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

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

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.

Proposal accepted 18th European Conference on Reading

Just received acceptance of my proposal to do a workshop at the 18th European Conference on Reading Jönköping, Sweden, 6-9 August 2013  ” On behalf of the Coordinating Committee of the 18th European Conference on Reading, we are very pleased to inform you that your proposal has been accepted. Type of presentation: Workshop”. One of the key note speakers will be Donald Leu. Very happy with that. Hope to be able to talk with one of the founding fathers of research on online reading comprehension. Join us at the conference!  Go here for more details.

Abstract proposal workshop
In our daily practice we experience that a lot of students find it difficult to find, evaluate, choose and understand information online. PISA (2009) tells us that, “ on average among 15-year-olds who have grown up in a “wired” world, 18% have serious difficulties navigating through the digital environment, (…). And in some countries these percentages are much larger” (OECD, 2011). In some countries the level of offline reading comprehension (reading texts on paper) is much higher than the level of online reading comprehension, while in other countries it’s the other way around. So online and offline reading comprehension seem to be a different ballgame. Already a decade ago the RAND Reading Study Group reported, “[E]lectronic texts that incorporate hyperlinks and hypermedia . . . require skills and abilities beyond those required for the comprehension of conventional, linear print”” — (Coiro, 2011, p. 3). And the International Reading Association tells us “ (…) that traditional definitions of reading, writing, and communication, and traditional definitions of best practice instruction—derived from a long tradition of book and other print media—are insufficient in the 21st century.” (International Reading Association, 2009, p. 2) The IRA tells us also that  “Literacy educators have a responsibility to integrate these new literacies into the curriculum to prepare students for successful civic participation in a global environment.” — (International Reading Association, 2009, p. 2)
OK, but how? Most teachers find it difficult to understand what’s different in Online Reading Comprehension and what we can do to make this a part of our curriculum. And that’s understandable, because there is not very much information available for classroom teachers. Donne Alverman tells us that for “classroom teachers, teacher educators, and researchers whose work is focused at the middle and high school level [online reading comprehension  JC] is rarely a topic of discussion in practitioner journals, or at least in the ones I read on a regular basis.” — (Alvermann, 2008, p. 9)

I would like to discuss Online Reading Comprehension with teachers in an interactive workshop setting. We will talk about the difference between Online and Offline Reading Comprehension, our challenges and fears, our daily practice, and the possibilities to include this in our classrooms and maybe even possibilities to collaborate.

Alvermann, D. E. (2008). Why Bother Theorizing Adolescents’ Online Literacies for Classroom Practice and Research? Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(1), 8–19.
Coiro, J. L. (2011). Predicting Reading Comprehension on the Internet: Contributions of Offline Reading Skills, Online Reading Skills, and Prior Knowledge. Journal of Literacy Research, 1–42.
International Reading Association. (2009). New literacies and 21st century technologies: A position statement of the International Reading Association. Newark, DE: Author.
OECD. (2011). PISA 2009 Results: Students On Line (Vol. VI, p. 395). OECD Publishing.

Een stap verder naar een community ?

Het zijn Modern Times. Ik zit nu op de boot van Turku, Finland naar Stockholm en schrijf daar dit blogbericht. Naast het netbook liggen de iPhone en de ereader en vragen ook aandacht. En al deze apparatuur past makkelijk achterop de motor.

Sinds het begin van de jaren 90 ben ik lid van de International Reading Association. In dezelfde tijd heeft Nederland een Nederlandse afdeling van de IRA opgericht, genaamd RAIN, Reading Association in the Netherlands. In de eerste 10 jaar is die afdeling heel actief geweest in Nederland. We hebben conferenties georganiseerd en 9 boeken gepubliceerd bij Eburon. De laatste jaren is de afdeling in Nederland slapende. We gaan proberen er weer leven in te blazen. Interesse: neem contact op.

Op Europees niveau is Nederland / ben ik heel actief gebleven. Er is een International Development in Europe Commitee (IDEC), een netwerk van associaties van de IRA in Europa. Toen ik er bij kwam als vertegenwoordiger van Nederland bestond de IDEC uit 4 landen, inmiddels zijn dat er al 30. Kijk op de website van de IDEC voor meer informatie. De IDEC komt twee keer per jaar bijeen en probeert op allerlei manieren in samenwerking te werken aan het verbeteren van de geletterdheid ( lees- en schrijfvaardigheid en literatuur) in Europa. We organiseren elke twee jaar een European Reading Conference en andere conferenties, zetten gezamenlijke projecten op, organiseren uitwisselingen en ondersteunen elkaar. De volgende Europese Conferentie is volgend jaar in Mons, Belgie. Wordt weer heel interessant, dus kom er ook heen. Ook kan je nog voorstellen doen daar zelf een presentatie te geven. Kijk op de website van de The 17th European Conference on Reading , July 31– August 3, 2011 , Mons

Naast de IDEC hebben we op Europees niveau net een nieuwe Federatie opgericht de FELA, Federation of Literacy Associations. Dit is geen onderdeel van een grotere organisatie, zoals de IDEC,  maar een nieuwe Europese Federatie die projecten en onderzoek wil gaan stimuleren en uitvoeren. Kijk voor meer informatie op de website van de FELA.

Afgelopen week heb ik vergaderd met zowel IDEC als FELA. Het is heel duidelijk dat beide groepen nog niet van web 1.0 naar web 2.0 zijn overgegaan, maar dat ze dat wel willen. Ik ben sinds het begin de webmaster van de IDEC geweest. Ik heb ook  mensen geholpen met het opzetten van een WIKI, nog bijna niemand schrijft een blog. Er zit nog niet zoveel vooruitgang in.
Wat nu  duidelijk werd, was dat men wel veel meer gebruik wil gaan maken van nieuwe mogelijkheden om kennis te delen en samen te werken. En dus het tijdperk van de website wil verlaten. Het probleem is dat de meeste leden van de IDEC nauwelijks digitaal geletterd zijn en dat de IDEC nauwelijks geld heeft.
Ik heb toegezegd om voor de volgende vergadering in januari weer eens heel goed te kijken naar wat we hebben ( website etc. ) en een voorstel te doen hoe we verder kunnen. De meeste leden willen dan ook graag een workshop om verder te komen.

Oproep: ik wil graag met een aantal mensen die ervaring hebben op dit gebied  om de (digitale) tafel zitten om te brainstormen over mogelijkheden. Ik zie dat ik het niet alleen kan. Misschien kan er later wat geld komen voor je inzet, maar in eerste instantie niet. Wie wil dit met mij doen?