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Programs - 2011

Each year the IRA Literacy and Social Responsibility SIG (IRA L-SR SIG) sponsors a program at the annual national IRA convention.

This program is open to all conferees, with interests from preschool through adult education.

Those 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 members are also invited to become members of this SIG and to submit a program proposal for 2012 in Chicago. Contact Andrea Karlin or Melanie Cohen Goodman for more information.

2011 IRA L-SR SIG Program
May 10, 2011, Tuesday morning, 9:00 - 11:45 am
Peabody Hotel, Plaza E
Orlando, FL
Open to all conferees (with interests preschool through adult)
Welcome and Opening Comments

9:00 am
Drs. Andrea Karlin & Melanie Goodman, Program Co-Chairs
  • Presentation of 2011 Literacy and Service Award
by Drs. Denise Stuart & Alma Flor Ada to
Project S.O.A.R.: Teacher Debbie Charna
and Students Ahlam Jallaq, Aubrey Lanham, Ailis Rees, Leslie Robins, and Evelyn Stuntz
  • e-Journal
Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell
Opening Keynote
  9:30 am

Dr. Patrick Shannon
, Penn State University

Reading Against Democracy: The Broken Promises of Reading Instruction
Education, Inc.with Alfie Kohn

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Reading Towards Democracy


Roundtable Discussions
  10:20 am
  • Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners to Improve Literacy & Life
    Drs. Virginia Howard, James Fox, and Doris Peters, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
  • Learning from Others:  Inquiry with Second Language Learners
    Drs. Denise Stuart, Janet Stadulis, and Patricia Yocum, The  University of Akron and San Jose School, Akron, OH, and Agua Caliente, El Salvador
  • Deaf Characters in Picture Books: A Difference in Perception?
    Drs. Zanthia Smith, Jean Andrews, and Andrea Karlin, Mrs. Stacey Bumstead, Mrs. Sarah Matheny, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • Children’s Literature and the Representation of War
    Dr. Kathy Danielson, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Dr. Jan LaBonty, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • The Green Earth Book Award 
    Drs. Patricia Dean and Ernie Bond, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
  • Remembering the Civil War: Stories for the Sesquicentennial
    Dr. Mike Lockett, Heritage Schoolhouse Press, Normal, IL
  • Literature and Transformation in Our Communities
    Dr. Alma Flor Ada, University of San Francisco, San Rafael, CA, and
    Dr. F. Isabel Campoy, Transformative Education Institute, Lower Lake, CA
Closing Keynote  
  10:55 am


Dr. Frank Serafini
Dr. Suzette Youngs

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Classroom Reading Assessment


More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension
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History, Social Justice, and Picture Books


Concluding Remarks
  11:40 am

Dr. Patricia Dean, President, and Dr. Beth Breneman, Secretary

Business Meeting

Brief business meeting to follow. All interested conferees welcome to attend.



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