Literacy is Freedom: Adolescents of the Urban Core Partner with Refugees to Unlatch their Writers’ Voice

By Debra Pellegrino.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Classroom teachers listened to the voices of students in order to understand the meaning of literacy. Through instructional strategies, students used the pen to uncover the power of literacy.

Keywords: Literacy, Instructional Strategies, Writing, Voice

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 801.677KB).

Dr. Debra Pellegrino

Dr. Debra Pellegrino joined the Rockhurst faculty full time in 1997, obtained tenure and promotion in 2003. She has served as Director of Field Experiences, Director of the Literacy Center Planning Committee, and moved into her present position as Chair of the Department of Education in 2002. She is deeply committed to the preparation of high quality, caring and competent teachers and strives to incorporate the university’s Jesuit mission into her scholarly work on a continual basis. She has held a variety of administrative and leadership positions in the public schools and in academia. Her scholarly interests include instructional strategies for critical literacy, teacher accreditation, and the self-study method for examining pedagogy, examining teacher instruction to improve student achievement with the struggling readers and writers. Her professional life is also strongly influenced by civic engagement in both the community and in her discipline. She served as a member and office holder of a local chapter of the International Reading Association and received the Celebrate Literacy Award from this association during her experiences in the North Kansas City School District. During a three year grant from the Kaufman Foundation,she became the Literacy Coordinator for the Central City Catholic Schools in Kansas City, Missouri where she mentored 135 educators and provided professional development to these teachers focusing on urban literacy. Her scholary trajectory focused on social justice and literacy for the past five years. During this time, she presented at the American Educational Research Association, the National Council of Teacher's of English, the International Reading Association.


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