May 6, 2008 - Atlanta, GA
L&SR Literacy and Social Responsibility
Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association
MEETING NOTES AND MINUTES
1. Opening Remarks: Denise
2. Special Presentation:
Marcia Mondschein, Nassau Reading Council, NY
Marcia presented an award to Alma
Flor Ada in appreciation of her donation
of many cartons of books for the Guatemalan Literacy Project. Because
of Alma Flor
Ada’s generosity, the Nassau Reading Council will be able to create ten
public school libraries in Guatemala.
3. Opening Keynote Speaker: Dixie
Goswami of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network
Dixie spoke of the opportunities provided by online communities to foster a community
of learners among teachers and students around the world through student research
projects. She gave numerous examples of social networking with an academic focus
and the use of online media to engage students in civic activities and public
service. Although there’s been an explosion in the kinds of literacies
that people need, reading and writing is still basic to any kind of literacy
in the digital age. Students need to know how to judge and interpret information
they get on the Internet. Our challenge: How to take the skills, talents, and
life experiences of the students coming to us and transform our curriculum…with
their help. Finally, Dixie spoke of a paradigm shift, not to a radical new pedagogy,
but to find radical ways to use the new literacies for social engagement.
4. Roundtable Discussions:
Presentations and approximate number of participants include:
A1 Nurturing Conversations in Professional Learning Communities (Amoroso, Hutton,
and Grenier) (10)
A3 Waking Up Our Social Responsibility: Preservice Teachers and High School Students
Collaborate on Issues Worth Fighting For (Assaf and Mickish) (11)
A4 Authors Focus on Historical Social Issues (Bond, McCutcheon, Dray) (12)
A5 Homegrown Heroes & Local Folks: Interviewing, Oral Histories, & Literacy
Narratives (Dowell) (4)
B2 Critical Reading: Boosting Literacy and Learning Through Social Action (Kaminski,
Turner, Hawkins, Looper) (10)
B5 Voices Reading: Using Engaging Literature to Teach Character Development and
Literacy Acquisition (Morrison) (5)
B6 Reading Influences Bullying Legislation (Pauley and Dallinger) (4)
B7 Connecting to Community: Children’s Books That Inspire Awareness and
Action (Oswald, Broadway, and Stuart) (7)
5. Final Session:
- Rebecca Kaminski invited attendees to submit papers for the eJournal
by July 30.
- Denise Stuart and Isabel Campoy announced the establishment
of an LSR SIG
award to honor programs that support the purpose of the SIG. Award details
- Isabel spoke briefly about the Authors in Action Conference at Chula
Vista Elementary School in San Diego as an example of a program that
to teachers and students and parents.
- Isabel conducted a raffle for six
books donated by Isabel and Alma Flor Ada.
6. Business Meeting:
Attending: Denise Stuart, Patty Dean, Susan Speer-Powers, Isabel Campoy,
and Rebecca Kaminski (both had to leave a bit early)
- Treasurer"s Report from
Melanie Goodman: The Wachovia bank account statement shows a balance
of $250.00 as of April 25,
- Dinner Meeting was
cancelled as several board members were unable to attend. It was
that it works best to have the dinner meeting
the SIG meeting, whenever possible.
- The Literacy & Social Responsibility
- The board gratefully accepted a check for $1,000 from Isabel,
given by Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada to establish this award.
- The board will continue discussions online over the next few
- Develop criteria, exact wording, and an application process
for the award.
- Name the award (Paulo Freire was mentioned,
but it was agreed by those present that it is important to
acknowledge/honor Alma and
some way with this
- Decide what to give as the award (Susan suggested a glass
globe etched with a map of the world).
- Determine how to support
- Publicize the award.
- Website Addresses:
- Rebecca will renew the domain name www.lsrsig.org
for the general website and www.LSR.lsrsig.org for the eJournal.
and Kaye will need to coordinate the websites to make sure they
are linked and updated regularly.
- Program at Minneapolis
- Suggested keynote speakers include Brian Collier
and Sharon Draper; Patty will look into these possibilities.
- Newsletter Suggestions:
- Add membership form and the eJournal piece
- Susan will do two newsletters next year in order
to announce both SIG programs (at Phoenix and Minneapolis). Tentative
be late January
- We’ll add “tentative” to the room
assignment, to alert folks to the possibility of a room change!
- Issues Not Addressed at
meeting; follow-up needed
- Update contact information
and Leadership Responsibility List
- Pass on the SIG binder
- Sign 2008 Activity Report
L & SR Special Interest Group
International Reading Association
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