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2019 LAI CONFERENCE keynote speaker 

PROf. Nell Duke


2019 LAI President Tara Concannon-Gibney with Professor Nell Duke following her keynote presentation at the 2019 LAI Conference.


Nell Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly

among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator of projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation, among other organizations. Duke has been named one of the most influential education scholars in the U.S. in EdWeek. In 2014, she was awarded the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has also received awards from the American Educational Research Association, the Literacy Research Association, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Michigan Reading Association. 

Duke serves as a consultant for a number of education and policy organizations, and speaks widely on literacy education. Duke is author and co-author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent books are Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text through Project-based Instruction and Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills From Birth to 5, Second Edition. Duke also has a strong interest in improving the quality of educational research training in the United States. Her Twitter handle is @nellkduke.

2019 LAI CONFERENCE Concurrent Sessions


Here is a flavour of the excellent concurrent sessions from our most recent conference. 


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Outstanding Thesis Award 2017

Adrian Lohan was the winner of the LAI Biennial Medal for Outstanding Master’s Thesis in Literacy (2013-2015). His research explored the use of a cross-age peer tutoring programme which aimed to enhance the literacy skills and self-esteem of pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and low levels of literacy attainment.  In addition to enhancing the accuracy, fluency and comprehension of participants, the study also documented novel means of assessing multi-dimensional self-esteem outcomes as well as optimising procedures in terms of an action research approach. The study accentuates the potential of peer-mediated literacy interventions to enhance both cognitive and affective learning outcomes and highlights implications for theory, practice and policy.

The Literacy Association of Ireland invites graduate students from Education, Special Education, Psychology and related disciplines to apply for LAI’s 7th biennial award for an outstanding Master’s thesis. The award includes an LAI Medal and €500.

This award is open to those who have submitted OR who plan to submit a Master’s thesis in the area of literacy between:
2nd September 2015 and 1st September 2017

PLEASE NOTE: The submission date has been changed to 17th of July, 2017.

For more details, click here.