1st Literacy Summit

If you are a literacy practitioner, researcher or software developer, as well as a not-for-profit literacy organization, be sure to come to the 1st Literacy Summit and tell the world about your invaluable best practices, discoveries, apps, and actions. As you will experience in Porto (November 1-3, 2018), the relation between practice, science and technology can be truly multiplying. For information on travel arrangements, click here.


The 1st Literacy Summit is only possible due to the committed work of a number of individuals and ELN partners, some of them are listed in the committees below:


Scientific Committee Steering Committee Honor Committee 




 Steve Graham
Arizona State University

Karen Harris
Arizona State University



Richard Wagner
Florida State University



Texas A&M University


Steve Graham, Arizona State University, short-bio

 Keynote title:  The nexus between reading and writing: Research and Implications for Instruction

Short bio: Steve Graham is the Warner Professor in the Division of Leadership and Innovation in Teachers College. For over 35 years he has studied how writing develops, how to teach it effectively, and how writing can be used to support reading and learning. Steve is the former editor of Exceptional Children, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Writing Research, Focus on Exceptional Children, and he is the current editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology. He is the co-author of the Handbook of Writing Research ,Handbook of Learning Disabilities , APA Handbook of Educational Psychology, Writing Better , Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students and Making the Writing Process Work . He is also the author of three influential Carnegie Corporation reports: Writing Next , Writing to Read , and Informing Writing.

Karen Harris, Arizona State University, short-bio

Keynote title: Literacy and the Worldwide Literacy Network: Past, Present, and Future

Short bio: Karen R. Harris is the Warner Professor of Education, Arizona State University. She has worked in education for over 40 years, initially as a general education teacher and then as a special education teacher. Throughout her teaching and research career, she has chosen to work in highly diverse schools in low income areas due to her commitment to improving teaching and learning for all students. She is interested in validating instructional approaches for heterogeneous classrooms derived from integrating multiple, evidence-based theories and practices. She developed the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model of strategies instruction. SRSD has been most extensively researched in the area of writing, although researchers have also addressed reading and math. Her current research focuses on continued refinement of SRSD, professional development in SRSD for special and general educators, development of new strategies to address reading and writing to learn, and using technology to improve literacy instruction.

Richard Wagner, Florida State University, short-bio

Keynote title: Understanding the development of literacy in context

Short bio: Richard Wagner is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and the W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair at Florida State University.  He also is a co-founder and a current Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research.  He earned a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 1985.  His major area of research interest is dyslexia and the normal acquisition of reading.  He currently is the principal investigator of a Multidisciplinary Learning Disability Center funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  He also has coauthored tests that are commonly used in evaluating children for dyslexia and other learning disabilities including the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP-2), the Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE-2), and the Test of Preschool Early Literacy (TOPEL).

R. Malatesha Joshi, Texas A&M University, short-bio

Keynote title: Componential Model of Reading: Orthographic, Dialectical, and Environmental influences

Short bio: R. Malatesha Joshi, Ph.D., is a Professor of Reading/Language Arts Education, ESL and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University, where he teaches and conducts research in literacy development and literacy problems among monolinguals and bilinguals in different orthographies. Dr. Joshi is the Editor of Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal and the monograph series titled Literacy Studies. He has over 100 publications in high-impact journals and has published about 20 books relating to literacy development. He has received numerous national and international awards such Erasmus Mundus fellowship and has been invited as a senior research scholar to lecture and present his research in various countries, such as China, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Finland, and New Zealand. Because of his contribution to the field of educational research, Dr. Joshi was selected as the 2017 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), their highest award that exemplifies the highest standards of excellence through accomplishment, professionalism, and commitment.


Download the Summit program by day (final version). 

Save these dates

13/Dec/17: 1st call for papers

19/Jan/18: Opening of submissions and registration

Summit submissions deadline

13/Jul/18: End of poster submissions

20/Jul/18: End of early bird registration

07/Oct/18: End of registration

31/Oct/18: IRC Pre-Summit Writing Workshop (room 117)

1-3/Nov/18: 1st Literacy Summit

5-7/Nov/18: Post-Summit Winter School


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