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Cultivating Genius Chapter 7

Marvelous Monday!

This week, we are discussing Chapter Seven from Gholdy Muhammad’s book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive LiteracyIn this chapter, Dr. Muhammad speaks about choosing historically responsive texts.

Consider this quote from page 137, “Books mattered. In literary societies, literature and reading various texts were at the heart of all their pursuits and literacy learning goals. They read diverse literature to enrich their minds and also to cultivate their identities, skills, intellect, and criticality. When they had funds, they put all their money into the establishment of libraries and their book collections.” 


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Cultivating Genius Chapter 6

Marvelous Monday!

This week, we are discussing Chapter Six from Gholdy Muhammad’s book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy. In this chapter, Dr. Muhammad speaks to the importance of teaching Criticality.

Consider this quote from page 120, “Criticality calls for teachers and students to understand the ideologies and perspectives of marginalized communities (especially Black populations all over the world) and their ways of knowing and experiencing the world. Without this knowledge and anti-oppressive beliefs of their own, it becomes impossible to teach criticality in the classroom because it calls for a direct interruption of the things that disturb the peace in the world and in communities.” 

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Cultivating Genius Chapter 5

Marvelous Monday!

Hopefully, you’ve had an opportunity for some rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation! Now is the perfect time to renew our thinking and inspire our professional practice. It’s not too late to begin reading Gholdy Muhammad’s compelling book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.

This week, we are discussing Chapter Five which explains the need to develop all students’ intellect and scholarship. Dr. Muhammad described intellectualism as developing students’ mental culture. This means that intelligence isn’t just about academics, but also emotional intelligence and self and social awareness (Muhammad, 2020). 

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Cultivating Genius Chapter 4

 

Marvelous Monday!

Next month, the WSRA leadership will gather virtually and have the opportunity to continue our book conversations in real time! Until then, we are continuing our weekly posts to share our thinking and stimulate deeper levels of understanding. 

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Cultivating Genius Chapter 3

Marvelous Monday! 

Spring is in the air and it's the perfect time to plant the seeds for new ideas and inspiration.

This week, we are continuing our discussion with Chapter Three from Gholdy Muhammad’s thought-provoking book Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.

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Cultivating Genius Chapter 2

Marvelous Monday!

Have you started reading, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy? You don’t want to miss out on this book! 

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Read It Forward March 8, 2021

Hello WSRA!

Welcome and First RIF Conversation on Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy by Dr. Gholdy Muhammad

I hope you are having a Marvelous Monday! On behalf of the Read it Forward Committee, I want to welcome you to our first RIF book conversation. This year, we are beginning our conversations over the Keeping in Touch blog. We hope to spark thinking and conversations that can be continued at the April Leadership meeting and beyond. If you’re like me, the only thing I enjoy more than reading a great book is talking about that great book with a friend or colleague! 

Each Marvelous Monday, check out the Keeping in Touch blog for a new conversation starter. Consider your own values, perspectives, classroom experiences, and knowledge of research and best practice. Share your response to the conversation starter or extend a discussion started by another member. These are our norms to help guide our discussions on the blog.

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Announcing WSRA 2022

Announcing WSRA 2022! 

WSRA is Seeking Update Editor

Apply to Become WSRA's Next Update Editor

Contact Judy Hartl, WSRA Publications Chair

Email: [email protected]

This position is currently held by Kelly Luedeke, who has recently been elected by the WSRA members as the Third Vice President. Kelly moves into the VP position on June 1. 

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Announcing New WSRA Board Members

Congratulations are in order! 

Please join me in welcoming WSRA's new members on the Board of Directors. WSRA's new Administrative Assistant, Maria Liedtke was hired to replace outgoing Administrative Assistant, Joyce Uglow. Maria started in the position on January 27, 2021. She can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 262-514-1450. 

Debra Zarling was appointed the 2021 President Elect by the Board of Directors on January 17. Debra will begin in the role of WSRA's President on June 1, 2021 when La Tasha Fields moves to the Past President role. 

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Seeking Session Proposals

Call for Manuscripts WSRA Journal

Call for Manuscripts and Articles for WSRA's Journal

Journal Editor, Amy Frederick, is seeking manuscripts and articles for Volume 58 No. 2 SPRING/SUMMER 2021 for the WSRA Journal.  

The WSRA Journal (ISSN 0160-9270) is published three times a year and addresses literacy research, current literacy topics, and presents educational strategies for classroom literacy instruction. There are themed issues as well as open issues. Each issue includes a Call for Manuscripts. WSRA members are encouraged to submit ideas on any topic. The general themes listed in the Call for Manuscripts are only suggested guides. The WSRA Journal is available to all WSRA members. Acceptance rate is 70%.

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Session Proposals for 2022

Share you expertise at
WSRA's 2022 Conference!

The Art of Literacy: Weaving Tapestries of Heart, Body, and Soul

2022 Conference Chair, Gayle Luebke would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Wisconsin State Reading Association's annual conference. It is scheduled for February 3-5, 2022.
Consider which of these strands best fits your proposal:
Speaking From the Heart
Creating From the Heart
Body of Literacy
Social Emotional Health, Understanding Differences, and Social Justice

https://wsra.memberclicks.net/2022-proposal

Seeking Session Proposals

The Art of Literacy: We Need YOU!

We are looking for speaking proposals for the 2022 WSRA conference, The Art of Literacy: Weaving Tapestries of Heart, Body and Soul.  It is more important now than ever that we are sharing our expertise.  Teachers, Interventionists, Coaches, and Administrators are looking for balance in delivering well founded, research based academic practices in both face to face and virtual formats.  Our WSRA Membership has a wealth of knowledge and we are asking for your speaking proposals so that we can pass on your expertise to ensure that students are receiving rigorous, research-based instruction - no matter their learning platform.  We know that you are doing amazing things with your students and encourage you to share your secrets with others so that students are receiving academic instruction that is grounded in research, engaging and focuses on instruction with an equity lens.

Session proposals for WSRA's February 3-5, 2022 conference will be accepted February 1 to June 14, 2021.

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Read It Forward 2021

Read It Forward 2021. COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL BOOK DISCUSSIONS

 We Want To Do More Than Survive by Bettina Love

"Bettina Love persuasively argues that educators must teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through racial civic initiatives and movements. Love shows that to achieve educational freedom -- not merely reform-- teachers, parents, and community leaders must approach education with the imagination, determination, boldness, and urgency of an abolitionist. Following in the tradition of activists like Ella Baker, Bayard Rustin, and Fannie Lou Hamer, WE WANT TO DO MORE THAN SURVIVE introduces an alternative to traditional modes of educational reform and expands our ideas of civic engagement and intersectional justice." Bettina Love is an award-winning author and an associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia. 

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Time to Choose 3rd VP for WSRA

 Elect WSRA's Next Third Vice President 

A ballot will be emailed to WSRA members (The Assembly) on January 1, 2021 to elect the next WSRA Third Vice President. 

For your information from the WSRA Bylaws

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