Aloha Reading Association

Dedicated to promoting and providing leadership among local councils  in literacy education through professional development and political advocacy. All councils, local and state, are chartered by the International Reading Association, which provides support and leadership training opportunities to council board members.

Annual Conference
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  • Authors and their Craft
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Mark your calendar for the annual ASC conference Theory, Policy and Instruction…Teachers as Literacy Advocates to be held March 8 on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Hilo! We are pleased to announce that renowned educational psychologist Gerald Coles will be one of two keynote speakers for the conference.

Currently a full-time researcher and writer, Dr. Coles is a former faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and of the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester.

He has discussed educational issues on national and regional television and radio programs, including CBS Nightwatch with Charlie Rose, The Tom Snyder Show, several programs on National Public Radio, and other television and radio shows in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Dr. Coles has been the keynote speaker at many national conferences on literacy, learning disabilities, and psychology. He lives in New York and is currently working on a book evaluating recent national reports on reading education.

In his most recent publication, Misreading Reading: The Bad Science that Hurts Children, Coles examines and challenges the”scientific” evidence which currently dictates the actions of literacy policy-makers across the nation. He is sure to provide conference participants with a new perspective on such policies and influences on classroom practice.

ASC Conference 2015 participants couldn’t hear enough from keynote speaker, Allan Luke, so we’re bringing him back for more! Professor Luke heads the School of Education at the University of Queensland, Australia. He works in the field of language and literacy education, with particular focus on how social and cultural theory can be used to examine practical issues of literacy learning and use in classroom, community and workplace contexts.

Luke has worked closely with teachers and teacher educators on the development of models of “critical literacy” in state curricula, and has been involved in the development of several national competency frameworks for teaching adult literacy. He is currently studying issues of ethnic cultural identity in relation to changing community, social and economic conditions. You won’ t want to miss hearing about his latest work!

The Aloha State Council for Literacy invites you to join or renew your membership for the next school year!

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