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 Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Andrew White Student Center Fourth Floor Program Room.

The evening will feature a keynote address, "Ideological Construct and Current Fact: Multiculturalism and  Multicultural Literature for Youth," by Violet Harris, Ph.D., professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has been a professor since 1986. Her scholarship focuses on the areas of multicultural children's literature, children's book publishing, the historic development of African American literacy, and the creation of literacy materials created specifically for African Americans. More broadly, her interests lie in the sociocultural influences on literacy, schooling, and teacher education.

Dr. Harris’s work has been widely published, including in Reading Research Quarterly, The New Advocate, Language Arts, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Children’s Literature, and Children’s Literature in Education.

The keynote address is followed by a presentation of the 2017 Literacy Leader, Literacy Leader for Community Engagement Award, 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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