Conference Theme: Language as a Resource for Revaluing Diverse Learners
Professional teachers understand that in today’s society literacy development is much more than the learned abilities to read and write in the traditional sense; rather it is largely defined by the diverse and unique experiences learners bring to the classroom and how we, as educators, utilize students’ funds of knowledge as we work with them. The challenge for educators is to find a way to reach learners with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles and, in so doing, to captivate their interests, spark their curiosity, and nurture lifelong learning.
What methods and techniques have you developed to help answer this challenge?
How do you tap into learners’ diverse experiences to foster literacy development?
How do you weave learners’ various experiences to help them operate in diverse literacy contexts?
How do you bridge school curricula, home lives, peer worlds, technology, and popular culture to foster the development of literacy in complex, student-centered contexts?
How do you use evidence-based practice in your classroom to shape literacy-developing experiences of ALL students?