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Self and Other Course Pairing

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Language and Literacy as Lens for Learning about Self and Other (RE219)

In this class, we explore how the languaging process affects our understanding of literacy acquisition. By looking into our own literacy practices, we learn more about the multiple, often divergent, ways literacy develops. The goal is to build a nuanced perspective on literacy processes in order to complicate our teaching craft. 

Faculty biography

Dr. Margarita Zisselsberger is an assistant professor of literacy education. Her research focuses on the language and literacy development of young culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Children’s Literature as Lens for Learning about Self and Other (RE242)

Narrative is the fundamental way we understand our selves and others, both near and distant. In this class, we explore how narrative can work to influence methods for teaching literacy, particularly using high-quality children’s literature. By the end of the semester, each student creates the beginnings of a robust classroom library that attends to the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity of students in K-12 schools. 

Faculty biography 

Dr. Mark Lewis is an assistant professor of literacy education. His research focuses on evocative and imaginative frameworks for reading and telling stories.

Mentor biography 

Amy Horst coaches the Women’s Track and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams.  She recently became involved in the Loyola 101 program and is excited to continue working with the first year student-body in a capacity beyond athletics.  Amy brings a diverse background as a mentor, having an engineering degree, masters in healthcare management, eight years work in corporate America, and then a life-changing career change to collegiate athletics.  In addition to running being a large part of Amy’s time, she enjoys reading and cycling, and is eager to complete her MBA through the Sellinger School of Business and Management.

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