Research in Reading & Literacy SIG 11
Research in Reading & Literacy SIG 11
SIG Purpose

To stimulate communication and inquiry among researchers, policymakers, and others interested in research in reading and literacy from various disciplines and theoretical perspectives. 

Welcome to Our Sig
Welcome to our SIG!  
Thanks for your patience this Spring as we all negotiated the challenges of the world-wide pandemic which is also affecting our universities. 

We will continually update information about our SIG's participation in the upcoming AERA Annual Conference as we obtain information about it! Proposals for the 2021 conference in Orlando, Florida, , April 9-12, are due by July 22, will soon be reviewed, and we will be pleased to present a dynamic program!AERA will hold special sessions on Thursday, April 8, 2021.


If you are interested in joining this SIG: Research in Reading and Literacy, please go to the AERA website, sign in, choose SIG Directory from the left hand column, and find the note that refers to registering for a SIG next to the SIG choices in the middle box.  
We invite you to send a conference presentation proposal to our SIG #11 as soon as possible!You can also sign up as a reviewer. We hope to hear from you soon!We look forward to sharing updated information in our newsletter three times per year (September, January, and March) and then seeing you at the AERA conference! Please introduce yourselves to us at our SIG Business Meeting! 
Please feel free to contact any of the SIG leaders for more information!
Fran Falk-Ross, Interim Chair


Who We Are

Research in Reading & Literacy SIG #11 Officers
Interim Chair
: Francine Falk-Ross, Pace University, 

Program Chair: Rosalind Horowitz, The University of Texas, San Antonio,

Co-Program Chair: Christopher M. Hansen, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga,

Assistant Program Chair: Meghan Stanivoha, The University of Texas at San Antonio,

Treasurer/Secretary: Wayne Slater, University of Maryland,

 Webmaster: Jennifer Tuten, City University of New York,

Newsletter Editor: Kim Skinner, Louisiana State University, 

Associate Newsletter Editor: Huy Nguyen, Louisiana State University,

Chair, International Consortium on World Literacy, Rosalind Horowitz, The University of Texas at San Antonio,

Co-Chair, International Consortium on World Literacy, Lisa Griffith, Texas State University-San Marcos

Chair, College Reading Consortium, Sonya Armstrong, Texas State University-San Marcos,

Key Initiatives

The International Consortium on World Literacy

18 July 2020

We will again have a gathering of our International Consortium on World Literacy. We again invited Dr. Johannes Naumann, Wuppertal University, Wuppertal, Germany as our guest speaker for 2021. He will provide an interactive workshop on understanding and using big data from PISA (the Programme for International Student Achievement) for research at the 2021 AERA Conference. This is always an important meeting of minds, and will have informative educators in attendance. 

We will repeat the successful College Reading Consortium for Literacy Researchers this coming year at the AERA Conference led by Dr. Sonya Armstrong, from University of Texas-San Marcos. The topics of presentations and conversations will be focused on postsecondary literacy issues which have gained in importance in recent years. 

The International Consortium for World Literacy is committed to the study and development of literacy among peoples across the world. This Consortium invites researchers, educators, and policy makers to address the obstacles faced in achieving literacy, and specifically, high literacy (e.g. interpretation, critical thinking), in their home country and the ways in which the country is overcoming these challenges. 

 1. The Consortium will review research which addresses the practices, performances, and achievement in literacy in local regional and national contexts. We ask: What scientific data and descriptive studies are available and require attention to understand literacy? 

2. How are levels of literacy changing over time and space? Across countries and in the United States? 

3. What measures are available and being used to assess different categories of literacy from childhood to adulthood, and across the life span? 

4. What influence has technology had and will continue to have on world literacies? 

5. Who has the technology and technological abilities? How are these related to SES, cultural habits, minority status, availability of schooling, political power? 

6. How can PISA and other Big Data be used to assess and advance literacy? What are its strengths and limitations? 

7. What will change as we advance in achieving literacy in developing countries? 

8. How might we connect to other world literacy organizations to achieve common goals? 

The Consortium views literacy as a means for countries-- to achieve economic growth, gender equality, overcome discrimination, and advance in social and cultural developments. International contributions to journals and books will enhance our knowledge base. 

Members of AERA and the Research in Reading and Literacy SIG 11, International Studies, SIG 54; Data Driven Decision-Making SIG 179; NAEP Studies, SIG 99 will collaborate with our Consortium for the 2021 Workshop and Speaker Series, to be held annually at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference and to advance intercultural communication. We believe the future, of nations and the world, is heavily dependent upon our goals and designs for literacy development. Those interested in participating in this Consortium are welcome to attend events and may contact us for further information.   

Rosalind Horowitz, Ph.D. Professor, The University of Texas—San Antonio Head, International Consortium for World Literacy   

Lisa A. Griffith, M.A. Co-Chair International Consortium on World Literacy, Texas State University - San Marcos



We again will offer the Graduate Student Award for Literacy Research Excellence for recent graduates of doctoral programs which will include a presentation opportunity and some help with conference fees.  We will be looking for graduate student proposals and reviewers' applications.

Dissertation Award for Literacy Research Excellence 2021

DESCRIPTION: The Research in Reading and Literacy Special Interest Group #11 is comprised of leading literacy researchers. This Dissertation Research Award is intended to promote and recognize outstanding research in the field of Reading and Literacy Education and is presented annually to a recent graduate of a doctoral program for dissertation excellence.





Email Address:_______________________________Phone: __(____)__________________________

University Affiliation:___________________________________________________________________

Sponsoring RRL Member:______________________________________________________________

Doctoral Graduation Date:_______________­­­­­­­­­____

Title of Dissertation:________________________________________________



ELIGIBILITY: Any person who has defended a doctoral dissertation on some aspect of literacy education may apply for the award for the following year’s conferral. For conferral at the 2021 AERA conference, we will review dissertations defended from September 1, 2018 to August 30, 2020.Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2020, and will be reviewed in January-February 2021. The focus of the research MUST be on a topic of relevance to Literacy professionals. (Decisions will be made by February 15, 2021).

SUBMISSION CRITERIA: Please submit an abstract of your research (up to five pages, single-spaced, with one-inch margins, and size 12 Times New Roman font) for masked review along with this application. All submissions will be evaluated using the same criteria. The abstract should address the following areas:

  • Research question(s) or hypothesis(es)
  • Significance of study to the field of literacy education
  • Research design
  • Findings
  • Conclusions and implications for practice
  • References

Send applications and direct questions to: Dr. Francine Falk-Ross


DEADLINE: All submissions must be received no later than November 1, 2020. The recipient of this award will be notified in early February 2021.

AWARD/RECOGNITION:The award winner will be invited to present his/her research and will be awarded $500.00 if the research is presented at the SIG’s business meeting at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting, and a picture of the award winner along with the abstract will be posted in the SIG’s newsletter.

Dissertation Research Award for Literacy Excellence 2021

Reviewers/Readers on the Award Committee

The committee will be comprised of one Graduate Student and 3 Regular Members.

Each year, volunteers will submit a list of their publications and presentations from the past 2 years by November 1, 2020. The Executive Committee (i.e., the Chair, the Program Chair, and the Secretary/Treasurer) will determine the 4 most appropriate members. Members can be on the committee for no more than 3 years.

The committee members will begin review when manuscripts are disseminated in December 2020. They will have 4 weeks (i.e., January 30, 2021) to rank the proposals using the rating sheet.

The decision will be made on February 12 of the conferral year.Winners will be notified the last week of February.SIG RRL will submit name of the winner to the AERA Central office by February 15th.

If you are interested, please send your volunteer reviewer application as a simple cover letter in the body of an email with your list of presentations and publications as an attachment to:

Francine Falk-Ross at

If you have questions, please email me.

Francine Falk-Ross, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Literacy Specialist Program

Pace University, New York

As in the last year, now is an important time to engage in collective conversation around literacy education issues and collaborative action for research and advocacy. In addition to sharing research focused on strategies for differentiating instruction in reading/interpreting and writing/composing, issues of equal access to literacy and quality of literacy education have gained in importance. As in recent years, substantial cuts in federal education initiatives and school funding, and with the reduction in funding for the arts and emergent and early education programs, literacy education researchers are busy developing responses to support schools and students in America and abroad. Continued emphases on the importance of critical media literacy to help students during reading activities to separate fact from fiction have appeared following increased attention on social media communications. The RRL SIG’s roundtable presentations and business meeting breakouts will provide meaningful opportunities to share ideas and provide feedback focused on all topics of importance and interest.
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