Loyola University Maryland

Literacy Leadership Awards

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The literacy program in Loyola University Maryland's School of Education will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding educators and their impact on their students, schools, and communities, on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Andrew White Student Center Fourth Floor Program Room.

The evening will feature a keynote address, "The Raciolinguistic Underpinnings of Academic Language and the Marginalization of Latino Students," by Nelson Flores, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. His research seeks to denaturalize dominant language ideologies that inform current conceptualizations of language education. This entails both historical analysis of the origins of current language ideologies and contemporary analysis examining how current language education policies and practices reproduce these language ideologies. His primary objective is to illustrate the ways that dominant language ideologies marginalize language-minoritized students and to develop alternative conceptualizations of language education that challenge their minoritization. His work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Linguistics and Education, TESOL Quarterly and Harvard Educational Review.

The keynote address is followed by a presentation of the 2016 Literacy Leader and Literacy Educator of the Year Awards. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow the event.

Teacher leaders play a crucial role in our education system. They provide inspired and engaging instruction for their students, mentor and support other teachers, and assist principals in the overall school mission, all of which combine to lead to improvements in teaching and learning. The awards honor those who promote literacy, demonstrate innovation in practice, exhibit principled leadership within their school or communities, and model lifelong learning as members of the professional literacy community.

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