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Literacy at George Mason University Welcome to the George Mason University Literacy and Reading program! The Literacy and Reading program offers course work and degrees related to literacy.

Welcome to the George Mason University Literacy and Reading program! The Literacy and Reading program offers coursework and degrees related to the reading, writing and language development of children, adolescents and adults. Our certificate, master's, and doctoral programs prepare educators for instructional, leadership, research, and policy roles in school divisions, agencies and universities throughout the United States. All coursework is carefully based in both research and practice to provide educators in every setting with a strong foundation for professional decision-making. The master's and graduate certificate programs meet the requirements for reading specialist licensure in Virginia and follows the Standards for Literacy Professionals established by the International Literacy Association. This program was recently identified by ILA as "Nationally Recognized" after an extensive accreditation and review process.

Mission: The mission of the Literacy and Reading program involves five central objectives: To provide experiences that will enable candidates to become highly knowledgeable in literacy theory, research,and appropriate instructional practices for young children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs. To provide experiences that will enable candidates to contribute to literacy instruction by developing coherent, inclusive literacy programs that meet the needs of all students. To provide experiences that will enable candidates to contribute to literacy assessment in instructional contexts (assist in the development of assessment instruments, conduct assessments for individuals or groups of students, assist in interpretation of test results and share results of assessments with the public). To provide experiences that will enable candidates to serve as a literacy leader in instructional contexts (serving as a resource to teachers, developing curriculum, coordinating the literacy program, selecting or identifying literacy material and providing professional development). To provide experiences that will facilitate candidates development of the attitudes and skills necessary for continued learning throughout their literacy careers (through reading, writing, conducting research, providing professional presentations, and other opportunities for connecting with colleagues in literacy and allied fields).

Literacy friends, please share widely with your colleagues. This is important research is led by Dr. Toya Frank in Mathe...
12/19/2019

Literacy friends, please share widely with your colleagues. This is important research is led by Dr. Toya Frank in Mathematics Education Leadership along with other faculty and researchers within our College of Education and Human Development at Mason.

Attention DMV area teachers!

We are conducting a focus group with Black K-12 teachers of mathematics at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria, Virginia at 10am on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Interested? See the flyer attached and sign up at http://www.trajectorystudy.com/p/focus-group-sign-up.html for more details.

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These are great ideas! Just 4 more days until a niiiiiice long school break!
12/16/2019
Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break

These are great ideas! Just 4 more days until a niiiiiice long school break!

Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post to download the Ten Creative Ways to End the Semester Resource Pack. This is a post I first wrote a decade ago, when I was

Anybody else feeling subversive? Time to read a challenged or banned book, and it looks like you'll be in good company a...
09/23/2019
Alexandria Mayor Wilson and Others to Read During the Banned Books 'Read-Out' at the Athenaeum, September 25 - The Zebra

Anybody else feeling subversive? Time to read a challenged or banned book, and it looks like you'll be in good company at the Athenaeum!

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Join the Alexandria Library and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association to participate in the annual Banned Books Read-Out to celebrate your right to read during Banned Books Week. Did you know that books are still being banned in the 21st century? Banned or challenged book ti...

Happy first day of school for many area teachers, specialists, and current Mason students! If you ever had a class or at...
08/26/2019

Happy first day of school for many area teachers, specialists, and current Mason students! If you ever had a class or attended an event in Bull Run Hall on the SciTech campus, it's got a fresh new identity honoring Katherine Johnson. Check out the book below for student-friendly information about this amazing African-American elementary teacher-turned-NASA mathematician.

Today's A Mighty Community Pick is in honor of Katherine Johnson's 101st birthday: "Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13" by Helaine Becker. From a young age, Katherine Johnson loved to count and, by the time she graduated from high school at age 14, she dreamed of becoming a research mathematician. With no mathematician jobs open to women in the 1930s, however, she became an elementary school teacher -- until she learned in 1952 that NASA was hiring female mathematicians to work as "computers", running complex calculations by hand. Once hired, Johnson quickly proved her mettle and she was promoted to Project Mercury, a new program working to send the first American astronauts to space. The astronauts knew they could count on her calculations -- and when disaster befell the Apollo 13 mission, it was Johnson's flight-path calculations that brought the astronauts safely home.

The film "Hidden Figures" introduced countless people to Katherine Johnson's inspiring story -- and with this newly released picture book biography, you can now share her incredible story with the children in your life! Helaine Becker's engaging narrative celebrates Johnson's determination, intelligence, and of course, her love of math, while ably showing the obstacles that Johnson faced both as a woman and an African American. Illustrator Dow Phumiruk incorporates mathematical equations and notes into the backgrounds of her colorful, stylized illustrations. Together, they create a vibrant portrait of a woman whose determination to do what she loved will inspire young readers to pursue their own dreams. Highly recommended for ages 5 to 9.

"Counting on Katherine" is available at https://www.amightygirl.com/counting-on-katherine

There is also an early chapter book for ages 6 to 8 at https://www.amightygirl.com/katherine-johnson

For more books, toys, and posters about this trailblazer, visit our "Katherine Johnson Collection" at https://amgrl.co/2Nx1PF5

For toys and games to inspire the next generation of Mighty Girl mathematicians, check out our blog post, “Add It Up! Top 30 Math Toys for Mighty Girls,” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=12180

Interesting tips as we get the school year rolling. What do you think, and what might you add?
08/21/2019
Dispelling Myths Around Learning Disabilities

Interesting tips as we get the school year rolling. What do you think, and what might you add?

One in five students struggle with learning or attention issues like autism, dyscalculia, or ADHD, yet only 17 percent of teachers feel prepared to support them, a new report finds.

Even though many of you are veteran teachers or literacy coaches/specialists, effective classroom management can be toug...
08/16/2019
8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

Even though many of you are veteran teachers or literacy coaches/specialists, effective classroom management can be tough to develop. Help a first-year colleague (or yourself!) hone their management as you gear up for the new school year! And here we go!

New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.

Well done, Brittany! Check out her recently published Op-Ed paper in Education Week. We are looking forward to seeing mo...
07/10/2019
Teaching Vocabulary Takes More Than Just Talking About Words During Read-Aloud

Well done, Brittany! Check out her recently published Op-Ed paper in Education Week. We are looking forward to seeing more of our recent EDRD 635 students papers published as they take on literacy leadership and advocacy!

https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2019/07/10/teaching-vocabulary-takes-more-than-just-talking.html?cmp=soc-fb-shr&fbclid=IwAR2KqGpzpyRrH3BLs-tl18woFpgyHlvhKRCHbSjHK6O01NbLsN7SWHVimiA

Time pressures cause some teachers to ignore important components of literacy, writes 1st grade teacher Brittany Oakley. Explicit vocabulary instruction is one of them.

Upper grades teachers, this one’s for you! Energize your nonfiction text structure teaching through picture books. Every...
06/23/2019
National Council of Teachers of English

Upper grades teachers, this one’s for you! Energize your nonfiction text structure teaching through picture books. Everyone benefits from think-alouds and read-alouds!

"Using nonfiction texts, in this case picture books related to content-area topics, as mentor texts can provide powerful advantages for young adolescents." —Tracey S. Hodges and Sharon D. Matthews, Voices from the Middle

If you like what you read, be sure to subscribe to VM! http://secure.ncte.org/store/vm

06/06/2019
Edutopia

This is a good read for SEL!

When preschoolers learn self-regulation, the benefits are long-lasting. "In 2nd grade, in 3rd grade, in 4th grade, you won't have the disruption. You can just teach."

—Antonia Celius, preschool lead teacher

One more time, with gusto! Learning styles are a myth, and looks like trying to teach with them may actually be harmful....
05/30/2019
Belief in Learning Styles Myth May Be Detrimental

One more time, with gusto! Learning styles are a myth, and looks like trying to teach with them may actually be harmful. Just say no!

Many people, including educators, believe learning styles are set at birth and predict both academic and career success even though there is no scientific evidence to support this common myth.

We know reflection is vital to deep learning, and we’ve asked you to reflect throughout coursework. Here are some ideas ...
05/23/2019
Edutopia

We know reflection is vital to deep learning, and we’ve asked you to reflect throughout coursework. Here are some ideas to support student reflection (yes, even in the last weeks of school)!

Reflection doesn’t have to be an “ugh” experience for students. Here’s how it can actually be a routinely powerful practice.

Looking for some new books for your students? See what made the list!
05/02/2019
International Literacy Association

Looking for some new books for your students? See what made the list!

Are you looking for the best new titles to add to your classroom library? Look no further than the ILA 2019 Teachers’ Choices reading list! Selected by teachers, librarians, and literacy specialists, the 30 books on this list are exceptional for adding to your curriculum and encouraging students to fall in love with reading. http://bit.ly/TeachersChoices2019

Calling all teachers seeking funding (I'm looking at you, recent grads with 635 grant proposals already prepared!)- chec...
04/09/2019
Greater Washington Reading Council – Promoting Literacy and Literacy Education in Northern Virginia

Calling all teachers seeking funding (I'm looking at you, recent grads with 635 grant proposals already prepared!)- check out this opportunity from GWRC. And join GWRC while you're at it!

Welcome Welcome To The Greater Washington Reading Council The Greater Washington Reading Council sets its mission as promoting literacy and literacy education in this Northern Virginia region. A local affiliate of the Virginia State Reading Association, the Greater Washington Reading Council members...

Tomorrow is the Mason Coaching Institute for Math & Literacy, which was inspired and encouraged by our colleague and fri...
03/29/2019
College of Education and Human Development

Tomorrow is the Mason Coaching Institute for Math & Literacy, which was inspired and encouraged by our colleague and friend, Betty Sturtevant. Funds raised through Mason Giving Day will be used to support our new literacy outreach efforts through the Elizabeth G. Sturtevant Literacy Center. Please consider donating to this highly worthy cause as we extend Betty's legacy of literacy support. Please share widely- up to $5000 in gifts will be matched!

https://givingday.gmu.edu/s/1564/GID2/16/interior-1col.aspx?sid=1564&gid=2&pgid=3614

Today is the last day to register for Saturday's Mason Coaching Institute for Math and Literacy event, held at George Ma...
03/25/2019
Mason Coaching Institute for Math and Literacy | CEHD

Today is the last day to register for Saturday's Mason Coaching Institute for Math and Literacy event, held at George Mason's Manassas campus. At this day-long event, you’ll learn more about aspects of your role as well as network with other leaders to improve your work with K-12 teachers and students. The Institute will include workshops, panel sessions, and discussion groups led by specialists, resource teachers, and math and literacy coaches.

Go to https://cehd.gmu.edu/math-literacy-institute/ to register today!

02/27/2019
t3: time & types of texts in the elementary classroom

Calling all teacher friends! How do teachers use texts in the classroom? Help us find out!

Researchers from George Mason University, William & Mary, and the University of Idaho want to know about how you use texts in your classroom. The results will help us better understand how early childhood and elementary reading instruction is currently unfolding in the United States. Please take the short survey that best addresses your students’ grade/level:

Preschool- Kindergarten T3 survey link:
https://tinyurl.com/PreschoolKinderT3-Survey

Grades 1-5 T3 survey link:
https://wmsas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4IM9yeheJc00kM5

All responses are confidential and will not be linked to your name.

Thank you for your time!
Sincerely,

Dr. Allison Ward Parsons - George Mason University
Dr. Kristin Conradi Smith- William & Mary
Dr. Margaret Vaughn- University of Idaho
Dr. Leslie LaCroix- George Mason University

Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today.

02/23/2019
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Let's all go see MO!!

Introducing Mo Willems—the Kennedy Center's first Education Artist-in-Residence! 🕺🎭📚🎶💃

The creator of The Pigeon series, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie will develop and present multidisciplinary programming and performances over the next two years.

Mark your calendar for some can't-miss playdates: https://bit.ly/2NkklOT

Looking for some great books? Check out this list and then host a read-in with your students and school!
02/19/2019
National Council of Teachers of English

Looking for some great books? Check out this list and then host a read-in with your students and school!

Looking for a book recommendation for the African American Read-In (or any time of year)? Our social media community has recommendations for you. #AARI19

This. All of this. Model, model, inspire, repeat!
02/19/2019

This. All of this. Model, model, inspire, repeat!

Neil Gaiman quote.
I'll be speaking about reading for pleasure on Radio Four at 12 o'clock today...

Enjoy today's snow, Literacy friends. And then curl up with a great book!
01/13/2019

Enjoy today's snow, Literacy friends. And then curl up with a great book!

Because free/less expensive books are good for everyone!
12/18/2018
In Search of Free Books | Reading Rockets

Because free/less expensive books are good for everyone!

Where can your school, library, or community group find free or low-cost books for kids? Here are some suggestions to turn to for children's books to fill the shelves of your library, classroom, or literacy program.

So cool! looking for some interesting book recommendations for your class (or yourself)? Check this out!
12/10/2018

So cool! looking for some interesting book recommendations for your class (or yourself)? Check this out!

Looking for new age-appropriate, thought-provoking stories for your classroom? 📚 Check out our new Read Across America 2018-19 online calendar! Each month features recommended titles and resources for elementary, middle grade, and teen readers. 👉🏾 https://bddy.me/2UsobIQ

11/29/2018

Did you know most of our literacy faculty are presenting and learning at the Literacy Research Association conference this week? Ask your professor next week what s/he learned! And check out #lra2018 for interesting tweets about sessions and big ideas.

11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all! We are grateful for dedicated literacy teachers like YOU who work to make reading, writing, speaking, and listening accessible for all students!

Have you tried this? Motivation to read is a critical aspect of ongoing literacy development. Reading interesting books ...
11/15/2018
Edutopia

Have you tried this? Motivation to read is a critical aspect of ongoing literacy development. Reading interesting books helps inspire motivation.

Bookmatching—recommending books to students based on their interests—takes a bit of work, but can foster a deep love of reading.

Hey everyone! This is a TERRIFIC op-ed published by one of our recent graduates! Take a look and join the conversation. ...
11/07/2018
Improving Reading Outcomes for Economically Disadvantaged Students | Edutopia

Hey everyone! This is a TERRIFIC op-ed published by one of our recent graduates! Take a look and join the conversation. Fun fact- this piece started as a class project in EDRD 635!

A teacher at a Title I school shares classroom and school-wide strategies to improve students’ reading trajectories.

Food for thought as the first grading period winds down and benchmarking windows are open around the region. How do you ...
10/23/2018
Edutopia

Food for thought as the first grading period winds down and benchmarking windows are open around the region. How do you evaluate what your students know and use it to determine what to teach?

How do teachers know that they’re actually measuring what the student knows?

This is a quick, but powerful read with an interactive section that depicts the predicted adult earning capability of ch...
10/02/2018
Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life

This is a quick, but powerful read with an interactive section that depicts the predicted adult earning capability of children in poverty in specific neighborhoods in our area. What do you notice, and how might it affect how you teach for change?

Some places lift children out of poverty. Others trap them there. Now cities are trying to do something about the difference.

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