International literacy expert Professor Tim Shanahan to visit North Belfast Partnership

Professor Tim Shanahan

North Belfast Partnership in conjunction with Holy Family Primary school as lead partner school has launched a programme supporting local education called the Community Education Initiatives Programme (CEIP) in primary and secondary schools across North Belfast.  The programme runs to March 2015 with a budget of over £441,000.

The programme is funded by the Department of Education, managed by the Belfast Education & Library Board and North Belfast Partnership and aims to bring schools and communities together to boost educational attainment. The emphasis will be on the sharing of expertise and skills across sectors to address the learning needs of the children, young people and their families. 

As part of the programme we are hosting a seminar with renowned literacy expert Professor Tim Shanahan on Friday 17th October 2014 at 10.30am to 12.15pm in the Partnership’s offices.

Tim has been a regular visitor to both Belfast and Dublin since 2006 in his role as advisor to projects funded through The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Professor Tim Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of Illinois at Chicago where he was previously Professor of Urban Education and Founding Director of the Centre for Literacy.  His extensive research emphasises reading-writing relationships, reading assessment and improving reading achievement.  He served as Director of Reading for the Chicago Public Schools and has experience of developing programmes and strategies to increase reading achievement for children within school and also with adults in community based settings.

For more information on the programme please contact Brian Maguire at North Belfast Partnership email: or phone: (028) 9075 2990