Metropolitan Reading Council--Celebrating Innovations in Literacy Education
Abby Burke, Ed.D.--MRC President
University of Nebraska at Omaha
In an education climate, where standardization and one size fits all approaches to policies and practices appear to be the norm, teachers are still challenging these norms in favor of innovative techniques that are best for students. In my current position teaching in the College of Education at UNO and newly elected MRC president, I am fortunate to rub shoulders with some of these teachers and hear about their innovations on a regular basis~ teachers all over the metropolitan area who are committed to advocating and implementing highly effective literacy practices. As I share the amazing work of teachers across the metropolitan Omaha area I have come to realize that others could grow and learn by hearing about the innovative work that is being done. This is why MRC has chosen to use our fall 2016 conference as a platform for sharing, celebrating, strategizing and advocating for the amazing work that is being accomplished in literacy educations. We have chosen to title this conference the MRC Innovative Unconference: Celebrating Innovations in Literacy Education.
The MRC Innovative Unconference is an attendee-driven conference where session content is determined by participants. This event is meant be as interactive as possible with everyone learning and participating with one another. Participants bring to the event a desire to share literacy innovations and learn from one another in an open environment. Sessions are meant to be discussion-based and participant-driven. We ask that participants come prepared to either share an innovation and/or learning about innovations in literacy education. If you decide to share one of your innovations feel free to bring in artifacts that represent the work. (Visuals are powerful learning tools!)
Examples of innovations include but are by no means limited to the following…
Do you participate in Mystery Skypes with Authors?
Have you written a grant?
Have you implemented a service learning project in your classroom?
Do you use alternative seating in your classroom?
Are you using social media as a learning tool in your classroom?
How are you advocating for literacy education in your classroom or school?