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Script - The Israel Association for Literacy

Promoting research and education in written and oral language

The Israel Association for Literacy – SCRIPT – aims to promote the study of all aspects of literacy and to empower literacy education in Israel. Script members include academics and educators working in a range of areas, as well as teachers, teacher trainers, psychologists and speech / language clinicians. Script members are interested in literacy, they research its various facets and work to make it accessible to their students and clients, and to the public in general. For the last 20 years the organization has held annual Israeli conferences in the summer, and in the last three years additional Script workshops have been held at Tel Aviv University in the winter.

Research areas include the following, among others: linguistic knowledge and language awareness, language acquisition and development, second language learning, spoken and written language, listening and observation skills, Hebrew language research, reading and writing disabilities, literacy in the learning disabled, discourse analysis, discourse and culture, emergent literacy, literacy and technology, language and literacy policy, academic literacy, literature theory and criticism, evaluation of literacy roles.

Script – the Israel Association for Literacy – is involved in six main academic activities:

Two-day annual conference in the summer
Winter workshop
Spring workshop
Academic journal
Special interest groups
Interactive online website

Annual summer conferences. Script’s main academic activity consists of its 2-day summer conference. These successful summer meetings have always been organized by Script volunteers and are usually held in hotels, enabling social and professional interaction between researchers. Script summer conferences serve as an excellent platform for the dissemination of knowledge through presentation of current research. Conference participants are lecturers and researchers from universities, colleges and teachers’ colleges, educational policy leaders, supervisors and curricula developers, as well as teachers with key positions in the Israeli Ministry of Education. The annual conference has proved as an excellent framework for the promotion of knowledge exchange and cooperation with international figures such as Bereiter, Scardamelia, Spencer and Obler who have presented keynote talks to the assembly and organized workshops. The involvement of guest lecturers of both international and Israeli affiliations attracted many participants to our conference and fostered a productive dialogue between Israeli and foreign researchers. Script’s executive committee hopes to see these exchanges and connections deepen and expand, and will encourage initiatives in these directions.

Academic journal. Script Journal, an academic vehicle concerned with all aspects of literacy, was launched in 1999. It publishes articles which have undergone peer review and enables the dissemination of current, updated knowledge in the domain of literacy to an audience of researchers, students, educators, curriculum developers and other interested readers.

Winter Script.
Since 2002 our association has held winter workshops with talks by experts devoted to a single topic during Chanukka at Tel-Aviv University. The topic in 2002 was Language, literacy and education – empirical and academic reports. In 2003 Winter Script focused on reading processes and reading comprehension. In 2004 our workshop was devoted to reading processes and reading disabilities and Professor M. Joshi, editor of Reading and Writing, was the invited keynote speaker. Script members participate in our conferences and workshops for a reduced fee.

Spring workshops. We held a third meeting this year at Bar Ilan University in the spring, which was devoted to matters of punctuation and spelling. This meeting had high media visibility with consequent TV interviews of participants.

Script site. A dynamic, informative, communicative and interactive web site which functions as a virtual arena and a communication vehicle. The website is intended for Script members, academics and practitioners working in the field of literacy, students, and people interested in literacy and looking for relevant information and activities. The site contains information about the activities of Script association, detailed profiles of members, information about the journal, an array of articles from the journal, book reviews, links to additional relevant sites, pictures, etc. The site contains ESCRIPT, an electronic academic content section with articles, abstracts of MA theses and doctoral dissertations in the domain of literacy, abstracts of talks and presentations from Script conferences, etc.

Special interest groups.
Several script members are associated in three special interest groups: Academic Literacy, Literature Theory and Criticism, and Literacy and Technology. The Academic Literacy SIG has published 5 issues of the Forum for Academic Literacy to date.

Script Officers

Script chair
Dr. Dorit Aram: dorita@post.tau.ac.il
Dr. Ofra Korat: korato@mail.biu.ac.il

Executive Committee
Amalia Bar-on: amaliaba@zahav.net.il
Dr. Janan Farag-Falach: janan@macam.ac.il
Safieh Hassunah Arafat: safihar@gmail.com
Ronit Levie: levieron@netvision.net.il
Prof. Iris Levin: irisl@post.tau.ac.il
Prof. Dorit Ravid: doritr@post.tau.ac.il
Dr. Rachel Schiff: rschiff@mail.biu.ac.il
Dr. Michal Shany: michals@construct.haifa.ac.il
Dr. Mila Schwartz: milasch@bgu.ac.il
Dr. Sigal Uziel-Karl: sigal@alum.mit.edu

Financial officer
Dr. Pnina Sela: pninas@macam.ac.il

Administration officer
Rotem Schapira: rotemschapira@gmail.com

Editor-in-chief of Script journal
Dr. Rachel Schiff: rschiff@mail.biu.ac.il

Editorial Board
Dr. Dorit Aram, Dr. Ofra Korat, Prof. Iris Levin, Prof. Dorit Ravid,
Dr. Itzhak Shlesinger, Prof. David Tzuriel.

Website editor, chair and manager
Dr. Sigal Uziel-Karl: sigal@alum.mit.edu

Website editorial board
Dr. Ruth Burshtein, Dr. Sigal Uziel-Karl

Website founding editor
Dr. Shoshan Brosh-Vaitz: sbrosh-vaitz@idc.ac.il

Website establishment committee
Dr. Shoshana Folman, Prof. Iris Levin, Prof. Dorit Ravid,
Dr. Yitzhak Shlesinger.

Script Executive Meeting 2001

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