Literacy Association of Ireland

Cumann Litearthachta na hÉireann

         44th Annual Conference on Literacy  

   LAI Connect 2020

       Contemporary Issues: Future Directions 

Online in association with Clare Education Centre, Monaghan Education Centre, Navan Education Centre and Tralee Education Centre

Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 at 7 pm (IST)

PIRLS in context(s): International assessment of reading in a changing world

A presentation by Dr. Emer Delaney (Educational Research Centre)

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Free for LAI members and €5 for non-LAI members

Followed by:

LAI's 8th Biennial Award for Outstanding Master's Thesis

Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 at 7 pm (IST)

LAI's 8th Biennial Award for Outstanding Master's Thesis

The LAI Biennial Award for Outstanding Masters Thesis will be presented on Tuesday 3rd November 2020, after an online presentation by Dr. Emer Delaney on ‘PIRLS in context(s)’.

Comhghairdeas ó chroí le Ciary Barry, Judy Meskell, Shona Dockrell O’Donohoe agus Caoimhe Shiel, our four finalists for the award.

You can read their excellent abstracts below. We look forward to having you all at our online event and congratulate the finalists on their achievements and fabulous work. Go n-éirí go geal libh!





LAI will co-host the 2021 European Conference on Literacy, along with the Federation of European Literacy Associations.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to present a paper or a workshop at the conference, click here to visit the conference website The deadline for proposals is January, 31st 2021.

LAI plans to organise a summer course for teachers that includes participation in the Conference. Details will be forwarded to members in spring 2021. 

22nd European Conference on Literacy 2021 /  An 22ú Comhdháil Eorpach ar Litearthacht 2021


July 5th- 7th Dublin City University, St.Patrick's Campus

Theme: Literacy and Diversity: New Directions 

Téama: Litearthacht agus Ilchineálacht: Treoanna Nua

Tuesday, 20th October 2020 at 7 pm (IST)

Teaching Reading in the Primary School: Learning from the Science of Reading 

A keynote presentation by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois, Chicago. 

Tuesday, 13th October 2020 at 7 pm (IST)

Contemporary issues: Future directions

A panel discussion hosted by Dr Gene Mehigan (Marino Institute of Education)

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