Tim Shanahan was the keynote speaker for the 2010 SIM Conference. His presentation, "YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A VULCAN TO KNOW ABOUT DISCIPLINARY LITERACY," examined what is meant by the term “disciplinary literacy” and how disciplinary literacy differs from content-area literacy in terms of purposes, research base, and recommendations for instruction. It also sketched out a developmental continuum showing where disciplinary literacy enters the picture and how it connects to other, and usually earlier developing, aspects of literacy learning. And it will got specific about the kinds of things that students need to learn to read math, science, literature, and history in ways that are truly disciplinary.+ More details
On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) visited the University of Kansas to learn about the adolescent literacy work of the Center for Research on Learning. Sen. Roberts spent an hour listening to representatives of KU, CRL, and the School of Education describe our efforts to improve literacy. Don Deshler, the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and director of the Center for Research on Learning, led the discussion, a follow-up to Don’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Sen. Roberts is a member of that committee.+ More details
This is the concept video produced by my students in the Knight Foundation's Innovation Incubator project during the Summer of 2007 at The University of Kansas. Five KU students learned to develop, critique and present their news innovation, “VoxPop,” to students and faculty from six competing academic institutions (Michigan State University, Kansas State University, Western Kentucky University, Ithaca College, University of Nevada-Las Vegas and St. Michael’s College). Thirty-five students from the other institutions ultimately joined the KU team and the new group eventually presented to the Online News Association convention in Toronto. "VoxPop" is still in development and will hopefully go public soon.+ More details
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