Michigan Reading Association


Dr. April Baker-Bell-Standing Up and Fighting Back: Revolutionary Pedagogies Of Resistance

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. One of our keynote speakers is Dr. April Baker-Bell, an international leader in conversations on Black Language education, and her research interrogates the intersections of Black Language and literacy, anti-Black racism, and anti-racist pedagogies

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Dr. Baker-Bell is an award-winning trans-disciplinary teacher-researcher-activist and associate professor of language, literacy and English education at Michigan State University. Her award-winning book, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, brings together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism (a term Baker-Bell coined) and white linguistic supremacy.

Baker-Bell is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the 2021 Coalition for Community Writing Outstanding Book Award, the 2021 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Direction Fellowship, the 2021 Michigan State University’s Community Engagement Scholarship Award and the 2021 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activity.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.


Dr. April Baker-Bell Empowers Black Language and Literacy

Nell K. Duke-Research-Based Literacy for Equity

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI.

One of our keynote presenters is Nell K. Duke, Ed.D, a professor in literacy, language and culture in the School of Education and also in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan.

 

Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in economic poverty. Duke has been named one of the most influential education scholars in the U.S. in Education Week. She has won multiple awards, including the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association and the International Literacy Association’s William S. Gray Citation of Merit.

Duke is author and co-author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text through Project-based Instruction.

Duke has taught preservice, inservice and doctoral courses in literacy education, speaks and consults widely on literacy education, and is an active member of several literacy-related organizations.

Her Twitter handle is @nellduke.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 


Dr. Ernest Morrell-Critical Literacy

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI.

One of our keynote speakers is Dr. Ernest Morrell, a Coyle Professor, a member of the faculty in the English and Africana Studies Departments, and Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame.


Ernest is also director of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), an elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and a co-convener of the African Diaspora International Research Network.

From 2015-2021 Ernest has been annually ranked among the top university-based education scholars in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published by EdWeek. Ernest is also the recipient of the NCTE Distinguished Service Award, the Kent Williamson Leadership Award from the Conference on English Leadership, and the Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies.

His scholarly interests include: Critical Pedagogy, English Education, Literacy Studies, Postcolonial Studies, popular culture and education across the African Diaspora.  

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 


Sharif El-Mekki-Retaining Educator Activists

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Sharif El-Mekki, the Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development, who will be addressing retaining educator activists. The Center exists to ensure there will be equity in the recruiting, training, hiring, and retention of quality educators that reflect the cultural backgrounds and share common socio-political interests of the students they serve.


Prior to founding the Center, El-Mekki served as a nationally recognized principal and U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellow. El-Mekki’s school, Mastery Charter Shoemaker, was recognized by President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and was awarded the prestigious EPIC award for three consecutive years as being amongst the top three schools in the country for accelerating students’ achievement levels.

Over the years, El-Mekki has served as a part of the U.S. delegation to multiple international conferences on education. He is also the founder of the Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice, an organization dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and developing Black male teachers. El-Mekki blogs on Philly’s 7th Ward, is a member of the 8 Black Hands podcast, and serves on several boards and committees focused on educational and racial justice.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 

 


Dr. Carlin Borsheim-Black-Stereotypes and Misconceptions: Responding to Critical Race Sticking Points in Literature Studies

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Dr. Carlin Borsheim-Black, a professor of English language and literature at Central Michigan University (CMU), where she teaches English methods and young adult literature courses. Her presentation at the conference is titled Stereotypes and Misconceptions: Responding to Critical Race Sticking Points in Literature Studies.


Her scholarship and service are focused on reinventing literature curriculum and instruction for critical English education, navigating the challenges of doing multicultural work in predominantly White teaching contexts, and continually improving English teacher education.

She has co-written two books, Letting Go of Literary Whiteness: Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students, and Inspiring Dialogue: Talking to Learn in the English Classroom.

Before joining the faculty at CMU, Carlin earned master’s and doctorate degrees at Michigan State University (MSU). During her time at MSU, she was recognized with an Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award for her work with preservice teachers.

Carlin previously taught high school English, drama and creative writing in Michigan and Ohio. She is affiliated with the Red Cedar Writing Project and Chippewa River Writing Projects. Her work has been published in English JournalTeachers College Record, and Research in the Teaching of English.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 

 


Dr. Pamela Pugh-MI State Board of Education

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Dr. Pamela Pugh, who was elected as Vice-President to the Michigan State Board of Education in 2014. She has served as the Chief Public Health Advisor for the City of Flint, Michigan since October 2016. 


She previously worked for five years as a consultant with Regeneration LLC, a business owned and founded by Dr. Pugh, which serves as a catalyst for economically sustainable and healthy urban communities by assisting public agencies, organizations, and businesses in building capacity through effective operations and winning partnerships.

Prior to starting this business, she was employed by the Saginaw County Department of Public Health for 14 years. She received a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 


Dr. Lucia Cardenas Curiel-A Critical Literacies Approach for Bi/Multilingual Learners

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Lucia Cardenas Curiel, who examines literacy practices that authentically engage culturally and linguistically diverse students in the classroom and support their academic success in schools. Her presentation at the conference is titled A Critical Literacies Approach for Bi/Multilingual Learners.

 

Her work explores the relationship between language, literacy, and the use of a variety of texts to understand how young learners build knowledge in different subject areas, in particular Latina/o bilingual children. Her areas of expertise include elementary literacy education and teaching English as a second language.

Her interests include using multicultural literature in the elementary classroom to discuss issues of social justice and identity development. She also studies language practices in community settings to introduce innovative pedagogical practices in the elementary classroom.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 

 


Owen Bondono-LGBTQ+ Lenses in Curriculum

n 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Owen Bondono, 2020-21 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Owen’s presentation at the conference is titled LGBTQ+ Lenses in Curriculum.


 

Owen Bondono comes from a family of educators and joined the profession as his second career. A true grow-your-own story, Owen first worked for five years as paraprofessional, substitute teacher, summer school teacher and ELA testing coordinator while earning his teaching certificate.

He’s since spent five years leading a classroom at both the middle and high school level, and currently teaches 9th grade English Language Arts. As the faculty advisor for his school’s Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA), Owen works to advocate for all students and ensure that school is a safe, productive place for them.

Owen has led training and organization within his building to improve climate and culture surrounding issues of equality and is a facilitator for LGBTQ Student Safe Spaces. He is also a member of the Anti-Racist Leadership Institute and Resource Coordination Team (MTSS).

Owen has served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and the Activities Committee. Outside of school, he volunteers for the national literacy organization, for National Novel Writing Month as a Metro Detroit municipal liaison and has edited several locally produced plays.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 


Tan-A Hoffman-Read Aloud with the Anishinaabe Perspective

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Tan-A Hoffman, who has been teaching for 19 years in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Her presentation at the conference is titled Read Aloud with the Anishinaabe Perspective.


She was hired at JKL Bahweting School in 2008 as a Reading Recovery Teacher, and in 2015, she returned to the 4th-grade classroom and is now teaching 2nd grade.  

She recently gained her National Board Certification in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.  With her passion for Native American Education, she is involved with the Teach to Lead project, with the goal to increase the number of NBCTs educating Native students and empowering Native American communities.

Tan-A is also a board member of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.  She enjoys collaborating with others to promote equitable change in education for educators and students.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 


Dr. Aaron D. Johnson-Literacy as Property: Mitigating Reading Gentrification among Students of Color in Public Schools

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Dr. Aaron Johnsona teacher, administrator, higher education faculty, and author working as an equity leadership coach. His presentation at the conference is Literacy as Property: Mitigating Reading Gentrification among Students of Color in Public Schools.


Aaron has twenty years of experience as a teacher, principal, director of instruction, and assistant superintendent with a commitment to equity in public school environments. He most recently served as the assistant superintendent for diversity, equity, and inclusion in a public school district.

Aaron has presented at several local, regional, and national conferences with an emphasis on developing literacy for African American students in schools. He is the author of the Teachers College Press book,A Walk in Their Kicks: Literacy, Identity, and the Schooling of Young Black Males.

Aaron is also the creator of the Black Male Literacy Paradigm, which is a framework used by schools to engage Black youth in school literacy practices. He serves on the Coalition of Chairs for the Michigan Reading Association’s 2022 Annual Conference. He is active in the Detroit area and is the founder of The American Literacy Society, a nonprofit whose vision is to engage citizens in literacy to participate in the democratic process.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 


Michael Mendez Guevera-A Mexican White Boy's Journey to Love and Acceptance through Reading

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured Speakers is Michael Méndez Guevara, a former high school journalism and English teacher who spent his time in the classroom helping students see themselves as writers and fall in love with reading through the world of young adult literature. His presentation for the conference is titled Gueros y Huevos: A Mexican White Boy’s Jouney to Love and Acceptance through Reading.


As an educational sales consultant with Perfection Learning®, Michael works with teachers and schools on improving their literacy instruction and providing resources to help students achieve academic success.

He has taught elementary school, middle school, and high school and has worked as a district level leader and served on the Texas state standards revision committee that developed the state’s current literacy standards.

He is the father of three adult sons, the youngest a student at the University of Kansas—Rock Chalk! Michael is working on a professional development book for literacy educators and currently has agents reading the manuscript of his young adult novel, The Closest Thing to a Normal Life

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.


Dr. Patricia Edwards-Using Digital Tools to Connect Teachers, Communities and Families

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Dr. Patricia A Edwards, a nationally and internationally recognized expert in parent involvement, home, school, community partnerships, multicultural literacy, early literacy especially among poor and minority children. Her presentation at the conference is titled Using Digital Tools  to Connect Teachers, Communities and Families.


She is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame and a National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy Distinguished Scholar, is a Professor of Language and Literacy in the Teacher Education Department at Michigan State University.

She is the immediate Past Chair of the American Educational Research Association's Family, School, Community Partnerships Special Interest Group. She served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2001of the International Literacy Association (formally the International Reading Association), from 2006 to 2007 as the first African American President of the Literacy Research Association, and as the 2010 - 2011 President of the International Literacy Association.

She has published articles in highly refereed journals and authored two nationally acclaimed family literacy programs: Parents as Partners in Reading: A Family Literacy Training Program and Talking Your Way to Literacy: A Program to Help Nonreading Parents Prepare Their Children for Reading (1990). She is the co-author of A Path to Follow: Learning to Listen to Parents, Bridging Literacy and Equity: The Essential Guide to Social Equity Teaching, and Change is Gonna Come: Transforming Literacy for African American Students, winner of the 2011 Literacy Research Association's Edward B. Fry Book Award.


Dr. Kate Roberts-Literacy Essentials to Support Literacy Equity

 In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Dr. Kate Roberts, a former kindergarten teacher who earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, with a specialization in Literacy, from Michigan State University. Her presentation is titled Literacy Essentials to Support Literacy Equity.


Currently, Dr. Roberts is the Interim Assistant Dean of the Division of Teacher Education and an Associate Professor of Reading, Language, and Literature in the College of Education at Wayne State University.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on emergent and content-area literacy, as well as theoretical foundations of literacy in the departments of Reading, Language and Literature; Early Childhood Education; and Bilingual-Bicultural Education.

Dr. Roberts’ primary research interests include content-area literacy, graphical comprehension, and family literacy. She has authored several publications on literacy education and speaks widely for both practitioner and researcher audiences about various aspects of literacy, such as family involvement, cross-curricular approaches to instruction, and literacy in early childhood contexts.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 

 


Melissa Isaac-Language, Literacy, Identity

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is  Melissa Isaac, who serves tribal students as both the Education Director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan as well as the Giigdokwe (Chairperson) for the Confederation of Michigan Tribal Education Directors. Her presentation at the conference is titled Language, Literacy, Identity. 


Melissa Isaac is Anishinaabe Kwe (Indigenous Woman) and a Tribal Citizen of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. She is a proud graduate of Central Michigan University, obtaining both her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Administration.

Melissa is determined to promote visibility of often forgotten Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples in the public school system. When Indigenous learners in Michigan (and beyond) are able to see themselves in their learning environment; learning becomes relevant and outcomes improve.

She can be reached at misaac@sagchip.org.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.


Jessyca Mathews-Selecting Your Space for Making Good Trouble

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Jessyca Matthews. Her presentation at the conference is titled Selecting Your Space for Making Good Trouble. Jessyca received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan-Flint in English, with a minor in history, in 2000. She also received a Master's in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in 2005. Along with these degrees, Jessyca attended Michigan State University for her National Writing Project certification program and is a Red Cedar Writing Project member. 


Ms. Mathews is a language arts teacher at Carman-Ainsworth High School and a Racial, Environmental Justice, and Institutional Racism activist. In 2017, Jessyca was named a finalist for the NEA's Social Justice Activist of the Year to work on the Flint water crisis.

In celebration of her activism work, Jessyca was named the 2018 Secondary English Teacher of the year from the Michigan Council of Teachers of English and the 2018 National Sanford Award Winner for being the most inspirational teacher in Michigan. Lastly, Jessyca was honored as Regional Teacher of the Year for Michigan and finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year.

Jessyca has done national interviews with USA Today, Time Magazine, and NPR. She has presented at conferences across the country on many social justice issues, including issues within education.

She has participated in protests and community action to speak on behalf of those affected by the Flint Water Crisis and multiple areas in education. Jessyca has written two books, co-written a play, and, in the past year, has had essays published in McSweeney's and The Washington Post.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 

 


Camille Kenner-Words Their Way Classroom: A K-5 Supplemental Literacy Program that helps You Teach Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Camille Kenner. Her presentation at the conference is titled Words Their Way Classroom. Camille Kenner, is the Curriculum Specialist for Supplemental and Intervention Programs for Savvas Learning Company.

She has extensive experience in the field of literacy having taught grades K-6 as a general and special education teacher.

Camille has also operated as a MTSS co-chair supporting educational staff and Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 students. In each of these capacities, she has used Words Their Way as the instructional resource to support phonics, spelling and vocabulary development in students.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.


Andy Schoenborn-Writing for Equity and Justice

n 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Andy Schoenborn, a high school English teacher and award-winning author in Michigan at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools. His presentation at the conference is titled Writing for Equity and Justice. 

 

Andy focuses his work on student-centered critical thinking, digital collaboration, and multimedia means. In 2013, he was honored with MCTE’s Ray Lawson Excellence in Teaching Award For faithful service, inspirational qualities, and distinguished leadership.” In 2014 he received the Great Lakes Bay Region RUBY Award "Recognizing the Upward, Bright, and Young.

 

In 2017 he received the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s ISE Award "Inspiration, Support, and Encouragement,” and in 2019 he was honored with the NCTE Linda Rief Award for “Outstanding publication in a peer-reviewed journal.”

 

As the vice president of the Michigan Reading Association, past-president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, and National Writing Project teacher consultant for Central Michigan University’s Chippewa River Writing Project he frequently conducts workshops related to literacy and technology. His first book, co-authored with Dr. Troy Hicks, Creating Confident Writers was published in 2020. Follow him on Twitter @aschoenborn.

 

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 


Quan Neloms and Kente Rosser- The Cypher Pedagogy: Utilizing Lyrics and Storytelling to Promote Student Engagement

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

 

One of our featured speakers is Quan Neloms, a dedicated husband, father,educator,counselor and community leader.He, together with Kente Rosser will offer a presentation at the conference titled The Cypher Pedagogy: Utilizing Lyrics and Storytelling to Promote Student Engagement.

 

In the midst of his undergraduate studies, Neloms spent two years serving in Detroit’s Brightmoor community. While launching after-school and physical education programs in the area’s schools and public housing development, Neloms realized his passion for working with youth and young adults, particularly young Black men.

Believing that young men needed to see themselves as teachers, leaders,and productive community members, Neloms made the commitment to become an educator and to remain in the city of Detroit.

One of Neloms’ signature achievements is the creation of the “Lyricist Society”. Launched in 2009 as an after-school activity, the program’s purpose is to increase student involvement in creative arts while promoting cultural awareness, the value of achievement and improving literacy through the use of hip hop and digital media.

The students’ work has been recognized by the executive and administrative branches of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit City Council, the Historical Society of Michigan, internationally known musical acts, news media outlets,colleges and universities.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click her

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Chris Rutherford-Engendering and Supporting Literate, Politically Conscious and Socially Responsible Community through Literature

     In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured speakers is Chris Rutherford. His presentation at the conference is titled Engendering and Supporting a Literate, Politically Conscious, and Socially Responsible Community Through Literature.

 

Chris has dedicated over 30 years to working in education and education-serving organizations developing equity focused programs and curriculum for students in southeastern Michigan.

Chris serves as President of the Board of Directors for Broadside Lotus Press, which is the nation’s oldest African American owned publisher of African American poetry.

Chris also serves as director of community mobilization strategy for the Michigan College Access Network. Chris develops, manages and delivers a suite of training and technical assistance services to statewide Local College Access Networks, utilizing the Collective Impact framework. 

Chris recently worked at the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, where he co-led their national Promise of Place strategy as well as their High School Excellence initiative.

He also contributed to the writing and publishing of CBMA’s seminal document “Promise of Place: Building Beloved Community for Black Men and Boys'' and "Black Male Equity Initiative Anthology: Detroit, Reclaiming the Dream."

Chris attended Wayne State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. He then attended Eastern Michigan University, where he received a University Fellowship Award and earned a Master of Arts in social foundations for education.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 


Dr. Rosalyn Shahid-Cutivating Collective Genius: Implementing Culturally Sustaining Practices Districtwide

In 1956, 12 African American students enrolled and attended an all-white school for the first time in the United States. This was also the year that the Michigan Reading Association began the first of 66 annual conferences. In 2022 MRA faces the pandemic with cautious optimism and a mask to meet in-person March 11-14 in Lansing, MI. To register for the upcoming conference click here.

One of our featured Speakers is Dr. Rosalyn Shahid. Her presentation at the conference is titled Cultivating Collective Genius: Implementing Culturally Sustaining Practices Districtwide

 

Dr. Rosalyn Shahid is a literacy consultant, an adjunct instructor, a lover of books, and a social justice advocate. She is a native Detroiter, graduate of Detroit Public Schools, and a former Detroit high school English teacher, which grounds her work.

The primary aim of her research and practice is to build teacher capacity, and by extension, empower students through anti-racist instructional models. Her work examines the interconnectedness of adolescent development, equity pedagogy, and disciplinary literacy. 

Dr. Shahid holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, a Master of Education in Reading and Reading Specialist Endorsement (K-12) from Marygrove College, and a Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University.

She currently works as a consultant for Wayne Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) where she supports districts throughout Wayne County. 

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35 click here.

 

 



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