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Call for nominations: Loyola’s 2015 Literacy Leader and Educator of the Year awards

| By Stephanie Weaver

Nominations for Loyola University Maryland’s 2015 Literacy Leader and Educator of the Year are now open, and will remain open until Jan. 31, 2015.

The Literacy Leader Award recognizes a graduate of Loyola’s Literacy Master’s program specializing in either reading or literacy who promotes literacy; demonstrates innovation in practice; exhibits principled leadership within the school or community; and models lifelong learning as a member of the professional literacy community. 

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes a Maryland educator who demonstrates accomplished practice and innovation in literacy teaching and learning; fosters a literacy-rich and welcoming classroom community; models lifelong learning; enhances the literacy development of all students; collaborates and shares best practices with colleagues; and exhibits principled practice in the classroom, school, and/or community.

Nominations can be submitted on the Literacy Leadership Awards website. Winners will be awarded at a ceremony on Feb. 23, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Program Room in the Andrew White Student Center on Loyola’s Evergreen campus. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To reserve seats, go to http://www.loyola.edu/joinus/literacyleadership/reserve-seats.

Marcelle Haddix, Ph.D., dean’s associate professor and program director of English education at Syracuse University’s School of Education, will be the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Her address, “Writing Our Lives: The Power of Radical Youth Literacies and Community Engagement,” will highlight experiences of youth writers, teachers, parents, artists, and community members who partner together to cultivate spaces for authentic writing practices in urban communities through the Writing Our Lives youth writing project.

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