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New Book Announcement! – Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students

Last month saw the release of my most recent book, Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students. Co-authored by Nicole Mirra and Ernest Morrell, this is a book that details our work with the UCLA Council of Youth Research and the role of YPAR as a critical methodology. The book […]

Notes for Class: Teaching Methods – Last Day

I want to emphasize a part of the title of this course for a moment: methods. I know many of you want to know the secret handshake of good teaching. Less flippantly, you want the key protocols that – if you put in the effort (and I know you want to put in the effort) […]

Find Me at #NCTE15 & #NWPAM15

Like many of you, I am headed this week to Minneapolis for NCTE’s Annual Conference and the National Writing Project’s Annual Meeting. If you’ll be in town, you can catch me at any of the following events:   Thursday:   I will be co-facilitating an NWP workshop related to Pose, Wobble, Flow with Cindy O’Donnell-Allen. This is […]

A Few Updates

I’ve been under-the-proverbial-gun writing to various deadlines these past two months and need to wipe the dust away from this blog soon. “Soon,” however, is not today! In the meantime, three recent-ish updates that may be of potential interest to you: 1. I will be giving a keynote talk at the Colorado Language Arts Conference […]

New Book Announcement! – Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction

  I’m thrilled to share that my newest, co-authored book, Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction is out next week from Teachers College Press! My brilliant co-author, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen, and I wrote Pose, Wobble, Flow as a book for current and pre-service teachers in English classrooms. Considering the feelings of burnout, frustration, and […]

Attend Our #SDCC15 Comics in the Classroom Workshop!

If you are an educator headed to Comic-Con this week (K-12, University, Librarian, etc.), I’m pleased to invite you to our educator workshop! Held on Preview Night (Wednesday, July 8) from 5-8 p.m., this workshop is free and any SDCC pass-holders are welcome to attend. Here’s the description: Antero Garcia, Peter Carlson, Susan Kirtley, and Jenn Anya […]

Four Emotions While Watching Pixar’s Inside Out: Body Shaming, #CharlestonShooting, and the Privileged Feels

Building off of the four key emotions portrayed in Inside Out, a quartet of reflections on Pixar’s latest. Joy It’s a fun Pixar film that gives you Pixar feels. Yay. (Also, the fleeting nod to Steve Jobs’s “reality distortion field” was a nice gesture.)   Anger As much as I wanted to love this movie, […]

Invite: June 13-14, 2015 – The Critical Design and Gaming School Game Jam

  If you will at all be in the LA area next weekend, I highly encourage you to come to the first C:/DAGS Game Jam. Directions, team-sign ups, and other information can be found here. Urgently educate and empower the teenagers of South Central Los Angeles to excel through college and become transformative leaders of […]

Don’t Miss Elyse Eidman-Aadahl tomorrow at CSU!

Tomorrow, April 7th will be the fourth event in the Literacies of Contemporary Civic Life series held at CSU. Joining us will be the National Writing Project Executive Director, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl. Elyse’s talk is titled “Education for Democracy in a Digital Age: A New Civic Agenda for Schools.” Elyse’s talk is from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a brief reception. Like […]

Two Recent Publications: ALAN Review and The Civic Media Project

I’m sharing a quick note about two recent publications that may be of interest: First, I have a co-authored article with the awesome Marcelle Haddix in the Winter 2015 issue of the ALAN Review. Titled “Reading YA with ‘Dark Brown Skin’: Race, Community, and Rue’s Uprising,” Marcelle and I look at online communities, representations of […]