Key notes & Presentations 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference

Ik ben lid van de IDEC (ook vertegenwoordiger van Nederlands daarin) en Fela (idem). In Augustus was ik op de 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference in Turku, Finland. Ik deel even een blog dat ik heb geschreven voor de IDEC-site. Een eerste reeks key-notes en presentaties. Zie het origineel op de IDEC site, dat nog zal worden aangevuld.

The 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference was a great succes. We will share experiences and photos later. In this blog we will share key notes and some of the presentations. Please download and read. Comments are very welcome.
This post is under construction. More presentations will follow. Please come back regularly.

  1. William G. Brozo Leaving No Boy Behind: Empowering Struggling and Disengaged Male Readers
  2. Sari Sulkunen Literacy – Action for the future
  3. Ariana-Stanca Văcărețu Literacy Projects Romanian RWCT Association
  4. J. McIntosh & T. Campbell Making Writing Irresistible: Inspiring Young Adolescent Writers.
  5. J. McIntosh & T. Campbell Making Writing Irresistible: Inspiring Young Adolescent Writers. List of Literature
  6. Jeroen Clemens Literacy in a digital age: a challenge for language teachers.
  7. Guðmundur B. Kristmundsson How can literacy education prepare young people for becoming an active independent citizen?
  8. William G. Brozo Renate Valtin Sari Sulkunen ELINET: Promoting Best Practices and Policies in Literacy across Europe
  9. Arne Trageton Creative digital writing (6-10 year olds) Writing to Read 1999 – 2016

Nominations for International Literacy Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe 2016

Nominate your own work of that of others for the  International Literacy Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe. The purpose of this award 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. More information can be found in the GUIDELINES FOR THE ILA LITERACY AWARD 2016.

The Award will be presented at the 20th European Conference on Reading in Madrid, Spain, in 2017, and nominations shall close on September 1st, 2016. The Chairperson of IDEC 2015-17, to whom applications should be made, is: Renate Valtin, Germany. renate.valtin[at]  The first award was given in Brussels at the 10th Conference.

Looking forward to receive many proposals!
Rena Valtin (Chairperson IDEC)

As most of you know I am the representatie of the Netherlands in the IDEC ( International Development in Europe Committee) of the International Literacy Association. I take the liberty to crosspost some of the posts I think are interesting for a broader audience.

Last Call for Papers European Conference on Literacy 2015 in Klagenfurt, Austria

We are very pleased to announce the CALL FOR PAPERS for the upcoming European Conference on Literacy 2015 in Klagenfurt, Austria, to be open from 31 May until 30th November, 2014!
Go to:
If you have any questions regarding the Call for Papers or the conference as such, do not hesitate to come back to us. Have a look at the general pages concerning the conference and also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. We are looking forward to your contributions and to seeing you in Klagenfurt – as a speaker and/or a participant!

Kind regards from Austria,
Secretary Austrian Literacy Association (ALA)
c/o Lesezentrum Steiermark
Eggenberger Allee 15a 8020 Graz, Austria

ELINET EU project on Literacy

One in five 15-year-old Europeans, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills. Not only does this make it hard for them to find a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion.
The European Literacy Policy Network ELINET was initiated to gather and analyze policy information; exchange policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET is formed of 79 partner organizations from 28 countries.
 The network has received funding from the European Commission to complete a two year work program. During this time, it will develop tools that can be used by different members as well as supporting existing and encouraging new activities. You can visit the EU Elinet project site (still under construction).
On the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association in New Orleans, 10 – 12 of May 2014, Christine Garbe and Renate Valtin talked about the EU-Project Elinet. You can find the presentation here ELINET_Presentation-IRA conference New Orleans_final version

The Biblioburro, an innovative way of teaching reading

In 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.


Proof of my international work on literacy ;-)

As I told you in a recent blogpost I’m also active in the International Development in Europe Committee of the International Reading Association. In the last Reading Today magazine of the IRA there is an article on the one of our activities, the International Leadership Workshop in Ljubljana last januari.
See the picture below taken of that article. Even more interesting because you can see me in the picture at the right side upper corner. So, this is proof I really participated 😉

IDEC workshop Ljubljana Slovenia 2014

Update profile: some other activities related to (Online) Literacy

Since the 90ths of the 20th century I am  an active member of the International Reading Association I am also the representative of the Netherlands in the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC), in which over 30 European countries collaborate on literacy in Europe. I’m also the webmaster of the IDEC website Go there and have a look. To give you an idea about the activities of IDEC I will give you some links to posts on the IDEC site. Links to some of my presentations during meetings and conferences you can find there too.

Call for papers: UKLA 50th International Conference 4-6 July 2014


  UKLA 50th International Conference ‘50 Years of Literacy: Continuity and Change’.
The University of Sussex, Friday 4th – Sunday 6th July 2014 Brighton

Speakers to include Ken Goodman, Myra Barrs, David Crystal, and Teresa Cremin.
The deadline for submissions will be 2nd December 2013.

The 50th UKLA international conference will be a special occasion for the United Kingdom Literacy Association and all its members. We will be celebrating 50 years of our 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 this year’s conference provides opportunities to explore and critique the development of literacy teaching over the last 50 years. However, we invite contributors to bring news of research, scholarship, teaching and innovation in literacy education that will inspire delegates to consider the next 50 years.
The theme, ‘50 Years of Literacy: Continuity and Change’ will explore research and practice on the following topics:
• the politics of literacy; • teaching and learning about poetry; • media, multi-literacies and multimodal practices; • inclusion and equality; • creative approaches to the teaching of literacy; • the role of libraries
• literacy in the early years; • adult literacy
These, and many more themes, will feature in this convivial conference and we invite you to contribute proposals for symposia, seminars, research reports and workshops.

The deadline for submissions will be 2nd December 2013. Submit proposals for presentations, seminars, workshops and symposia for this conference online.
If online submission is not possible, please email Patricia Latorre, Conference Administrator, at to find out about offline submissions.

European Conference on Reading 2013 Presentations & Keynotes

I’m the representative of the Netherlands at the IDEC, International Development of Europe Committee of the International Reading Association, IRA.
Every second year the IDEC organises a European Reading Conference. The 18th European Conference on Reading was held in Jönköping, Sweden, August 6-9, 2013 and was a success. More than 300 participants, almost 170 presentations and workshops.The weather was great and so was Jönköping. I had a workshop there too.
I’m also the webmaster of the IDEC website. Look at the website to see the programme of the conference and the presentations, workshops and posters available online.

21 Century Learning Design workshop

29/30 of May I participated  in a workshop 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD Workshop)  in Kopenhagen organized by Microsoft as part of the Partners in Learning Initiative. European countries were invited to send participants to take part in this workshop. I was invited by Kennisnet to be one of the participants from the Netherlands. The other Dutch representative Petra Fisser, a specialist on TPACK from University Twente and Henk Lamers, consultant 21st Century Skills. The other participants came from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the UK and Portugal. It was a very interesting and professional group to work with. The workshop was led by Deirdre Butler, senior lecturer at St. Patrick’s College, Dublin University, a very professional trainer.
Microsoft defines 21st Century Learning Design as a ” a global professional development program for teachers and schools to develop more innovative pedagogies that develop students’ skills for the 21st Century”.  The program is based on the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project.
In general 21st Century Learning Design asks teachers and school leaders to (1)  Analyze and ‘code’ learning activities to see how deeply they integrate 21st century skills, (2) Collaborate in designing new learning activities that provide deeper 21st century skills development, (3) Examine the impact of these learning activities on students’ work and (4) Use ICT as part of the process.

In the workshop we worked on the understanding and improving the 21st Century Learning key concepts and the materials, especially rubrics. The participants were professionals in teacher training, professional development and Educational R&D and were asked to work with the materials, try to understand the key concepts and  give feedback on the clarity and the applicability of these concepts and the materials / rubrics  for teacher training and professional development.
The rubrics describe six important skills for students to develop: (1) collaboration, (2) knowledge construction, (3) self-regulation, (4) real-world problem-solving and innovation, (5) the use of ICT for learning and (6) skilled communication. The rubrics can be used to analyze learning materials / lesson plans and to use when designing new educational plans and materials. In every rubric you can assign a a number from 1-4(5) according to how strongly it offers opportunities to develop a given skill. We were given examples from the ITL research of learning activities from participating countries. Continue reading