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​2020 Spring Conference

Saturday, March 21st, 2020,​ 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.​
Rhode Island College

Theme: Trauma-Informed Teaching: Compassionate and Critical Approaches to Literacy

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth Dutro, Ph.D.​​

Elizabeth Dutro, Ph.D. 

Elizabeth Dutro is professor and chair of literacy studies at University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches courses in writing, inquiry methods, education in film, and literacy theory and practice. In her research, she collaborates closely with teacher colleagues to better understand teachers’ collaborative learning, the intersections of children’s lives and knowledge and their opportunities to thrive in literacy classrooms, and the pursuit of justice in and through schooling. She is the author of The Vulnerable Heart of Literacy: Centering Trauma as Powerful Pedagogy (Teachers College Press). She welcomes connection and can be contacted at:;​; @lifeasstory on Twitter; and Elizabeth Dutro on Facebook.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now open for submissions! We welcome proposals for sessions led by K-16 educators and administrators that address these questions:

  • What kinds of teaching practices can we seek to foster in order to address the multiple layers and sites of trauma?
  • How can we rethink literacy classrooms (broadly conceived) as spaces for linking hope, healing, and positive social transformation?
  • How can writing be leveraged to help build meaningful connections between classrooms and communities in order to work towards the well-being of both?

There will be 3 session formats this year, each 75 minutes, including traditional workshops, roundtable discussions and renewal sessions. Please see the Call for Proposals for further details and submission form.

Proposals are due December 9, 2019. Please contact us at​ with any questions.

Registration information coming soon.

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