See You @ JoLLE 2019!

The University of Georgia is holding their annual Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE) this Saturday, and my co-creator and friend, Nick Thompson, will be presenting on The Teacher Casebook project.

Here’s our info on the session in case you are going to be there:

Breakout Sessions 1, Saturday, 9:35 – 10:25 am

The Case for Teacher Case Reports: Connecting Teacher Experiences to Teacher Research

Kyle Jones (Gwinnett County Public Schools) & Nick Thompson  (The University of Georgia)

Keywords: Teacher Case Report, Education Research, Teacher Writing, Professional Development

Abstract: Teachers can feel their experiences in classrooms and schools are isolated, unique, or disjointed from the experiences of others. Bringing educators’ stories and experiences into an open, public forum, this session introduces participants to teacher case report writing. These cases share teachers’ lived experiences in lesson planning, teaching, and relationships, couching these experiences in current education research. Participants will have an opportunity to write their own case and learn more about the ongoing project.

My First Time at the JoLLE Conference in Athens


This past weekend I finally made my way to the University of Georgia’s JoLLE (Journal of Language & Literacy Education) conference in the Classic City, and I am so glad I did! At the vehemence of one of my graduate colleagues working his PhD in Athens, I pulled the trigger to go despite not having the conference on my mind as much as I had meant at the end of last year. Originally, I was hoping I would even put in a proposal to present, but that deadline went right by me. Thankfully my friend reminded me the week of the conference, and also thankfully I had the time and resources to go.

Inside today’s post I’ll give a modest reflection on the experience and my takeaways. I will tell you upfront that it is a brilliant and intimate conference for any of us involved in literacy studies and education. I highly, highly recommend attending. Continue reading