Department News Archive - 2010

RLA Faculty, Alumni and doctoral students participate in the
NRC/LRA Annual Conference

Several RLA faculty, alumni and doctoral students are participating in the 60th Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference) Annual Meeting in early December.  Included in this group:

Kelly Chandler-Olcott is the discussant for a symposium entitled, "Learning from Graphic Novels: Word and Images Meet."  She is also presenting a paper entitled "Presuming Competence in Inclusive Literacy Pedagogy: Theorizing Connections Between Multiple Literacies and Disability Studies Perspectives," co-authored with Christopher Kliewer and Amy Petersen, and participating with RLA alumna Elizabeth Lewis in an alternative session entitled "New Literacies, New Insights: Explorations from Multiple Perspectives."

Kathleen Hinchman is collaborating with a number of other literacy researchers and teacher educators on presenting a research paper called, “Teacher Educators’ Perspectives on the Pre-service Materials,” as part of a larger symposium called, Enhancing pre-service teachers’ knowledge of early literacy instruction. Hinchman is also the discussant at another LRA symposium called, “Toward supporting all children and youth’s literacy development: Paradigms, policy, and pragmatics.”

Elizabeth Y. Stevens is presenting a paper she co-wrote entitled, "Exploring methods of discourse analysis in literacy research".

Bryan Ripley Crandall is presenting a paper on the "Perspectives of African Male English Language Learners on Writing In and Out of High School English Classrooms".

Professor Wilkinson Presents at NCTE

On November 20, Dr. Louise Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor of Education, Psychology and Communication Sciences, gave a presentation entitled "English Language Learning as Cross-Curricular Conversations" at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

2010 "Writing Our Lives" Youth Writing Conference

The 2010 “Writing Our Lives” youth writing conference happened Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Percy Hughes Magnet School in Syracuse.  Over 160 students in grades 6-12 from the greater Syracuse area, including students from the Syracuse City School District, participated in 20 writing workshops facilitated by faculty and graduate students from the School of Education, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the department of Composition and Rhetorical Studies, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the I-School.  The event featured performances from local spoken word poetry groups, Syracuse University Verbal Blend and the Underground Poets.  The Writing Our Lives program was created by Reading and Language Arts faculty member, Marcelle Haddix, to bring students, parents, teachers, and community leaders together to promote writing.

Successful Defense Held

 Kristen Munger, a PhD student in Reading Education, successfully defended her dissertation, "A Longitudinal Follow-up Study of the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) as a Predictor of Third Grade Reading Comprehension" on Monday, November 1, 2010.  Her committee members were Dr. Benita Blachman (chair), Dr. James Bellini, and Dr. Rachel Brown.

Professor Blachman Presents at Dyslexia Foundation Conference

On October 15, Dr. Benita Blachman, Trustee Professor of Education and Psychology, gave an invited presentation entitled "Beginning to Read: An Update on Research and Practice" at the Dyslexia Foundation 2010 Conference at Harvard Medical School.

Faculty Head Up Summer Institutes

RLA assistant professor Marcelle Haddix and SOLER member Delicia Greene (an iSchool doctoral student ) designed and directed a four-week summer program entitled "Writers = Superheroes, MCs, Jedis, and Warriors." The institute enrolled nearly 30 boys in grades 5 through 8 from Levy School who had previously been involved in the Building Men program begun by Syracuse City Schools teacher Joe Horan.  Click here for a video about the project.

RLA professor Kelly Chandler-Olcott served as director and English Education doctoral student Bryan Crandall as assistant director of a three-week writing institute for more than 60 rising ninth graders attending Nottingham High School.  Supported by the School of Education's Early College High School initiative, the institute was also staffed by six teachers from the Nottingham English department.  Click here for a video about the institute and the Nottingham ECHS.

NCTE Research Award

The Standing Committee on Research of the National Council of Teachers of English has selected Assistant Professor Marcelle Haddix to receive the 2010 Promising Researcher in English Education Award.  The award recognizes her study "Beyond the Margins: Researching the Hybrid Literate Identities of Black and Latina Preservice Teachers".  The official announcement will be made at the NCTE Annual Convention in Orlando, FL, November 18-23.  There, Professor Haddix will give a talk on her research during the Opening Session of the Day of Research, Saturday, November 20.  For more information, please visit the NCTE website.

Professor Haddix Hosts African-American Community Read-in

Syracuse Beauchamp Branch Library
Saturday, February 27, 2010
10 AM to 1 PM
View a video clip.