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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 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Contact Andrea Karlin or Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner for more information.

2013 IRA L-SR SIG Program
April 22, 2013, Monday morning, 9:00 - 11:45 am
San Antonio Convention Center, Room 217C
San Antonio, TX
Open to all conferees (with interests preschool through adult)
Welcome and Opening Comments

9:00 am

Andrea Karlin & Kenny Fashching-Varner, Program Co-Chairs

Multiple Literacies: Facilitating the Exploration of Pathways to a Socially Responsible World

Presentation of 2013 Literacy and Service Recognition Award

by Denise Stuart & Patricia Dean
to Jenna Dulin for her vision, activism, and work creating a Peace Initiative

Presentation of the 1st Annual Literacy & Social Responsibility Book Award by Aimee Rogers, Carolyn Cook, & Kenny Fasching-Varner
Opening Keynote
  9:15 am

image of Sharon Draper
Sharon Draper

Author, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Title TBA

Roundtable Discussions  

10:05 am


10:30 am

  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear: You’ve Got to be Kidding.” Choosing  to Read Challenged Books.
    Cheryl Nelson, Stacey Bumstead, Andrea Karlin, Sarah Matheny, Lamar University; Beaumont, TX.

  • “Literacy Across the Curriculum: Using the CIS (Curriculum Instructional Sequence) Model.”
    Kathleen Fontaine and Jenne Palmer, Bay District Schools; Panama City Florida.

  • “Creative Art Mapping.  An Inquiry Approach Through Reading, Writing, and Art.”
    Mary Spring, Nipissing University; North Bay, Ontario. Canada.  Andrea  Bell Stuart, University of Winnipeg; Winnipeg, Canada.

  • “Exploring Local Literacies:  Connecting Social Practices to Social Responsibility.”
    Courtney Kelly,  Manhattanville College; Purchase, NY.

  • “Using Urban Fiction to Build Literacy with At-Risk Youth.”
    Stephanie Guerra, Seattle University; Seattle, Washington.

  • “Collaborative Reasoning:  Language Rich Discussions for English Learners.”
    Jie Zhang, Western Kentucky University; Bowling Green, KY.  Katherine Dougherty, New York University; NY, NY. Kay Stahl, New York University,
    NY, NY.

  • “Thematic Literature Units Promote Better Citizenship.”
    Carrie Brandon, Casa Grande School District; Casa Grande, AZ

  • “Justice Issues Through Fiction and Nonfiction Partnered Texts.”
    Wilma Kuhlman, University of Nebraska; Omaha, NE. Kathleen Hinman, Omaha Public Schools; Omaha, NE.

  • “Who Cares?  Developing Communities Through Poetry.”
    Kathy Danielson, University of Nebraska; Omaha, NE.  Jan LaBonty, University of Montana,; Missoula, MT.

  • “Cyber-Bullying:  Responding to Online Harassment and Threats."
    Richard Coles, University of Toronto; Toronto, Canada.

  • “A Colossal Struggle:  Bullying in the Classroom,  Strategies for Prevention.”
    Virginia Howard, James Fox, University of the District of Columbia; Washington, D.C.

  • “The Roles of a Teacher and Teaching Effective in Today’s Schools.”
    Julia Yoo, Lamar University; Beaumont, TX.

  • “Sexual Strangers in Woodson’s Young Adult Opus.”
    Francis Broadway, Elizabeth Testa, University of Akron, Akron, OH.

  • “Value-based Literature Selection for Classroom Instruction.”
    Kathy E. Stephens, Amanda Stephens, LeTourneau University; Longview, TX.


Closing Keynote  
  11:00 am

image of Sharon Flake

Sharon Flake
Author, Scholastic, Inc.

Title TBA



Concluding Remarks
  11:45 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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