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. 11, 2018 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Andrew White Student Center Fourth Floor Program Room. A pre-event reception will be from 5:00-6 p.m.
The evening will feature a keynote address, "Examining the Intersections of Literacy, Sports, Culture, and Society in K-12 Schools: Implications for Students and Teachers" by Alan Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor of English education at Wake Forest University. Dr. Alan Brown’s presentation will highlight five specific classes, projects, and programs that seek to infuse critical conversations about the social culture of sports in schools and society, including: (1) a fourth grade reading initiative that encourages students to read independently by connecting books and ball; (2) an after-school sports literacy program for eighth graders that supports youth through academic, social, and community engagement and highlights the importance of culturally-relevant literature; (3) a high school sports literature class that invites the study of sports fiction and nonfiction into the academic curriculum as a way to promote literacy learning; (4) an introductory university education course on issues and trends in education that lends a critical eye to the impact of sports culture on K-12 schools; and (5) scholarly research on academic teachers and athletic coaches that informs the socialization of middle and high school teacher-coaches to improve learning conditions for students and athletes. In sum, this presentation will provide a glimpse into the numerous ways sports can become a pedagogical ally for teachers hoping to connect to students’ extra-curricular interests by linking traditional English language arts content with contemporary sports and popular culture.
The keynote address is followed by a presentation of the 2018 Literacy Leader and Literacy Educator of the Year Awards.
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.