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Savannah Children's Book Festival

Reaching Reluctant Readers


What's In Your Backpack?
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
Southwest Chatham Library, FREE

Who should attend: teachers, media specialists, and pre-service teachers as well as interested parents and education majors

Donna E. Alvermann Distinguished Research Professor of Language & Literacy Education, UGA

These everyday practices share one thing in common: no matter what the context, content is the focus. In this workshop, content = pop culture; how it motivates teachers has implications for their students. Participants will engage in practical activities that promise to unpack and repack their thinking about pop culture in the classroom.
Workshop participants will learn principles and strategies that encourage students to actively participate in the reading process and develop a lifelong love of reading. The presenter will focus on how to reach reluctant readers and help them achieve success in the classroom and beyond.

Two half-day sessions are offered:
9:30 a.m. to noon - Focus will be on emerging literacy and younger readers (elementary grades)
1:30 to 4 p.m. - Focus will be on those students still having trouble with reading in middle school and high school

Lunch break - noon to 1:30 p.m. (Reasonably priced restaurants and the mall food court are located nearby.)

About our presenter:
Donna E. Alvermann is Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. Formerly a classroom teacher in Texas and New York, her research focuses on youth’s multiple literacies in and out of school. From 1992 to1997 she co-directed the National Reading Research Center. Her books include Content Reading and Literacy: Succeeding in Today’s Diverse Classrooms (5th ed.); Popular Culture in the Classroom: Teaching and Researching Critical Media Literacy; Bridging the Literacy Achievement Gap, Grades 4-12; and Adolescents and Literacies in a Digital World (3rd printing). Past president of the National Reading Conference (NRC) and co-chair of the International Reading Association’s Commission on Adolescent Literacy, she currently edits Reading Research Quarterly. She is the recipient of NRC’s Oscar Causey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Reading Research; the Albert Kingston Award for Distinguished Service; the College Reading Association’s Laureate Award; the H.B. Herr Award for Contributions to Research in Reading Education; and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit awarded by the International Reading Association.

For more information or to register, contact Constance Coleman,, 912-925-8305.

This free workshop is a component of the Savannah Children’s Book Festival, presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Forsyth Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Major sponsors include the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace.