Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, he was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the U.S. Dr. Shanahan held a visiting professorship at Queens University, Belfast. He is author or editor of more than 300 publications on literacy education. Professor Shanahan is past president of the International Literacy Association. He served on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He took a leadership role on the National Reading Panel and chaired two other U.S. research review panels: National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth, and the National Early Literacy Panel, and helped author the Common Core State Standards. Shanahan received the William S. Gray Citation for Lifetime Achievement and the Albert J. Harris Award for outstanding research on reading disability from the International Literacy Association, and the P. David Pearson Award for Scholarly Influence from the Literacy Research Association. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007 and is a former first-grade teacher. For more information, visit his blog: www.shanahanonliteracy.com

22nd European Conference on Literacy

Dublin City University, Institute of Education

5-7 July 2021

The Literacy Association of Ireland will co-host the

European Conference on Literacy 5-7 July 2021. The conference theme, “Literacy and Diversity: New Directions” will bring together researchers and educators from all over Europe and further afield to celebrate, discuss, debate and examine matters relating to literacy, literacy teaching and literacy research, across the full span of human learning.

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