The SUNY Cortland Literacy Department is pleased to announce that we will be holding our 5th annual conference virtually. Our theme is Cultivating Self-Awareness with Critical Literacies through Anti-Racist andAnti-Oppressive Pedagogies. Details about the conference are below.
We are excited to be hosting two keynote speakers at our conference:
"We want to help cultivate students who will not be neutral on oppression or students who would contribute to more oppression in the world. Instead, we want to cultivate young people who, across the course of their lifetimes, will disrupt, disquiet, or unhinge oppression" (Quote from Gholdy Muhammad, Education Week Interview, January 28, 2020).
The SUNY Cortland Literacy Department invites faculty, students, K-12 teachers, and other educational stakeholders to reflect, share, and grow as we Cultivate Self-Awareness with Critical Literacies through Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies. One goal of this year’s conference is to hold space for pre-service, in-service teachers, and administrators to examine their own understandings, beliefs, and biases about literacy teaching and learning. We also hope to introduce teachers to practices and pedagogies which help develop critical literacy practices in their classrooms with their students.
We will be accepting proposals in the form of a panel, workshop, presentation, or discussion group (described in greater detail below). We encourage proposals from K-12 educators, college faculty, students, and more within as well as outside of SUNY Cortland. Proposals should seek to answer at least one of the following questions:
NOTE: For interactive sessions such as workshops and discussion groups, prepare to provide a list of needs in terms of virtual breakout groups as well as describing the structure of your session for your facilitator.
The deadline for proposal submission has passed. Registration for this conference will open in early February.
The SUNY Cortland Literacy Department recognizes that we are not experts in anti-racism and anti-oppression work, and we are in a continuous state of reflecting and seeking knowledge about power, privilege, and oppression ourselves. We acknowledge the following about our collective:
As a literacy education department, we believe it is our obligation to address and work to dismantle matters of oppression as relating to literacy practices in school spaces. And, as we position ourselves as predominantly white, our goal is to hold space for learning, reflection, and planning for action with respect to anti-racism and anti-oppression related to the teaching of literacy. In doing so, we strive to centralize the scholarship and experiences of Black, Indigenous, scholars of color and anti-racist educators deeply engrained in this work. We are comfortable in the knowledge that when grappling with certain topics, attendees and speakers have an enormous amount to teach us. We welcome these moments as they help to re-distribute the unearned power based on our collective positionalities and aid in continuing to disrupt our biases.
The 5th Annual SUNY Cortland Literacy Department Conference is sponsored by the following organizations: