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Acclaimed Professor to Speak at Literacy Research Association’s 72nd Annual Meeting

Dr. Bryan Brayboy, President’s Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, is scheduled to present a plenary address at the Literacy Research Association’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The conference will be held at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa from November 29th – December 3rd, 2022.   Dr. Brayboy’s research focuses on the role of race and diversity in higher education, and the experiences of Indigenous students, staff, and faculty in institutions of higher education. He is the author of more than 95 scholarly documents, including being the author/editor of eight volumes, dozens of articles and book chapters, multiple policy briefs for the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences.   “We are honored to welcome Dr. Brayboy to the 72nd Annual LRA conference in December,” commented LRA Conference Chair Dr. Doris Walker-Dalhouse. “His expertise in the role of race and diversity in higher education and the experiences of Indigenous students, staff, and faculty align well with the conference theme which focuses on pursuing equity, solidarity, and social justice across multiple boundaries and borders.”   Brayboy has been a visiting and noted scholar in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Norway. His work has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Ford, Mellon, Kellogg, and Spencer Foundations, and several other private and public foundations and organizations. He and his team have, over the past 17 years, prepared more than 165 Native teachers to work in American Indian communities and more than 21 American Indian PhDs.   Registration for the 72nd Annual Conference is scheduled to open in late July.

The Impact of Gunther Kress on Social Semiotics and Education

The Impact of Gunther Kress on Social Semiotics and Education: An AERA Semiotics SIG Panel followed by a Graduate Student Networking Event is 3 weeks away! Have you registered yet? If not, see below!   Open to all! Join the Semiotics in Education SIG on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time for an exciting panel featuring the work and legacy of Gunther Kress.   Panelists Jeff Bezemer, Carey Jewitt, Jennifer Rowsell, and Theo van Leeuwen will consider the influence and impact of the work of Gunther Kress in social semiotics and education. Sponsored by the AERA Social Semiotics in Education SIG, the panel is in honor of the newly created Gunther Kress Scholarly Impact Award. The Panel will be followed by an informational event for Graduate Students. All are welcome. Register in advance for this meeting: https://buffalo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdu-vrT8qEtyJaGtKKLslcswDL1ZRhPnz   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   If you have any questions about the event, contact: Mary McVee (mcvee@buffalo.edu), AERA SIG Chair of Social Semiotics in Education: Signs, Meanings, and Multimodality

Edward B. Fry Book Award Call for Nominations

PURPOSE OF AWARD The purpose of the Edward B. Fry Book Award is to recognize LRA members who author a book on literacy research and practice. The award was established by Edward B. Fry who contributed a fund to support it. The first award was presented in 1995. An award seal was designed and used for the first time in 2000.   CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION Eligibility for the award is limited to current members of LRA who have written or been one of several authors of a book. The book must have a copyright date within 5 years of the date when the award is made. The book that receives the award will: • Advance knowledge about literacy • Display inquiry into literacy • Show responsible intellectual risk-taking   PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION Letters of nomination and a copy of the nominated book must be sent to the Committee Chair by or before June 20, 2022. Nomination letters must directly address the ways in which the nominated book meets the criteria outlined above. Letters cannot simply reiterate the endorsements or summaries designed to promote the text. Self-nominations are accepted. A book may be re-nominated if it has been previously nominated but did not win the award. Please submit nomination letters to Grace Enriquez (genrique@lesley.edu) by June 20, 2022.   PRESENTATION OF AWARD The Edward B. Fry Book Award is presented at the annual conference. The author receives a plaque and a monetary award. The monetary award will be in the amount of 5% of the principal in the Fund. If there is more than one author, the amount will be distributed equally among co-authors. For more information, go to https://www.literacyresearchassociation.org/edward-b-fry- book-award.  

June 2022 Newsletter

June 2022 President’s Message   Dear LRA Family and Friends,   Greetings to everyone! I trust this message finds you healthy and thriving!   Welcome to the first LRA newsletter of 2022. This first one will be followed every other month with subsequent newsletters containing a range of information, including membership news, important information about the 72nd Conference, LRA’s strategic plans and collaborations with other professional organizations and much more. Thanks goes to the great team effort by LRA’s e-editors, the Technology and Digital Communications committee, and Headquarters staff in getting the newsletter up and running as well as working diligently to customize the new website and streamline LRA’s communication venues.   Planning for the 72nd LRA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ is in full swing. Conference Chair, Doris Walker-Dalhouse, and Associate Conference Chair, Alfred Tatum, have already created an exciting line up of plenary speakers, including Dr. Angela Valenzuela from the University of Texas at Austin. The reviewing of conference proposals is underway, and thanks again goes to the Area Chairs of the 14 submission areas who, working closely with Doris and Al, will put together a stellar, intellectually stimulating research program in line with this year’s theme of “Crossing Boundaries and Borders: In Pursuit of Equity, Solidarity, and Social Justice.”   LRA is currently involved in three important initiatives with other professional groups. At the 71st Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Carol Lee, President of the National Academy of Education, introduced NA.Ed.’s “Civic Reasoning and Discourse” project and invited the LRA membership to contribute to the creation and dissemination of informational and curricular materials regarding key educational issues of the day and targeted for policymakers, school district officials, parents and teachers, and other interested stakeholders. Some of this information has been created and NA.Ed. President Lee has asked for LRA’s cooperation in dissemination and in the provision of on-going professional development where needed.   Earlier this spring in March, Rob Tierney, President of ILA, initiated a discussion with members of the Reading Hall of Fame and the leadership of ILA and LRA to brainstorm a world-wide mentoring program to include emerging scholars from several countries with a particular focus upon researchers from Indigenous areas, Africa, the Caribbean, and Asian and East Asian countries. The project would involve inviting established scholars from all over the world to volunteer as a mentor to one or more junior researchers in their areas of expertise and interest, in addition to being a sounding board for career and professional trajectories. With affiliates in 128 countries, Rob felt that ILA already has an existing network within which to work and communicate with local researchers and educators.   Over the past several months, beginning with conversations initiated by Past President, Gwendolyn McMillon, LRA has been in discussions with Sage Publishing about presenting a workshop or webinar to LRA membership on topics in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Sage already has an extensive list of resources that they provide to the editorial teams of over 1,000 journals to ensure fair and equitable reviewing procedures. While still in the planning stages, as of now, this webinar or workshop would be open for all LRA members to attend.   One of the ongoing issues across many years in LRA has been discussion about the choice of conference locations and venues. To that end, I created a new Administrative Committee—the Conference Venue Selection Committee—which is chaired by former LRA president, Janice Almasi. This committee’s charge includes exploring the many, complicated issues involved in making this decision such as the costs and logistics of various hotel, conference center and university venues, the internet capabilities for conducting a truly hybrid conference, locations other than in the south, accessibility of travel and local transportation, contract negotiation issues, adjacency to reasonably priced restaurants and entertainment, just to name a few. The final report of the committee’s findings will be presented in December 2022 at the 72nd conference. Other members of the committee include Elena Andrei, Kelley Atkinson, Tiffany Flowers, Gay Ivey, Catherine Lilly, Marla Mallette, Gwen McMillon, Tairan Qiu, and Bettina Buch.   Finally, while 2022 has seen some respite from the spread of COVID-19, LRA has joined other professional organizations such as AERA, the National Academy of Education, and the National Institute of Early Education Research in condemning and mourning the horrific loss of life resulting from recent gun violence at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and a church in Orange County, California. Sadly, in addition to these lives lost, another nine persons were killed and 70 more wounded due to shootings just over the Memorial Day weekend cbsnews.com/news/memorial-day-weekend-mass-shootings-2022. LRA is now in the process of reaching out to AERA, for example, to collaborate in efforts to bring together researchers and educators to discuss and forge plans for research to curb gun violence and support the families of victims.   With appreciation for all that you do,   David Yaden LRA President 2021-2022 dyadenjr@mail.arizona.edu Shooting in Uvalde, TX Once again and too soon, we are mourning more senseless and horrific deaths as a result of another mass shooting in America—this time 19 third, and fourth graders and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. This unconscionable loss of life and the aftermath of unspeakable pain, grief, and anger should touch us all deeply as literacy educators and researchers. These are our children too. Read more. Statement on Recent Murders in Buffalo and Orange County Once again, we as a nation are grieving the loss of life in both Buffalo and Orange County. This systemic, racist and political/ethnic violence has far reaching and life-altering impacts, not only for the families and communities who are mourning the unconscionable death of their loved ones and neighbors, but for all of us—it changes our journey in this world, our relationships, our identities, our actions. Read more. Message from the Conference Chair and LRA President Elect   Each new school or community shooting, challenge to texts used for instruction, laws designed to silence the voices of groups of individuals, and rhetoric that creates fear about “the other” and leads to marginalization cause us to pause and ask, “What is next?” While these are just a few of the sources of our individual discontents, we know that there are others not often mentioned but that need to be addressed. There are silences that immobilize us from taking the steps needed to bridge differences in our opinions about the causes and actions needed to correct these issues.   The 72nd Annual Conference is intended to provide an opportunity for us to engage in critical dialogue and as expressed by Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of our Discontent, that address the longstanding and powerful issues that divide us and operate in silence in “search for the unseen stirrings of the human heart .” This year’s conference committee is working diligently and intentionally to provide opportunities for LRA family and friends to engage in the critical discussions needed to cross the boundaries and borders that negatively impact literacy research, policies, and practices.   Alfred Tatum, Associate Conference Chair, and I want to thank the dedicated Area Chairs, and those of you who submitted proposals and/ or served as reviewers to create a quality program that will be well worth your time and travel to Phoenix. We strongly encourage you to spread the word about this year’s conference and invite colleagues, friends, students, and members of your respective communities committed to change to join us. Conference registration will open later this summer. Look for updated conference information on the LRA website.   Doris Walker-Dalhouse LRA Conference Chair and President Elect 2021-2022 doris.walker-dalhouse@marquette.edu Esteemed Education Policy Expert Committed to Speak at Annual Meeting Dr. Angela Valenzuela, a renowned education policy expert, has committed to speak at the Literacy Research Association’s 72nd Annual Meeting to be held at the Arizona Grand Resort from November 29 – December 3, 2022. Dr. Valenzuela is a professor in both the Cultural Studies in Education Program within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Educational Policy and Planning Program within the Department of Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin where she also serves as the director of the Texas Center for Education Policy. Read more. Submit Content for Critical Conversations Critical Conversations (in Literacy Research & Education) is the name of the stream of posts and updates at the front of the LRA website. Our mission is to create a space for students, educators, and researchers to share their narratives to create an inclusive and equitable teaching, learning, and working environment for all. Read more. Submit Your 2023 LRA Board Nominations! WE NEED YOUR INPUT. Please nominate LRA members who are willing to serve a 3-year term as an LRA Board Member or make a 5-year commitment to matriculate through the presidential line (VP-elect, VP, Pres-elect, President, Past President). Read more. Accepting Nominations for the 2022 P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award The purpose of this annual award is to honor, in P. David Pearson’s name, the author(s) of an article, chapter, or book written at least 5 years prior to the nomination, which has positively and demonstrably influenced literacy practices and/or policies within district, school and/or classroom contexts. Read more. Accepting Nominations for the 2022 Arthur Applebee Award Please take a moment to submit a nomination for an article for the Arthur Applebee Award for Excellence in Research on Literacy. The deadline is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The Arthur Applebee Award for Excellence in Research on Literacy is presented annually to honor an outstanding article in literacy research published in a refereed journal in the previous calendar year. Read more. Accepting Nominations for the 2022 Brian Street Award Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the Brian Street Memorial Award. Brian Street was a British anthropologist whose scholarship helped establish the social turn in literacy research. A core theme of Street’s scholarship was recognizing the dignity and integrity of all people and their uses of written language as they navigated the social, cultural, economic, and political structures of their lives. Read more. 2021 Ethnicity, Race and Multilingualism Committee Travel Award Winners The Ethnicity, Race and Multilingualism Committee (ERM) is committed to supporting and promoting the work of scholars from diverse backgrounds. This year, the ERM awarded eight doctoral student or early career scholars of color the ERM Travel Award to present their research at LRA 2021. The travel award committee (composed of Mandy Stewart, Cynthia Reyes, and Tiffany Flowers) received 22 competitive nominations. We recognize the following awardee’s excellence in literacy research: Dominique McDaniel, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Eun Young Yeom, University of Georgia Iman Bakhoda, Oakland University Joanne Yi, Indiana University Bloomington Jungmin Kwon, Michigan State University Min-Seok Choi, The Ohio State University Nancy Domínguez-Fret, University of Illinois at Chicago Tairan Qiu, University of Georgia The ERM will have another travel award competition to support emerging scholars of color who are presenting their research at the LRA 2022 convention in Phoenix, AZ. We will share the announcement for applications shortly after proposal notifications are sent out.   Congratulations to the 2021 awardees! (They are pictured below with ERM 2021 Chair, Bogum Yoon and Travel Awards Chair, Mandy Stewart.) The Impact of Gunther Kress on Social Semiotics and Education Open to all! Join the Semiotics in Education SIG on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time for an exciting panel featuring the work and legacy of Gunther Kress. Read more. Member Publications Flowers, T. A. (2022). A critical call for research about the literacy access of Black incarcerated youth. Journal of Language and Literacy in Education: Scholars Speak Out Series. Access the publication here.   Duo of Scholars Release Critical Issues in Education Text. Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education by Dr. Tiffany A. Flowers and Dr. Dorian Harrison is a foundational text for undergraduate education majors. The text focuses on the historical and theoretical underpinnings in the field. Additionally, the text features include 21st century topics from civil rights in education, reform, international education, and social and political issues in education. Read more here. LRA Mourns the Passing of Dr. Barbara Guzzetti Dr. Barbara Guzzetti passed away on Saturday, May 21st. Education was Barbara’s lifelong passion. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northern University in DeKalb, Illinois, and her PhD. from the University of Colorado, specializing in Reading/Literacy Education. Barbara was a notable researcher, writer, and professor at Arizona State University in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.   Barbara’s list of academic credits, awards, and citations is endless and her social life has been as fulfilling as her academic one. She was known as a gourmet cook and an animal-rights activist. Barbara will also be remembered by those who joined her in rescuing Havanese dogs.   Barbara is remembered by her friends as representing LRA in many ways. She embodied the values of concern for those marginalized by systems and “business-as-usual” policies. Education was Barbara’s lifelong passion and showed not only in her research but in her dedication to fairness, her profound curiosity and openmindedness, and humble generosity. At her life’s end, she went knowing that her contributions helped make the world a better place.

LR:TMP Call for Editors

Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice CALL FOR EDITORS   Letter of Intent Due: July 1, 2022 Application Due: August 15, 2022   The Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice (LR:TMP), a publication of the Literacy Research Association (LRA), is seeking applications for a new editorial team to begin their official term of service in the fall 2023 starting with Volume 73. LR:TMP is a largely peer-reviewed annual journal that publishes contemporary research and aims to promote discussion and constructive critique about key areas of literacy research, policy, and practice. Manuscripts published in the journal highlight research presented at the Annual Meeting of the Literacy Research Association and inform literacy theory, methods, and practices in the field. Editors serve a four-year term with no more than two terms served consecutively. Current editorial teams (or portions of teams) who are interested in a second four-year term must reapply through the regular process. Editors submit mid-year and annual reports to the Publications Committee, LRA Board, and Executive Committee in April and November from each year. Limited funds are available to support the work of the editorial team. Funding is contingent upon LRA Board approval following a review of annual reports. The new editorial team works with the outgoing LR:TMP editorial team and the LRA Publications Committee to facilitate a smooth transition period. Application Procedures Interested editorial teams should submit a letter of intent by July 1, 2022 to LRA Publications Chair, Kristen Perry, Kristen.Perry@uky.edu. Complete applications are due to the LRA Publications Chair, Kristen Perry, Kristen.Perry@uky.edu no later than August 15, 2022. Editorial teams are required to e-mail the following documents (Maximum 10 single-spaced pages for items 2-7) as a single PDF or MS-Word file (Label file as Lastname, Firstname, LR:TMP Editor Application). Teams are encouraged to develop an editorial team diverse in a number of respects (e.g., theoretically, methodologically, professorial rank, racial background), while bearing in mind the logistical challenges of including a large number of people and institutions. Letter of Intent: Include a brief letter of intent to serve as LR:TMP editors. Include full name, title affiliation, and contact information for each member of the editorial team. Vision and Goals for LR:TMP: Include a description of the editorial team’s vision and goals for the journal, including an assessment of the journal’s strengths and areas for improvement. Please consider including strategies for potentially engaging LRA membership in conversations including and beyond publication of the LR:TMP volume (e.g., a once-a-semester podcast or webinar with LR:TMP authors). Prior Editorial Experience: Include a description of prior editing experience for each member of the editorial team. Collaboration and Teamwork: Include a description of the editorial team’s approach to teamwork and collaboration relative to editorial work. Institutional Support: Include a description of whether and how the institution for each member of the editorial team will support the work of the editorship (e.g., course release, financial support, reduction of committee work, graduate assistantship, office space, technology support, support for travel to the conference). Review Processes and Procedures: Include a description of the editorial team’s proposed manuscript review processes and procedures, including their strategies for developing a substantial and diverse pool of reviewers. Proposed Budget: Attach a detailed budget of up to ________ with a justification for anticipated costs associated with editing the journal to be covered by LRA. Curriculum Vitae: Attach for each member of the editorial team. Letters of Support: Attach letters of support from each lead editorial team member’s institution indicating the level of support offered should the team be chosen (a single letter is sufficient if all applicants are from the same institution). Letters are recommended but not required for supporting/assistant editors. Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding the new editorial team no later than the conclusion of the December, 2022 meeting of the LRA Board.   For questions regarding the Call for LR:TMP Editors, contact Kristen Perry, Chair of the Publications Committee Kristen.Perry@uky.edu.

Esteemed Education Policy Expert Committed to Speak at Annual Meeting

Dr. Angela Valenzuela, a renowned education policy expert, has committed to speak at the Literacy Research Association’s 72nd Annual Meeting to be held at the Arizona Grand Resort from November 29 – December 3, 2022.   Dr. Valenzuela is a professor in both the Cultural Studies in Education Program within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Educational Policy and Planning Program within the Department of Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin where she also serves as the director of the Texas Center for Education Policy. She is also the author of award-winning Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring(1999) Leaving Children Behind: How “Texas-style” Accountability Fails Latino Youth (2005), and Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Educators of Latino/a Youth (Teachers College Press, 2016). She also founded and operates an education blog titled, Educational Equity, Politics, and Policy in Texas.   Valenzuela’s research and teaching interests are in the sociology of education, minority youth in schools, educational policy, urban education reform, culturally relevant curriculum, Ethnic Studies, and indigenous education. Dr. Valenzuela’s presentation on the “Struggles for Inclusive Curriculum, Ethnic Studies, and Academic Freedom: Scholars’ Responses to the Conservative Backlash in Texas,” fits seamlessly with the conference theme of “Crossing Boundaries and Borders: In Pursuit of Equity, Solidarity and, Social Justice.”   “We could not be more thrilled to have Dr. Valenzuela as one of our plenary speakers,” said LRA Conference Chair Dr. Doris Walker-Dalhouse. “Her efforts in Texas embody the conference theme as she pursues equity, solidarity, and social justice in her scholarship, research, and service within her local and state communities.”   Against the backdrop of the robust Ethnic Studies Movement in Texas in the quest for curricular inclusion in Texas classrooms and textbooks, Valenzuela will talk about the conservative backlash to these efforts that took form during the (2021) 87th Texas Regular Legislative Session in the form of House Bill 3979, a bill that inaugurated the right-wing movement against the so-called teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in K-12 education coupled with a ban on books addressing content that the Texas GOP finds objectionable.   Registration for the 2022 72nd Annual Conference meeting will open later this summer. For more information, please visit literacyresearchassociation.org/current-conference.

LRA Statement on the Recent Murders in Buffalo and Orange County

Dear LRA Family and Friends,   Once again, we as a nation are grieving the loss of life in both Buffalo and Orange County.  This systemic, racist and political/ethnic violence has far reaching and life-altering impacts, not only for the families and communities who are mourning the unconscionable death of their loved ones and neighbors, but for all of us—it changes our journey in this world, our relationships, our identities, our actions.   As you know, LRA has been dutiful in releasing several strong statements in past years about such ugly and violent acts against persons of color by white supremacists and other extremist persons, including “The role of literacy research in racism and racial violence (2016); “Statement against anti-Black racism, anti-Black violence, and all forms of racism and violence (2020);” “Statement against anti-Asian violence (2021);” and the most recent LRA research report Racial justice in literacy research (2022).  All of these statements can be accessed on the LRA website.   There is no doubt that as an organization of caring, morally responsible professionals, we stand in solidarity with other educational organizations in grieving the loss of our fellow human beings and condemning such racially-motivated violence.  Our Mission Statement is clear:   We are deeply saddened by the continued tragedies incurred disproportionately by our Black, Indigenous, Latinx, [and Asian and LGBTQIA+] communities. We cannot sit by in silence. We call for renewed dedication of our scholarly talents to call out racism and injustices and support equitable, inclusive, anti-racist educational practices and spaces.    Each of us play critical roles in our communities and collegial circles, promoting racial justice and peace, being like professional leaven, as it were, effecting the spread of hope, goodwill, compassion, and justice in whatever way we deem best.  So, while we mourn, let us resolve to do better in making the world a more safe and nurturing space for all peoples.   On behalf of the LRA Board of Directors, David Yaden President, Literacy Research Association   VJ Mayor, CAE Executive Director, Literacy Research Association