Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking

CELT, founded in 1972, is a nonprofit educational corporation, international in scope, whose members believe in the principles of education for democracy with a focus on natural language learning and inquiry.  These principles are supported by beliefs in learners and learning, teachers and teaching, and language and curriculum.  The members of CELT are dedicated to the improvement of education through a greater understanding of the relationship between language, thought, and learning.

  CELT includes a rich diversity of people who share similar beliefs about language and learning but have widely varied background experiences.  CELT members are university educators, independent consultants, school administrators, and teachers.

CELT Rejuvenation Conference 
Literacy, Language, and Power: Research and Pedagogy

July 21 – 23, 2013

The Inn and Spa at East Wind
5720 Rt. 25A Wading River NY 11792

Invited keynote speaker: Hilary Janks
School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa


From Hilary’s blogspot: As a teacher educator, I have been committed to improving the quality of language and literacy education in South Africa, and other multi-lingual contexts, for most of my life as an academic. I work in poorly resourced schools with children learning through the medium of English even though it is not their home language. My research is in the area of critical literacy which is concerned with the relationship between language/literacy and power, diversity, access and design and redesign. I argue that without recognising the interdependence of these four axes, possibilities for transformation are limited. In addition to teaching an undergraduate course in New Literacies for teachers and Postgraduate Courses in systemic functional linguistics, Literacies and research methods, most of my time spent supervising doctoral students. I try to protect some of my time for writing and for designing classroom materials.

Conference highlights:
            Keynote from Hilary Janks
            Discussions about Hilary’s recent book publications
            Interactive research and pedagogy workshops
            Break out sessions from CELT members
            Discussions about professional, children’s, and young adult books
Time to reflect, connect, network, talk, and REJUVENATE!

Sunday, July 21
Travel to the Inn and Spa East Wind (transportation may be made available from
            Hofstra University once registration numbers and needs are known)
4:00 – 7:30 Registration table open
Dinner on your own – restaurants in the hotel and in surrounding area
7:30    Wine and Dessert
Meet and greet, introductions, orientation to the conference, announcements,
singing and cavorting

Monday, July 22
7:30    Breakfast
8:30    Keynote: Hilary Janks
10:00  Coffee break
10:30  Discussion facilitated by Hilary – including discussions of Hilary’s books that end with one question from each group to ask Hilary
To prepare, read Literacy and Power and/or Doing Critical Literacy (more       information to follow about book availability)
11:30  Hilary answers questions raised in discussion
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30  Breakout A sessions led by CELT members(please see enclosed call for
proposals for breakout sessions)
3:00 – 4:00  Breakout B sessions led by CELT members
4:30 – 6:00  Reflections on the day with Hilary

Plated Dinner

Tuesday, July 23
7:30    Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 Research or Pedagogy Workshop (choose one); an application of ideas learned and thought about on Monday in your own work
Research group example: Bring a transcript from a literature study discussion to workshop in a small group, thinking particularly about how Hilary would analyze the data
Pedagogy group example: Bring a teacher education syllabus or assignment to workshop how it might change given what we’ve learned
10:00  Coffee break
10:30 – 11:30 Wrap-up commentary from Hilary and others
12:00  A working lunch… the facilitators of the research and pedagogy workshops will summarize what happened and continue discussion
1:30    Sad, but energized good-byes


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