Reframing Pedagogical Practices and Language and Literacy Research: Teaching to the Future

deadline for submissions: 
October 25, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Language and Literacy Education

When: February 3-4, 2018

Where: The University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center - 1197 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30602

Theme: Reframing Pedagogical Practice and Language and Literacy Research: Teaching to the Future

Submissions Accepted: September 13, 2017 - October 25, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: By November 15, 2017

Submission Link:

Conference Proposal Rubric and list of possible topics can be found on the conference website



In her presidential address at the annual American Education Research Association conference, Dr. Vivian Gadsden encouraged educators and researchers to reframe pedagogical practices, seek places of optimism, and find interdisciplinary synergy to strengthen educational ideals. This invitation echoes various scholars who understand the necessity to reimagine and redefine how we research, how we teach, and how we acknowledge and sustain differences in language and literacy. For this year’s conference, we aim to heed Gadsden’s call by expanding, reimagining, and reshaping the boundaries that may constrain progress. We invite scholars to generate new ideas aimed to push research to new conceptual, empirical, and philosophical heights. We invite innovators and originators to think about ways to create inventive symbiosis. We invite traditionalists and those who enjoy the classics to reinvent current practices and find the inherent synergy that can create renewed vigor for classic approaches. We invite people from all facets of education to think about the ways we can join together to propel ideas about language and literacy into the future.

The JoLLE conference is a hands-on and participation based conference where presenters involve their audiences in the subject, process, and hope of their presentations. This year's theme: Reframing Pedagogical Practices and Language and Literacy Research: Teaching to the Future invites teachers and researchers to examine what works well in our classrooms, the changing needs to 21st Century Students, and what literacy classrooms will look like in the future.  

In order to be considered, proposals must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Abstract - 75 words or less
  • Proposal - 500 words or less
  • Proposal MUST have the following rubric components: participant engagement; innovation and relevancy

All presentations must be original. The following presentation categories are welcome:

  • Full Paper Presentations (individual and group) 
  • Roundtable Sessions (for works in progress)
  • Posters (less formal sharing of ideas)

Possible questions can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • How can we create synergy between research and practice in language and literacy education?
  • In what ways can language and literacy scholars work with other disciplines?
  • What does the future of language and literacy look like?
  • How can we expand, reimagine, and reshape the boundaries that may constrain progress in language and literacy education?
  • How can we reinvent traditional methods for the next generation?
  • How can we use traditional methods of research and practice to promote innovation?
  • What does the future of language and literacy look like?
  • What new and innovative language and literacy methods are you using in your classrooms?

Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas: 

    Dr. Thomas is an assistant professor in Literacy, Culture, and International Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work synthesizes postcolonial, critical, and critical race theory with data from her empirical research in classrooms to examine the ways that literature is positioned in schooling and society today. Dr. Thomas graduated with her PhD in English and Education from The University of Michigan and her research interests include children’s and young adult literature, the teaching of literature, English Education, African American Education, and Classroom interaction research.

  • Donalyn Miller: 

    Donalyn Miller, an expert middle school teacher from Texas is well known as an expert practitioner in English and Language Arts that believes in her students learning that they are readers, and then reading ravenously. Affectionately known by those who read her first book as “The Book Whisperer,” Donalyn Miller has since published a follow up to her first book, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader of Every Child entitled Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits.