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2019 ALER Conference

November 7 - 10, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi embodies the warm, Texas hospitality. From miles of coastline, to the Texas State Aquarium and exceptional dining, Corpus Christi holds a coastal charm all of its own.

2019 Conference Update

Building Bridges with and for Literacy

Conference Chair: Seth A. Parsons

Conference Co-Chair: Tammy Francis Donaldson


Reading and writing expand horizons, open windows, facilitate exploration, support connection, share ideas, challenge thinking, change perspectives, and more. Literacy builds bridges. And currently too many gulfs exist. The 2019 conference will strive to build bridges across gulfs, cultural gulfs, contextual gulfs, methodological gulfs, and more. Join us in building bridges with and for literacy!

2019 Conference Program

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 2019 Conference Program PDF

2019 Legislative Assembly Items

The 2019 Legislative Assembly agenda can be found here while the 2018 minutes can be found here.


We are thrilled to share the following lineup of speakers for the 2019 conference!


Keynote Speakers

Thursday Evening

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. She writes the children’s early reader series “Yasmin” published by Capstone and other books for children. She has also written “Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan” a short story collection for adults and teens. As part of her activism, Saadia trains various audiences including faith groups and law enforcement on topics pertaining to Islam. She has been featured in Oprah Magazine in 2017 as a woman making a difference in her community. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and children. 




Friday Keynote Address

Dr. David E. Kirkland is the Executive Director of The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools. He has also been described as an activist and educator, cultural critic and author. A leading national scholar and advocate for educational justice, Dr. Kirkland's transdisciplinary scholarship explores a variety of equity related topics: school climate and discipline; school integration and choice; culture and education; vulnerable learners; and intersections among race, gender, and education. His publications address the cultures, languages, and texts of urban youth; using quantitative, critical literary, ethnographic, and sociolinguistic research methods to answer complex questions at the center of equity and social justice in education. Dr. Kirkland taught middle and high school in Michigan. He’s also organized youth empowerment and youth mentoring programs in Detroit, Chicago and New York and currently leads efforts to enhance education options for vulnerable youth. Dr. Kirkland has received many awards for his research and educational advocacy work, including the 2016 AERA Division G Mid-Career Scholars Award, the 2008 AERA Division G Outstanding Dissertation Award. He has authored 5 books including A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Black Males, a TC Press bestseller and winner of the 2015 Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award, the 2014 AESA Critics Choice Award, and the 2014 NCTE David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. He is co-editor of the newly released critical  sourcebook, Students Right to Their Own LanguageNamed by Ebony magazine as one of the most brilliant scholars in the U.S., Dr. Kirkland has been a pivotal intellectual voice promoting educational justice in the U.S. and abroad.

Saturday Keynote

 Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. 

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