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Detra Michelle Price-Dennis

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Culturally Relevant Approaches to 21st Century Education

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In their Policy Research Briefs on 21st Century Learning and 21st Century Literacies, the National Council for Teachers of English (2007, 2009) makes a compelling argument for the need to engage students in 21st century literacy instruction.  In addition to voicing the importance of designing classroom spaces in which students and teachers have access to current technologies, NCTE advocates for students to develop technological proficiency, understanding how to “access, evaluate, synthesize, and contribute to information” (NCTE, 2009, p. 5).   In my current research project I  examine the impact that a 21st century literacy curriculum and innovative pedagogy have on urban fifth grade students’ literacy development.



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active professional organizations

National Council of Teachers of English

Children's Literature Assembly

American Educational Research Association Division K

Literacy Research Association