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2015 May Talking Points, v26.2

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Issue Theme: Exploring and Understanding Literacy

Level(s): Elementary

ISBN/ISSN: 1522-6115


Talking Points
Volume 26, Number 2, May 2015
Issue Theme: Exploring and Understanding Literacy

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From the Editors
Sally Brown and Deborah MacPhee

Miscue Analysis v. DIBELS: A Tale of Resistance
Caryl G. Crowell
Abstract: Caryl Crowell pushes back against her school’s assessment policies and uses miscue analysis to learn about the readers in her class, finding it to be a valuable tool for informing instruction.

“I don’t know how to get there”: Tensions of Transforming Critical Literacy Challenges into Action
Laura H. Darolia
Abstract: Laura Darolia writes about feeling like “the captain of a sinking ship” as she tried to implement a critical pedagogy in a classroom space limited by outside mandates on instructional time.

Literacy and Vulnerability: Shame or Growth for Readers Who Struggle
Elizabeth L. Jaeger
Abstract: Elizabeth Jaeger draws attention to the vulnerability of learners through the assignment of labels like “struggling reader” and pushes back in her discussion of readers who are vulnerable.

Professional Resources
Abstract: This issue’s Professional Resources section includes two short essays, reviews of featured books, and a brief interview with members of a literacy study group at the University of Louisville.

WLU on the Move! President’s Message and Board News
Abstract: Includes news of interest and a message from WLU President Debra Goodman about the upcoming Literacies for All Summer Institute.

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