November 7 - 10, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas
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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!
We are thrilled to share the following lineup of speakers for the 2019 conference!
ALER is no longer accepting proposals for the 2019 conference.
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 Language. Named 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.
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.
ALER invites members and non-members from the literacy community to submit presentation proposals aligned to our 2019 conference theme, Building Bridges with and for Literacy.
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 to with and for literacy!
Attendees will also discover many presentation strands aligned to common themes within literacy education. Whether you're a P-12 teacher/administrator or faculty and students in higher education, you'll have over 100 individual session choices spread across 2 1/2 days of vibrant and friendly conference dialogue.
Early bird discounting (20%) is available to registrants until October 1st. Members should make sure to log in at their member account before registering so that the correct discounts are applied for registration. Members may renew their memberships at the time of registration in a separate transaction online. Non-members are welcome to register at the early-bird rate or at the full rate after October 1. All presenters must register for the conference to avoid session cancellation.