LAI Webinar Series 2020:

Supporting Literacy in the Online Environment

Passwords for LAI Webinars are available in the members only section

Webinar 1: Creating Rich Literacy Experiences Online 

Tuesday, 19th May at 2pm 

Regina Dunne is an executive committee member of the Literacy Association of Ireland. She is a primary school teacher and Coordinator for Literacy in St Catherine’s National School, Rush, Co Dublin. From 2015-19 she was seconded to PDST where she was Team Leader for Primary Literacy.  Regina was the Academic Coordinator for English Language Teaching and Learning at the Applied Language Centre, UCD from 1996-2006. She holds a Higher Diploma in TESOL (UCD) and an and MPhil in Applied Linguistics (TCD).

Webinar 2: Creating Rich Literacy Experiences Online 

Wednesday, 20th May at 2pm 

Niamh Watkins is the President of the Literacy Association of Ireland. She is an assistant professor in Literacy in the Institute of Education in Dublin City University.  Niamh has more than ten years’ experience teaching at primary school level.

Her interests include literacy in the context of educational disadvantage, dialogic approaches to oral language, best practices in writing instruction and critical literacy pedagogy. 

Niamh is currently completing doctoral studies in the University of Sheffield.

Webinar 3: Creating Rich Literacy Experiences Online 

Thursday, 21st May at 2pm 

Clara Maria Fiorentini is an executive committee member of the Literacy Association of Ireland. Clara is a lecturer in education at Marino Institute of Education specialising in English Methods and Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining MIE, Clara taught for ten years in Dominican Primary School, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin throughout which time she developed a keen interest in holistic oral language development and playful pedagogy. Clara completed a Masters in Children’s Literature (DCU) and is currently a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin researching oral language development and transitions to formal literacy learning. Clara runs the popular Irish teaching blog and is an active member on her social media platforms. Clara is a co-author of Ireland’s first multisensory phonics  programme, Sounds Like Phonics (CJ Fallon, 2019).

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