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Language Arts, Volume 95, Number 1, September 2017

Cover Art for Language Arts, Vol. 95, No. 1, September 2017

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Issue Theme: Advocacy for the Language Arts

  • About the Cover

    Abstract:

    The cover image for this issue is from BRAVO! Poems about Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt and Company. Pura Belpré was a Puerto Rican librarian who introduced bilingual story hours at the New York Public Library. She left a lasting legacy that connects children with their Spanish culture. The image was created with a combination of pencil drawing, hand-cut paper, acrylic paint on wood, and digitally collaged. Reprinted courtesy of Henry Holt and Company.

    The cover artist, Rafael López, has been honored with multiple awards, including several Pura Belpré medals from the American Library Association. In addition to his books, you can find his work on a series of US postage stamps, the 2012 National Book Festival Poster, and on murals all over the country.

  • Calls for Manuscripts [FREE ACCESS]

  • Diciendo cuentos/Telling Stories: Learning from and about the Community Cultural Wealth of Latina Mamás through Latino Children's Literature [FREE ACCESS]

    Julia López-Robertson

    Abstract: Guided by a Community Cultural Wealth framework, which is based upon the notion that Communities of Color are filled with strong resources, the study reports on findings from a research project engaging a small group of Latina mamás in literature discussions about Latino children’s literature. Rather than view the ways of meaning making that families share with their children in their homes and communities as deficits, a CCW framework requires an examination of these forms of knowledge through an assets-based lens. The inquiry examined how it is possible for Latino families to be invited into schools.

    Keywords: Advocacy, Professional Organizations, English language arts and reading, state standards, teacher voice

  • Standards Revisions and Teachers’ Voices: A Story of Participation, Politics, and Passion

    Diane M. Miller and Kim Pinkerton

    Abstract: Following a sustained involvement with the English language arts and reading standards revision process in their state, the authors reflect upon the political process, passionate determination, and participatory advocacy that shaped the work with their state affiliate.  In this article, they discuss the events that occurred as the standards were revised under the leadership of the state board of education and the state education agency in conjunction with teacher workgroups and professional organizations.  A chronological timeline is contextualized by the authors’ professional journeys toward advocacy and the future directions for implementing the revised standards in the state of Texas with general suggestions for how advocacy efforts could be implemented in other settings.

    Keywords: Advocacy, Professional Organizations, English language arts and reading, state standards, teacher voice

  • RESEARCH & POLICY: Constructive Resistance: Activist Repertoires for Teachers

    Celia J. Oyler

    Abstract: This column invites educators to consider taking an activist stance toward teaching by describing a wide range of activist projects that occur both inside and outside the classroom.

    Keywords: Advocacy, Activism, protest

  • LANGUAGE ARTS LESSONS: Asking Questions, Seeding Advocacy: Empowering Our Students and Ourselves to Act as if We Live in a Democracy [FREE ACCESS]

    Robert Peterson

    Abstract: Peterson describes the power of problem-posing pedagogy that encourages teachers and students to think critically and become advocates for better schooling and social justice.

    Keywords: Advocacy, Libraries, Democracy, Social Justice, librarians

  • CHILDREN’S LITERATURE REVIEWS Stories of Advocacy in Children’s Literature [FREE ACCESS]

    Grace Enriquez, Katie Egan Cunningham, Erika Thulin Dawes, and Mary Ann Cappiello

    Abstract: In this column, we review books that share examples of advocacy in its many different forms.

    Keywords: Advocacy, Social Justice, children’s literature

  • PERSPECTIVES ON PRACTICE: Stepping Stones to Advocacy

    Denise Ousley-Exum and Brian R. Brinkley

    Abstract: This article shares the perspectives of a preservice teacher and two teacher educators as they learn, through relationship and reflection, how to amplify and advocate for student voice.

    Keywords: Advocacy, Teacher Education, reflective practice, tutoring

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