented at the European Conferences. The first was given in Brussels at the 10th Conference.

    For the Award to be presented at the 20th European Conference on Reading in Madrid, Spain, in 2017, nominations shall close onSeptember 1st, 2016.
    The Chairperson of IDEC 2015-17, to whom applications should be made, is: Renate Valtin, Germany. renate.valtin[at]

    More information can be found in the GUIDELINES FOR THE ILA LITERACY AWARD 2016.
    Looking forward to receive many proposals!
    Rena Valtin

    European Declaration of the Right to Literacy

    Lifelong Learning Programme

    © ELINET 2015. A Task Force of ELINET members, chaired by Renate Valtin, Germany, has  developed a European Declaration of the Right to Literacy. Go to Elinet website for full details. The declaration is available to download in different languages.

    Why a literacy declaration?
    In Europe we face serious literacy challenges: one in five 15-year-olds and nearly 55 million adults lack basic literacy skills and in the last 10 years there has been little improvement in the levels of literacy in Europe. International ELINET experts have discovered that the Universal Declaration is too unspecific with regard to literacy.
    Literacy has been recognized as a human right for over 50 years in several international declarations and initiatives. Since its creation, UNESCO has promoted literacy as a right: 1975 Persepolis Declaration, 1997 Hamburg Declaration, 2006-2015 Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), with a focus on those countries that face the biggest literacy challenges, mainly in Africa and Asia.
    Every European citizen has the right … Continue reading

    Registration for the ELINET European Literacy Conference

    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

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    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 Turku/Åbo

    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’, … 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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