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ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2008.119- Language, Identity, and Education Symposium @ De Paul University-June 13, 2008

Dear Educators Serving ELLs.

This message is being forwarded to you by the Division of English Language Learning at the Illinois State Board of Education as a courtesy to the ELL community.

The School of Education at DePaul University cordially invites you to a symposium on the education of English language learners. Our three keynote speakers are internationally and nationally renown scholars in the field. If you know of any others who would be interested in attending please forward this invitation to them.

What: Language, Identity, and Education Symposium (lunch included)
When: Friday June 13, 11:00-3:00
Where: DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
2320 North Kenmore, Auditorium Room 161
Chicago, Illinois 60614
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One block west of Halsted and half a block south of Fullerton.> One block west of the Fullerton L Station. Parking is free on Halsted a half block south of Dominick's and on Clifton; you can get the parking validated and pay a reduced rate)
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AWAD IBRAHIM is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa, Canada. He used to teach for more than five years in Education and American Culture Studies Program at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He is a doctoral graduate of the University of Toronto (Canada) and teaches and publishes in the areas of Hip-Hop studies; Black pop culture; minority adolescents; racially and linguistically mediated identities; antiracism and critical multiculturalism; applied socio-linguistics; cultural studies. His previous research was based in Canada, where he looked at a group of displaced continental African youth and their identity formation. He has published widely and explored the connections between race, language, globalization, culture and the politics of identity; the impact of Black popular culture on young people; and the dialogic relation between continental and diasporic African identities. His books, "Hey, whassup homeboy" Becoming Black: Hip-Hip culture and language, race performativity and the politics of identity in high school (University of Toronto Press) and Global linguistic flows: Hip-Hop cultures, youth identities and the politics of language (co-edited with Samy Alim and Alastair Pennycook - Routledge) are forthcoming in 2008. He was recently awarded (with Dr. Alden Craddock) over one million dollars by Higher Education for Development (USAID/MEPI) to conduct research in civic education in Morocco and Lebanon, which is a continuation to his previous work in Kenya and South Africa dealing with civic education and linking schooling with indigenous knowledge.

DANLING FU is an Associate Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida and a researcher on literacy education for new immigrant students. She works and researches in the schools with large population of new immigrant students in New York City and consults on ESL and Bilingual Education from K-12. Her publications include An Island of English: Teaching ESL in Chinatown and My Trouble is My English: Asian Students and Their American Dreams. She has published numerous articles and written many book chapters. She presents on literacy instruction for English language learners, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

KRIS GUTIERREZ is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Urban Literacies, as well as the Director of the Education Studies Minor.  Professor Gutierrez' research focuses on studying the literacy practices of urban schools.  In particular, her research concerns itself with the social and cognitive consequences of literacy practices in formal and non-formal learning contexts.  Across her work, she examines the relationship between literacy, culture and human development.  Issues of equity and excellence become important and recurrent themes throughout her work.  Professor Gutierrez is a highly visible leader in the area of literacy, biliteracy and urban education and serves on a number of national policy making and academic advisory boards/committees and is a keynote speaker at a number of state, national, and international conferences including Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, and Switzerland, for example.  She is currently the Chair of the Standing Committee on Research for the National Council of Teachers of English.  Professor Gutierrez's research has been published in Human Development, Mind, Culture and Activity, Reading Research Quarterly, the Harvard Educational Review, Linguistics and Education, Discourse Processes, The Bilingual Review Journal, Urban Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, for example.  Additionally, Professor Gutierrez is also the principal investigator of an after-school computer mediated learning club and the UCLA Migrant Scholars Leadership Program, a residential summer academic program for high school students form migrant farm worker backgrounds. 

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