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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.
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.
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 EU-Project Elinet. You can find the presentation here ELINET_Presentation-IRA conference New Orleans_final version
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 November 2014! Go to: www.lesenundschreiben.at/19th-european-conference-on-reading/call-for-papers.html
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,
Austrian Literacy Association (ALA)
c/o Lesezentrum Steiermark
Eggenberger Allee 15a
8020 Graz, Austria
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.
Announcement of Call for Papers: May 2014
Deadline for submission of proposals: November 1, 2014
Notification of accepted proposals: End of February 2015
‘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:
- on ALA’s website: www.lesenundschreiben.at
- on our Facebook-page: www.facebook.com/literacyaustria
- on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LiteracyAustria.
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
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.
- (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)
- (1)Working with government agencies, partners and/or the media Facilitators Veronika Rot Gabrovec, Estela D´Angelo
- (2) How to publish and disseminate information on literacy issue Facilitators Henrietta Dombey, Eldbjørg Tøsdal Lyssand
- (3) How to run projects Facilitators Sandra Kalnina Diana, Zhelezova-Mindizova, Helin Puksand
- (4) How to host a conference Facilitators Ulla-Britt Persson, Margit Böck,
- (5) How to apply for funding Facilitators Ariana Stanca Vacaretu, Renate Valtin
- (6) Information flow and communication Facilitator Jeroen Clemens
- (7) Strategic and action planning for the individual affiliates and the region as a whole Facilitators Marcie Craig Post, Amy Loretta-Kushner Schulte
- (8) Managing budgets and finding funding/sponsorship Facilitators Marcie Craig Post, Amy Loretta-Kushner Schulte
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 WordPress.com 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 digestible blogging assignments that will get you from “What’s this blog thing?” to a blog that you’re excited to publish — and, hopefully, that others are excited to read. If you’re a new blogger it’ll give you a serious jump-start, but we’ve built it to give seasoned bloggers a boost, too”.
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:
• the politics of literacy; • teaching and learning about poetry; • media, multi-literacies and multimodal practices; • inclusion and equality; • creative approaches to the teaching of literacy; • the role of libraries • literacy in the early years; • adult literacy
These, and many more themes, will feature in this convivial conference and we invite you to contribute proposals for symposia, seminars, research reports and workshops.
The deadline for submissions will be 2nd December 2013. Submit proposals for presentations, seminars, workshops and symposia for this conference online.
If online submission is not possible, please email Patricia Latorre, Conference Administrator, at email@example.com to find out about offline submissions.
UKLA Conferences and Website
UKLA University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH
Tel: 0116 223 1664
Fax: 0116 223 1665
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 http://www.slideshare.net 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]gmail.com.
- Donald Leu: The New Literacies of Online Resarch and Comprehension: Reading with a Lens the Past and with a lens to the Future
- Jackie Marsh Digital Futures: Learning and Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age
- Stefan Samuelsson Behavior-Genetic Studies of Academic Performance in School Students: Implications for Professionals in Psychology and Education
Presentations and workshops
- Maria Belokolenko Intellectual contests in the library as a method to raise motivation for reading
- William G. Brozo, Christine Garbe, Gerry Shiel, Sari Sulkunen, Renate Valtin How in the World do Children Read? Insights from PIRLS 2011
- Jeroen Clemens Online Reading Comprehension: New Challenge for (Language) Teachers
- Henrietta Dombey Synthetic phonics is not enough: teaching young children to read and write in English
- Valentina A. Ermolenko Universal functional Literacy in response to new challenges for safety of life activity
- Astrid Rank Preparing teacher students for linguistic and cultural diversity
- Karin Renblad and Jane Brodin An evaluation of a development project in a Swedish municipality
- Nataly Smetannikova The POWER of READING (in Foreign Languages)
- Ariana-Stanca Vacareta & Maria Kovacs Teacher training for innovative reading-writing instruction
- Karin Renblad, Monica Thörnberg, Carin Hellberg & Jane Brodin in collaboration with the participants in the research circle. Research circle on children’s learning with focus on language development in preschool