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The Secondary Reading League is a statewide council of the Illinois Reading Council. SRL’s purpose is to provide opportunities for the formal and informal exchange of ideas related to literacy issues and lifelong learning, with an emphasis on reading and the concerns of secondary educators.
SRL’s premier event, the Day of Reading secondary reading conference, brings to the state dynamic young authors and top-notch researchers focusing on adolescent literacy topics. This full day event allows participants opportunities to network, browse through exhibits, and engage in professional growth. In the spring, SRL presents the newest YA books and author updates. Other events and meetings are scheduled throughout the school year to address pertinent literacy issues. The purpose of these events/meetings is to provide professional development and networking opportunities.
What are we Missing in Literacy? –Why We Keep Walking Even Though We Know How To Fly
Cornelius Minor Explains, “We know more now than we have ever known. About teaching. About communities. About literacy. About what puts kids on the path to success. And about all the different kinds of successes that can coexist. Why is it, then, that in many schools, these things continue to elude us? We are a profession that knows how to fly. Yet, many of us remain bound to the act of walking. We are so powerful. And creative. And connected. We can be more than yesterday’s orthodoxy. We can be bigger than today’s problems. We have tomorrow’s vision.”
Session 1 (9:00 am-11:00 am): What We Read in Books, We Read in The World
People often say that books make us better people or that writing can change the world. This session will take a very close look at our role as educators in ensuring that this happens. Just like we cannot leave the teaching of literacy skills to chance, we cannot simply hope for a better world. We teach for one. In this session, we will work to name the skills, plan the lessons, gather the resources, and practice the methods that help children to learn and practice critical thinking skills in the literacy classroom and then to transfer those skills to their lived experience in the world.
Session 2 (noon-2:00 pm): Social Justice Does Not Just Live in Our Content, It Lives in Our Methods
We know the research. Girls are underrepresented in science and technology. Children of color continue to be suspended at exponential rates compared to their white peers. Poor children are more likely to attend schools with fewer resources. These outcomes are sexist. They are racist. They are classist. School, as an institution, continues to perpetuate them. People often ask, “How can schools be sexist or racist or classist if I’m not?” Systems of oppression continue to work against children—despite our best intentions.
This presentation will explore how grading practices, classroom routines, teaching methodologies, discipline codes and other school structures can perpetuate the kinds of exclusion that keep poor children, girls, LGBTQIA+ children, disabled children and children of color from fully accessing and benefiting from a school curriculum. We will study how inquiry/action research can be a tool that practitioners use to dismantle these structures and to change them to truly benefit all learners.
Please join us on Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 PM for a night of sharing our favorite recent books in a lighthearted . Topics include African American Authors, Memoirs, Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+ Stories, and Abe List Recommendations, and Professional Resources. Participants will earn one CPDU for attending and filling out the survey. This event is free to current members. Nonmembers will only pay for membership.
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