“If You Learn, We Learn”

Why Inclusivity Matters in 21st Century Literacy Classrooms

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To examine the instructional practices in place to support all students in developing the confidence and skill set necessary to engage in 21st century literacy practices.

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What possibilities arise when fifth graders, from an inclusive classroom, are given the space to interact with literacy in a variety of modalities?

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  • Co-constructed learning community where students are teachers and learners
  • Active participants in their own learning
  • Take responsibility for sharing what they know and how they make sense of the curriculum as a team
  • Movement between whole group conversations, partner work, and small group projects
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  • Providing access to a variety of modalities
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  • Creating social change projects stemming from literature circles
  • Tweeting and blogging about student work
  • Producing bulletins or flyers that share events or PSA’s about social issues relevant to the school community
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Emily E. Smith

5th grade Language Arts & Social Justice Teacher

Austin Independent School District

Cunningham Elementary

Dr. Detra Price-Dennis

Assistant Professor of Elementary & Inclusive Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

Kathlene Holmes

Ph.D. Student - University of Texas at Austin

College of Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction