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Program - 2014

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 2015 in St. Louis, MO. Contact Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner for more information.

2014 IRA L-SR SIG Program
May 10, 2014, Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ernest N. Moriel Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
Open to all conferees (with interests preschool through adult)
Welcome and Opening Comments

11:00 am

Andrea Karlin, Program Co-Chair and Patricia Dean, SIG President


11:05 am

Presentation of 2014 Literacy and Service Recognition Award

Denise Stuart & Patricia Dean

Jillian Butler, Josh Langley, Shelbey McGee, and Jaren Rinaldi of Northwest Elementary in Hudson, FL, as exemplary leaders in supporting literacy globally through the OCHO Project

11:10 am Presentation of the 2nd Annual Literacy and Social Responsibility Book Award Carolyn Cook
Opening Keynote
  11:15 - 11:45 am

Image of Sharon Robinsonb

Sharon Robinson, Author, Scholastic Inc.
author of Jackie's Nine, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, Safe at Home, Slam Dunk, Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson
and educational consultant for Major League Baseball, overseeing school and community programs including the character education program Breaking Barriers, In Sports, In Life


daughter of Jackie Robinson

Image of Jackie Robinson






  11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Doreen Rappaport, Hyperion Books for Children, author of

the Caldecott Honor book Martin's Big Words(il. by Bryan Collier) , about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Beyond Courage, The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust,
and other books which "empower kids to know that other people empowered themselves." Check out her website for more information about this gifted author.


"Courage & Impossible Dreams"


Doreen Rapport at Author Visit in a School

Special Presentation  
  12:15 - 12:35 pm

Adrian Fogelin, Winner, Social Responsibility Book Award, 2013, Peachtree Publishers

Photo of Adrian Fogelin

Roundtable Discussion  

12:40 - 12:55 pm

  1. Service Learning and Culturally Responsive Literacy:  A Caring Model for Success.

    Dr. Linda Wendler, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
    Dr. Ruben Garza, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

  2. Literature to Promote Recyling as a Social Responsibility.

    Ms. Jennifer Bagwell, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
    Ms. Jennifer Marlor, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
    Ms. Bethany Stetson, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

  3. The Correlation of Project CRISS and the CIS Model to the ELA/CCSS

    Kathleen Fontaine. Ed.S. Panama City, FL
    Jenne Frost Palmer, Ed.S. Panama City, FL

  4. Evading the History Book Police:  Using Picture Books to Fill in the Missing Gaps.
    Dr. Andrea Karlin, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
    Dr.  Cheryl Nelson, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

  5. Understanding Complex Text Through Storytelling.

    Dr. Carolyn Cook, St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD

  6. The Use of Literature to Teach Professional Responsibility in a Science Program

    Dr. Gail Goodman Snitkoff, Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany, NY
Concluding Remarks
  12:55 - 1:00 pm


Business Meeting

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



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