Making Meaning: Teaching and Learning Together
July 17-19, 2014
The 25th Annual Literacies for All Summer Institute opens a conversation about the transformative potential of curriculum with learners at the heart. The conference theme, Making Meaning: Teaching and Learning Together, affirms the professional role of teachers in working closely with learners and developing learning experiences that respect the cultural backgrounds, interests and literacy development of learners. Making meaning highlights learning as making sense of our world and celebrates the many ways of making meaning including reading, writing, talking, signing, listening, viewing, thinking, constructing, designing, singing, composing, playing, imagining, dancing, drawing, painting, sculpting, gaming, and inventing. Teaching and learning together describes classrooms where learners have agency over their own learning and teachers are learning with their students. In addition, teaching and learning together may occur in homes, libraries, community centers and agencies, after school and summer programs, literacy networks, agencies and social action groups.
The Literacies for All Summer Institute is a forum in which the creative work of teachers and learners in this increasingly complex world is shared. In whole language classrooms curriculum builds from the experiences, inquiries, challenges, and problems in learners’ daily lives. Learners develop as readers and writers as they address important issues, solve problems, and explore themes that cross boundaries between subject areas.
Photo Courtesy of Opal School of the Portland Children's Museum
Our theme invites proposals describing collaborations among musicians, artists, writers, and learners. We would love to see sessions that engage participants in creative expression around current themes and issues through art, music, drama, multimodal online literacies and other meaning making systems.
We invite proposals describing how learners and teachers engage in meaningful and important work together, including sessions focusing on:
- Collaborative learning within democratic classroom communities, within multicultural/ multilingual learning communities, and/ or exploring global literature.
- Collaborations between learners, teachers, parents, and community members including community study, inquiry studies, service learning, critical pedagogy, and social action.
- Collaborations among musicians, artists, dancers, writers, teachers and learners.
- Teachers and learners engaged in the creative processes of generating themes and projects, planning learning experiences, selecting texts, topics, genre, media and modalities for learning.
- Teaching and learning across language arts, science, social studies, math, and fine arts.
- Learners and teachers using multiple modalities--language, art, music, drama, mathematics, movement, on-line and new literacies--to express and extend learning.
Teacher to Teacher: We are particularly seeking teaching teams and panels where experienced teachers share ongoing projects and inquiries.
The Literacies for All Summer Institute is a peer reviewed conference. All proposals addressing whole language themes will be considered.
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