Re-Envisioning School Literacy Practices That Engage Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Dian Mawene (mawene @ and Halil Cakir (cakir @ are doctoral students in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Abstract. Mawene and Cakir re-envision school literacy programs that draw on non-dominant literacy practices of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) families as strengths, in particular oral-based literacy.

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Literacy, Culture & Language: A Vision for Cultural Literacy Practices Through Black American Sign Language

Mary L. Johnson, graduate student in Educational Policy Studies and program coordinator UW-Madison’s College Access Program, mjohnson49 @

Larry Love, doctoral student in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, llove @

Abstract. By using Black American Sign Language (ASL) as a vessel, Johnson and Love seek to reimagine inclusive literacy practices that recognize multiple literacies and dismantle power relations by asking whose cultural literacies have been deemed more and less valuable through literacy practices.

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“Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe!”: Navigating the Tension between Empowering Youth through Hip-Hop Literacies and Existing School Behavioral Norms

A.J. Dahl, cross-categorical special education teacher currently residing in Madison, received his general masters in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and eagerly returned to the field to teach where he is striving to make a difference on the daily.

Abstract. Dahl argues that instructors can authentically immerse themselves in hip-hop pedagogies and improve the educational outcomes for students who have been previously marginalized.

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“Those Kids Down the Hall” Are Now in My Elementary Classroom: Now What?

Jessica McQueston, doctoral student in Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, mcqueston @

Abstract. McQueston illustrates how peer-mediated strategies were used with the Special Olympics “Young Athletes” program. These modifications allowed teachers to implement this program more readily, thereby promoting the inclusion of students with disabilities. Using pillars of collaborative strategic reading, all group members can contribute to the success of the group, thus disrupting the idea that students with disabilities can receive only help.

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Guest Editor’s Introduction: Inclusive Education as Literacy Pedagogy for Historically Marginalized Learners

Taucia Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education, Taucia.Gonzalez @

Abstract. This work is the result of a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students fiercely committed to creating more inclusive schools for historically marginalized youth by advancing understandings of the intersection of ability and cultural differences through the Wisconsin Idea.

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Storying Our Journey: Conversations about the Literary Canon and Course Development in Secondary English Education

Elsie Olan, Assistant Professor and Secondary English Language Arts Coordinator – College of Education and Human Performance, University of Central Florida, elsie.olan @

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Kia Richmond, Professor and Director of English Education,  English Department, Northern Michigan University, krichmon @

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Abstract. Olan and Richmond present preservice English teachers’ stories about having little experience with canonical texts they are asked to teach in their field experiences.
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Practice-Based Instruction in English Teacher Education: Teaching Novice Teachers to Lead Class Discussions

Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer, English Department, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan,

Abstract. This article describes a yearlong investigation of how explicit, focused instruction in facilitating classroom discussion, combined with approximations of (and peer/instructor feedback on) this practice, impact the way(s) preservice English teachers learn to discuss literature with secondary students.

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“Are My Songs Literature?” Lessons Learned from Teaching a Non-Traditional Text

Jim Carlson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, jcarlson @

Emily Mootz, student of Secondary English Education, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, mootz.emil @

Krystle Thomas, undergraduate Social Studies and Psychology teacher candidate, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, thomas.krys @

Abstract. Carlson, Mootz, and Thomas provide an overview of their experiences as co-teachers during a summer pre-college program in which they taught a non-traditional text, Kendrick Lamar’s (2015) hip-hop album, To Pimp a Butterfly (TPAB), rather than a conventional literary text from the Western canon.

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Comfort Zone X: Establishing Safe Learning Environments for Open Discussion of Critical Issues

Aaliyah Baker, Department of Language and Literacy, Cardinal Stritch University,

Abstract. This article is intended for practicing educators charged with providing meaningful experiences in literature-based instruction for students of all ages. As an educator herself, Baker strives to support students in their quest to become critical, reflective thinkers and mindful consumers of information on past and contemporary issues. The question becomes: how can one encourage open discussion and debate while maintaining a safe environment for a variety of voices and perspectives?

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