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9th LRA Research to Practice Show: Critical Race Theory

This month I had the pleasure to host the 9th Research to Practice show. We discussed Critical Race Theory with some of the leading scholars in the field. This was followed up by the #literacies chat on CRT Critical Race Theory I had a few takeaways from the conversations. First narratives matters. Race influences every…
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Soaring Higher #GearupNH Summer Academy

I am a proud member of the Gear Up Family. For those who do not know GEAR Up is a federally funded grant program, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. SCSU is part of a state grant along with sites in Waterbury and East Hartford. We work with students from 7th grade until…
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Free Pics from Getty Images..Sort of

As an educational blogger I struggle on the hunt for great images. I made a commitment this year to try and use creative commons images or remix other images. Much of my artwork comes from flckr or from artists on deviantart.com that enable downloads. I will then edit these images using pixlr editor in Chrome.…
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#Walkmyworld Learning Event 8

Welcome to Learning event eight. Hard to believe but after eight weeks we have shared over 1,700 tweets, with 1,400 being original content. Over 12o people have shared more than five tweets. We have a community of writers, poets, and thinkers. It is time to continue to push our walks into poetry. Learning Event 8…
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Using Feedly and RSS to Examine Student Work

You cannot support deep learning without evidence of knowledge growth. I am glad the Deep Learning MOOC uses this as a cornerstone belief. I am a writing teacher, but I am also a teacher of writing teachers. Therefore modeling how to examine student work is a critical component to my class. I not only want…
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Forget the Politics. Choice Matters

I follow many educational policy blogs. Too many probably, but I love the vitriolic debate and the numerous talented writers. Too often though it seems we forget that children are at the center of of all the debates. Take school choice. You read the blogs and school choice is either the most American of all…
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Understanding Background Knowledge and the Internet

Does the internet change the way readers use background knowledge? Can readers with greater inquiry skills or more open mindsets make up for a lack of background? These questions have perplexed me and have driven my educational research in the last few years. The internet has shifted so many of our social practices and literacy…
Live Blog from Videogame Communities Session at #LRA13 0

Live Blog from Videogame Communities Session at #LRA13

Videogame communities, affinity spaces, and transformative learning: Fluid and connective literacy practices in online and offline spaces Session Participants: Chair: Sandra Schamroth Abrams (St. John's University) Chair: Thomas Liam Lynch (Pace University) Discussant: Amy Stornaiuolo (University of Pennsylvania) Fluid Literacies: Videogaming and Related Practices *Sandra Schamroth Abrams (St. John's University) Connective Literacies: Gaming, Reading, and…
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Voices in the Cloud

Those that know me know I am fond of saying I love juxtaposing the oldest genres in the world (poetry) with our newest texts. Each year Sue Ringler Pet, Ian O'Byrne, and myself celebrate a poet laurete at NCTE through the use of digital texts and tools. This year Leanne Drapeau, a classroom teacher we…