Author Archives: alessilauren

Graphics, scrolling texts, and irrelevant advertisements…Oh MY!

For this evaluation of literacy centers online, I will be reviewing the website for the Literacy Coalition of Colorado (found here: http://www.literacycolorado.org/contact.htm). I found this website using a very broad Google search for “literacy groups in Colorado.” In perusing a … Continue reading

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Short-term jail sentences, long-term impacts: A research update

For my research project, I am writing an article to be submitted to the Journal of Poetry Therapy. This journal focuses on interdisciplinary practice, theory, research, and education. Lately, I have been reading past issues and articles, in an attempt … Continue reading

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But I’m Not a Therapist: Reflections on Literacy Work with Survivors of Trauma

“But I’m Not a Therapist” by Jenny Horsman is especially poignant to my experiences at SpeakOut! thus far. She raises many relevant points of concern pertaining to work with individuals who have experienced trauma in the past, as well as … Continue reading

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To assess? Or not to assess? What is the real question here?

As I pursued the proliteracy.com site, I was struck by one seemingly no-nonsense statement: their explanation of why literacy should be investigated. This issue is one that is, naturally, touched on throughout our work with the program, as well as … Continue reading

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Reflections Reading Research

For this blog post, I would like to discuss and elucidate connections between my work with the CLC and my studies in criminology and sociology. To do so, I will review a small sample of readings relating to my current … Continue reading

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Writing as a healing voyage

Emily Nye’s work “The More I Tell My Story” was quite powerful in elucidating the personal and communal benefits of writing. Her focus on writing in HIV/AIDS communities was also very interesting to read about, especially when applying their experiences … Continue reading

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REPRESENTATIONASATOOL

The issue of representation is one I have grappled with in the past, however always under different pretenses or alternative terms. Typically I approach this issue from a sociological perspective, thinking about the nuanced ways in which structure, as one … Continue reading

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The Literacy Myth: What good is literacy? What good are we accomplishing?

Gee presents a strong case for the potentially deleterious effects of literacy and literate practices (e.g. Education policy and school tracking systems). In order to dissect claims underlying “the literacy myth”–that is, that literacy always does good, promoting positive self-growth … Continue reading

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Writing for Grants

Through reading about the grant application process, I was able to gain a new perspective into our work with SpeakOut!: the continuation, expansion, and preservation of the literate practices of the CLC. Grants serve as an extension of current work, … Continue reading

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Literacy Sponsorship

Deborah Brandt’s article, “Sponsors of Literacy,” did quite well to situate my experiences of working with male writers at the jail in a larger social context. Underlying Brandt’s study is the recognition of the diverse social situations — indeed impacted … Continue reading

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