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Featured Plenary Speakers at the 2017 CEE Summer Conference

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Friday, June 2, 9:00–10:15 a.m. - Plenary with Valerie Kinloch
Race, Justice, and Engagement: Examining Humanizing and (Com)Passionate Approaches to English Education

This presentation will focus on research on race, justice, and community engagement in work that directly involves young people attending schools in urban communities. Questions about youth literacy and language practices, social justice and activist stances, and community engagement will be addressed in ways that highlight the importance of enacting and sustaining humanizing and com(passionate) approaches to English education. Such approaches, grounded in discourses of care, love, and justice, have the potential to revolutionize how we teach, collaborate with, and encourage young people to be (and remain) the agentive beings they already are in the world.


Friday, June 2, 4:30–5:45 p.m. - Plenary with Greg Michie
Same as It Never Was: A Teacher's Search for Meaning
In this talk, Michie will explore the complications, contradictions, and possibilities of teaching language arts (and social studies) to middle school students on Chicago's South Side. In addition, he will examine his journey of returning to a public school classroom after a decade as a teacher educator. Questions animating the talk will include: What does it mean to teach with an eye toward equity and justice in a neighborhood that too often experiences neither? How can teachers find ways to center, rather than turn away from, crucial issues such as police brutality and racism? How do we narrow the gap between the classroom we envision and the one that actually plays out? What happens to our values and beliefs when caught in the whirlwind of high-stakes school accountability? How do we help students (and ourselves) find meaning amid the messiness of a life in schools?


Saturday, June 3, 9:00–10:15 a.m. - Plenary with Marcelle Haddix
Writing Our Lives as a Space of Healing in Troubling Times

Young people are increasingly dealing with violence and experiencing trauma in their everyday lives. Schools and communities must be prepared to help students deal with these lived realities. What is the responsibility of English educators in the reawakening of violent and dangerous times? How can we reimagine an English education that responds to trauma and oppression in compassionate ways? This talk will highlight the experiences of young writers, teachers, parents, artists, and community members who partner to cultivate healing spaces for authentic literacy practices through Writing Our Lives, a youth literacy project for students in grades 6-12 in the greater Syracuse area. This talk will engage us in dialogue around the curricular and pedagogical ways that English educators can transform classrooms into sites for healing in the midst of troubling times.

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