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. 23, 2015, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Andrew White Student Center Fourth Floor Program Room.
The evening will feature a keynote address by Dr. Marcelle Haddix, dean’s associate professor and program director of English education in the Syracuse University School of Education. She'll deliver remarks on "Writing Our Lives: The Power of Radical Youth Literacies and Community Engagement." Her keynote will highlight experiences of youth writers, teachers, parents, artists, and community members who partner together to cultivate spaces for authentic writing practices within an urban community through the Writing Our Lives youth writing project.
The Writing Our Lives project includes afterschool writing programs, summer writing institutes, book clubs, digital composing programs, staged theatrical performances, and an annual youth writing conference. Writing Our Lives is an effort to provide youth writers with opportunities to write, create, produce, and perform their stories and experiences in authentic ways and forms.
The keynote address is followed by a presentation of the 2015 Literacy Leader 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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