Peggy taught middle and high school English, drama and speech for 15 years before becoming an associate professor of English and Literacy Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Peggy has published widely in professional literacy journals, and also has co-authored a book entitled Telling Pieces: Art as Literacy in Middle Grades Classes with Sharon Murphy. Her newest book, Finding the Artist Within: Creating and Reading Visual Texts in the English Language Arts Classroom (IRA), focuses on the integration of the visual arts and technology into English language arts instruction. She is a well-known writer, past editor of Talking Points, and presenter and researcher in literacy and English education.
View Peggy Albers' Resume/Vita, Publications and Workshops.
- Content Area Literacy: Reading for Meaning
- Art, Reading, and Literature
- Critical Literacy
- Visual Arts as Inquiry in the ELA Classroom
- Multimodal and Curriculum Development
With 28 years of experience as an educator committed to multimodal literacy, critical and adolescent literacy, and social justice, Peggy offers a variety of workshops to help teachers and administrators implement theoretically-grounded English language arts and literacy strategies that incorporate technology and multimedia, and support all learners. Choose one of the workshops described below or contact us to have Dr. Albers deliver a customized workshop that meets the particular needs of the educators in your school.
Content Area Literacy: Reading for Meaning (Grades 3-12)
In this single or multiple-day workshop, teachers will understand how the reading process works, and how learners make sense of content materials. Teachers will learn the significance of understanding text structures within content materials and reader stances, and how to use these structures and stances to support students’ writing.
See an example of Peggy’s handout for this workshop.
Project Media: Creating Strong Technology-Rich Presentations and Materials (Grades 3-12/ESOL)
In this workshop, teachers learn how to work with PowerPoint, Publisher, and Windows Movie Maker as tools for creating rich presentations and publications on a range of topics. Teachers will learn how to insert images, sounds, music, special effects, and also learn how to create written text that is to the point, professionally presented, and entertaining!
See an example of one of Peggy’s Publisher documents created for Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Becoming Critical Literacy Educators or What’s Critical in Critical Conversations? (Grades K-12)
In this workshop, teachers are introduced to critical literacy and its significance in English language arts curriculum. Through participatory demonstrations, teachers will learn to read a range of texts critically, from language-, art-, film-, music-, to drama-based texts.
See sample slides from her workshop presentation on critical literacy.
Multimodality and the Art in Curriculum Design (Grades K-12/ESOL)
In this workshop, teachers experience the Harlem Renaissance curriculum from a multimodal perspective. They see, feel, hear, and sense this literary movement as writers and authors created it. Teachers will learn how to create a variety of multimodal engagements using PowerPoint, art, drama, and music, along with their language texts, and learn how to integrate multimodality into curriculum.