Literacy Fiesta is success
November 15, 2013
A Literacy Fiesta was celebrated on Friday, November 15, 2013 in the newly renovated Westlake Hall. The Owens Professional Development room and foyer provided an outstanding venue for the event.
The Literacy Fiesta was a wonderful success as it combined learning activities, picture books, and stations created by preservice teachers in Dr. Heljä Antola Crowe’s English language learners courses and Dr. Sherrie Pardieck’s children’s literature classes. The instructional activities were created in the courses and made available for the children from St. Mark School’s kindergarten through fifth grade.
The Bradley students did an outstanding job as they taught activities to the children at each learning station. The stations included stories and activities from well-known authors and illustrators, ELL-Spanish learning activities and picture books. Other activities included participating in a Spanish musical number. After they completed all of the learning activities, the children received books and snacks. The teachers and students enjoyed their field trip to Bradley University, and they look forward to more learning opportunities in the future. One of the St. Mark teachers is alumna Lauren Fog ’11, who teaches second grade.
Drs. Antola Crowe, and Pardieck wish to thank Dean Dr. Joan Sattler, Dr. Dean Cantù, Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, Dr. Molly Cluskey, Cathy Sherlock, Sally Miller, Cara Sledgister, Dr. Patty Nugent, Catherine Caldwell, Anastasia Chernetskaya, Nick Young, Susan Griswold, Megan Hickey, Emily Turk, and Jleese Williams for their support of the literacy project. They helped to make an outstanding learning opportunity possible for the preservice teachers and the children from St. Mark School.
The Fiesta was a wonderful event that displayed the outstanding literacy activities that preservice teachers created for their future instructional practices. They taught their exemplary learning projects to children who were eager to come to Westlake Hall and enjoy participating in literacy activities. It also served to remind us, as Dr. Dean Cantù noted, the power of literacy, as captured in this quote by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan:
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development….Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity….For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”