Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM CDT
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Country Springs Hotel
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072

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Jeanne Rhodes 
CESA #1 
262-787-9500 ext. 9563 

Implications of Deficit Thinking in Literacy
Curt Dudley-Marling 

Please note NEW LOCATION - Country Springs Hotel


Children living in poverty are typically viewed through the lens of deficit thinking. This stance often leads to literacy practices that limit students’ affordances for learning by focusing on low-level skill instruction to the
near exclusion of the rich, engaging literacy practices common in high-achieving schools and
This session will focus on challenging, high-expectation literacy practices for students in
high-poverty schools and other students for whom literacy learning is a struggle. Over the course of the day, I will share a range of
high-expectation strategies for teaching reading with an emphasis on the
power of evidence-based discussion as an approach for teaching students how to make sense of both fiction and non-fiction texts. 

Target Audience:

K-8 Teachers, Special Education, Reading Specialists and Administrators

Presenter: Curt Dudley Marling, Professor Emeritus, Boston College

 Curt Dudley-Marling is professor emeritus at Boston College. His teaching and scholarship   focuses on literacy development and disability studies. Overall his work stands as a critique   of the deficit thinking that pathologizes the language, culture, and communities of children   for whom school is a struggle including students with disabilities and children living in   poverty. Curt has written extensively on the power of rich, engaging curricula in high-poverty   schools and special education classrooms as an alternative to deficit-based instructional   practices. 


There is no fee for CESA #1 Title I districts or 2r charter schools. However, please register so we can plan for food, space, etc. Outside of CESA #1 - $120/person. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): CESA #1 will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities attending our workshops or events.  If you require accommodations, please contact the workshop coordinator for that event.