Steve Layne | Judson University Christian College

Judson Professor Featured at Conventions “Down Under”

(Elgin, IL August 4, 2010) Dr. Steven L. Layne, professor of Literacy Education at Judson University and director of Judson’s prestigious Master of Education in Literacy program, recently spoke at the International Reading Association 23rd World Congress on Reading, held July 12-15 in Auckland, New Zealand. Layne’s presentation, titled “Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers,” was based on his bestselling professional book Igniting a Passion for Reading.

The World Congress on Reading, which revolved around the theme of “Leading and Learning in Literacy,” drew more than 800 registrants from over 30 countries. In addition to featuring keynote speakers from New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, the World Congress on Reading included approximately 150 sessions offering professional development on a wide range of topics relating to literacy education. Conference participants also had an opportunity to trade ideas with colleagues from around the world.

Layne also served as one of the keynote speakers for the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) Convention in Perth, West Australia. The four-day convention was attended by over 700 literacy leaders from across Australia with Judson University being the sole U.S. institution providing an international keynote speaker for the event. The ALEA group is a subsidiary of the International Reading Association (IRA), a community of nearly 70,000 reading professionals in 100 countries. IRA members are united by the mission to promote higher levels of literacy and communication by advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide. A network of 1,200 councils and more than 50 national affiliates forms the working foundation of the Association.

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