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Special Interest Group: Literacy

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The purpose of the Literacy Special Interest Group is to form a community of inquiry and learning about the many facets of literacy across all disciplines. Members are encouraged to share current research, policy, teaching ideas, and resources.


Dr. Johna Lee Faulconer

Associate Professor Literacy Studies

East Carolina University | College of Education

233 Speight Bldg| Mail Stop 504 | Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Dr. Gina M. Doepker

Associate Professor of Literacy Education

Program Coordinator, Master of Education in Reading 

The University of Texas at Tyler | School of Education

3900 University Blvd. | Tyler, Texas 75799

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Why the Literacy SIG?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an integral part of ATE and provide a forum within the Association for the involvement of individuals with common interests in specific areas of research. As the paradigms of education change, so must SIGs. In the 21st century, there has been a shift in the education community to broaden the understanding of the meaning of “reading” education to encompass the various facets of literacy. As our population expands and technology breaks down ever more barriers between us, the ability to communicate and interact with those around us becomes even more important. Both the National Council of the Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association have made the move to recognize “literacy” as the way that we interact with the world around us, how we shape it and are shaped by it.

As noted in Association of Teacher Education Standard 8, teacher educators accept responsibility for improving their profession; thus, in the spirit of professional growth, the ReLATE SIG is reengaging and revisioning  as the Literacy SIG to provide members an opportunity to share teaching ideas, research, syllabi, course outlines, and resources to help meet the challenges of preparing teachers in today’s uncertain climate. As we focus on literacy as a tool for meaningful engagement with society, we must also examine and consider the experiences of the “illiterate” as well.

The Literacy SIG Goals

      • Discuss current trends in literacy and teacher education

      • Share research and collaborate with other educators across disciplines

      • Advocate for book access 

      • Promote best practices in literacy education

      • Explore the educational use of current children’s and young adult literature 

  • 20 Apr 2021 4:57 PM | Deleted user
    • INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION (ILA) – March 9-10, 2023. Location: Springfield, Illinois.
    • LITERACY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (LRA) – November 29- December 3, 2022. Location: Phoenix, Arizona.
    • NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH (NCTE) - NOVEMBER 17-20, 2022. Location: Anaheim, California.

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