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Programs - 2012: Discovering and Exploring the Past, Present & Future Through a Socially Responsible Literacy Kaleidoscope

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 2013 in San Antonio. Contact Andrea Karlin for more information.

2012 IRA L-SR SIG Program
May 1, 2012, Tuesday afternoon, 3:00 - 5:45 pm
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, CC21
Chicago, IL
Open to all conferees (with interests preschool through adult)
Welcome and Opening Comments

3:00 pm

Dr. Patricia Dean, President, and Dr. Beth Breneman, Secretary
Program Coorinators: Dr. Andrea Karlin & Dr. Melanie Goodman

Looking through a Socially Responsible Literacy Kaleisoscope

Presentation of 2012 Literacy and Service Award

by Dr. Denise Stuart & Dr. Alma Flor Ada
to Olivia Bouler for her work on preserving wildlife, particularly the gulf coast through her book Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf
Book cover image for Olivia's Birds:  Saving the Gulf

  • e-Journal
Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell
Opening Keynote
  3:20 pm

Dave Geister Self Portrait
David Geister

Author/Illustrator, Sleeping Bear Press

"Memories and Stories from the Past: Historically Responsible Books for the Present and Future"


Roundtable Discussions  

4:00 - 4:20 pm
  • A Social Justice Approach to the Writing Process. Thandeka K. Chapman (University of Wisconsin), Nikola Hobbel (Humboldt State University), and Nora Alvarado

  • Wiki Writers: Students and Teachers Making Connections Across Communities. Laurie Andes (Salisbury University) & Becky Claggett (Wicomico County Public Schools)

  • Literacy by the Bay: A Coaching Model that Works! Kathy Fontaine & Jenne Palmer

  • Selecting and Using Quality Multicultural Literature to Inspire Literacy Engagement. Dr. Ruth A. Oswald & Dr. Lynn Atkinson Smolen (both from University of Akron)

  • Puting It into Practice: Ecological Literacies for Classroom Instruction. Dr. Margaret C. Hagood (College of Charleston)

  • Cyber Discussions as Catalysts for Authentic Literacy Engagement. Dr. Joy Bowers-Campbell (Gainesville State College)

4:25 - 4:45 pm

  • Fostering Social Responsibility Through Inquiry. Dr. Lindsey Guccione (University of Northern Colorado)

  • Not Just Dead White Guys: Using Multi-Genre Writings to Study Overlooked Heros. Dr. Kathy Danielson (University of Nebraska at Omaha) & Dr. Jan LaBonty (University of Montana)

  • What ARE the Gaps: ELs in Mainsteam English Classrooms. Dr. Ann A. Kennedy (Arlington County Public Schools)

  • Cinderella's Prince Who? Looking at Resourceful Females in Multicultural Folk Literature. Dr. Andrea Karlin, Dr. Jean Andrews, Dr. Zanthia Smith, Stacey Bumstead, & Dr. Cheryl Nelson (all from Lamar University)

  • Reading Children's Literature with the Vision of Louise Rosenblatt. Dr. Melanie Goodman (Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia)

  • Decriminalizing School Discipline: A Bibliotherapeutic Approach. Dr. Virginia H. Howard and Dr. James A. Fox (University of the District of Columbia)

  • Illustrating Social Justice. Susan Roth (Dial Books, Salisbury University, MD)
Closing Keynote  
  4:50 pm

Kwame Alexander at a School Visit

Kwame Alexander
Sleeping Bear Press

"Words Changing Worlds"



Concluding Remarks
  5:40 pm

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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