Programs - 2009
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 2010 in Los Angeles. Contact Patricia
Dean for more information.
2009 IRA L-SR
February 23, 2009, Monday afternoon, 2:00 - 4:45 pm
Phoenix Convention Center W232A/B
Open to all conferees (with interests
preschool through adult)
Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and Marsha L. Thicksten,
California State University Long Beach, Program Co-Chairs
Alphabet Books and Global Perspective
Award-winning Author Eve Bunting
Eve Bunting will speak about the process of researching and
writing responsibly written, multicultural, alphabet books that
serve to broaden children's global perspective. Additional comments
will be provided by Andrea Karlin.
The Role of Critical Reflection in the Development of
Attitudes toward Justice, Equity and Peace. Speakers:
Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Mill
Valley, CA, consider
the development of critical reflection as the basis for encouraging
attitudes leading to justice, equity and peace.
The Role of Teachers in the Development of Global Perspective.
Speakers: Andrea Karlin, Sarah Matheny and Rita
the responsibility of teachers to give students a global perspective
while helping them to develop an interest and knowledge of
people/cultures that are unknown or unfamiliar to them.
Awareness of the Other: Film in a Literacy Skills Support
Speaker: Melanie Cohen Goodman, Chestnut Hill College,
Philadelphia, PA, illuminates the exceptional
opportunity to examine cross cultural experiences through film
in a reading support classroom.
Character Education and Literacy Development: A Case
for Teaching Dance. Speaker: Kaye
West, Ph.D., Mesa, AZ,
discusses the relationship of dance to both literacy and character
education and shares research results which claim the promise that
classroom teachers, community volunteers, and/or older students
can be needed resources to assist students to become communicative
in one of the four major areas of the arts.
Exemplary Community Service. Speakers:
Marsha L. Thicksten, EDEL 300 Coordinator and Hilda
State University, Long Beach, and Denise Menz, Language Arts
and Social Studies Teacher and Shannon Villanueva, School Coordinator,
School, Westminster, CA. These presenters review the SERVE (Service
Program at CSULB and its impact on college student participants
with whom they work in participating local schools.
President, Literacy and Social Responsibility SIG, University of
Akron, Akron OH
short business meeting will follow the program.