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RAI Annual Conference 2014

The 38th International Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland takes place in Dublin on September 25-27, 2014. The theme of this year’s Conference is: Literacy, Texts and Contexts: Looking Towards the Future. Click here to submit a proposal.

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RAI Annual Conference 2013

The 37th International Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland takes place at the ‎Marino Institute of Education, Dublin on September 26th-28th. The theme of this year’s conference ‎is Language, Literacy and Literature: ‎Re-imagining Teaching and Learning


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50th UKLA International Conference

50 Years of Literacy: Continuity and Change

The 50th Annual United Kingdom Literacy Association International Conference takes place in the University of Sussex from Friday 4th - Sunday 6th July 2014.

The 50th UKLA International conference will be a special occasion for the United Kingdom Literacy Association and all its members. UKLA will be celebrating 50 years of the 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 the conference provides opportunities to explore and critique the development of literacy teaching over the last 50 years. However, contributors are also invited to bring news of research, scholarship, teaching and innovation in literacy education that will inspire delegates to consider the next 50 years.

Proposals can be submitted on-line here: The deadline is 2nd December 2013. For further information please visit:


Munch Time 2013

Winner of Munch Time 2012, pre-school owner and mum-of-four, Veronica Casey from ‎Loughlinstown launched the 2013 competition at Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum, with ‎the help of her children, Jordan, 11, Jonah, 7, Naomi, 6, and Rachel, 2. ‎Click here for details

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Jonah (7), Jordan (11) and Naomi (6) Casey at the launch of Munch Time 2013‎

Niamh Fortune, President of the Reading Association of Ireland and Coilin Bracken, ‎Account Manager for Lactalis Nestle Chilled Dairy in Ireland  with Naomi Casey, age 6, ‎daughter of Veronica Casey, the 2012 winner of Munch Time Ireland. ‎

RAI Response to Draft National Plan to Improve Literacy and Numeracy in Schools

The Executive Committee of RAI has prepared a response to the document, Better Literacy and Numeracy for Children and Young People: A Draft National Plan to Improve Literacy and Numeracy in Schools, which was issued by the Department of Education and Skills in November 2011. Click here for RAI’s response.

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RAI Seminar Seminar Thurles April 5th

The final seminar in the RAI Spring series takes place at St Patrick’s College, Thurles on Saturday, April 5th. Speakers are Brendan Culligan and Gene Mehigan. Click here for details. 

RAI Spring Seminar - Classroom Discourse

Dr. Mary Shea, Canisius College, New York, will deliver a seminar on Talking to Learn: The Power and Potential of Classroom Discourse at Drumcondra Education Centre, on Monday March 24th at 4.30 p.m.. Please click here for details

RAI Spring Seminar - Workshops on Teaching Spelling and Strategies for Vocabulary Instruction

On Saturday April 5th (9.30 a.m.) at St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Brendan Culligan will deliver a workshop on Teaching Spelling. This will be followed by a workshop led by Gene Mehigan on Practical Strategies for Vocabulary Instruction. Click here for details .

ELSTA Announce Seminar on February 13, 2014

ELSTA, the English Language Support Teachers’ Association, has announced a seminar for 5.30 p.m. at Drumcondra Education Centre on February 13th, to mark International Mother Languae Day. Dr Lorna Carson (TCD) will speak on Understanding and Developing Pluilingual Rescoures in Multigrade Classrooms. Click here for details. 

Writing for Intercultural Empathy and Understanding

The NUI Maynooth Writing Centre, NUI Maynooth Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute will hold a symposium on ‘Writing for Intercultural Empathy and Understanding’ at NUI Maynooth on Friday, February 14th, 2014. Click here for details.