TALE Member News
Frances L. Gonzalez-Garcia - Trinity Elite Education & Company: Executive Director/Literacy Consultant
What is your literacy vision?
My vision is to help support schools and communities cultivate a passion for literacy. This involves creating literacy-rich atmospheres that ensure fairness, inclusivity, accessibility, and equal opportunities for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Moreover, it requires working with all stakeholders to develop literacy initiatives that positively impact readers’ lives and promote welcoming, accommodating environments that acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate diversity.
In what ways are you looking forward to being involved in TALE?
I am enthusiastic about contributing to TALE's continuous efforts. My contributions may include conducting engaging and relevant professional learning sessions at annual conferences and utilizing other platforms to assist my fellow members in creating diverse and inclusive book collections that encourage identity and literacy development.
What is something in your life you are most proud of?
As cliché as it may sound- my family. But aside from my family, I also take much pride in my literacy family!
I am incredibly proud to support educators, literacy leaders, and stakeholders nationally and internationally in literacy. I firmly believe that fostering a love for literacy, promoting inclusive literature, and implementing best practices rooted in research are crucial aspects of this field. To this end, I also take great pride in my online community, which serves as a collaborative space for readers to share their voices, for educators and literacy leaders to work together collectively, and for us to celebrate books by a diverse range of authors that deserve to be seen and heard. Above all, we strive to connect countless readers with books that bring them joy.
What words of advice would you offer to other literacy leaders?
Connect! Here are three tips that have helped me along the way.
1) Connect with others! Surround yourself with a network of literacy champions who advocate for literacy, are keen to collaborate, and constantly strive to learn. By partnering with local/state affiliates such as TALE, ILA, and NCTE, you’ll not only benefit from expanding your own professional network, but you’ll also gain access to a wealth of valuable resources.
2) Connect with literature! Aim to deepen your own understanding of literacy as a professional. This can be achieved by reading research-based literature, action-based literacy articles, professional books, briefs, etc. Strive to connect others with these helpful resources, as you will quickly find that you will grow as a leader by growing others.
3) Connect with yourself! It’s important to carve out time for self-care with some "self-care". Beyond professional reading, you should venture into the realms of books that foster YOUR love of literacy as a reader. Consider joining a book club or creating a space to socialize around your reading interests. Keep these spaces fluid, interactive, and inviting. Reading with others is a great way to gain insights into yourself and learn more about your own interests.
2023 TALE Yearbook: Houston, We Have Literacy!
Call for Future TJLE Manuscript Submissions
Publishing Date: Fall 2023 (Tentative publishing date: November 15th)
Topic: Open Submissions (A variety of literacy topics are welcomed--particularly those relevant to issues related to Texas literacy education)
Submissions Due: September 15, 2023
Publishing Date: Spring 2024 (Tentative publishing date: April 15th)
Topic: Literacy Coaching and Professional Development in Education
Submissions Due: February 15, 2024
Jack Cassidy Scholarship due by November 1, 2023
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Sunday, Oct. 1st, 4pm to Monday, Dec. 25th, 11pm
This is an online event.
The Advocacy Development Committee gives two Leadership in Literacy Awards each year, presented at our annual conference.
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Local/SICs Councils Committee
Looking for a way to demonstrate your leadership skills in your community? Why not start a local or special interest council in your area? The purpose of local and special interest councils is to collaborate with colleagues, gain connections, and contribute voices and expertise to the global literacy movement. For more information email email@example.com.