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Presenting at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation 40 Conference

October 29, 2011

Anne and Christine are presenting on October 29, 2011 at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation 40 Conference at Georgetown University in a panel entitled, “Sociolinguistics in the Schools: The Next 40 Years of Service in Return.” Co-panelists include Mary Bucholtz and Julie Sweetland.  You can download our panel abstracts here.

Review of Our Book in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

September 20, 2011

Our book, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools, has just been reviewed in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Here is an excerpt from our review: “The result is an academic study relevant to anyone interested in the way children (and adults) process language, as well as to classroom teachers looking for educational strategies to better serve their students. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.”

Participation in the Virginia Capstone Academy

September 3, 2011

Anne & Christine are participating in the Virginia Capstone English Academy: http://education.wm.edu/centers/sli/surn/Capstone/index.php.  On August 8-9 2011, 50 high school from across the state and 10 university English educators from the College of William and Mary and James Madison University met at William and Mary to start designing a high school elective course for students to help them further develop the skills needed to succeed in college and in careers. The course will help students to develop their critical reading, thinking, writing, and speaking skills. The educators will return to William and Mary on November 7th, 2011 and March 19th, 2012.  At the first Capstone workshop, Anne & Christine presented a general overview of our work and gave insights about how language variation is key to the secondary English classroom. In addition, we also directly modeled exercises from the first book that emphasize the transfer and transition of English skills from the high School English class to collegiate notions of writing across the curriculum. We noted the role that linguistics and research and courses at the intersection of language, literacy, and culture can play in this process.

Presentations and Book Signing at AFT Teach 2011

July 9, 2011

July 10-13, 2011 Anne and Christine gave three presentations and did a book signing at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) TEACH 2011 Conference in Washington, D.C. A book signing will follow. Click here for more schedule information.

Sunday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m. : AFT Pre-TEACH Professional Development Network Conference: Using English Language Variation in US Schools

Monday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Mini-Plenary Session: Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools

Monday, July 11, 6:45 p.m. -7:45 p.m.: Book Signing Click here to see an official AFT picture of us setting up our book exhibit!

Tuesday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. : Workshop: Using Knowledge About Language Variation to Support Multicultural Literature Instruction: Models from African-American and Southern English

New Grant from the National Science Foundation

July 8, 2011

We are very pleased to announce that we have received a three-year research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the ways in which language plays a role in the educational challenges that often affect culturally and linguistically diverse students in STEM classrooms. Our goal is to work with teachers to figure out what challenges are being faced in terms of language for their math and science students and what resources teachers and students need to be able to face those challenges.  During the grant, “Assessing the Results of Sociolinguistic Engagement with K-12 STEM Education in Maryland and Virginia Public and Independent Schools,” we will work with K-12 STEM educators in the Baltimore and Richmond areas to collect data on how these educators learn from professional development workshops on language variation and integrate pedagogy and assessment techniques into their classroom. Our research also provides immediate practical application to educators’ pedagogy and practice in the form of educator workshops, teacher designed readings, and a website for educators that ensures that the research outcomes of our project are broadly disseminated.  Click here to read the UMBC press release about the grant.  And, click here to read the William & Mary press release about the grant.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.  1050938/1051056.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Presentations and Book Signing and AFT Teach 2011

June 14, 2011

July 10-13, 2011 Anne and Christine will give three presentations and do a book signing at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Quest 2011 Conference in Washington, D.C. A book signing will follow. Click here for more schedule information.

Sunday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m. : AFT Pre-Teach Professional Development Network Conference: Using English Language Variation in US Schools

Monday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Mini-Plenary Session: Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools

Monday, July 11, 6:45 p.m. -7:45 p.m.: Book Signing

Tuesday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. : Workshop: Using Knowledge About Language Variation to Support Multicultural Literature Instruction: Models from African-American and Southern English

Presentation and Book Signing at the International Reading Association

April 27, 2011

On May 11, 2011 from 11am to 12pm we will present at the International Reading Association Conference (IRA) with a book signing to follow from 1-2pm.  We will present a workshop entitled, “Using Knowledge About Language Variation To Support Multicultural Literature Instruction: Models From African American And Southern English” at the Orlando Convention Center West Building, W209C. Book signing will be at the Teachers College Press booth.  See you there!

Book Signing at AERA Conference

March 31, 2011

We’ll be doing a book signing at the 2011 AERA Conference in New Orleans on April 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm. The signing will be held in the TC Press booth, which will be located in space 508 in the Grand Ballroom on the third level of the New Orleans Marriott.  You can also download this Charity Hudley Mallinson AERA 2011 flyer for more information. See you there!

Sign Up for the 2011 VCU Summer Workshop “Language Variation in the Classroom”

March 23, 2011

Sign up now for our 2011 workshop, “Language Variation in the Classroom: An Educator’s Toolkit” to be held July 25th through 29th, 2011, through Virginia Commonwealth University’s Summer Workshop Series. Participants are eligible to receive 3 hours of graduate credit as well as Virginia teacher re-certification credit.

In the course, we examine some of the major differences in the speech and writing of students who are who are speakers of Southern English and/or African-American English and students who are new learners of English. We  share assessment tools, methods, and activities that educators can use to address language variations in their students’ speech, reading, and writing, including on standardized tests. Participants also develop a set of take-home materials, including lesson plans and project plans, that they can incorporate into their own classroom materials.

Click here to read a complete description of the course and to learn how to register.  And be sure to also read what past participants in our VCU workshops and participants in our other past professional development workshops have said about us!

Our Book on Vocabulogic

March 7, 2011

Our book was profiled in an article on Vocabulogic — a site for educators that focuses on “linguistic insight and word knowledge.”  The article is called “Dialect, Slang, Jargon, Register: Implications for Instruction,” which are topics that we definitely discuss at length in our book and in our professional development for educators.  Thanks, Vocabulogic, for the great article and the positive press!