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Right to Read: Literacy, Social Justice + a Whole-School Literacy Acceleration Project


Everyone has a right to read well. When literacy suffers, students lack choices and access to opportunities. Strong literacy is a key that opens doors, and literacy goes beyond classroom reading.

Hudson High School of Learning technologies prioritized literacy as its instructional focus, creating a literacy acceleration program for all students, steeped in social justice, called Right to Read. This program creates an opportunity for every student, regardless of current level or past experience, to grow as a reader. R2R disrupts inequality by prioritizing high-level literacy as a right for all students. This session will examine the issues of literacy in the middle and secondary grades, as well as the Right to Read project and its outcomes. Teachers of elementary grades are welcome! We'd love to have a larger conversation around literacy instruction.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND!

Anyone, of course! Let's do this!

Middle and secondary teachers and administrators concerned about literacy in their schools.

You don't have to be a reading teacher — literacy affects all subject areas and the lives of our students!

Teachers of elementary grades are welcome! We'd love to have a larger conversation around literacy instruction from early grades to 12th grade.

Jennifer Gunn is a teacher and curriculum designer at Hudson HSLT, and a co-founder of the EDxEDNYC Conference. She developed the reading program Right to Read, a literacy acceleration program for all students, steeped in social justice. She also created a Extended Learning Opportunity program called #GetOutThere, and alternative learning models The Big Idea Project and We the Change. She regularly speaks at conferences and was in publishing for 10 years before becoming a teacher.