International Reading Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe
The purpose of the International Reading 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 Reading Association. The IDEC initiated Award is presented at the European Conferences. The first was given in Brussels at the 10th Conference.
GUIDELINES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE READING PROMOTION IN EUROPE (version 2011)
The Award shall be known as the International Reading Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe, and shall be awarded on the recommendation of the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC) of the International Reading Association.
To recognise, celebrate and reward innovative work for reading promotion in Europe nominated by one or more European national reading associations affiliated to the International Reading Association.
Nature of the Award
Inscription in a roll of Award winners, public presentation of an Award Certificate, and support for the person, or at least one of the people, who carried out the work so honoured to attend the European Conference on Reading at which the Award is to be presented.
- Qualifying Period
The work for which the Award is sought shall have been completed during the two years ending one year before the Conference at which the Award is to be presented. On-going work may be considered eligible provided that significant outcomes have been achieved by the date of nomination.Innovation
The work shall constitute a change in literacy activities within the country/ countries of the nominating association(s), and may have been carried out by the nominating association(s), or by a person(s) within the relevant country/ countries, depending on local circumstances.
- Nature of the Work
Categories of work which shall be eligible shall include, but not be restricted to, pedagogy, research, professional development, remediation, organisation of the nominating association(s), publication, publicity, recruitment of members (of the nominating association(s) or of the International Reading Association or both), and contributions to thinking about reading.Status of nominating associations
- Status of nominating associations
Nominations shall be submitted by associations, and not by individuals. Nominations may be submitted by individual associations or jointly by two or more associations. Nominations can be accepted only from associations which are national affiliates in good standing of the International Reading Association at the date of nomination. No association may be a party to more than one nomination in any cycle, and any association(s) whose nomination is successful in one cycle shall not be eligible to nominate in the next.
Nominations shall be written in English, and contain a description of the relevant work, including its eligibility, aim, nature, scope, national and cultural context, innovative aspect and outcomes.
- The Award shall be made biennially, at the European Conference on Reading.
- Announcements inviting nominations shall be made known to national affiliates in good time.
- Nominations shall be submitted to the Chairperson of IDEC by 1 September in the year before the year in which the Award is to be presented.
– copies of the nominations to the Award Committee by 15 September
– Award Committee to consult (by post or otherwise) by 15 November;
– the Committee immediately thereafter to inform the Chairperson of IDEC of its recommendation for the Award;
– IDEC to consider the recommendation and, if thought fit, endorse it; also to decide on financial implications;
– immediately thereafter, the Chairperson of IDEC to inform all nominating associations, and seek to ensure the attendance at the upcoming European Conference of the person, or at least one of the people, who carried out the work so honoured; and
– the award to be presented at the European Conference.
- IDEC’s decision shall be final and binding.
The Award Committee shall consist of the Chairperson of IDEC, plus all previous Chairpersons of IDEC who wish to serve. IDEC may appoint to the Award Committee up to two additional members from associations not already represented on the Award Committee.
If the association to which a member of the Award Committee belongs is party to a nomination for the Award, that person shall not take part in the deliberations on that occasion. For each such exclusion, IDEC may make a further appointment.
The Award Committee shall, within the spirit of these Guidelines and taking account of national cultures and contexts, determine its own procedures and criteria for judging nominations, including the European dimension, and shall keep a record for IDEC of its procedures and criteria.
The Award Committee shall have the right to recommend that no award be made.
The Award Committee may make recommendations to IDEC for the modification of these Guidelines.
IDEC shall seek sponsorship for the award.
The Award shall be publicised on the IDEC website, and, if possible, in the Programme and Proceedings of the European Conference, in Reading Today, and in national newsletters, journals and websites. Publicity through the mass media shall also be sought.
The person, or at least one of the people, who carried out the work so honoured shall be invited to give a paper describing the relevant work at the Conference at which the Award is presented.
Modification of these Guidelines
IDEC shall review these Guidelines regularly, and shall have the right to modify them; that right shall apply even during a cycle of nominations for the Award, subject to maintaining fairness to those nominated and to the nominating association(s).
These Guidelines were first adopted at the IDEC meeting of 26–27 January 1996 in Brussels. This version was adopted at the meeting in Mons, Belgium, in July 2011. Whenever these guidelines are modified, this clause shall be amended to show the date at which they were last modified.
Note: For the Award to be presented at the 19th European Conference on Reading in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 2015, nominations shall close on September 1st, 2014.
The Chairperson of IDEC 2014-16, to whom applications should be made, is:
Renate Valtin, Germany. renate.valtin[at]gmail.com