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:

  1. Renate Valtin Dyslexia Presentation
  2. 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 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 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 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]

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

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

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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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.


Zero to Hero 30-Day Challenge

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 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”.