2019 LRA Annual Meeting Plenary Speakers


Marcelle Haddix


Title: This Is Us:  Discourses of Community Within and Beyond Literacy Research
Presidential Address - Wednesday, December 4, 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.


Abstract: In this talk, LRA President Marcelle Haddix will reflect on the significance of community across four areas of her work:  with youth and in school communities; within literacy teacher education; with community engaged theories and methodologies; and within the professional organization.  How do we define and understand community?  Who and what is included and excluded?  As a literacy research community, who are we becoming and who do we want to be? Drawing from historical and contemporary examples within and beyond literacy research, this talk will look back and at the present to examine discourses of community and imagine possibilities for the future. 


Bio: Dr. Marcelle Haddix is a Dean’s Professor and chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the School of Education at Syracuse University, where she is an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice. Her scholarly interests focus on the experiences of students of color in literacy and English teaching and teacher education and the importance of centering Blackness in educational practices and spaces.

She facilitates literacy programs for adolescent and adult communities in Syracuse, including the Writing Our Lives project for urban youth writers and a Black women’s literary club and free library project.  Dr. Haddix’s scholarly work is published in Research in the Teaching of EnglishEnglish Education, Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and in her book, Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me, which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

Also known as The ZenG, Dr. Haddix is a 200-hour certified registered yoga instructor who specializes in yoga and mindfulness for underrepresented groups and for community-based organizations with strong commitments to maternal health and food justice. Her community engaged approach to yoga, wellness, literacy, and healthy living culminates in yoga and writing retreats for women and couples of color, yoga and mindfulness workshops in urban school contexts, and regular yoga classes and sistercircles in her community. Follow her at @MarcelleHaddix and @zengangstayoga.

Barbara Rogoff


Plenary Address - Friday, December 6, 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
Title: What is the goal of learning? Lessons from Indigenous communities of the Americas


Abstract: In this address, Barbara Rogoff will present a view of learning as a dynamic process of growth that is inherent in each person’s transformation of participation as a skilled, knowledgeable, caring, helpful contributor (and sometimes innovator) for the collective good.  This view of learning seems to characterize a prevalent way of organizing learning in many Indigenous-heritage families and communities of the Americas — Learning by Observing and Pitching In to family and community endeavors (LOPI, Rogoff, 2014).  It contrasts with the goals of learning that are often seen in Western schooling, where learning is seen as receiving isolated information and skills, transmitted and tested by teachers for certification of children, as prerequisites for eventual inclusion in society.  The presentation will address differences in how learners are treated and institutions are organized, from these two perspectives, with illustrations from research showing cultural differences in collaboration, attention, and helpfulness.



Bio: Barbara Rogoff is UCSC Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. She investigates cultural aspects of children’s learning and how communities arrange for learning, finding especially sophisticated collaboration and attention among children from Indigenous communities of the Americas. She received a Distinguished Lifetime Contributions Award (Society for Research in Child Development) and the Chemers Award for Outstanding Research (UCSC).  She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Education, AAA, APS, APA, and AERA. She has held the University of California Presidential Chair and Fellowships of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Kellogg Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and the Exploratorium, and served as Editor of Human Development.

Her recent books have received major awards: Learning Together (finalist for the Maccoby Award, APA); The Cultural Nature of Human Development (APA William James Book Award); and Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town (Maccoby Award, APA). Recent volumes include Learning by Observing and Pitching In to Family and Community Endeavors and Children Learn by Observing and Contributing to Family and Community Endeavors. See www.learningbyobservingandpitchingin.com.