2016 Literacy Leaders Conference

Posted by American Reading Company on October 17, 2016

Join us for our 2016 Literacy Leaders Conference featuring Dr. Jim Cummins, Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm, and Dr. Nelson Flores!

Tuesday, October 25 2016, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

American Reading Company Headquarters, 201 S. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA, United States

Literacy Leaders Conference: Language, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Equity

The Literacy Leaders Conference brings educators from across the country together for a day of professional learning where we can share, grow, and explore the role of equity in education.

With sessions covering equity, dual language, and literacy, you’ll take away lessons that will have an immediate impact in your schools.


Keynote Speakers

Jim Cummins, Ph.D.

Jim Cummins is a Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in educational contexts characterized by linguistic and socioeconomic diversity. In numerous articles and books he has explored the nature of language proficiency and its relationship to literacy development with particular emphasis on the intersections of societal power relations, teacher-student identity negotiation, and literacy attainment.

Jeffrey Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm is an internationally known teacher, author, and presenter. A classroom teacher for 15 years, Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm is currently Professor of English Education at Boise State University. He has been a professor for the past 16 years, achieving the rank of full professor in 2008. He works in local schools as part of a Virtual Professional Development Site Network sponsored by the Boise State Writing Project, and regularly teaches middle and high school students. He is the founding director of the Maine Writing Project and the Boise State Writing Project.

Nelson Flores, Ph.D.

Nelson Flores is assistant professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. His scholarship examines the ways that dominant language ideologies marginalize language-minoritized students and seeks to develop alternative conceptualizations of language education that challenge this marginalization. He currently serves as the principal investigator of the Philadelphia Bilingual Education Project (PBEP) that examines the historical and contemporary cultural politics of bilingual education in the School District of Philadelphia and provides professional development support to bilingual teachers throughout the district.

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