Message di Voce, the AIRS Newsletter, Fall 2012 issue is now available! The newsletter provides a summary of the 4th Annual AIRS meeting and the Mid-term review. It includes important upcoming project dates and other dates of interest to AIRS members, and includes items that require your action as well, so please take time to review and enjoy this issue.
The Midterm Review Report arrived with accolades for the team and recommendation to renew funding as well as other recommendations. Annabel Cohen and the Steering Committee are working on a response to the report which the granting agency has requested for mid-November.
AIRS Collaborator Johan Sundberg will be presenting the following workshop on Friday 16th November:
2013 Language & Literacy Special Issue-Call for Submissions
Studies from around the world have shown that singing is a powerful practice that can promote a variety of positive benefits including bonding and trust between people such as mothers and children, problem solving, socialization, creativity, physical development, and language and literacy development, to name only a few (e.g., Booch & Hachiva, 2004; Campbell, 2010). To further illuminate the relationship between language, literacy, and singing, we are seeking paper submissions for a special issue of Language & Literacy: A Canadian eJournal from interested scholars.
Submissions can be made at: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/langandlit/index
For any further information or details, please contact the guest editor of the special issue, Dr. Zheng Zhang, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings maintaining the momentum from AIRS 4th Annual Meeting
Building on the momentum started by workshops and conversations at the AIRS 4th Annual Meeting, two groups met in September to continue to plan for future AIRS milestones.
AIRS Test Battery
At an early morning Test Battery workshop on Friday, August 24th, participants identified the need for a revised version of the AIRS Test Battery aimed at children aged 5 to 8. The group, composed of Mayumi Adachi, Stephanie Boisvert, Mike Forrester, Helga Gudmundsdottir, Beatriz Ilari and Stefanie Stadler Elmer, created a document capturing their recommendations for revisions, and 5 of the 6 met via videoconference on August 28th. The resulting documentation has been submitted to Sub-theme 1.3 Leader, Annabel Cohen, and Bing-Yi Pan for review and consideration.
AIRS Midterm Report Submitted to SSHRC
The AIRS Midterm Report was prepared and submitted to SSHRC early in July. The Midterm Report summarizes the work done to date in the AIRS Project and provides a high level plan to project end, currently scheduled for March, 2016. The report will form the basis for a video-conference review by SSHRC at the 4th Annual AIRS Meeting in August, 2012. The midterm review is part of the SSHRC MCRI (Major Collaborative Research Initiative) process, and the SSHRC review committee will determine continuing funding based on the report and outcome of the review.
In addition to providing the required information for the SSHRC midterm review, this report is a valuable source of information for anyone interested in the work that has been done and the plans for continuation of the AIRS Project, and is available here for review.