We are so pleased to announce that Judith Irvin and Cris Tovani are the recipients of the 2017 Adolescent Literacy Thought Leader Award! Please read their bios in last Winter's issue of the Exchange. Come hear them speak about their current work and their thoughts about what is important to be focusing on in Adolescent Literacy at the SRIG Session in room 105B from 3-5pm on Sunday, July 16. Tea and snacks just before across the hall at 2pm -- sponsored by Harcourt Mifflin.
This year's ILA PRE-CON ADOLESCENT LITERACY INSTITUTE is entitled BLENDING INQUIRY AND LITERACY: ENGAGING STUDENTS WHILE IMPROVING LITERACY AND LEARNING IN GRADES 6-12. WE ARE VERY EXCITED THAT THE SRIG WILL BE SPONSORING THE ADOLESCENT LITERACY PRE-CON INSTITUTE ON FRIDAY, JULY 14. WE HAVE AN EXCITING PROGRAM PLANNED FOCUSED ON LITERACY AND INQUIRY WITH INTERACTIVE KEYNOTES FROM CAROL JAGO AND MARCELLE HADDIX AND WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS FROM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPERS DEBRA FRANCIOSI (PROJECT CRISS) AND JOAN SEDITA (KEYS TO LITERACY), SECONDARY LITERACY COACHES TERRY MCHUGH AND JULIE SCULLEN, AND THREE PRACTICING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS, KATE MEYER, AMY PHILBROOK AND LIZ RABASCA. See presenter bios HERE.
WE KNOW THAT INQUIRY ENGAGES MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND DEEPENS LEARNING. COACHING LITERACY WITHIN THE HIGH MOTIVATION CONTEXT OF INQUIRY CAN BE A WIN-WIN. THE TWO COMBINED CREATE A STRONG INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL THAT SUPPORTS EFFECTIVE DIFFERENTIATION. HERE’S A LINK TO THE INSTITUTE PROGRAM. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US IN ORLANDO TO LEARN PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR EMBEDDING INQUIRY AND LITERACY LEARNING CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM AS WELL AS HOW TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT LARGER INQUIRY PROJECTS WHILE COACHING LITERACY DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE WAY.
Congratulations to the dynamic duo of Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, this year's winners of the 2016 Adolescent Literacy Thought Leader Award. Their work has consistently blended research and practice, yielding rich insights which they have shared with all of us. Both have used their positions as educational leaders at Health Sciences Middle and High School and as professors of educational leadership at San Diego State University to conduct ongoing action research on how to best support adolescents to develop the literacies they need to be successful in school and in life. Doug and Nancy accepted the award at the Secondary Reading Interest Group session on Sunday July 10 at the ILA Conference in Boston. Then they presented their latest learning from their work and what they feel the field should be thinking about. You can see more of Doug and Nancy's work at www.fisherandfrey.com. Again, congratulations!
Coming to Boston for the International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference? Interested in Adolescent Literacy? Consider registering for the pre-conference Institute 06: Supporting Adolescents to Meet the Literacy Challenges of the 21st Century on Friday, July 8 9am – 5pm.
This Institute is a joint effort of the Adolescent Literacy Committee of ILA and the Secondary Reading Interest Group. The Institute offers practical, current research-based strategies to prepare adolescents to meet the literacy demands of the 21st century. Interactive keynote presentations -- Carol Jago, Doug Fisher, and Kathleen Hinchman -- and breakout sessions facilitated by experienced researchers and practitioners -- the above plus Nancy Frey, Doug Buehl, Debra Franciosi, Lori Digisi, Stephanie Romano and Vicki Jacobs -- provide opportunities to collaborate, explore the latest research, and connect the research to effective practice. Join us! See http://www.literacyworldwide.org/conference/program/institutes.
Terry McHugh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and Political Science from Augustana College of Rock Island, IL. He completed graduate coursework in Communications and teacher certification requirements at Northeastern Illinois University. He earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Governors State University and continues post-graduate study in reading and literacy.
Terry’s professional career includes long stints as a classroom teacher, department chair, principal and central office administrator. A common thread of promoting adolescent literacy has woven these different roles together. Terry currently serves as Literacy Specialist for Waukegan Public Schools, a large urban district in northeast Illinois. He leads literacy focused professional development, coaches teachers, develops curricular and instructional materials and supports literacy-based instruction.
Terry lives in Palatine, IL with his wife, Molly, and their two children, John (Illinois Wesleyan University, ‘17), and Emily (Augustana College, ‘19). He currently serves as President of the Secondary Reading League, a special interest council of the Illinois Reading Council, focused on issues of adolescent literacy.
This eternally optimistic Chicago Cubs fan looks forward to supporting the Secondary Reading Interest Group as it continues to make its impact in the field of adolescent literacy.
The SRIG is delighted to announce the 2015 Adolescent Literacy Thought Leader Award Recipients: Doug Buehl, Carol Jago and Jeffrey Wilhelm. The awards were presented at the 2015 SRIG Session on July 18th. Each of the award recipients then spoke about what s/he was working on and thinking about. Together the three have influenced thinking and learning about adolescents and reading for many years. 2015 marked the first year that this award was presented. Congratulations to Doug, Carol and Jeff!