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Literacy Leadership Awards

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12th Annual Loyola Literacy Leadership Awards

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, 2019 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Andrew White Student Center Fourth Floor Program Room. A pre-event reception will be from 5 -6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

The evening will feature a keynote address, "Little Things Are Big': Choice, Voice, and Equity in Everyday Decisions" by Maneka Deanna Brooks, Ph.D., assistant professor of reading education at Texas State University.  Dr. Brooks’ presentation focuses on the everyday opportunities literacy educators have to make more equitable choices when confronted with inequitable situations. Drawing on research in reading intervention settings, Dr. Brooks highlights the way in which students’ educational trajectories were limited by “hidden” high-stakes literacy assessments. These assessments played a role in sending students to and keeping students in reading intervention; however, students were unaware of the assessments’ function. Based on this collaborative work, Dr. Brooks provides concrete strategies for educators to share their knowledge about the intricate systems that govern schooling with students and their families. These seemingly small moments of information-sharing have the potential to impact the types of learning environments that linguistically diverse students’ experience.

The keynote address is followed by a presentation of the 2019 Literacy Leader and Literacy Educator of the Year Awards. 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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