SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, February 26, 2022
Culturally Responsive Literacy Education Conference: Making Our Practice Visible
Please save the date for Sealaska Heritage's virtual Winter 2022 literacy conference, which is being co-sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast School of Education, and will include featured speakers Kathryn Au and Taffy Raphael along with a variety of interactive breakout sessions related to putting responsive literacy instruction into practice.
KATHRYN H. AU is a senior advisor at schoolRISE in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her research centers on issues of equity in the school literacy learning of students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
TAFFY E. RAPHAEL is a senior advisor at schoolRISE. Her research focuses on improving literacy learning and critical thinking for diverse learners through changes to school culture and contexts of instruction.
Purpose and vision:
- To extend the conversations around culturally responsive education to include a focus on effective literacy instruction, drawing on students’ strengths and their linguistic and cultural backgrounds, with a focus on supports for Alaska Native students and communities;
- To foreground and showcase effective language acquisition and literacy practices being enacted by educators (in and out of schooling settings) across the state of Alaska in a range of communities;
- To extend and provide context for the current dialogue surrounding early reading instruction;
- To support educators in considering the ways in which literacies can be developed across content areas and between home, community, and school contexts.