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. ”.

 

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 2: Strategic Partnerships
Erasmus+ Key Action 3: Policy reforms
Horizon 2020: SwafS-11-2017 Science education outside the classroom or any other Horizon 2020 call related to skills
Or any other call from another programme that fits into the topic “Tackling skills challenges”.

How does it work? 

Do you want to submit a proposal as a project leader? Please fill out the form by 16/09/2016. This form should only be completed by potential project promoters who have a clear project idea and who are willing to act as a project leader in one of the three EU-funding calls.

By the end of September 2016, we will distribute your project idea* among potential partners. Interested partners will be able to sign up for the project development workshop until 21/10/2016. An e-confirmation of participation will be sent in the last week of October.

To warm up, you can participate on Thursday 8 December in an afternoon seminar. During the evening network cocktail you will have the opportunity to exchange your views with experts on education and policy officers of the European Commission.

This event is a co-organisation of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EUEARLALLÎle-de-France Europethe Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva), the Lifelong Learning Platform and the West-Finland European Office. Both events take place at vleva, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels.

Get ideas for your project!
“Skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. With the right skills, people are equipped for good-quality jobs and can fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. In a fast-changing global economy, skills will to a great extent determine competitiveness and the capacity to drive innovation. They are a pull factor for investment and a catalyst in the virtuous circle of job creation and growth. They are key to social cohesion.”
Read more in the Commission’s Communication A new Skills Agenda for Europe.Priority competences:

  • Relevant and high quality competences: key competences – including basic, transversal, entrepreneurial and digital skills.
  • Social, civic, intercultural competences, media literacy and critical thinking.
Priority actions:
  • Better quality and relevance of skills.
  • Tools for the assessment of competences.
  • Effective and innovative teaching and assessment,
  • Open and innovative methods and pedagogies, in a digital era
  • Teacher’s, trainer’s and educator’s professional development, visibility and comparability of skills and qualifications, validation and recognition of informal and non-formal learning
  • Access to training and qualifications, in particular for the low-skilled,
  • Social inclusion

We are looking forward to reading your project idea!

Kind regards,

PDW Task Force – [email protected]
Karen Vandersickel – Liaison agency Flanders-Europe [email protected]
Ulrike Conrad –Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU [email protected]
Christa Jakobsson – West Finland [email protected]
Claudia Engstrom – Lifelong Learning Platform [email protected]
Laure Antoniotti – Île-de-France Europe [email protected]
Jugatx Ortiz – EARLALL [email protected]

*Please note that this workshop is a partnering event. The organisation can not guarantee that your project idea will be selected for EU-funding. And only the best project ideas can be presented during the workshop on 9 December 2016.

Register Now!

Call for papers XX 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 www.aelemadrid2017.com
For specific information about XX European Conference, the link is: http://aelemadrid2017.com/en/xx-european-conference/

We are looking forward to your contributions for ORAL PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS, SYMPOSIUMS, ROUND TABLES and WORKSHOPS. Please, see specific information of each type of contribution.
If you have any questions regarding the Call for Papers or the conference as such, please let us know in [email protected]
We are looking forward to your contributions and to seeing you in Madrid – 2017, as a speaker and/or a participant!
Kind regards from Spain,
Estela D´Angelo

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]gmail.com

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

Download the Declaration

The Declaration of European Citizens’ Right to Literacy is available in several different languages below.

Bulgarian Version

Czech Version

Dutch Version

English Version

Finnish Version

French Version

German Version

Italian Version

Lithuanian Version

Portuguese Version

Romanian Version

Russian Version

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

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3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference
Look for updates on the web!
email: 3rdbalticsea[at]gmail.com
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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’, 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.

To participate fully in this complex ‘literate’ and continuously differentiating society, all of us will need a wider range of experiences than hitherto. It is a world that demands an expansion of facility in reading and writing, and, as a consequence of literacy teaching and promotion. Effective teaching and promotion rests on differentiated knowledge about the social environments of reading and writing, about available resources, and knowledge about kinds of texts and their associated media. All pose challenges to (the learning of) reading and writing. A central aim of literacy research is to produce knowledge about the shaping of frames, of resources, and of the preconditions for successful learning and teaching, in short, of promoting a full sense of literacy.

The 19th European Conference on Literacy will offer a platform for the findings of current research into the range of contemporary forms and uses of literacy in everyday settings: be it the home, kindergartens, school or beyond school, in institutions of teacher training, in libraries, in the context of social work, in text-design and publishing, in (fictional and non-fictional) media programmes, in social media, in sites formal and informal. This platform will make it possible to relate these findings – with their theoretical and methodological focus – to the questions of learning and teaching of reading and writing, of uses and forms of literacy, traditional as well as new. In exchange and discussion of knowledge and experiences, of proposals and hypotheses, the Conference provides a platform for bringing literacy researchers and literacy educators together in a shared and strengthened project of developing literacy – in its many forms, uses and genres, including the aesthetic experience and pleasure of literature – as an essential component of democratic action, interaction and participation.

The conference is organized in cooperation with IDEC – International Development in Europe Committee of the International Reading Association.

More information will be provided here:

We are very much looking forward to your participation in the conference and to welcome you in Austria!

Dr. Margit Böck, President
Austrian Literacy Association
University of Klagenfurt

ALA – Austrian Literacy Association / Österreichische Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung des Lesens und Schreibens c/o Lesezentrum Steiermark
Eggenberger Allee 15a, 8020 Graz, Austria
M: office/at/lesenundschreiben.at

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 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 EU-Project Elinet. You can find the presentation here ELINET_Presentation-IRA conference New Orleans_final version