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Renita Schmidt and Kathryn Whitmore Interview  -  November 9, 2010, 3:30 p.m. cd Voice of Literacy Webcast

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[Dr. Kathryn Whitmore]

Dr. Kathryn Whitmore
Coordinator, Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program
University of Iowa

Dr. Kathryn F. Whitmore graduated from the University of Arizona in 1992 and is currently Coordinator of the Language, Literacy & Culture doctoral program at The University of Iowa. She has expertise in early literacy development and qualitative research methodology. She studies how communities of learners are invented in schools and classrooms with diverse populations and is especially interested in how language, literacy and culture play roles in that process. Dr. Whitmore’s publications include Reclaiming Reading: Teachers, Students, and Researchers Regaining Spaces for Thinking and Action(w/Richard Meyer, Routledge, in press); Literacy and Advocacy in Adolescent Family, Gang, School, and Juvenile Count Communities: CRIP 4 LIFE (w/Debbie Smith, Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006); Inventing a Classroom: Life in a Bilingual, Whole Language Learning Community (w/Caryl Crowell, 1994); Whole Language Voices in Teacher Education (co-edited w/Yetta Goodman, 1996); and other chapters and articles.
[Dr. Renita Schmidt]

Dr. Renita Schmidt
Assistant Professor of Education
Furman University

Renita Schmidt is an assistant professor at Furman University in Greenville, SC. After a successful 15 year teaching career in rural elementary schools in Iowa, she completed a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from The University of Iowa. Nita teaches literacy methods courses, children’s literature, and assessment couses to both graduates and undergraduates at Furman. Her research interests include the politics of literacy, critical topics in children's literature, and socio-political issues surrounding literacy teaching.


[Dr. Betsy Baker]

Dr. Betsy Baker
Professor of Literacy Studies
Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, University of Missouri

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Baker is a Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Missouri. Dr. Baker's research interests include integration of literacy and technology, new literacies, future literacies, 21st century literacies, multimedia case-based instruction in teacher education, and sociocognition in teacher education, literacy, and new literacies.


Voice of Literacy host, Dr. Betsy Baker, interviews Dr. Kathryn Whitmore, Coordinator, Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program at the University of Iowa and Dr. Renita Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Education, Furman, University.

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