I: Early literacy teaching: Skills, teaching practices and professional development. (Chairs: Renate Valtin / Eufimia Tafa)

In early years settings should be provided opportunities for young children's emergence of literacy, including the motivation to learn to read and write. Particularly, young children and beginning literacy learners should achieve both the code related skills (e.g. letter knowledge, phonological awareness, phoneme-grapheme correspondence, print awareness, emergent reading and writing) as well as the oral language skills (e.g. vocabulary, narrative skills, listening comprehension, syntactic skills).....

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II: Teaching disciplinary literacy in all subjects – new research and practices (Chair: Sari Sulkunnen)

In many countries disciplinary literacy teaching is still only emerging and there is a lack of training for teachers as well as of pedagogical practices and materials to support teachers in their work. Moreover, research on classroom practices effective for this type of teaching is still somewhat scarce.

In this session, we discuss the pedagogical solutions developed for and challenges of engaging students in disciplinary literacy practices in the secondary classrooms....

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III: “Make every teacher a teacher of literacy” – new approaches in teacher education and professional development. (Chair: Christine Garbe)

Improving literacy skills of students across the curriculum requires appropriate knowledge and skills from teachers of all school subjects. These literacy competences are usually not provided in initial teacher education (or professional development) for future teachers of science, mathematics, social sciences or other subjects (except for language teachers).....

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IV: The Effective Integration of Migrants into the Education System: challenges and solutions (Chair: Viv Bird)

The integration of migrants is not a new challenge for communities.  What have we learned about how we can successfully meet these challenges and help migrant children and adults learn the new home language and achieve competency in literacy?

This session will explore the issues through honest debate, highlighting research and good practices in this area....

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V: European Education and Lifelong Learning Networks Round Table: exploring a common agenda and future policy messages (Chair: Viv Bird)

ELINET invites European networks involved in literacy education and lifelong learning to provide an update of their network's activities.......

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VI: Digital Literacy Frameworks: how to equip citizens with needed skills for the 21st Century (Chair: Fabio Nascimbeni)

The European Commission, through its research centre JRC in Seville,  has recently launched a number of Digital Competencies frameworks, targeted to European citizens in general (DigComp) but also to educators (DigCompEdu) and educational institutions ( DigCompOrg). This is an important development since it is setting some common targets in Europe in terms of those skills that citizens need to possess to live, work and play in contemporary societies, but needs to be handled with care...

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VII: Digital literacy and language teaching in the digital age (Chair: Jeroen Clemens)

Internet is now this generation’s defining technology for reading, writing and learning. We have a number of Digital Competencies frameworks, in Europe and in the rest of the world. One very important competency is a new literacy: the ability to actively work with online information….

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VIII: Literacy Assessments and Evaluation of Literacy Projects (Chairs: William G. Brozo / Gerry Shiel)

In recent years, the European Union and national governments have drawn extensively on international assessments such as PIRLS and PISA, and on national assessments to define policy in reading literacy and assess its effectiveness.
The two broad concerns are increasing understanding of the goals and outcomes of transnational assessments, as well as exploring evaluative criteria for literacy programs and projects....

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IX: The Gender Gap in Literacy: How to engage boys? (Chairs: William G. Brozo / Christine Garbe)o / Gerry Shiel)