Fall 2012 - Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Conference Plans

Early this November, Francine Falk-Ross, PhD, Professor and Childhood Literacy Program Coordinator, and two graduate candidates from the School of Education were scheduled to present at the annual conference of the Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) in Portland, Oregon.  However, storm damage from Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed a few short days later prevented the students’ flights from leaving New York. Dr. Falk-Ross was able to fly and presented the collaborative papers on behalf of our students at the practitioner-focused meeting.

Dr. Falk-Ross presented their papers under the title, “Knowledge is Power: Supporting Students’ Emotional Health with Literature on Difficult Topics,” specifically on topics of literature about experiencing domestic violence, and literature about boxing as an outlet and metaphor for learning/living resilience. Lively discussions ensued, according to Dr. Falk-Ross. 

In addition, two new sets of research readings were released and presented for all AMLE attendees, both of which had Dr. Falk-Ross’ contributions: Common Planning Time in Middle Schools: Research Studies from the MLER SIG’s National Project, “Reading Challenges for Middle Grade Teams: Literacy’s Place in Common Planning Time Discussions,” and the Middle Grades Research Journal, guest co-edited by Dr. Falk-Ross.