Thursday 16th September
3.30pm – 7.00pm
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 (https://scotens.org/ ), 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.
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. Sharon Pratt
Dr. Sharon Pratt is an Associate Professor of Elementary and Literacy Education at Indiana University Northwest in the United States. She began her teaching career within an elementary school supporting students who encountered difficulties in learning. After 11 years of primary school teaching, she transitioned into higher education preparing future teachers for literacy instruction in K-12 settings.
Sharon’s work has been published in several outlets including The Reading Teacher, Elementary School Journal, Reading Psychology, and Teaching and Teacher Education. She currently serves on the Indiana State Literacy Association board and is involved in local literacy council events to promote literacy development within her local communities.
Joining our keynote speakers on the panel will be:
Kate is from Ardboe, County Tyrone and is currently teaching in St. Mary’s Primary School Greenlough. The school has approximately 180 pupils aged 4 – 11 in Years 1-7. As literacy co-ordinator Kate forms part of the middle management team in herschool. She has carried out the role of Literacy co-ordinator for over 20 years and have taught in a range of classes.
Regina Dunne is Deputy Principal of St Catherine’s National School, Rush, Co Dublin. She is President Elect of the Literacy Association of Ireland. Regina was previously Team Leader for Primary Literacy at the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and Academic Coordinator for English Language Teaching and Learning at the Applied Language Centre, University College Dublin
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This events has been funded by SCoTENS and supported by Dublin City University and St Mary’s University College Belfast