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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

A Literacy Casebook: One School's Approach to Teacher Professional Development

Dr. Roberta J. Herter, Camelia Ortiz, Rosaria Aronie, Tino Aleman.

Teachers from a rural California elementary school enrolled in a professional development MA program met in their school library two Saturdays a month. Their first course required writing two literacy cases from each of their classrooms. Once compiled, the literacy cases provided a school-wide picture of a literacy and language curriculum that teachers began to view through the lens of critical literacy. These K-5 teachers address their initial questions with multiple perspectives on the roles they play in interrogating practices, beliefs, and research. With their own professional development tied to case development, the casebook has become both subject and object of revision and critique. Teachers from the project will share their experiences and writing in this panel discussion.


Dr. Roberta J. Herter  (United States)
Chair, Department of Graduate Studies in Education
Graduate Studies in College of Education
California Polytechnic State University

Roberta Herter taught in Detroit Public Schools for 28 years. She earned a Ph.D. in English Education at the University of Michigan. Currently she works in teacher education and professional development at California Polytechnic State University.

Camelia Ortiz  (United States)

Rosaria Aronie  (United States)

Mary Buren School

Tino Aleman  (United States)

Mary Buren School

  • Casebook
  • Literacy
  • Professional development

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)