Programs - 2008
year the IRA Literacy and Social Responsibility
SIG (IRA L-SR SIG) sponsors a program at the annual national
This program is open to all conferees, with interests from preschool through
interested in greeting, meeting, and networking with program presenters
and others with similar interests are especially encouraged to attend
the program, business meeting, and/or informal social gathering. IRA
are also invited to become
members of this SIG and to submit a program
proposal for 2009 (Note: There will be two IRA conferences in 2009.
For the Phoenix, AZ, convention in February 2009, contact Melanie
Goodman (proposals are due February 15, 2008; download Phoenix
program proposal form).
• For the Minneapolis, MN, convention in May 2009, contact Patricia
Dean (proposals are due May 28, 2008; download Minneapolis
program proposal form).
2008 IRA L-SR
May 6, 2008, Tuesday morning, 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Georgia World Congress Center B 311
Open to all conferees (with interests
preschool through adult)
Program Chair, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
Young People, New Literacies, and Civic Engagement
Our opening keynote speaker, Dixie Goswami has
done much work with her Literacy and Community Service Networks
Online Communities, well-established community writing groups
whose ideas and practices are radical, rigorous, and whose writing
for the public is powerful and significant. Interestingly, the
focus of her extensive work complements the IRA 2008 Convention
theme, "Engaging Learners in Literacy."
Nurturing Conversations in Professional Learning Communities.
Speakers: Dr. Henry C. Amoroso, Jr., Professor of Education, Nancy
Hutton, Lecturer, and Jacqueline Grenier, Literacy
Coach, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, will describe
initiatives at their university to
improve the professional development of literacy specialists
conversation, caring behavior, a strong concept of social responsibility,
and critical thinking. The first deals with the Summer Reading
Clinic; the second, a Critical Friends network for graduates of
Letras y Arte: Literacy, Art, and Service Engage Teacher
Candidates & Children Learning English. Speakers:
Dr. Joan Armon and Tony Ortega, Regis University, Denver, CO.
Professors Armon and Ortega demonstrate writing and print-making
with teacher candidates teaching children from a Latino community
in the creation of handmade books. Teacher candidates provide
writing and art instruction while children improve writing skills.
Print-making stimulates interest in academic learning and results
in vibrant books children and teacher candidates present to families
at a culminating celebration.
Waking Up Our Social Responsibility: Preservice Teachers
and High School Students Collaborate on Issues Worth Fighting For. Speakers:
Dr. Lori Czop Assaf, Texas State University, San Marcos,
Mickish, Kofa High School, Yuma, AZ. Jessica Mickish considers
Social Responsibility in light of the experiences of preservice
teachers in the high school. The presenters of this session will
share insights and discoveries from a year-long online collaborative
project between preservice teachers from Texas State University
in San Marcos, Texas, and high school students in Yuma, Arizona.
This project is aimed at helping preservice teachers and high school
students to become aware of and to take action on a particular
Authors Focus on Historical Social Issues. Speakers:
Dr. Ernie Bond, John McCutcheon, Philip Dray,
Salisbury University/Peachtree Publishers, Salisbury, MD. Facilitator
Dr. Ernie Bond hosts two authors—John McCutcheon and Philip
Dray—whose recent publications focus on historical social
issues. McCutcheon in Christmas in the Trenches,
writes about a World War I soldier’s
poignant realization about individuals in war settings. Dray’s
book is entitled Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring
Life of a Crusading Journalist illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.
Homegrown Heroes & Local Folks: Interviewing, Oral
Histories, and Literacy Narratives.
Speaker: Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, Louisiana
State University, Baton Rouge. Dowell will focus on how educators
can guide students’ personal exploration of American Civil
Rights through research, literature, oral histories, and writing
about homegrown events and especially local individuals who participated
in the movement. Clyde Kennard of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was
one such hero whom students “discovered” through inquiry
Connecting Creative Arts with Reading. Speaker:
Dr. Melanie Cohen Goodman, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia,
the theme “Engaging
Learners in Literacy" Goodman discusses the
importance of connecting the creative arts with reading. An examination
of the ease with which contemporary adolescent literature in the
classroom lends itself to opportunities for creative expression
is unlimited. A photographic journal of artifacts generated by
future reading teachers will be shared with the audience along
with reflective journals that speak to the value of such opportunity.
Stress and Urban College Students. Speakers: Virginia
Howard and James Fox observe conditions of stress
on the urban college student.
Critical Reading: Boosting Literacy and Learning Through
Social Action. Speakers:
Dr. Rebecca Kaminski, Upstate Writing Project, Clemson
University, Greenville, SC, Kris Turner, HL Hanna High
School, Greer, SC, Dawn Hawkins, Tigerville Elementary
School, Greer, SC, and Shasta Looper, Greer, SC. Kaminski,
Turner, Looper and Hawkins will illuminate
critical reading and social action as they explore ways to engage
students in "real world" problem-solving activities
that will help them gain voice, authority, and passion in their
reading and writing. The presenters will share discussion protocols
and projects related to their utilization of a new text, Writing
for a Change: Boosting Literacy and Learning Through Social Action.
Improving the Culture of an Inner-city Classroom Through
Children's Literature. Speaker:
Jason Mallonee, Antioch University, Los Angeles. Mallonee’s
action research project documents the evolution in classroom
culture that occurred when reading and responding to children’s
literature with developmentally appropriate social and moral
problems. At an inner city school in Southern California, kindergarten
students connected the themes of the stories to personal experiences
and applied them to classroom interactions.
Who "Owns" Social Justice. Speakers:
Dr. Howard Miller, Mercy College, Long Island City,
NY, and Martin Woodard.
Miller and Woodard will address social justice, sharing
their research and engaging participants in a discussion of the
question posed in the session title: Who Owns Social Justice?
Has it become the domain of the upper middle class? Is it a one-way
street: giver to recipient? What are the socio-psychological
and literacy learning implications?
Voices Reading: Using Engaging Literature to Teach Character
Development and Literacy Acquisition. Speaker:
Teresa Morrison, Tomball, TX. Morrison will demonstrate
Zaner-Bloser’s new core reading and character development
program, Voices Reading K-5. Participants will learn how to combine
best practices in reading, comprehension, and vocabulary with
social skill and character development. Read-alouds encourage
active student responses to compelling social issues, building
self-esteem and improving literacy.
Reading Influences Bullying Legislation. Speakers:
Judith P. Pauley, Hiatt Middle School,
and Carolyn E. Dallinger, J.D., M.S.W. will share their research
students who are learning to read from a variety of non-fiction
and fiction texts and then using this knowledge to create presentations
on the bullying legislation.
Connecting to Community: Children's Books that Inspire
Awareness and Action.
Speakers: Ruth Oswald, Francis Broadway, and Denise
University of Akron, Akron, OH Oswald, Broadway,
and Stuart will share insight with regard to how children's
literature, engaging in its storytelling, can inspire students
to think deeply about issues and act on these. Titles of books
and activity ideas used to spark students’ critical thinking
and action in making connections to community will be shared.
Speakers: Alma Flor Ada and Isabel
Canpoy will share information about the SIG award they
are creating for exemplary programs.
For many years, they encouraged teachers
to give voice to their life experiences. Campoy and Ada have developed
simple structures to scaffold the sharing of meaningful thoughts.
In this presentation they will share the principles behind their
work, the results of the process and will invite the participants
to share in the joy of authorship through a creative activity.
Denise H. Stuart, President,
Literacy and Social Responsibility SIG, University of Akron, Akron,
short business meeting will follow the program.