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Hess, Ladson-Billings to deliver keynotes at 36th annual Wisconsin Literacy Research Symposium

June 21, 2017
UW-Madison is hosting the 36th annual Wisconsin Literacy Research Symposium June 22-23 at the Lowell Center.

This annual event, formerly know as the Wisconsin Reading Research Symposium, is one of the strongest regional forums for nationally recognized researchers to share their cutting-edge work in the field of literacy education. In line with the Wisconsin Idea, the symposium is designed to benefit literacy educators from across the state.

This year's theme is "The New Literary Studies 21 Years Later: Education as the Design of Social Futures." The symposium will explore the concept of "pedagogy as design," first proposed 21 years ago, in a modern context, keeping in mind the struggles students face in literacy education today. 

Diana Hess
Two of the event's keynote speakers are from the School of Education: Diana Hess and Gloria Ladson-Billings. 

Hess is dean of the School of Education and holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education at UW-Madison.  She will deliver a keynote at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 22 titled, "Political Literacies: Teaching in a Polarized Time."

Hess' work includes "Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion," which won the 2009 National Council for the Social Studies Exemplary Research Award. Her most recent book, co-authored with Paula McAvoy, is titled, "The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education." This publication won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award in 2016. 

Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.  Her keynote is at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 23, and is titled, "You Call that Literacy? The Place of Hip Hop in Literacy Teaching and Learning."

Gloria Ladson-Billings 2016
Ladson-Billings is perhaps best known for her work on the areas of Critical Race Theory and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, but has also focused on the educational debt/deficiency model for students of color. Her work includes: "The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children" (1997); "Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education" (2005); and "Education Research in the Public Interest: Social justice, Action, and Policy" (2006).

A different campus from the UW System hosts the annual Wisconsin Literacy Research Symposium each year.  This time around, UW-Madison's Dawnene Hassett, a professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has done most of the planning. 

Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA), the symposium provides a powerful professional development opportunity for teachers, administrators, professors and graduate students who are interested in the literacy education of Wisconsin’s children, adolescents and young adults.

The symposium will run from 8:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day at the Lowell Center.

Access a full itinerary here.
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