Open call for proposals Establishment of a European Policy Network of National Literacy Organisations

Deadline: 29th of August 2013; 12:00
More information you can find on the European Commission website. Most of the following text comes from this EU page.

The High Level Group (HLG) of experts in the field of literacy published its final report in September 2012. Renate Valtin and Greg Brooks, members of IDEC and FELA are members of this group. More information you find here.

In November 2012 the Education ministers adopted Council Conclusions on Literacy. They endorse the main messages from the HLG Literacy report and invite the Commission to establish a European network of literacy organisations.
The European Commission wants to support the establishment of one European policy network to raise awareness, gather and analyse policy information, exchange policy approaches, good practice and promising campaigns and initiatives to promote literacy in light of the Education and Training framework (ET2020) benchmark that the share of low-achieving 15-years olds in reading should be less than … Continue reading

Call for Papers for the 37th Annual International Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Conference

The theme of this year’s conference is  Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-imagining Teaching and Learning.
The 37th RAI Annual International Conference takes place in the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin from September 26th -28th 2013.
This year’s keynote speakers are Catherine Snow, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Robert Dunbar, Children’s book critic and Former Head of English in CICE.
For more information download the Call for papers RAI conference 2013

Dropbox folder for IDEC

We decided in our Glasgow meeting to use Dropbox to share documents. Dropbox is a cloud service were we all can put our files to share with each other. You can reach Dropbox online, but the nice thing is, when you have a free account to Dropbox you download a Dropbox folder on your computer. In this folder you can put all the files you want ti share and you find there all the files others want to share with you. This folder will synchronize with the online Dropbox folder automatically  so you will be in sync all the time. It will become an ordinary folder on your hard drive, which you can use. So you don’t have to go online to Dropbox, but just use the Dropbox folder on your computer.

To install Dropbox, if you dont have an account yet, please use this link http://db.tt/I9XnHlo It takes you to Dropbox, helps you to start your free Dropbox account and lets you install Dropbox to your computer. If you do it like … Continue reading

PIRLS 2011 country results

At the Glasgow meeting we spoke shortly about the PIRLS 2011 country results.
You may download the whole international report or single chapters from http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/pirls2011/international-results-pirls.html
No surprise that Finland (together with Russia) is on the top of the european countries.
Kind regards from Berlin. Renata

Join INNOVATE13 conference Sao Paulo

Take a look at INNOVATE13. Designed to capture the collective learning of Innovate 2013. Grow your ideas here. The physical conference will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil this month (January 19-21, 2013)  While there will be educators physically traveling to Sao Paulo, you can attend virtually. I will be there and I hope to meet a lot of you too.

Virtual Participants: No travel costs are involved, NO registration fees are required. Make a commitment to

  • mark your calendar to be able to participate. January 19-21, 2013
  • find a dedicated “conference attendance” time. Use that time to read through the Twitter stream/hashtag, Ning activities generated through the conference, resources being shared.
  • ACTIVELY participate versus PASSIVELY consuming information. Contribute resources, your own perspective, thoughts and experience.
  • make strategic connections with physical attendees.

Help to enrich the report of the EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy

Renate valtin asked us to help.
Dear IDEC-members, dear friends and colleagues. In the meantime you all have received the Report of the High Level Group of Experts, established by the EU-commission, were Greg and Renate were members. Here is again the link to this document.  http://ec.europa.eu/education/literacy/index_en.htm  You will notice that in the report there are some projects and best-practice-examples of different nations. In the document three broad categories are differentiated: (1) creating a literate environment, (2)  quality of education and (3) participation and inclusion. Each of these categories has only a limited number of practical examples and could be enriched by more examples.
Because of the scope of the report only a few examples have been included. I think it is a good idea to collect and document more projects and positive examples. In agreement with Meeli and people from the European Commission in Brussels I would like to ask you to help me in enriching this report by sending me descriptions of projects carried out in your country. This information should comprise: … Continue reading

Scoop.it IDEC FELA Let’s Curate Knowledge

ScoopIt is a tool to share knowledge. It looks great and it’s easy to share new information.

For FELA and IDEC it’s a new way to collaborate. I started a ScoopIt for FELA / IDEC.

Go to the FELA / IDEC ScoopIt  and suggest interesting information to add. It’s easy to use.

We can work together to improve our knowledge. Start now !

Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy

We are happy to inform that Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy is affiliated to IRA. Congratulations and best wishes to the association and thanks to all who were involved into the process.
Rūta Elijošaitytė and Rūta Kačkutė where the main engines. Global Affairs and Pehr Olof Rönnholm provided instrumental guidance. Special thanks to Amy Kuchner for constant and efficient support.
We are looking for a success of Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy  in IRA and IDEC family.
We are looking for more groups in European countries following Lithuanian example in establishing and affiliation process.

18th European Conference on Reading

Welcome to the 18th European Conference on Reading!
In Jönköping, Sweden, August 6-9, 2013

The Conference 2013 is held at the University of Jönköping. The university is located in the city centre with a walking distance to the rail station and the city centre.

The conference is arranged by SCIRA (Swedish Council of International Reading Association), in cooperation with School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University,  IDEC (International Reading Association’s International Development in Europe Committee) and FELA (Federation of European Literacy Associations)

Venue: School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University
Registration fee before 15 May 2013 1350 SEK (160 €), after 15 May 2013 1550 SEK (180 €)
Accompanying person:  650 SEK (82 … Continue reading