4th Annual Family Literacy Conference


On Friday, April 11, we will be hosting our 4th Annual Family Literacy Conference at the Western Fair District, Carousel Room from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.  The topic of the conference is Literacy Success: The Role of Communities and Schools in Supporting Families Affected by Poverty.

The purpose of the event is to bring community service providers and educators together to explore the value of home, school and community connections for increasing and improving family literacy for children, youth and families in London.  This year, the free, full day event explores family literary in the context of poverty.  As with previous years, there is no cost to attend and lunch is provided.

We are pleased to welcome our 2 keynote speakers;

Poverty is Not Destiny:  Changing Mindset in a Changing World

Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Brock University

 Signs of poverty can easily become ‘signs of stereotyping’ held by storied assumptions of children and families living in challenging circumstances.  Based on the author’s research on poverty and schools in Ontario, the keynote will make visible the invisible poverty in our schools and communities. How can we work together to change mindset in a changing world? Reformed narratives of global citizenship, parent engagement, and social justice literacy will be explored.


About Dr. Ciuffetelli Parker

Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. Her poverty research and method of narrative inquiry are intricately interwoven, publishing and fostering deeper understanding of story and narrative in areas of: poverty, literacy, mental health, and various diverse issues in education. Dr. Ciuffetelli Parker was a school administrator, literacy resource-consultant, and elementary teacher in Toronto for over fifteen years before joining the faculty of education at Brock University.  She is widely published and recently has received the Early Career Award of the Narrative Research Special Interest Group in the American Education Research Association, the Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Faculty of Education at Brock University, and the Brock University institutional Award for Distinguished Teaching.


Special Forks, Broken Lamps, and Inappropriate Words:

Exploring Family Stories as a Way of Knowing and Being in the World

 Dr. Michelann Parr, Ph.D.

Schulich School of Education

Nipissing University

Working with families is more than implementing strategies and sharing information; it's about recognizing, understanding, and appreciating the differences among families, and more importantly, it’s about connecting with families in meaningful and non-hierarchical ways. Michelann Parr from the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University invites you to consider the value of family stories in children’s learning and well-being, the importance of sharing your own stories as outreach, and ways that family stories can help us to disrupt common (mis)understandings and (mis)perceptions of families and the work they do. We all have family stories. Some long, some short; some happy, some sad; some full of struggle, some full of success; some outrageously unbelievable and some extraordinarily funny. Stories help us to understand ourselves and our families, develop our concept of right and wrong, and explore our sense of place in the world. Why not share them?

About Dr. Parr

Dr. Michelann Parr teaches language and literacy in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.  Her research interests are diverse and reflect family literacy as well as teacher development, classroom research, and self-study/reflective practice.  Within the family literacy stream, she is interested in how schools and families can work collaboratively, bringing strengths of families and schools together in a way that enhances student achievement and well-being.  In the self-study stream, she is interested in the links between the stories and experiences we bring to the classroom and what we do in the classroom. 

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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