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About Marcelle Haddix:

Dr. Marcelle Haddix is a Dean’s Professor and chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the Syracuse University School of Education, where she is an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice. She is the President of the Literacy Research Association. She facilitates literacy programs for adolescent and adult communities in Syracuse, including the Writing Our Lives project for urban youth writers and a Black women’s literary club and free library project.

Dr. Haddix’s scholarly work is published in Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and in her book, Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me, which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Also known as The ZenG, Dr. Haddix is also a 200-hour certified registered yoga instructor who specializes in yoga and mindfulness for underrepresented groups and for community-based organizations with strong commitments to maternal health and food justice. Her community engaged approach to yoga, wellness, and healthy living culminates in yoga and writing retreats for women and couples of color, yoga and mindfulness workshops in urban school contexts, and regular yoga classes and sistercircles in her community.

For more information on Michelle check out her teaching, read her books, and follow her on Twitter!

About Shawna Coppola:

An educator for two decades, Shawna has worked both as a middle school language arts teacher (6-8) as well as a literacy specialist/coach (K-6). In addition to working with children, Shawna has offered both courses and workshops for educators through her work with The Educator Collaborative as well as a variety of programs through the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of two books on teaching writing and is a regular contributor to a variety of educational blogs.

For more information on Shawna check out her website, read her blog, buy her books, and follow her on Twitter!

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