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2016 WLU Summer Institute

Preconference Workshop

CELTSponsored by the Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT)
Continuing the Tradition of Political Activism and Advocacy

Thursday, July 14:  11:45 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.

Everyday Advocacy: Changing the Story of Literacy Education

$65.00 (includes lunch)

The conversation about school reform too often leaves out the voices of teachers—those most intimately acquainted with issues that impact student learning. These voices are essential for citizens and policymakers to hear, but the individual teacher story—powerful though it might be—has proved insufficient to ignite change. This workshop immerses teachers in ways to build upon their individual stories to become everyday advocates—agents for change who work within their local contexts to subvert the current narrative about schools, teachers, and literacy learning in ways that are smart, safe, and savvy. We will introduce attendees to new ways of envisioning their professional roles in the current climate, immerse you in advocacy approaches, share the work of other teacher advocates, and
identify and frame an issue as a first step toward beginning your own advocacy work.


Cathy FleischerCathy Fleischer, Eastern Michigan University
As primary author of the NCTE website Everyday Advocacy, author of Teachers Organizing for Change, and developer of numerous advocacy workshops for teachers, Cathy will introduce many of the concepts and share experiences of teachers who have attended her workshops.



Jenna Fournel Jenna Fournel, National Council of Teachers of English
As Director of Communications at NCTE, former teacher, and former consultant with the FrameWorks Institute, Jenna will also introduce many of the concepts, particularly those connected with narrowing and framing issues.





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