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Loyola's Literacy Leadership Awards to celebrate 10th anniversary with new award

| By Stephanie Weaver

Nominations for Loyola University Maryland’s 2017 Literacy Leader and Educator of the Year are now open and will remain open until Jan. 31, 2017.

Loyola will introduce the Literacy Leader for Community Engagement Award in honor of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Literacy Leader Awards. The award, given special this year only, recognizes a Baltimore organization for its contributions to literacy education.

The Literacy Leader Award recognizes a graduate of Loyola’s Masters in Literacy Education who specialized in either reading or literacy and went on to promote literacy, demonstrate innovation in practice, exhibit principled leadership within the school or community, and model 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. Previous winners include … among others.

Nomination forms and more information are available online.

Winners will be awarded at a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room in the Andrew White Student Center on Loyola’s Evergreen campus. The awards and event are sponsored by Loyola’s School of Education.

The ceremony will include a keynote address from Jonda C. McNair, Ph.D., professor of literacy education at Clemson University. Her lecture, “African American Families Reading and Responding to African American Children’s Literature,” will focus on her research project that examined families with elementary school children and children’s literature.

McNair, a former elementary school teacher, serves as a co-editor of Language Arts and as the department editor for the “Integrating Children’s Literature column in The Reading Teacher. She was previously the chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee. 

This release has been updated to reflect a change in the keynote speaker. 

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