Reclaiming Joy in Teaching, Learning,
St. Louis, MO July 19-21, 2012
Join us in sharing your students and your stories of joys, those remarkable accomplishments that take place in spite of or in response to the repressive environments in which we might work. Join us in reclaiming our joys and celebrating them in the wonderfully supportive forum that gathers each year under the whole language umbrella!
Isoke Titilayo Nia, Thursday Opening Session
R. Joseph Rodriguez, Friday Opening Session
Nikki Grimes, Saturday Opening Session
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Reclaiming Literacy: Supporters of Public Education Strategizing Together
Thursday, July 19 11:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Tickets $65.00 lunch included)
Corporate interests will continue to trump the rights of children to a well-rounded, fully funded public education, and access to a meaningful, responsive literacy curriculum . . . UNLESS WE ACT NOW! This summer we invite educational activists, Save Our Schools supporters, and whole language advocates to collaborate in planning strategies for resistance against corporate control of schools and literacy.
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A Luncheon in Honor of Dorothy Watson’s Dedication to WLU
Friday, July 20 12:45–2:00 p.m.
(Tickets $34.00 per person)
Dorothy Watson, Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri Columbia, has befriended and mentored hundreds of teachers and children. She has authored and co-authored texts and publications that cover a range of progressive literacy topics. Some of us know her as the first person to have introduced us to the tenets and beliefs of whole language learning; her faith and belief in the wholistic approach to teaching are a living legacy. Most of all, Dorothy has defined the lives of so many young readers, always reminding us that a child is not a test score.
This session is intended for anyone attending the summer institute. Seasoned participants will enjoy reminiscing and learning about Dorothy. Those new to the institute will get a sense of the history, joy, beliefs, and possibilities of being part of an important professional home.
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