Jerome C. Harste/Vivian Vasquez – Sept. 4, 2011

“What Do We Mean by Literacy Now:  Critical Curricular Implications”

Dr. Jerome C. Harste             Dr. Vivian Vasquez
Indiana University                American University

September 4, 2011, 7:00 p.m. EST/USA

Please click here to visit the archived  web seminar.

Dr. Jerome C. Harste, along with Carolyn Burke and Virginia Woodward, made his name in Language Education through studies of early literacy. Their ten-year study of 3 to 6 year-olds learning to read and write broke pioneering ground and won them the David H. Russell Research Award for outstanding contributions to the teaching of English from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Jerry is a children’s book author (e.g., It Didn’t Frighten Me!, My Icky Picky Sister) as well as an author of numerous professional books and other publications including Creating Critical Classrooms; Teaching Children’s Literature: Its Critical; Beyond Reading and Writing; Curriculum, Inquiry & Multiple Ways of Knowing; Language Stories & Literacy Lessons; Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers; and Whole Language: Inquiring Voices Want to Know. In addition he has developed and hosted several videotape series, which are available through Heinemann Publishing.

Jerry has always been actively involved in professional organizations. As President of the National Council of Teachers of English (1999-2000) he advocated for a diversity and difference model of education. Over the years he has chaired the Diversity Task Force within the National Council of Teachers of English, been Co-Chair of NCTE’s Joint Task Force with the International Reading Association on Critical Literacy, chaired NCTE’s Commission on Reading, IRA’s Sociolinguistic-Psycholinguistic Interest Group, and been on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. He also is Past President to several literacy organizations including the Whole Language Umbrella, the National Reading Conference (now the Literacy Researchers Association), and the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy.

Dr. Vivian Vasquez is a Professor of Literacy education. Her research and teaching focus primarily on critical literacies, early childhood and elementary education, and education for social justice and equity. Her publications include four books, including Getting Beyond I Like the Book-Creating Spaces for Critical Literacy in K-6 Settings, Negotiating Critical Literacies with Young Children, and Literacy as Social Practice. Upcoming publications include three more books, Living a Critically Literate Life, Technology in Early Childhood Education, and Popular Culture and Everyday Text in Early Childhood Settings. Other publications include book chapters and articles published in Language Arts, Phi Delta Kappa, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Reading Teacher, UKRA Reading, Primary Voices, and Reading Today.  or

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1 Response to Jerome C. Harste/Vivian Vasquez – Sept. 4, 2011

  1. malbers2 says:

    We want to thank Jerry and Vivian for a wonderful presentation tonight! The audience was electric and the comments and questions created a lively space for conversations about critical literacy. Thanks to all of you who joined us tonight and shared a little of your Labor Day weekend with us (for those of you in the USA). Please join us for Peter Johnston’s presentation on Oct. 30th!


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