• Literacy Symposium 2013

    Friday, October 18, 2013
    8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
    Monmouth University

    Each year the School of Education holds a Literacy Symposium for area teachers and administrators, Monmouth graduate students and undergraduate students, teacher candidates, and School of Education alumni. The day’s schedule includes an invited keynote speaker, well-known in a specific topic related to education, and a featured author. In addition, participants select a morning and an afternoon workshop in which education issues are discussed and innovative ideas for teaching are shared. A complete listing of Symposium workshops can be found here.

    Professional development credits are awarded to participants who attend the Symposium.

    For more information about the Symposium, please contact soesymposium@monmouth.edu or 732-571-7518.

    **Registration for this year's Symposium is open from Monday, September 2, 2013 until Monday, October 14, 2013.**

    Keynote Speaker

    Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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    Dr. Sonia Nieto

    Dr. Sonia Nieto is an educator, researcher, writer, teacher, and currently a Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taught students from elementary school through doctoral studies and her research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants, and other students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Dr. Nieto has written many journal articles and book chapters, and several books on these topics including most recently, Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (6th edition, 2012, with Patty Bode), The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (2nd edition, 2010), and Language, Culture, and Teaching: Critical Perspectives (2nd edition, 2010). She serves on several regional and national advisory boards that focus on educational equity and social justice, and she has received many awards for her scholarship, teaching, and advocacy, including four honorary doctorates. Dr. Nieto was selected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and as a Laureate for Kappa Delta Pi in 2011, and in 2012 she served as the Wits-Claude Distinguished Scholar at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Featured Author


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    Sarah Tantillo

    Sarah Tantillo, EdD, LLC is the creator of The Literacy Cookbook and author of the book, The Literacy Cookbook: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction (Jossey-Bass, 2012). She has consulted in New Jersey and nationally with schools (especially urban schools), seeking to improve student achievement since 2007. Dr. Tantillo taught high school English and Humanities in both suburban and urban New Jersey public schools for 14 years, including seven years at the high-performing North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, where she chaired the Humanities Department and her students achieved a 100% passing rate on the Language Arts/Literacy section of the HSPA in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Tantillo also founded and directed the New Jersey Charter School Resource Center from 1996-1999 and the New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association from 1999-2003. She coaches K-12 schools on literacy instruction, data-driven instruction, interdisciplinary curriculum development, school culture-building, and strategic planning. Dr. Tantillo has studied at Princeton (BA, 1987), Harvard (MEd, 1991), Johns Hopkins (MA, 1995), and Rutgers (EdD, 2001). Her dissertation was on culture formation in charter schools. She currently writes two blogs: The Literacy Cookbook and Only Good Books.