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Wednesday, October 11 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Black Men as Agents of Change in Children’s Literacy Success: A Study of the Effects of Volunteer Readers and Early Literacy Behaviors in a Pediatric Clinic Waiting Room (30 mins)

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A transdisciplinary team (early literacy education, pediatrics, counseling, and public health) at the University of Louisville, alongside community partners, understands that inequities in children’s literacy learning is one piece of broader systemic educational inequities related to poverty and deficit assumptions about families and children in poverty, particularly families and children of color. We know that:
1) Many children from minority populations (particularly Black boys) experience opportunity gaps that lead to disparities in reading proficiency and other factors of life quality that persist into adulthood (Milner, 2012).
2) Access to books, and hearing quality literature read aloud by caring adults in culture-rich and print-rich environments is critical to all children’s literacy learning.
3) Pediatric clinics are community sites that reach all children, and pediatricians can offer parents and other caregivers trusted early literacy promotion.
Our project provides and studies the effects of the addition of a library of culturally relevant children’s literature and artwork in the UL Pediatric Clinic, and interactive read aloud for two hours each afternoon provided by Black male volunteers. Our research interests focus on the effects of the read aloud experience on the volunteer readers who have experienced opportunity gaps in our community; and the nature of patients’ and caregivers’ book engagement as an essential part of early literacy learning (Lennox, 2013; Owocki & Goodman, 2002). In addition, our team is cognizant of and attentive to the novel, challenging, and transformative nature of our transdisciplinary social justice work and partnership.

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Faye Jones

Assoc. VP for Health Affairs/Diversity Initiatives, University of Louisville
Dr. Jones is a tenured professor of pediatrics and joined UofL in 1990. In addition to her role in pediatrics she currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Health Affairs -Diversity Initiatives and Vice Chair for the Department of Pediatrics-Inclusive Excellence. With... Read More →

Kathryn Whitmore

Director of the Early Childhood Research Center, University of Louisville

Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am MDT
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