Live Blog from the Final #LRA13 Plenary.
by Greg McVerry · December 7, 2013
With all of the planes canceled there are actually people at the final plenary. So I decided to post a final live blog.
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Tierney: the how, the what, and the why are of the most challenging. Tierney notes that we need to focus on the theories that underlie our thinking.
Tierney asks where is the agency in our work? How will we influence society. There is a change in the who. We now work with those we research with but do not research ourselves enough.
Tierney notes: We have changed from research we DID to people to research we do FOR people.
Tierney said in the 80s and 90s NRC was held hostage to limited research methods. He says he is not after the generalizable but after those that change is perspective and spark conversations.
Tierney says it is refreshing hat LRA is now connecting literacy to communities and groups and activity.
Rob is sharing is reflection of an unconference. These happen all the time The difference was this conference made a difference. It was about ending infant mortality and hunger.
Rob Tierney is up now.
To study these types of activities we need design based research.
Shares Hull and @amystorn work with Kidnet
Shares another book: “Girl Time.” It is about building literacy identities.
Shares Pacheco’s work on activism as a form of literacy learning. They engage in joint sense making, the design and carry out collective activities.
Learning is a shift across time and space and unique tools.
Highlights David Kirkland’s ” A Search Past Silence.” So grateful he gave me a copy. I will share the stories with my Gear Up students.
Gutierrez: Literacy learning is the formation of a view of a possible future.
Learning and developments must be seen as a horizontal movement between scientific concepts and everyday concepts. Gutierrez calls for an expanded notion of Vygotsky’s concept formation.
Gutierrez sharing praise for connected learning. I am so excited by the connected learning community. To me it s the place where real study in learning is going.
Gutierrez: learning as movement. What takes hold in youth movement across practices?
Learning reflects intercultural and multimodal practices and activities and these are not shown in school. We need design based studies of literacy.
Gutierrez: Learning science and literacy have not viewd learning as something that should be consequential. There is a growing gap between our formal learning and youth learning out of school.
She says we have compromised are basic principles of teaching teachers of literacy. She wants to argue for an additional set of competencies. Especially competencies import to youth in non-dominant cultures.
Gutierrez up now on organizing literacy learning.
This is why we must ask if “literacy” lost its usefulness. If we want to use it still we need to reclaim and decommodify the word.
These carry influence of competition. In contrast literacies should be the modifier, literacy practice, literacy activity. In this view there is no topdown. No one is more literate than the next. There is no literacy or literacies. Just literacy events.
Bloome: Literacy in many of these views equals competence. In what ever adjective used. This creates a deficit model. You are either competent or not.
Cites a definition that literacy is an attribute of a person and a society.
They discovered 62 uses of object + literacy. Going through a list that includes VegetableL literacy. Lee then has the slides displaying the 62 examples in his power sites.
The sign and signified is constructed, it is not neutral, a sign is a force in the world, when the relationship of the sign and signified is taken for granted perspectives are precluded.
David Bloome: Has the term literacy outlived its purpose.
The answer is not in curriculum, it is not in assessment. We need to support complex set of relationships.
Lee’s fourth challenge: reading is muli-layered and ecological. Who am I and what can I become through literacy.
Lee’s third big challenge: disciplinary literacies. There isn’t the same support and funding for secondary reading. The CCSS left the train station before we knew what makes texts and activities complex. Our assessments are not efficient.
cognitive reading, human development, learning in organizations. Lee says reading is an ill-structured problem solving. There is no heuristic.
Motivation is context dependent.
We have to see how learning works in organizations.
Lee’s second big bucket: need for inter-disciplinary foci.
All human learning involves cognition, settings, and emotions. These are deeply intertwined.
We have adaptability engrained in our evolution and survival.
Much of the assumptions around diversity and deficits is that there is one way to learn (ie numbers of words learned in early childhood)
Learning through multiple pathways, adapt, and learning is multi-dimensional: cognition, perceptions, emotions, attachments.
Lee’s big issue one: Push against dichotomies between addressing diversity, equity, and science.
Project READi helped to influence her thinking. There a four big ticket issues to address.
The tile of Carol Lee’s presentation is “It is Rocket Science!”
Panel is on: Redux TransformativeLiteracy Efforts in an Era of Reform.
Carol D. Lee, David Bloome, Fris Gutierrez, and Robert Tierney.
They were asked to speak for seven minutes, “How might literacy researches few literacy reform? What can we learn from your past? What directions do you see in the future.
This is “your LRA” (talking to young grasshoppers) for decades to come. It is an organization to be treasured.
Norm: 1: You friends from around the world is your LRA. 2: I learned in scouts that when an organization gives to you it is your responsibility to give back twice as much as you were given.
Norm: Well that prove one thing old white man can’t dance, but we got sou.
Norm dances his way up to the sage.
Giving the award Norm Stahl. Everyone is off their feet.
Patricia doing a good job bossing around her Vanna White.
Patricia should be the one doing a pecha kucha session.
Patricia Edwards doing a wonderful job introducing the winner of the Albert J. Kingston award. Tech glitches.