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

Madrid 20th European Conference on Literacy July 3 – 6, 2017

The Spanish Reading and Writing Association (AELE) and University Complutense of Madrid (UCM) invite you to attend the 20th European Conference on Literacy.
MORE INFORMATION with this link: http://aele-conference-forum-madrid2017.com/

The European Conference is organized in collaboration with the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC) of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA). The Forum is hosted in conjunction with stakeholders groups which are actively engaged in advancing the literacy in Ibero-America.

At the same time, interrelated development of these two events ensures the possibilities to share experiences, research results, production, etc. happening in European and Ibero-American contexts in relation to the promotion of reading and writing in different population groups.

 

LOCATION AND TIME
University Complutense of Madrid (UCM)
July 3 – 6, 2017

THEME
“Working together to encourage equity through literacy communities: a challenge of the 21st. Century”
The main Conference and Forum languages are English and Spanish (simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and vice versa will be provided throughout the plenary sessions). There are parallel sessions, some of them in English and others in Spanish. The contributions (papers, round tables and symposiums) may be submitted in any other languages.

Announcement of call for papers:
June 1, 2016

Deadline for submission of proposals:
October 31, 2016

Notification of accepted proposals:
February 15, 2017

Registration period:
September 15, 2016 – June 1, 2017

MORE INFORMATION with this link: http://aele-conference-forum-madrid2017.com/

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

view-along-the-riverInvitation to the
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.

readingtodayUllaBrittIDCCReading Today

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

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 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 the general pages concerning the conference: www.lesenundschreiben.at/19th-european-conference-on-reading.html and follow us also on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. We are looking forward to your contributions and to seeing you in Klagenfurt – as a speaker and/or a participant!
Kind regards from Austria,
Verena, Secretary
Austrian Literacy Association (ALA) c/o Lesezentrum Steiermark
Eggenberger Allee 15a 8020 Graz, Austria
e-mail: [email protected]
website: www.lesenundschreiben.at
Facebook: www.facebook.com/literacyaustria
Twitter: www.twitter.com/litera

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 people have severe problems if it comes to education and also that there are many people who come up with amazing solutions.