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Teachers need to better understand the lives, language, culture, and educational practices of the diversity of readers in their classrooms if they are to scaffold students’ literacy learning in an age of increasing educational demands for academic accountability. Teachers who examine their beliefs and attitudes about diversity, and inequities in educational policies and practices can play a key role in transforming literacy instruction by advocating for equal access to educational resources and outcomes for all students.

The focus of this presentation is to promote educational equity for diverse struggling readers by supporting their acquisition of foundational English language arts skills and higher order thinking abilities that are required for making sense of literacy and informational texts that are present in both online and offline literacy environments. The strategies presented can be integrated into the classroom in ways that support all students' ability to attain high levels of comprehension, and the ability to critique, analyze, and reconstruct meanings when reading and producing disparate text types and organizations, and engage in reading, writing, and speaking to generate texts that address multiple purposes.

Doris Walker-Dalhouse

Doris Walker-Dalhouse, PhD, is Professor of Literacy in the College of Education at Marquette University and Professor Emerita at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her research, conducted in after-school reading programs with preservice teachers and struggling readers, refugee children, and families, addresses the impact of sociocultural factors on the literacy development of ethnically and culturally diverse learners. She has also published in several professional journals and research association yearbooks. Dr. Walker-Dalhouse co-chaired the IRA Response to Intervention Task Force, was lead writer for Standard 4: Diversity and Equity for the 2017 ILA Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals, and is presently chair of the LRA Student Outstanding Research Award Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the ALER; past member of the Board of Directors of the IRA and the LRA; past co-editor of the Research in the Classroom column in The Reading Teacher; and recipient of the 2013 Albert J. Mazurkiewicz Special Services Award from the ALER.


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