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Who We Are
Write to Read is a longitudinal University, School and Community research project which works collaboratively with schools and communities to create powerful literacy environments that motivate and engage children as readers, writers and thinkers.
Our Vision

Our vision is for a whole school, whole community approach to literacy where expectations are raised, parents are empowered and children supported and encouraged to develop reading and writing as lifelong habits.

Our Partners

Write to Read is in operation in 13 disadvantaged schools in Dublin. It is an up-scale of an earlier successful pilot project with one school which won the International Literacy Association’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award in 2010.

History

The Write to Read research initiative began in 2012 in eight DEIS schools (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DES, 2005)). It extended to four new schools in 2014 under the Preparing for Life Initiative jointly funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Atlantic Philanthropies. Schools (approximately 2200 children and 160 teachers) located in three clusters work in collaboration with the Write to Read Research and Professional Development team (hyperlink) to address literacy issues within their communities.

The Write to Read Research and Professional Development team

Our teacher associates are practicing primary school teachers with expertise in the teaching of literacy.

Dr Eithne Kennedy

Eithne Kennedy is Head of the School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education and Associate Professor in literacy studies at Dublin City University. She earned her Masters in Special Education at Fordham University, NYC. She is the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2010) and DCU President’s Award for Public Engagement (2014). As the director of the Write to Read research initiative, a longitudinal University, School and Community Literacy project she also works collaboratively with schools and communities to create powerful literacy environments that motivate and engage children as readers, writers and thinkers. She has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of literacy and a range of papers on literacy research, policy and practice. She is a past president of the Literacy Association of Ireland and a current executive committee member.

Dr Gerry Shiel

Gerry is a Research Fellow at the Education Research Centre. He has overall responsibility for the development of standardised tests of reading and mathematics at primary and post-primary levels, and for science at post—primary level. He is also National Project Manager for the OECD PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2015 Study. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy  from University of Texas at Austin.

Norma McElligott

Deputy principal with over 15 years’ experience in teaching.  She has a Masters in Literacy from Dublin City University.  Her thesis “If someone told me to write it, I wouldn’t be able to and now I can. The impact of sixth class children working collaboratively with their peers to enhance their persuasive communication and writing skills.”  won The Literacy Association of Ireland Biennial Dissertation Award in 2013.

Elma Murphy

Classroom teacher with 15 years experience in teaching.  She has a Masters in Teaching (literacy) from Dublin City University and further qualifications in literacy.  her thesis, ‘Exploring the Impact of a Cross-Curricular Approach on Inquiry-Based Report Writing and on the Historical Thinking of Sixth-Class Pupils’ was also shortlisted for the The Literacy Association of Ireland Biennial Dissertation Award in 2015

Stephen Brett

Classroom teacher with 10 years’ experience teaching.  Stephen is currently completing a masters in literacy at Dublin City University.

Michelle Dalton

Classroom teacher with 15 years experience in literacy teaching.  She has a Masters in Teaching (Literacy) from Dublin City University.

Róisín O’Shea

Classroom teacher with 15 years experience in literacy teaching.  She has a Masters in Education from University College Dublin and further qualifications in literacy.

Ann Marie Roche

Classroom teacher with over 10 years’ experience teaching.  She is currently completing a masters in literacy at Dublin City University.

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