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Wyoming education professor to headline Loyola Literacy Leadership Awards Feb. 21

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Barbara Chatton, Ph.D., professor emerita of education at the University of Wyoming, as the keynote speaker for the fifth annual Literacy Leadership Awards presentation. The event will take place on Feb. 21, 2012, from 6-7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the University’s North Charles Street campus. 

Chatton’s address, “’Anyone Can Fly’: Wise Words for Teachers from Children’s Literature,” will focus on how literature provides young people with more than just reading practice, writing models, and narrow behavioral themes. She is the author of Using Poetry Across the Curriculum and Blurring the Edges: Integrated Curriculum through Writing and Children’s Literature. Her writing can also be found in leading education journals, such as Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, Book Links Magazine, and the Journal of Children’s Literature. Since 1982, Chatton has taught a variety of courses at the University of Wyoming, including Literature for Children, Literature for Young Adults, American Cultural Diversity, Social Studies Education, Introduction to Graduate Studies, and Writing for Professional Publication. She currently serves as a committee member for the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a member of the American Library Association’s Notable Books for Children Committee. 

Two awards will be presented following Chatton’s address:

The Literacy Leader Award recognizes a graduate of Loyola’s master’s in education program specializing in reading/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.

With the awards, the literacy program at Loyola’s School of Education honors the accomplishments of outstanding educators and their impact on their students, schools, and communities.

The event is free and open to the public but guests are required to RSVP by Feb. 17 to Antoinette Lobdell, 410-617-5310 or atlobdell@loyola.edu. More information is available at www.loyola.edu/literacyleader.

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