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Call for nominations: Loyola’s 2018 Literacy Leader and Educator of the Year awards

| By Stephanie Weaver
Alan Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor of English education at Wake Forest University, teaching

Nominations for Loyola University Maryland’s 2018 Literacy Leader and Educator of the Year are now open, and will remain open until Jan. 31, 2018.

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. 26, 2018, 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.

Alan Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor of English education at Wake Forest University, will give this year’s keynote address, “Examining the Intersections of Literacy, Sports, Culture, and Society in K-12 Schools: Implications for Students and Teachers.” The lecture will provide insight as to the ways sports can become a pedagogical ally for teachers hoping to connect to students’ extracurricular interests by linking traditional English language arts content with contemporary sports and popular culture.

Brown is a former high school English teacher and a basketball coach whose scholarly work examines various intersections of academics and athletics, including sports and literacy, with a focus on K-12 schools. He is the co-editor of Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports: A guide for the English Classroom. He has also been published in the English Journal, The ALAN Review, SIGNAL Journal, Teacher Education Quarterly, Teacher Education & Practice, and Sport, Education & Society.   

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