Teaching Vulnerable Youth How to Read and Write: Lessons About Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Meaning

Fri, Oct 11, 2019: 3:00 PM  - 4:00 PM 
ILA Featured Speaker 
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 
Room: New Orleans Theater A 
Capacity: 690 
Based on over a decade of research aimed at understanding the complexities of teaching and learning literacy in urban contexts, this presentation seeks to raise awareness of the effects of educational injustices in the lives of urban youth, primarily youth of color, in order to interrupt cycles of miseducation. As a passionate educator, Kirkland challenges literacy educators to disrupt cycles of inequity to empower youth to transform their own communities, lives, and educational destinies.


David E Kirkland, New York University

Age Levels

General (age 4-18)


Policy and Advocacy
Social & Cultural Influences


Literacy Policy, Advocacy, and Research

Intended Audience

Beginning Teachers
Classroom Teachers
School or District Administrators
Teacher Educators
Title I Teachers (US Only)