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Valerie Kinloch

Name: Valerie Kinloch, Associate Professor of Literacy Studies, The Ohio State University.

Presentation Title: “Youth Literacy Practices in Schools and Communities:
Promises and Possibilities”

Date: October 4, 2012

Abstract

Focusing on the literacy lives, practices, and experiences of young people across
local and global contexts, this presentation investigates ways to collaborate with
youth to create critical literacy opportunities in classrooms and communities.
Youth literacy narratives about community and schooling, about academic success
and academic underachievement, for example, will be discussed in ways that
challenge us to listen to (and center) the perspectives of young people in curricular
decisions and in community involvement. In so doing, this presentation argues that
stronger connections be made between school and community sites and practices
as these connections have serious implications for the literacy lives of young
people.