Literacy for/and Social Justice: Inspire, Engage, Create, Transform
February 14-15, 2014
Georgia Center, 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA
As educators, students, researchers, community members, and others expand notions of what “literacy” means, they must also increase efforts to ensure that literacy opportunities are equitable for and welcoming to all. Our theme this year, “Literacy and/for Social Justice: Inspire, Engage, Create, Transform” emphasizes the role of literacy, both as a means of incorporating social justice into curriculum and as a method for performing socially just practices. This theme welcomes wide-ranging notions of how one might define or practice literacy, and of how one’s understandings of literacy might include or address issues of social justice. The JoLLE@UGA Conference established itself last year as bridging theory and practice, being action-oriented, being informed by research and practice, and also being inventive and creative.
Conference Keynote Speaker
Mollie V. Blackburn is Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. Recent research projects include a teacher inquiry project with a group of teachers committed to combating heterosexism and homophobia in classrooms and schools and a book discussion group with those teachers’ students who come together to read and discuss LGBT-themed young adult literature. She has also studied the ways local LGBTQ youth experience gender rules and regulations in schools. Publications include articles in Teachers College Record, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education.
Also Featuring Paul Ayo from Art as an Agent for Change
Art as an Agent for Change is a non-profit arts organization that works to establish alliances with other artists, combat the plight of the oppressed, challenge social apathy, promote social awareness, and inform all of the realities that shape our lives through the mediums of art.
Teachers: Receive PLU Credit for your conference participation!
Teachers who attend the entire JoLLE@UGA Conference will be eligible to receive 1 PLU credit.
To receive this credit, teachers must complete and submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
In this session, we encourage artistic and artifactual examples (e.g. paintings, digital media, photographs, interactive theater, music) that inspire participants to think differently and conceive of a better and more just future.
These workshop-style sessions are ideal outlets for creatives of all types, for example, leading participants through the production of a digital story. Hands-on creative experiences are definitely encouraged.
These sessions are ideal for showcasing research, practitioner-focused studies, and discussions aimed at providing overarching and deeper insight. Session leaders might lead an interactive panel and engage the audience in an extended conversation.
This is where ideas that work are shared, where change is happening now, and where the futures we imagine are already being created. In these sessions, we move from ideas to action, from experimentation to implementation.
For example, a practicing teacher might propose to engage participants in an innovative lesson that incorporates international children’s literature and involves music, movement, and storytelling, with an explicit focus on the importance of literacy in becoming a global communicator who embraces languages and cultures.
JoLLE is no longer accepting conference proposals. All submissions have been reviewed, and the Conference Board has notified authors of reviewers’ decisions. Thank you to all who submitted!
If you would like to register to attend the JoLLE Conference, you may do so here.