News and Information
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.
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.
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: http://www.ukla.org/conferences/apply. The deadline is 2nd December 2013. For further information please visit: http://www.ukla.org/conferences/event/ukla_50th_international_conference/
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 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.
Animo TV is seeking families to take part in the second series of the Family Project - a series for RTE that promotes education in the home. Please click here for details.
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.
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.
This week, the OECD released the results of PISA 2012, where reading literacy and digital reading were minor assessment domains. Students in Ireland performed significantly better than in 2009 on both assessment modes, while performance on mathematics and science was also significantly higher than in 2009. Click here for summary. Click here for National Report for Ireland. Click here for OECD Reports.