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Red Clay Writing Project Co-Director Named NCTE's 2012 Outstanding Educator

Publication: coeNews
Date: November 26, 2012

Summary: JoBeth Allen, Red Clay Writing Project co-director and University of Georgia professor, has been named 2012 Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts by the National Council of Teachers of English.


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Allen, a professor in the department of language and literacy education, teaches courses on writing pedagogy, poetry, family-school partnerships, research writing and critical pedagogies. She conducts research with teachers who are exploring issues of educational equity and social justice in relation to literacy teaching and learning at home, in schools and in the community. She is the author of eight books including two recent ones that highlight the work of teachers: Literacy in the Welcoming Classroom: Creating Family-School Partnerships that Support Student Learning (2010) and Creating Welcoming Schools: A Practical Guide to Home-School Partnerships with Diverse Families (2007).

Allen also co-directs the Red Clay Writing Project through which she facilitates teachers studying their practice. A group of RCWP teachers researched how teachers, students and families co-construct critical pedagogies that employ the United Nations Rights of the Child as a critical content framework. Their book, Critical Inquiry through the Rights of the Child, is currently in press with Teachers College Press. Another RCWP group working with Allen is co-authoring a book on family dialogue journals.

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