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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.
49th UKLA International Conference
Literacy Policies and Practices: Diverse Perspectives in the 21st Century.
The 48th Annual United Kingdom Literacy Association International Conference takes place in Liverpool Hope University from 5-7 July 2013.
UKLA’s 49th Annual International Conference will explore diverse literacy policy and practices. It will provide an opportunity to examine, discuss and debate what has shaped literacy practices in the past, and what informs policies and practices of the future. It will also enable us to compare and contrast common issues, themes and practices globally. Click here for details.
RAI Spring Seminars 2013
A Workshop on Reading for Understanding, presented by RAI President, Niamh Fortune, will be offered at two locations:
- Froebel College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin on Wednesday, February 27th at 7.00 p.m.
- Drumcondra Education Centre on Monday, April 22nd at 7.00 p.m.
A Spring Seminar presented by Dr Mary Roche on “Critical Thinking and Book Talk”, will take place on March 4th in the Tipperary Education Centre, St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
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
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 Annual Conference 2012
RAI’s 36th Annual Conference took place at the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin from September 27-29, 2012. The theme of the conference was ‘From Literacy Research to Classroom Practice: Insights and Inspiration’. The keynote speakers included Frank Serafini and Áine Cregan. Here are some of the presentations from the conference.
Trinity College (School of Education) has organised a public lecture by Dr. Sue Ellis and Dr. Morag Findlay (University of Strathclyde) on Useful Literacy Research, Policy and Practice for May 1st, 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. (Room 2041b, Arts Bldg). Click for details. Click for directions.
The Reading Association of Ireland is pleased to announce the 2013 Children’s Book Awards. RAI established the first awards in 1985 to promote excellence in children’s literature written and published in Ireland. This year the judging panel consists of five judges who have a variety of experience and expertise in the area of children’s literature.
The awards are made every second year and presented to the authors/illustrators/publishers of outstanding books for children and adolescents published in Ireland. The awards will take place during The Reading Association of Ireland Annual Conference in September. Please contact Jennifer O’Sullivan (jennifer.osullivan (at) mie.ie) for further information.
RAI is delighted that Executive Committe Member, and lecturer in literacy education at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Bernadette Dwyer, has been elected to the International Reading Association’s Board of Directors for the period 2013-16. Click for details.