Doing the Work:

Moving Past What We Already Know to Enact Change in Language and Literacy Education

The 2020 JoLLE Winter Conference

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Conferences are opportunities for students, scholars, and teachers to join together to become aware of the challenges in Pre-K-16 education, radically imagine alternatives, and celebrate what works in particular spaces or relationships. But educators cannot stop with celebration. Justice work builds on the theories and successes of the past to push boundaries and reshape what is possible for the present and future. A critical part of moving forward is doing the difficult, engaging, and generative work alongside students and community members.

At the JoLLE@UGA Winter 2020 Conference, we invite teachers, researchers, and students to create and share different pathways for justice in an unjust world through language and literacy education. We welcome proposals that explore what has been, what is now, and what is next as they describe how to do this important work in diverse contexts and education systems. The JoLLE conference is designed to make space for collaborating, planning, and sharing between attendees and presenters, thus creating an imperative for highly interactive sessions.

We look forward to learning with you in Athens from February 1 – February 2, 2019 to discuss and explore justice in language and literacy education. Together, presenters and audience members can inquire into what invigorates and revisions the trajectory of education.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. April Baker-Bell

Dr. April Baker-Bell is an Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education in the Department of English and African American and African Studies department at Michigan State University. An emerging national and international leader in conversations on Black Language, her research interrogates the intersections of sociolinguistics, anti-black racism, and anti-racist pedagogies. As a transdisciplinary teacher-scholar-activist, Baker-Bell’s research draws from and makes contributions to the fields of English Education, Composition-Literacies studies, and Raciolinguistics. The root of her research stems from her experience being ill-prepared to address her Black students’ language and literacy needs when she worked as a high school English teacher in Detroit. As a result, she carved out a research and teaching agenda that creates a pathway to cultural, linguistic, and racial justice for Black students across educational spaces.

Baker-Bell is the recipient of many prestigious awards and fellowships, including Michigan State University’s Innovation & Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award; the 2018 AERA Language and Social Processes Early Career Scholar Award, the Literacy Research Association’s STAR fellowship, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color (CNV) fellowship. Her award winning-research and 16+ years teaching has led to additional honors such as her role as incoming Vice-President elect of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) and summer faculty at the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont.

Dr. Baker-Bell’s research has recently been published in the English Education journal, the Journal of Literacy Research (JLR), and the Journal of International Review of Qualitative Research. Her first book, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacies, Identity, and Pedagogy, will be published with NCTE-Routledge in February 2020. In addition to her language research, Baker-Bell’s scholarly interests include: anti-racist writing pedagogies, critical media literacies, Black feminist-womanist storytelling, and the health & wellness needs of women of color in academia, with an emphasis on early career Black women.

Dr. David Stovall

David Stovall, Ph.D. is Professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of equity and justice. His work led him to become a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice (SOJO), which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, his work manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area who engage in collaborative community projects centered in creating relevant curriculum. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a professor at UIC, he also served as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005-2018.

Important Dates

Pre-Conference Events: January 31, 2020
· Free, pre-conference workshop from 1:00 – 4:00 PM in Aderhold Hall
· Graduate students of color mentoring in the moment program with keynote speakers from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in Aderhold Hall
· Conference Kick-Off Social Event from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, location to be announced

Conference Dates: February 1st – February 2, 2020

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