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NMSU to host Don and Sarrah Kidd Literacy Conference

The New Mexico State University College of Education will host the fifth-annual Don and Sarrah Kidd Literacy Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Centennial High School, 1950 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. in Las Cruces.

Conference registration is available online at http://ci.education.nmsu.edu/research-outreach/kidd/ and the deadline is Wednesday, March 5.

The goal of the 2014 conference "Con Respeto: Literacy and Justice for All" is to provide K-12 teachers with resources and research needed to create equitable literacy programs that meet the needs of all students for the enhancement of reflection and action in the classroom. Along with workshops, the conference also will include conversations about the impact of literacy and education policy on student learning. The featured keynote speakers are Guadalupe Valdes and Carole Edelsky.

Valdes is an education professor at Stanford University. As a founding partner of Understanding Language, she helped develop an initiative that focuses on the role of language in subject-area learning in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Currently, Valdes is researching education and armed conflict on the U.S.-Mexico border, second language acquisition of post-secondary students, immigrant families in Latino communities and challenges of "curricularizing" language.

Edelsky is professor emerita at Arizona State University. In 2000, she was named the Outstanding Educator of Language Arts by the National Council of Teachers of English. Her research interests are first and second language literacy, gender and language, critical literacy and classroom discourse. Edelsky recently co-authored "Side by Side Learning: Exemplary Literacy Practices for English Learners and English Speakers in Mainstream Classrooms."

"We're excited about the fifth-annual Kidd Literacy Conference," said Anita Hernandez, Kidd Chair in Literacy and associate professor in the curriculum and instruction department. "Both keynote speakers have special ties to state of New Mexico. Dr. Valdes taught at NMSU and is very excited about her return to the Las Cruces area, and Dr. Edelsky received her doctorate degree from UNM.

"Their presence is very timely because Dr. Edelsky will discuss critical literacy and currently Congress is looking at revising the national educational policy including the No Child Left Behind Act. Dr. Valdes is working on a project that evaluates the language demands of Common Core standards for English learners in the classroom.

"In addition to the two keynote speakers, we have excellent workshop sessions for teachers, future teachers and interested students in literacy and bilingual-literacy education."

For more information, contact Hernandez at achernan@nmsu.edu or Roberto Hernandez at Robert@nmsu.edu.