This year’s conference will draw attention to the ways families, communities, and schools meet the literacy needs of all students.
Keynote Presenter: Patricia A. Edwards
Dr. Patricia A. Edwards, a Distinguished Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, is an internationally recognized expert in literacy, with particular expertise in parent involvement, home, school, community partnerships, multicultural literacy, early literacy, and family/intergenerational literacy, especially among poor and minority children. Dr. Edwards served as the first African American President of the Literacy Research Association (2006-2007) and as President of the International Reading Association (2010-2011).
The 20th Annual Conference on Literacy was a great success. In keeping with the theme, “Embracing Equity Through Multimodal Literacies,” this year’s conference drew attention to the issues and range of possibilities for effectively meeting the literacy needs of all students. Keynote speaker Joseph Bruchac emphasized the importance of diversity, enjoyment of reading at all grade levels, and the powerful roles played by storytelling and imagination in literacy development in his presentation entitled, “Seeing the Circle: How Storytelling Builds Literacy and Connects Us All.”
The Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning (CELL) at Mount Saint Mary College will present the 20th Annual Conference on Literacy on April 13, 2013.
The theme for the conference will be “Embracing Equity Through Multimodal Literacies,” and will draw attention to the issues and range of possibilities for effectively meeting the literacy needs of all students.