Digital Literacy Workshops at US Campuses in 2013

Posted May 9, 2013

As part of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation grant supporting Bread Loaf’s efforts to expand the work and reach of BLTN, leading experts on digital literacy will offer workshops at each of the U.S. campuses this summer. The initiative brings insight, guidance, and advice to teachers at a time of rapid change in approaches to the teaching of literacy and communication.

At Bread Loaf/Asheville, Valerie Kinloch, associate professor of literacy studies at Ohio State University, will present a workshop on collaborative action literacy research with youth; at Bread Loaf/Vermont Jason Irizarry, associate professor of multicultural education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, will offer a workshop on participatory action research with youth; and at Bread Loaf/Santa Fe, Cindy and Richard Selfe, both of Ohio State University, will focus their workshop on community-based digital and literacy narratives.

Valerie Kinloch's research interests include the social and literary lives, literacy learning, and collaborative engagements of youth and adults both inside and outside of school spaces. She is the author of several journal articles on language, place, and race. Her co-authored book, Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan, was released in 2004, and her single-authored biography on poet-educator June Jordan titled June Jordan: Her Life and Letters was published in 2006.

Irizarry's research focuses on urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, youth participatory action research, and Latino students in U.S. schools. In addition to numerous journal publications, Irizarry is the author of The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts.


The first woman and the first English teacher ever to receive the EDUCOM Medal for innovative computer use in higher education, Cindy Selfe has authored or edited a number of works on digital technology, both alone and in collaboration with colleagues. As Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, she studies how literacy values and practices in digital environments shape and have been shaped by historic, economic, social, cultural, material, educational, and personal factors. Richard Selfe is the Director of the OSU Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing and Technology and researches social and institutional influences of electronic media on communication pedagogies.