Reading Pedagogies of Equity

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Lancaster Literacy Research Centre are delighted to welcome Rachel Heydon and colleagues to discuss Reading Pedagogies of Equity.

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This Lancaster Literacy Research Centre event will be a talk from Rachel Heydon and colleagues from Western University, University of Toronto & University of Prince Edward Island, titled Reading Pedagogies of Equity: The Introduction of a Literacy Pedagogue Network to Promote Academic Reading in Teacher Education.


The viral times in which we live have forced a reckoning with issues of equity and decolonisation in teacher education. An overlooked problem but also opportunity relative to these issues is the use and practice of academic reading. The Reading Pedagogies of Equity project aspires to bring into view and create potentialities with academic reading. It is doing so by launching, studying, sharing resources from, and expanding a network of literacy pedagogues, a linked group of teacher educators who can support their peers and students in critical reading praxes. This presentation will share research that expresses why this project is needed, how teacher education is a prime context for tackling reading pedagogies of equity, explicate the orientation and methodology of the research, and focus on the professional learning syllabus design that we are using to train literacy pedagogues. The presentation will also elicit feedback and discussion about the project and how university instructors might support academic reading more generally.

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15:00pm - Welcomes & introductions (please enter the meeting with your 'real' name as your display name, and your camera switched on, to allow us to all put faces to each others' names)

15:05 - Presentation from Speaker Name(s) (please turn your camera off and mute your microphone during the presentation)

15:40 - Discussion (please use the raise hand feature on Teams to indicate you would like to have a turn speaking and once asked to speak by an event facilitator, please un-mute your microphone and turn your camera on)

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The Reading Pedagogies of Equity team is led by Dr. Rachel Heydon, Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University Canada who works in literacies, curriculum, and teacher education.

Presenting Team Members include:

Carla Ruthes Coelho, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education, Western University Canada, a teacher whose research focuses on gender and sexual identities in curriculum (R-PEP graduate research assistant);

Dr. Christopher Eaton, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy, University of Toronto (R-PEP Collaborator);

Bronwyn Johns, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education, Western University Canada, an early childhood educator whose research concerns settler-colonialism in early childhood education (R-PEP graduate research assistant);

Dr. Pamela McKenzie, Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University Canada (R-PEP Collaborator);

Dr. Mary Ott, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University Canada (R-PEP Collaborator);

Sandra Poczobut, Project Manager and Atelierista in the R-PEP Project

Dr. Wendy Shilton, Associate Professor & Coordinator University Writing Minor, Department of English, University of Prince Edward Island (R-PEP Collaborator);

Dr. Zheng Zhang, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University Canada whose research focuses on transnational literacy curriculum.

Dr. Annie Tran (she/her), Instructional Designer, Ontario College of Art and Design University Canada, Professional Learning Designer, Faculty of Education, Western University Canada whose research focuses on opportunities for multimodality in higher education (R-PEP Collaborator)

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