Thursday 16th September

3.30pm – 7.00pm

Online Conference

This teacher education conference will explore the use of rich and varied children’s literature in early reading instruction. The aim of the conference is to energize and inspire teachers, student teachers and teacher educators in their use of children’s literature in the teaching of early reading! The conference will feature two keynote sessions and a panel discussion. Please join us by registering using the form below.

The conference is funded by SCoTENS ( ), SCOTENS was established in 2003 to create a safe space for teacher educators – North and South (of Ireland)– to come together and discuss issues of common interest, and explore ways of co-operating closely together. A part of the broader peace dynamic that was gathering momentum on the island of Ireland at the time, it has always been rooted in the deepest commitment to quality teaching and learning for all. 

Keynote Speakers

Professor Henrietta Dombey

Henrietta Dombey became interested in the teaching of literacy during her years of teaching in primary schools in London and the US.  She developed this interest on moving into teacher education and research.  After 30+ years in teacher education and literacy research, she is now Professor Emeritus of Literacy in Primary Education at the University of Brighton.

A Past President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (and Past Chair of the National Association for the Teaching of English) she is the author of a number of publications, including Teaching Reading: What the evidence says.

Dr Mary Roche

Mary Roche PhD is author of the award-winning Developing Children’s Critical Thinking through Picturebooks (Routledge 2015). Having lectured in teacher education, both primary and post-primary, Mary is now a tutor in the School of Education, University College Cork. An education consultant and school adviser, she is a co-convenor of Network Educational Action Research Ireland (NEARI) and co-author of several books on action research. Mary’s ‘Critical Thinking and Book Talk’ (CT&BT) approach, developed during her many years of research while a primary teacher, has been adopted by the National Council Curriculum Assessment Ireland. You can follow Mary on Twitter @marygtroche

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This events has been funded by SCoTENS and supported by Dublin City University and St Mary’s University College Belfast