After an intriguing semester collaborating across our courses in New Literacies and Content Area Literacies, using the hashtag #literacies, @Dr_Pendergrass and I (@anna_phd) have taken advantage of the momentum built by having so many of our colleagues think with us about the demands and dimensions of contemporary literacies. Using our course hashtag, we began the #literacies chat which runs the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 8:00-9:00 PM EST.

In its third year, we are proud to announce a new collaboration with the Literacy Research Association (LRA), and their new Research to Practice series. The Literacy Research Association (LRA) is a community of scholars dedicated to promoting research that enriches the knowledge, understanding, and development of lifespan literacies in a multicultural and multilingual world.

The purpose of LRA’s Learning Series is to connect current research and “best principles” to what could/should be happening in classrooms and other educational spaces. Using Google Hangouts-on-Air to broadcast, LRA will host a once-a-month show with expert panelists—educational researchers and practitioners alike. You can watch the show live while it is happening…and ask questions or watch it later YouTube after the show has completed. You can then share it with teachers, students, and other educational partners that you believe would be interested in the topics, or the series. Our #literacies chats will serve as a wrap-around conversation to the shows.

In the coming months, the topics on the LRA show and our #literacies chat will merge, providing a monthly topic that we can all think deeply about and engage with each other in a number of ways. (This was one of the top requests made in our last crowdsourced chat reboot!)

As we continue to build the #literacies network of educators, researchers and theorists. Feel free to index your tweets for the group with the hashtag during the week and then on Thursdays a guest host will share their expertise in an area related to contemporary literacies and engage us in conversation.

Anna Smith’s website: http://developingwriters.org/

Emily Pendergrass’s website: http://emilypendergrass.wordpress.com/ 

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