This convention session strand focuses on whole language theory and practice and is sponsored by the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU). The sessions provide understandings of critical literacy, inquiry and collaborative learning, and that integrate lliteracy with other sign systems and knowledge systems, situated in social, historical, political, and cultural contexts.
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OPENING SESSION A.14: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
"Real Change:" Critical Moments of Teaching and Advocacy in a Decade of Federal Policy and Mandates
In this presentation, teachers in diverse grade levels (K-12) will share their experiences of pushing back against federal and state policies and practices to construct learning and literacy environments that work towards the development of students becoming literate beings.
Presenters: Amy Seely-Flint and Natasha A. Thornton, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Session A: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
A.17 Visions and Decisions: Creating Relevant Writing Curriculum (Elementary)
A.25 Our Stories in Pictures and in Words: Treating Words and Pictures as Equal Languages for Learning (Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College)
Session B: 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
B.16 Learning to Be Critics: Investigating Children’s Television Advertising (Elementary)
Session C: 12:30-1:45 p.m.
C.21 Constructing Reader Identities through Student Empowerment and Reflective Discourse (Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College)
Session D: 2:30-3:45 p.m.
D.15 Multicultural and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Literacy Learning (Elementary)
D.42 Using Holocaust Survivor Video Testimony to Make Meaning and Share Messages in a 21st Century Learning Environment (Secondary, Teacher Education)
Session E: 4:00-5:15 p.m.
E.13 Critical Literacy through Multiple Modalities: Nature, Advertising, and Media (Elementary)
E.29 Progressive Literacy Practice for K-12 and College Classrooms (General)
Session F: 8:00-9:15 a.m.
F.17 Crafting Our Identities: Examining Critical Literacy Practices in Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and College Classrooms (General)
Session G: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
G.29 Creating Global Gateways to the Future: Literacy Communities as a Space for Critical Explorations of the World through Children’s and Adolescent Literature (Elementary, Middle)
G.47 Who Writes the Past? Literature as Record and Resistance (Secondary, College)
Session I: 1:15-2:30 p.m.
I.27 Writing as a Path to Discover, Uncover, and Recover History (Middle)
Session J: 2:45-4:00 p.m.
J.22 Reframing Writing Assessment: Exploring the Complexities of Writing Development in K12 Classrooms (Elementary, Middle, Secondary)
Session K: 4:15-5:30 p.m.
K.03 Save Our Schools: Initiatives to Support Thoughtful English Language Arts Practices (General, Teacher Education)
Session L: 8:30-9:45 am
L.19 Remembering and "Passing It Forward"
Friends and colleagues of Jennifer Wilson, co-editor of Talking Points, will remember her work in the area of talk, literacy embedded within the content areas, and educational outreach to others.
Session M: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
M.04 Teaching “Fruitfully and Creatively” Under the Weight of Mandates: Our Past, Present, and Future (General)
Friday, November 18
A.09 Leading Professional Conversations about Student Work (General)
A.51 Building International Understandings through Global Literature in Grades 1 and 2 (Elementary)
B.15 Beyond a Collection of Artifacts: E-Portfolios as a Tool for Reflection, Integration, and Action (Elementary, Teacher Education)
B.32 Breaking Stereotypes: Reading Her Past, Writing Her Future (Middle, Secondary, Teacher Education)
B.38 Reading the Past through History and Art in Order to Write for the Future (Secondary, Teacher Education)
C.13 Professional Development as Inquiry: Do We Really Have to Do This? (Elementary)
C.19 Today’s Multiliterate Students: Exploring the Communication and Assessment Possibilities in a Critical Multiliteracies Primary Classroom (Elementary, Teacher Education)
D.23 Middle School Community Book Clubs: Building Environments of Literacy (Middle)
Saturday, November 19
F.06 Impacting Student Achievement: The Context of Teacher Learning (General)
J.11 Learning for Real: Breathing Life into Content Literacy through Nonfiction Inquiries (Elementary)
J.55 Real Teachers Need Real Tools (Elementary, Middle, Secondary)
Sunday, November 20
L.02 Disrupting the Past: New Relationships Between Expectations and Responsibilities (General)
L.14 Mapping It Out: Navigating the Teacher’s Role in Student-Centered Inquiry (Elementary, Teacher Education)
M.19 Writing the Future of Bullying: It Really Can Get Better (Middle, Secondary, Teacher Education)
M.20 Taking Back the Classroom: Returning Voice to Students through the Transformation of Our Teaching (Middle, Secondary, Teacher Education)