UMaine Hutchinson Center to offer graduate literacy course this summer
The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a graduate literacy course this summer beginning June 24. Literacy in the Home, School and Community (ERL 590) will run June 24–July 24, 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
By using socio-cultural and ecological perspectives, participants in this course will examine the role that families and communities play in their children’s development as well as home-school connections that promote literacy. Through readings, discussion and guest lectures, this course is designed to challenge conventional views of parent involvement and home-school relationships.
- become familiar with differences among families and their literacy values.
- develop appreciation for varied forms of literacy use.
- write a parent story to more deeply investigate the literacy of a family.
- investigate a family’s Fund of Knowledge
- become familiar with successful methods of school-home relationship building.
- become familiar with some examples of community-based initiatives for supporting literacy.
Course instructor Susan Bennett-Armistead draws on 20 years as a preschool teacher, parent educator and program administrator, as well as a Ph.D. with an emphasis in early literacy. She speaks nationally to parent groups and educators on the role families can play in children’s literacy learning. Bennett-Armistead held the Correll Professorship in Early Literacy at UMaine for five years.