EVENT: Award-Winning Author, Advocate, and Professor to Speak on the Critical Need to Invest in Urban Schools

Valerie KinlockValerie Kinloch, professor of literacy studies at Ohio State University, will give a talk, titled “Publicly Engaged Scholarship in Urban Communities: Teaching, Listening, and Collaborating.”
ABOUT:  For years, Kinloch has participated in critical and provocative conversations with numerous educators, youth, and community members about the academic, social, and community engagements of students attending underperforming schools. This talk will focus on the urgent need to invest in urban schools as Kinloch shares some of these ongoing literacy narratives. By examining what these ongoing conversations say about teaching, listening, and collaborating, particularly in the contexts of urban schools and communities, this talk will help contribute to a wider discussion about the importance of working with young people and adults, and working within urban schools and communities in ways that are collaborative, transformative, and justice-oriented for people who have been abused by the U.S. educational system.
TIME, DATE, PLACE:  The talk will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Genrich-Rusling Room of LeChase Hall on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. LeChase Hall is located in the historic Wilson Quadrangle, between Todd Union and Wilson Commons. For directions click here or visit www.rochester.edu/maps. Parking and the event are free. For more information on the Feb. 24 event, please visit www.warner.rochester.edu.
WHO: Valerie Kinloch is also associate department chair of teaching and learning and director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University (OHU). Her research focuses on the language, literacies and community engagements of young people inside and outside schools. She is author of publications on race, place, literacy, and diversity. Her book, Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth, received the 2011 Exemplary Research Award from Division K of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the 2011 Honorary Mention for Outstanding Contribution to Research from AERA’s Division B. In 2012, Harlem On Our Minds received AERA’s Outstanding Book of the Year Award. She was also the recipient of the 2010 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Award, the 2015 Diversity Enhancement Award from OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology, the 2015 Distinguished Diversity Award from OSU, and the 2015 Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Women in English Education from the National Council of Teachers of English. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from Wayne State University.

EVENT SPONSOR: Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For special accommodations or questions, please e-mail help@warner.rochester.edu.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education (www.warner.rochester.edu) offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers an accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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